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12th Sunday Following

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

Pastor Bob

(Psalm 133)

How good it is that sisters and brothers live together in human dignity. 
As we celebrate our common humanity this day, let us lift up a humane spirituality in song and silence, in prayer and practice. 

CALL TO WORSHIP      (Psalm 133)

(Responsive reading)    Sharon Stewart

How very good and pleasant it is when a family lives together in unity. 
It is like being anointed with precious oil that flows down in abundance. 
It is like the morning dew, which falls on the mountains of Zion. 
For there the Lord pronounced this blessing – life forevermore.
Let us worship God together!

HYMN:     Blest be the Tie that Binds

UMC Hymnal    #557

Call to Confession

Sharon Stewart

Let us draw near to God in a time of honest confession.

PRAYER of CONFESSION (Unison)
Gracious and merciful God, we complain that we don’t have enough, yet what you offer us is more than enough. We doubt that you will provide what we need, yet you give nourishment in abundance each day. We forget to trust you and attempt to rely on ourselves alone. Bread of Heaven, rain down, that we might be fed and forgiven. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE of PARDON

Pastor Bob

God provides. No matter what we have said or thought. No matter 
what we have done. God provides. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
 
Thanks be to God!

A Reading from the Psalms

Psalm 133

Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Bind Us Together

TFWS Hymnal    #2226

PASTORAL PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    Freely, Freely

UMC Hymnal    #389

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOSPEL READING

Matthew 15: 10-20

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

Did I Say That Out Loud?

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Matthew 15)    Pastor Bob

As we learn to live generously, what we take ceases to poison us and what goes out heals the world. As we learn to live generously, we restore human dignity to the center of our faith. 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

Our prayer, O God, is that we honor you with what we say and 
with what we do. Bless these gifts as they join with others in this community and around the world, to make a difference, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN

In Remembrance of Me

TFWS Hymnal  #2254

GREAT THANKSGIVING

HOLY COMMUNION...Come to the Table of Grace

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN

Victory in Jesus

UMC Hymnal    #370

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. Amen
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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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