Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
July 1, 2018
Gathering in God’s Name
*Please stand if you are able
Welcome / Life and Work of the Church
Lighting the Christ Candle
Call to Worship: (adapted from Psalm 30)
Sing Praises to God, all you faithful ones
God hears us in our fear and our sorrow
Where there was no way
God leads us in a new way
Where there was no mercy
God surprises us with fresh mercy
Where there was weeping
God invites us to step into a new dance.
*Hymn: “Let All Things Now Living”
Voices United # 242
[During the singing of this hymn please come forward and put your coins in the Mission and Service Piggy Bank to celebrate July birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.]
Prayer of Approach:
O Faithful God
You yearn to be so close to us that we can know you in every breath, in every hope, in every relationship.
You long for us to trust in your power to bring to life new possibilities where there has been no hope.
Meet us here today and teach us to recognize the ways of life and hope into which you are leading us. So may our desires become your desires, our work become your work, and our community the place where you are sought and found.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Call to Confession:
God calls us in our lives to take a risk, to be like the woman in the gospel who reaches out to Jesus for healing for herself; or the father who risks the scorn of others to bring Jesus to his dying daughter.
Let us ponder for a moment the places of our lives where we may resist turning to God for healing and change. (silence)
Litany of Confession:
When we resist your call to open our hearts to allow the freshness of your grace to enter:
God have mercy.
When we close our eyes to your new and unexpected possibilities of healing and reconciliation.
Christ have mercy.
When we let fear overwhelm us, and cling to the security of what we know instead of risking new steps toward your freedom and justice:
God have mercy.
Congregational Sung Response:
Voices United # 948
O God, hear my prayer, O God hear my prayer:
when I call answer me.
O God, hear my prayer, O God hear my prayer: come and listen to me.
Assurance of Grace
God’s mercies are fresh every morning. In Christ God offers forgiving grace and welcome into a community of trust, abundance, and hope.
Let us give thanks for the mercy of God, and pass the peace of Christ in community among us.
“Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands”
Voices United # 537
Ministry of Music
Proclaiming God’s Word
Excel in generosity.
2 Corinthians 8:7–15
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Out of the depths, I cry to God.
Psalm 130 Voices United Page 853
Young girl raised; hemorrhaging woman healed.
This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
Thanks be to God
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn: “Be Still, My Soul” Voices United # 652
Minute for Mission
The freshness of God’s mercy and love, the continued generosity of God’s gifts to us, call for thanksgiving and generosity on our part.
This church stands because of the faithful generosity of those who came before us, and its ministry grows today because of the hopeful, expectant generosity that lives in us.
Let us gather our gifts together, then, and offer them to God in gratitude, heartfelt commitment, and praise.
*Offertory Response: (Voices United #540)
Grant us, God, the grace of giving,
with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living
we may offer faithfully.
Blessing over the Gifts
Generous God, take our gifts this day and use them so that we may be part of your great work in this world.
Through our giving, bring a brighter day of justice and love, not just in our community but in the world beyond these walls.
Strengthen our church and the whole United Church of Canada so that we grow together each day into a powerful voice for healing and peace. Amen.
Sharing our Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People / Lord’s Prayer
We Go Forth to Live as Christians in the World
*Closing Hymn: “We Have This Ministry”
Voices United # 510
Deep in our hearts, we know that we are children of God.
Remember who you are, then, and walk in the assurance of God’s presence and love with you always, calling you beyond fear into belief and joy. And may the grace and peace of God the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer come upon you this day and remain with you.
*Choral Benediction: Voices United # 429
May the blessing of God be upon you.
May God’s love light all your way.
May the grace of Christ enfold you
and peace around you stay.
May the Spirit of God dwell within you.
May you live in joy each day.