Seventh Sunday after

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CALL TO WORSHIP  (Luke 11)

Sharon Stewart – Liturgist

Jesus said: Ask, and it will be given you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Together, let us approach God with open minds, expectant hearts and outstretched arms of praise. Come, let us worship God together!

HYMNWhat a Friend We Have in Jesus

UMC Hymnal    #526

PRAYER OF INVOCATION/

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

Sharon Stewart

Most holy God, we do seek you. In this time of worship and throughout the week, we seek your presence in our lives in ways that make a difference. Guide us to knock on the door that you alone can open, that leads to the path of peace and hope in you and in the grace of Jesus Christ. We ask that you send your Holy Spirit to be with us and among us this morning – as we pray, as we look to your word for guidance and inspiration, and as we sing your praise. Amen.

EPISTLE READING

(Colossians 2: 6-15)

Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

from Barbra Streisand’s Christmas Album

Sacred dance / Pastor Bob & Sharon Stewart

HYMN:      Seek Ye First

UMC Hymnal    #405

GOSPEL LESSON          Luke 11: 1-13

MEDITATION                      Pastor Bob

Ask…Seek…Knock

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob

One way that we show our commitment to God is through the giving of our time, our talents and through our financial support of the church. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY

Alleluia, Alleluia

UMC Hymnal    #162

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING    (Unison)

Pastor Bob

O Lord, you call us to abundant gratitude, and we are grateful for all that we have, for the blessings which overflow. We are also grateful for the chance to share a portion of what has been given to us with others. Bless these gifts in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

HYMN:      It Is Well with My Soul

UMC Hymnal    #377

BENEDICTION  (Luke 11: 9-10)

Pastor Bob

Ask, and it will be given you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord – asking, searching, and knocking in the ways that are right for you. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Shalom to You

UMC Hymnal    #666