(Image: Rain in an Oak Forest, 1891, Shishkin, Ivan Ivanovich)

©Order of Worship for Sunday July 02, 2023

5th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Communion

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Text for hymns are found below each hymn.  Click on the hymn highlighted text for music if shown.

Prelude:……….“America the Beautiful”…………..Greg D.
Words: Katharine Lee Bates, 1904 Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1888
Coming of the Light:…………………………………..Robbie G.
Greetings:……………………………………………Pastor Steven
Opening Prayer:………………………….………Kelly G.

Opening Hymns:…..“This is My Song  # 437 UMH
Words by Lloyd Stone and Georgia Harkness
Music by Jean Sibelius, arrangement from The Hymnal
© 1934, 1962, 1964 Lorenz Publishing Co.
Arr © 1933, renewed 1961 Presbyterian Board of Christian Education
1. This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, thou God of all nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.
3. This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms:
Thy kingdom come; on earth Thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him,
and hearts united learn to live as one.
O hear my prayer, thou God of all nations;
myself I give thee; let thy will be done.
 I Stand Amazed in the Presence#371 UMH
Words: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905 Music: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905
1. I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene,
and wonder how he could love me, a sinner, condemned, unclean.

How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!
2. For me it was in the garden he prayed: “Not my will, but
thine.” He had no tears for his own griefs, but sweat
drops of blood for mine.
How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!
3. In pity angels beheld him, and came from the world of light
to comfort him in the sorrows he bore for my soul that night.
How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!
4. He took my sins and my sorrows, he made them his very
own, he bore the burden to Calvary, and suffered and died
How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!
5. When with the ransomed in glory his face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of his love for me.
How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!
Passing of the Peace:……………………………Pastor Steven
Let us show signs of reconciliation and peace to one another.
Gloria Patri: “Glory Be to the Father” #71
The United Methodist Hymnal
Words: Lesser Doxology, 3rd-4th century
Music: Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
Glory be to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.

Announcements:………………………………………….Lorri B.
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Offertory: ………“God Bless America”………..Melanie B.
Words and Music:  Irving Berlin, 1938
Offertory Response:  Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow (The Doxology) #94
The United Methodist Hymnal 
Adapted © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
Words by Thomas Ken, 1674, adapted by Gilbert Vieira, 1978
Music: Geistliche Kirchengesänge, 1623; harmony by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
“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 After Receiving:………………………….Pastor Steven
Prayers of the People:……………………………Pastor Steven
Hymn of Preparation:………“El Shaddai#123 UMH
Words and Music by Michael Card and John Thompson
© 1981 Mole End Music
El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
El Elyon na Adonai;
age to age you’re still the same
by the power of the name.
El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
Erkahmka na Adonai;
we will praise and lift you high,
El Shaddai.
Translation of Hebrew
El Shaddai: God Almighty
El Elyon: The Most High God
na Adonai: O Lord
Erkahmka: We will love you

Old Testament Lesson:…..Jeremiah 28:5-9……Kelly G.
Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord;
and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles.
But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people.
The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms.
As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”
Sermon:…..“What Words Do You Speak?”……Pastor Steven
Holy Communion:………………………………..Pastor Steven
Communion Hymn:…….“As We Gather at Your Table  #2268 TFWS
Words: Carl P. Daw, Jr. Music: Skinner Chávez-Melo
Words © 1989 Hope Publishing Co.; music © 1985

1.As we gather at your table, as we listen to your word,
help us know, O God, your  presence; let our hearts
and minds be stirred.  Nourish us with sacred story
till we claim it as our own; teach us through this holy
banquet how to make Love’s victory known.
2.Turn our worship into witness in the sacrament of life;
send us forth to love and serve you, bringing peace where
there is strife.  Give us, Christ, your great compassion to
forgive as you forgave; may we still behold your image
in the world you died to save.
3.Gracious Spirit, help us summon other guests to share
that feast where triumphant Love will welcome those who
had been last and least.  There no more will envy blind
us nor will pride our peace destroy, as we join with
saints and angels to repeat the sounding joy.
Closing Hymn:…..“Let There Be Peace on Earth#431, UMH
Words and Music:  Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
© 1955 Assigned to Jan-Lee Music
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; 
let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. 
With God our creator, children all are we.
Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. 
Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now. 
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow: 
to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. 
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
Dismissal with Blessing: …………………..Pastor Steven
Postlude:…..…“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”………Greg D.
Words: William Whiting  Music: John B. Dykes


Pastor Steven: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All pray in silence.

Pastor Steven: Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
All:  Glory to God. Amen.


Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.
All, including the pastor, exchange signs and words of God’s peace by crossing hands, wave to one another due to social distancing guidelines.

Pastor Steven: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Pastor Steven: Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor Steven: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Pastor Steven: And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Pastor Steven: In union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pastor Steven: All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.

All: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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