Living in Prayer

July 26, 2020

Sunday July 26, 2020
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome  

Announcements

Call to worship

One: Praise the Lord!

All: We gather in spirit to sing praises to God.

One: Praise the Lord!

All: We gather in spirit to give thanks for all God has done in our lives.

One: Praise the Lord!

All: We gather in spirit to worship our creator, redeemer, and sustainer.

Opening Music

“Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us”  UMH 331
Bob Wuertz 

  1. Holy Spirit, come, confirm us
        in the truth that Christ makes known; 
        we have faith and understanding
        through your helping gifts alone.

            2. Holy Spirit, come, console us,
                  come as advocate to plead;
                  loving Spirit from the Father,
                  grant in Christ the help we need.

  1. Holy Spirit, come, renew us,
        come yourself to make us live;
        holy through your loving presence,
        holy through the gifts you give.
  2.  Holy Spirit, come, possess us,
         you the love of Three in One,
         Holy Spirit of the Father,
         Holy Spirit of the Son.

Morning Prayer

Holy One, we come before you with sighs too deep for words. We come with hearts overwhelmed—by the world, by personal relationships, and by inward struggles. We come to praise your name and to be reassured of your unending grace. In this time and place, open our hearts to your presence. Open our ears to hear your word proclaimed. Open our hands to serve you and the world. May our lives reflect Christ, who walks with us and gives us life. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.

Children’s Time

Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Loving God, you search our hearts to see all the good, all the challenges, and all the obstacles in our lives. You remember the times we have turned away from you—the times we have forgotten we are your beloved children. Forgive us when we do not act as your faithful followers. Remind us we are a part of your family. May your Son, Jesus Christ, intercede in our lives to bring us grace and healing. Help us be your servants and share your story with the world.

Words of Assurance

One: Beloved children of God, nothing in this life can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Receive the forgiveness of God, and go forth to be the loving community of faith. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. 

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen. 

Pastoral Prayer 

The Lord’s Prayer

Paula Todd

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Scripture

Romans 8:26-39 - Dave Grundies

Message

“Living in Prayer”

Invitation to offering 

Offertory

“His Eye Is on the Sparrow”
 Jayson Coleman

Doxology

UMH 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below:
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

God of grace and mercy: we offer our gifts to you this day, knowing that it is your love and presence that have sustained us through all our difficult days. We know there have been days when fear and anxiety have gotten the better of us, and we have needed the reminder Paul gave to the Romans, “nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus.” Help us to live as Christ calls us, to share what we have and show love and compassion, as Christ taught us. We boldly pray, in the name of Jesus our Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

Closing Music

“On Eagles’ Wings”
Bob Wuertz

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
Who abide in His shadow for life
Say to the Lord, "My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!"

And He will raise you up on eagles' wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand

The snare of the fowler will never capture you
And famine will bring you no fear
Under His wings your refuge, His faithfulness your shield

And He will raise you up on eagles' wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand

You need not fear the terror of the night
Nor the arrow that flies by day
Though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come

And He will raise you up on eagles' wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand 

For to his angels he’s given a command
To guard you in all of your ways
Upon their hands they will bear you up
Lest you dash your foot against a stone

And He will raise you up on eagles' wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand 

Benediction

Postlude: “Cornet Solo”  
Jenny Lai