~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

July 11, 2021

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

O God from whom all blessings flow, we gather to worship you. You are an awesome God, greater than our comprehension or imagination. You are beyond any words we could ever use to describe you. And yet, through Jesus, we know your vast love. Enlarge our vision this hour through your Word. May your Holy Spirit surround and dwell within this congregation now and forevermore. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP 

Pastor:  Come, let us come into the house of the Holy One with song and dance.

People: We have come to worship our God, the Creator of heaven and earth, seas and rivers, and all that dwells within.

Pastor:  The Lord of the Dance beckons us to join in this time of celebration and joy…

People: That we might know that we are gathered in God’s holy place. 

Pastor:  We join the psalmist with songs of the glory of the God of Hosts.

People: We see to know God’s faithfulness and wisdom.

All: Let us enter God’s rhythm of life and follow in the ways of the Word. God will bring us home where dancing and joy will never end!  

 From “Worship Ways” UCC.org

 

GATHERING HYMN

“Praise To The Lord, The Almighty”

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
Come, ye who hear; brothers and sisters draw near,
Praise him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth;
Shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen all that is needful hath been
Granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew all the Almighty can do,
He who with love doth befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him.
Let the Amen sound from his people again;
gladly for aye we adore him.

LOBE DEN HERREN

Joachim Neander, 1680 / Stralsund Gesangbuch, 1665

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, we confess that too often we have not been open to the rhythms of life you offer to us. Too often the melodies of the world confuse us. We have led ourselves and others to paths that are not according to your loving pace and direction. Help us pay attention with all of our senses. Make our dancing faithful; help us take the risks that are part of letting you lead. Pull us back into your rhythms. Clean our hearts, purify our hands and steady our feet that we might know and share your blessings.

From “Worship Ways” UCC.org

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

FIRST READING

Ephesians 1: 15-23

Paul’s Prayer

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

GOSPEL READING

Mark 6: 14-29

The Death Of John The Baptist

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

         

HYMN

“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

          Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.

Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver, born a child, and yet a king! 

Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;

By thine all-sufficient merit raise us to thy glorious throne.

STUTTGART

Charles Wesley, 1744 / Christian F. Witt, 1615

 

TEACHING TIME

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

“A New Creed”

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

 We believe in God:
    who has created and is creating,
    who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
       to reconcile and make new,
    who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God. 

We are called to be the Church:
    to celebrate God’s presence,
    to live with respect in Creation,
    to love and serve others,
    to seek justice and resist evil,
    to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,

    our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

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PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER

     Pastor: The Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

 

OFFERING

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

PARTING HYMN

“Amazing Grace” 

 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

Was blind but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils, and snares

I have already come;

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me, 

His word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be 

As long as life endures.

AMAZING GRACE

John Newton, 1779 / Edwin O. Excell, 1900

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Wednesday, July 14 

4:30PM – Worship & Music Team

 

Sunday, July 18

9:00AM – Worship Service

 

Sunday, July 25

9:00AM – “Christmas In July” Service

Special Collection for the Fuel Fund

 

Sunday, August 01

9:00AM – Holy Communion Service

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

On Sunday, July 25, we will hold a "Christmas In July" worship service during which time there will be an opportunity to contribute to our Fuel Fund. This special collection will help as we prepare to purchase fuel oil for the coming heating season. It will be here before we know it! Please consider a generous contribution to this fund as you are able.

The 2021 Gift & Basket Raffle will be a part of this year's Schuylkill Haven Borough Day on Saturday, September 25! This is a great opportunity to support your church by donating cash, gift cards, or other gift items and baskets for the raffle. There will also be a special preview night on Friday, September 24 from 6-8PM. Lets work together to make this year's Gift & Basket Raffle a fun event that supports the ministries of Saint John's Church! If you have any questions or are interested in helping, please contact Ann Rich or Mickey Casey.