Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 14, 2024

AN ORDER FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD

ENTRANCE

GATHERING OF THE CHURCH AND WELCOME

THE PRELUDE
A Mighty Fortress, Shackley
Buddy West, euphonium

BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

*CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader:  Come joyfully before the Lord,
People:  God knows and loves all of creation.
Leader:  Come hopefully before the Lord,
All:  Christ proclaimed God’s presence and peace.
Praise be to God!

*HYMN
UMH 577, God of Grace and God of Glory
God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power;
crown thine ancient church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
Fears and doubts too long have bound us; free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days,  
for the living of these days.

Cure thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to thy control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal,  
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore;
let the search for thy salvation be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore,  
serving thee whom we adore.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM (11:00)
Aurora Jasinski

*GREETING ONE ANOTHER IN THE NAME OF THE LORD

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.

FIRST LESSON
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is so high that I cannot attain it.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
    My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
    all the days that were formed for me,
    when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
    I come to the end—I am still with you.

ANTHEM
More Like You, Lord, Althouse
Chancel Choir

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON
Philemon 1:1-25
Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,

To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith towards the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.

For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love—and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

One thing more—prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping through your prayers to be restored to you.

Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow-workers.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES  

SERMON 

A MOMENT FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION

*AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: A MODERN AFFIRMATION
Leader: Where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is the one true church, apostolic and universal,
whose holy faith let us now declare:

All: We believe in God the Father,
infinite in wisdom, power, and love,
whose mercy is over all his works,
and whose will is ever directed to his children’s good.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Son of man,
the gift of the Father’s unfailing grace,
the ground of our hope
and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
as the divine presence in our lives,
whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance
of the truth of Christ,
and find strength and help in time of need.

We believe that this faith should manifest itself
in the service of love
as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord,
to the end that the kingdom of God
may come upon the earth. Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI
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.

*HYMN OF RESPONSE
UMH 433, All Who Love and Serve Your City
All who love and serve your city, all who bear its daily stress,
all who cry for peace and justice, all who curse and all who bless:

In your day of loss and sorrow, in your day of helpless strife,
honor, peace, and love retreating, seek the Lord, who is your life.

In your day of wealth and plenty, wasted work and wasted play,
call to mind the word of Jesus, “Work ye yet while it is day.”

For all days are days of judgment, and the Lord is waiting still,
drawing near to all who spurn him, offering peace from Calvary’s hill.

Risen Lord, shall yet the city be the city of despair?
Come today, our Judge, our Glory, be its name, “The Lord is there!”

OFFERTORY INVITATION

OFFERTORY
All Creatures of Our God and King, Althouse
Buddy West, euphonium

*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!

THE SENDING FORTH

*HYMN
UMH 438, Forth In Thy Name
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go, my daily labor to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know in all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned, O let me cheerfully fulfill;
in all my works thy presence find, and prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand, whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
and labor on at thy command, and offer all my works to thee.

For thee delightfully employ whate’er thy bounteous grace hath given;
and run my course with even joy, and closely walk with thee to heaven.

*CARRYING THE LIGHT INTO THE WORLD

*DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING

*THE CHIMING OF THE TRINITY                              

*POSTLUDE  
O God Beyond All Praising, Holst

  * Please stand as you are able.



Worship Leaders This Morning
Preacher: The Reverend Ben Alexander, Lead Pastor
Liturgists: The Reverend Anna Thornburg, Pastor of Christian Formation
Cole Schafer, High School Summer Ministry Intern
Time with Young Disciples: Emleigh Appel, Children’s Ministry Associate
Organist: Christy Farrior, Music Ministry Associate
Pianist: David Griffin
Acolyte: Ashley Stockett (11:00)