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10th Sunday Following

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS    Pastor Bob

(Genesis 32)

When our faith is at its weakest, God struggles with us – not to punish, but to bless us if we have the courage to ask.

CALL TO WORSHIP      (Matthew 14)

(Responsive reading)    Sharon Stewart

Are you hungry for a word of hope?

We come to be fed and nourished.

Are you yearning to see the bounty of God?

We long to see and believe.

Are you ready to witness the power of our God?

We are ready.

Come! Let us worship.

HYMN:     Be Thou My Vision

UMC Hymnal    #451

OPENING PRAYER    (Matthew 14)

(Unison)    Sharon Stewart

We come to you hungry, O God, our Provider.

Sit us down. Quiet our minds and hearts.

Feed us. Nourish us in this holy place

that we may be filled with you. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Genesis 32: 22-31

Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Surely the Presence of the Lord

UMC Hymnal    #328

PASTORAL PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    Spirit Song

UMC Hymnal    #347

 

GOSPEL READING

Matthew 14: 13-21

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

Come Lord Jesus

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Matthew 14)    Pastor Bob

Faced with a hungry crowd and only five loaves and two fish, Jesus fed the multitude until all were satisfied. Faced with a hungry world, God invites us to offer our gifts, that God’s bounty may be shared with those in need. May Christ see our faith and multiply our gifts, that all might be satisfied.

OFFERTORY    Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(Matthew 14)    (Unison)    Pastor Bob

O God, you provide for us in abundance. Our blessings overflow. We share a portion of all that we have been given, through these, our tithes, and offerings. May your kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN

Let Us Break Bread Together

UMC Hymnal  #618

CALL TO CONFESSION        Pastor Bob

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!

GREAT THANKSGIVING

HOLY COMMUNION...Come to the table of plenty

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN

Spirit of the Living God

UMC Hymnal    #393

BENEDICTION    (Matthew 14)

Pastor Bob

May the grace of our Lord Jesus dwell in your heart. May the love of God descend into your soul. May the nurturing presence of the Holy Spirit weave itself in your life this week. 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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