Avent Ferry United Methodist Church is a Christ centered community of faith that is committed to reaching out to and embracing all individuals. With open hearts, open minds, and open doors, we are making intentional efforts toward celebrating diversity and being genuinely welcoming and inclusive of all individuals. As a Reconciling United Methodist Church, we follow Jesus Christ by loving and accepting: All Ages, All Races, All Abilities, All Cultures, All Ethnicities, All National Origins, All Education Levels, All Gender Identities, All Sexual Orientations, All Socio-Economic Statuses, All Family or Marital Statuses.
Join Us For Worship, Sunday July 4th at 11:00am on Our Youtube Live Channel!!!
The worship video will be available live at 11:00 am. Text for hymns are found below each hymn. Click on the hymn highlighted text for music.
Prelude: “This Land Is Your Land”, by Woody Guthrie, 1945 / “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, Thesaurus Musicus, 1744………………………………….arranged by G. Dixon
Opening Prayer: ……………………….…….Lusi R.
Opening Hymn:“America The Beautiful” #696 UMH Words: Katharine Lee Bates, 1904 Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1888
1.O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!
2.O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine Till all success be nobleness, And every gain divine!
3.O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!
Giving of our tithes and offerings………..……Lusi R. You can do this with no fee through your bank’s online bill pay option. It is easy to set up for automatic monthly giving. Or, you can use this link: Online Giving
Offertory Response: The Doxology #95 UMH Words: Thomas Ken, 1674 Music: Attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer after receiving…………………………………….Pastor Juan
Prayers of The People…………………………….………Pastor Juan
Holy Communion…………………….Pastor Juan Liturgy, prayers and responses are located below this copy of order of worship.
Closing Hymn: “This Is My Song, God of All Nations” #437 UMH Words: Sts. 1,2 Lloyd Stone, 1934; st. 3, Georgia Harkness, ca. 1939 Music: Jean Sibelius, 1899; arr. from The Hymnal, 1933
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
CONFESSION & PARDON Pastor Juan: 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 Juan: 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.
THE PEACE 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 Juan: The Lord be with you. All: And also with you. Pastor Juan:Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised. All: We lift them up to the Lord. Pastor Juan: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. All: It is right to give our thanks and praise. Pastor Juan: 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 Juan: 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 Juan: All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God ), now and forever.
THE LORD’S PRAYER* Pastor Juan: And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
BREAKING THE BREAD Elements are consecrated by the Pastor at this point. Elements are also sealed and prepackaged for sanitations reasons and in accordance with CDC and state guidance on COVID-19.
GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP Ushers will call people one by one to come to the Lord’s table to grab the consecrated elements which are pre-packaged with grape juice on one side and wafer on the other side. You will walk back to your seat and partake in eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ.
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