Nineteenth Sunday

after Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     

Pastor Bob Stewart

CENTERING WORDS

Pray without ceasing. Pray without giving up. Pray with tenacity, courage, and hope.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Jean Kelly – Liturgist

Called by God to be a people of prayer, we gather today as

people of prayer. Come, let us worship and pray together.

HYMN:

 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

UMC Hymnal    #430

vs. 1, 3, & 4

OPENING PRAYER

Jean Kelly

Mighty God, we come into your powerful presence with hope in our hearts. May we pray with the same focus and strength with which you receive our prayers. Flow through our prayers and our worship this day, that we may rediscover childlike trust, even as we mature in faith. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON

2 Timothy 3: 14 – 4: 5

Jean Kelly

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:   It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord

UMC Hymnal    #352

GOSPEL LESSON           Luke 18: 1-8 NLT

MEDITATION   Persistent and Intentional

Pastor Bob and Sharon

We Gather at Christ's Table

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. The Spirit of God works through us, speaking hope through our words. The mercy of Christ works within us, healing neighbors through our actions in Christ’s name. Let us give with a joyful heart.

OFFERTORY

Power of Your Love by Hillsong

Barbara Houser - Soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(Unison)

Mighty God, bestow your power and strength on these gifts we now return to you. Multiply them as they go forth to serve your church and your world.

Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN

Spirit Song

UMC Hymnal    #347

GREAT THANKSGIVING

HOLY COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Shalom to You

UMC Hymnal    #666

BENEDICTION

As people of prayer, go now to live your prayers.

As people of faith, go now to live in faith.

As people of love, go now to live with love.

DEPART IN PEACE, SHALOM

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies

and The Abington Worship Annual-2022