~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

June 27, 2021

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

God of all goodness and grace, we are gathered in your name to bring ourselves as an offering - body and soul - to serve your realm. Mold us into the creation you intend that we might embody your truth in a world that needs it so desperately. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor:   Sing praises to God, all you faithful ones.

People: God hears us in our fear and sorrow.

Pastor:   Where there was no way

People: God leads us in a new way. 

Pastor:   Where there was no mercy

People: God surprises us with fresh mercy.

Pastor:   Where there was weeping

People: God invites us to step into a new dance.  

From www.ucc.org

GATHERING HYMN

“My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' love and righteousness;

I dare not trust this early frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

When shadows veil my Savior's face, 

I rest upon unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale, 

My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

Christ's oath and covenant and blood

Support me in the rising flood;

When all around my soul gives way,

Christ then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

When Christ shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Love be found,

Dressed in God's righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

SOLID ROCK

Edward Mote, 1834 / William B. Bradbury, 1863

 

LITANY OF CONFESSION

Pastor:   When we resist your call to open our hearts to allow the freshness of your grace to enter:

People: Lord have mercy upon us.

Pastor:   When we close our eyes to your new and unexpected possibilities of healing and reconciliation:

People: Christ have mercy upon us. 

Pastor:   When we let fear overwhelm us, and cling to the security of what we know instead of risking new steps toward your freedom and justice:

People: Lord have mercy upon us.

From www.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

Psalm 30

Thanksgiving for Salvation & Strength

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” By your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed. To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!” You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

GOSPEL READING

Mark 5: 21-43

A Girl Restored To Life & A Woman Healed

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

HYMN

“Come, O Fount Of Every Blessing"

 

Come, O Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing your grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount; I'm fixed upon it, mount of God's unfailing love.

Hear I pause in my sojourning, giving thanks for having come,

Come to rust, at every turning, God will guide me safely home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God,

Came to rescue me from danger, blessed body, precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I am drawn anew!

Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to you.

Prone to wander, I can feel it, wander from the love I've known:

Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for your very own.

NETTLETON

Robert Robinson, 1758 / John Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 1813

 

TEACHING TIME

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

      He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

      Born of the Virgin Mary,

      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      Was crucified, died, and was buried;

      He descended to the dead.

      On the third day he rose again;

      He ascended into heaven,

      He is seated at the right hand of the Father, 

      And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      The holy catholic Church

      The communion of saints, 

      The forgiveness of sins,

      The resurrection of the body,

      And the life everlasting. Amen. 

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MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

     Pastor: Let us turn our hearts to God in our morning prayers…the Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

     Pastor: Let us pray…

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

     Invitation

     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

“Blessed Be The Tie That Binds” 

 

Blessed be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;

The sharing of a common life is like to that above.

Before our God we come and pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our Amis are one, our comforts and our cares.

We share each other's woes, each other's burdens bear,

And often for each other flows a sympathizing tear.

When we are called to part it gives us inward pain,

But we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

DENNIS

John Fawcett, 1782 / Lowell Mason, 1845

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Tuesday, June 29

6:00PM – Consistory Meeting

Sunday, July 04

Independence Day

8:00AM - Chancel Choir rehearsal

9:00AM - Holy Communion Service

Thursday, July 08

3:00PM - Property Team

Sunday, July 11

9:00AM - Worship Service

 

Wednesday, July 14

4:30PM - Worship & Music Team

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The PSEConference is sponsoring a Hike/Bike Event on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10. The trail will begin in the Schuylkill Association and travel through all associations, ending in the Philadelphia Association. There are many ways to participate: hike or bike all or part of the trail; cheer the hikers or bikers on; donate food, snacks, or drinks; and keep hikers and bikers in your prayers. For more information, contact Sue Gipe.