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13th Sunday after

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, 

and FUNNY STORY       Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(Exodus 2, Romans 12)    Pastor Bob

When we give ourselves fully to God, God transforms our lives. In this Transformation, God connects us to others whose lives are being transformed, as they too give themselves fully to God.

CALL TO WORSHIP

(Matthew 16)      Sharon Stewart

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples gave him feedback from what they’d been hearing from the crowds: “John the Baptist? Elijah? One of the prophets?” Jesus pressed them further, “But who do you say that I am?”

This question that Jesus asked his followers long ago is still the question that is at the heart of the Christian faith. It’s a question that is asked of each one of us: Who do you say that Jesus is? Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us worship God!

HYMN:    Take My Life, and Let It Be

UMC Hymnal    #399

OPENING PRAYER    (Unison)

Sharon Stewart

Gracious and loving God, bless us with your presence as we worship this day. Bless us with your love as we grow in love and mature faith. Bless us with your guidance as we give ourselves to you, to your church, and to your work in the world. Amen.

EPISTLE READING

Romans 12: 1-8    Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Sanctuary

The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2164

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

UMC Hymnal    #400

 

GOSPEL LESSON

Matthew 16: 13-20

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

Who Do You Say I Am?

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

(Romans 12)    Pastor Bob

Sisters and brothers, as Paul encouraged the earliest Christians,

I invite you now to present yourselves and your gifts as a living

sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY    Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    #94

BLESSING of the OFFERING

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

O God, you have created our hearts to be generous and our hands to serve others in your name. Bless these gifts and those who give them. May they feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and help to bring justice to all ends of the earth, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

HYMN:     Amazing Grace

UMC Hymnal  #378

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION    (Matthew 16)

Pastor Bob

Take this question that Jesus asks each one of us, into your prayer and meditation this week: “Who do you say that I am?” Spend some time considering how it is that you uniquely answer that question. And may the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the soul-renewing encouragement of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Shalom to You

UMC Hymnal #666

DEPART in PEACE…SHALOM!

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2023.

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