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17th Sunday Following

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(Exodus 15, Romans 14)      Pastor Bob

O God, you are our strength and our salvation.

You uphold and save us.

We offer you our very lives.

CALL TO WORSHIP    Sharon Stewart

Jesus says some things that are difficult to hear, because we are invited to change who we are or how we are thinking about something or someone. In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 18, verses 21–22, Peter asks Jesus how often we should forgive each other. “Seven times?” Peter wonders.

“Not seven times,” Jesus says, “but seventy-seven times.”  I don’t think Jesus meant that we keep a running tally. I think he meant that we forgive each other as often as we need to, even when it’s difficult. Even when it seems impossible. Whom do you need to forgive? Who needs to forgive you? And how might God help you to consider how forgiveness might be possible?

Let us worship God together.

HYMN:     Crown Him with Many Crowns

UMC Hymnal    #327

EPISTLE READING

Romans 14: 1-12      Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PREPARATION to PRAYER

He Is Lord      UMC Hymnal    #177

PASTORAL PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    Freely, Freely    UMC Hymnal #389

GOSPEL READING

Matthew 18: 21-35

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

The “F” Word

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Exodus 14 &15, Romans 14)    Pastor Bob

Let us share gifts of every kind in the service of God’s healing justice and love. 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 14    Pastor Bob

Our lives belong to you, O God. Our time, talent and treasure belong

to you. We return but a portion of all that you have given us, to do your will in this world. Bless these gifts, O Lord, and the generosity of those who give them. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN

Broken for Me

The Faith We Sing Hymnal  #2263

GREAT THANKSGIVING    Pastor Bob

HOLY COMMUNION...

Come to the Table of Forgiveness

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN

Majesty, Worship His Majesty

UMC Hymnal    #176

BENEDICTION      Pastor Bob

This week, I invite you to consider what it would mean to forgive someone. Not 77 times, but just once. In one huge act of faith and trust – to forgive one person. Forgive them, knowing that God is with you in that bold and courageous act. Forgive them, knowing that God judges them, and you don’t have to. Forgive them, knowing that even if it doesn’t make a difference for them, it will make a difference for you.

And may the grace of God be with you, always. 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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