Fifteenth Sunday after

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY         Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(Psalm 125, James 2)

Remember God’s gracious abundance and give thanks. Remember Christ’s call upon our lives to be faithful. Open yourself to the Holy Spirit. For this is the time to worship.

READING FROM THE PSALMS

Psalm 125           Debbie Young - Liturgist

CALL TO WORSHIP  (Psalm 125)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

What would it be like if we could trust God completely?

What would it be like if we were aware of God’s presence with us all the time?

What would it be like if we could worship God with our whole heart, holding nothing back?

In worship, we draw near to God who has already drawn near to us. Let us worship God together!

HYMN:                     Table of Plenty

Worship & Song Hymnal    #3173

OPENING PRAYER Mark 7 (Unison)

Open our ears, O Lord, that we might hear your voice speaking to us, through the words of scripture, through song and prayer, and through praise of this community, gathered in your name.

Open our ears, O Lord, that we might hear your Spirit, speaking to ours – words of encouragement, words of promise, words of hope.

Open our ears, this day, as we worship you together! Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Debbie Young - Liturgist

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2193

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE        Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

HYMN:          Come to the Table of Grace

Worship & Song Hymnal    #3168

GOSPEL LESSON                 Mark 7: 24-37

MEDITATION                              Pastor Bob

“Feed the Dog”

INVITATION TO OFFERING       Pastor Bob

The Lord is Creator of all and the Giver of every good gift. Let us offer to God a portion of these gifts, that all needs may be met, and that all people may come to know the grace and joy of God. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY             Hymn of Promise

Debbie Young / soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(Proverbs 22)  (Unison)

O Lord, you have created us all. Bless these gifts and the generosity of those who give them, as they join with other gifts to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and help those who are in need. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH

The Apostle’s Creed

Traditional Version        UMH #881

GREAT THANKSGIVING

COMMUNION

LORD’S PRAYER

SENDING HYMN         Together We Serve

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2175

BENEDICTION    Pastor Bob

Present your needs to Jesus, who hears you and understands. Jesus offers us healing and hope, no matter what our circumstances.

May the grace of God our Redeemer, The love of God our Creator, And the presence of God our Sustainer, be with you, this day and every day. Depart in Peace. Shalom.

BENEDICTION HYMN

Shalom to You              UMH #666