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14th Sunday After

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS    (Exodus 3)

Pastor Bob

God speaks from burning bushes and souls on fire. May God grant us eyes to see and ears to hear, as we worship this day.

CALL TO WORSHIP    Sharon Stewart

Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, they must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.” What does this mean? For you? For me? For those of us who want to follow Jesus, in 2023 and in the future, here at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. What does it mean to deny ourselves? What does it mean to take up our cross? This morning in worship we will spend time with these questions and others, as we offer our intention to God – to follow Jesus with all our hearts, all our minds and with all our strength. Let us worship God together.

HYMN:     I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2129

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Exodus 3: 1-15      Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2193

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

GOSPEL READING

Matthew 16: 21-28

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

Our Place Is Behind Jesus

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

(Romans 12)    (Unison)    Pastor Bob

O God of new beginnings, receive the gifts of our hands, that hospitality might be extended to those in need. Bless today’s offering, that the hungry may be fed and the thirsty may be satisfied. May these gifts seal our commitment to do what is just and honorable in your sight. Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN

Let Us Break Bread Together

UMC Hymnal  #618

GREAT THANKSGIVING

HOLY COMMUNION...

Come to the Table of Genuine Love

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN

Lord, I Want to Be a Christian

UMC Hymnal    #402

BENEDICTION    (Romans 12)

Pastor Bob

Live peaceably with others.

Hold fast to what is good.

Honor what is just and show mutual affection for all.

Go with the blessings from the almighty God. 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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