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Lower United Methodist Church
August 7, 2022
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

We invite you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church
on Sunday morning at 10:30.

 
Welcome and Greeting

Prelude

Centering Words: (Luke 12:32 AU) 
Do not be afraid, little ones. It is God’s pleasure to give you the kingdom. 
 
Call to Worship: (Psalm 50, Hebrews 11) 
God called Abraham and Sarah and promised to bless them. 
Through faith, they obeyed and received God’s inheritance. 
God called Isaac and Jacob, as heirs of that promise. 
They too followed in faith, seeking God’s realm. 
God calls us to join them, as heirs with the faithful. 
We come here in faith, assured by the hope that was fulfilled in the lives of your servants. 
 
Opening Prayer: (Isaiah 1, Luke 12) 
God of light and love, you take delight in your creation. Ignite our spirits to worship you with sincerity. Illumine our minds with the truth of your word. Inspire our hearts to seek your treasure alone, that our hearts may be pure and our actions may be noble and just, as we share your love. Through Jesus Christ, our hope and promise, we pray. Amen. 
 
Hymn:   How Firm a Foundation   UMH 529 

1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent word! What more can he say than to you he hath said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2. "Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, for I am thy God and will still give thee aid; I'll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

3. "When through the deep waters I call thee to go, the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow; for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

4. "When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply; the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

5. “The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose, I will not, I will not desert to its foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”


Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer


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.

 
Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-6
This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died. 6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh.
 
Hymn:   Since Jesus Came into My Heart   TFWS 2140

1. What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart! I have light in my soul for which long I had sought, since Jesus came into my heart!
Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart,
floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.

2. I have ceased from my wandering and going astray, since Jesus came into my heart! And my sins, which were many, are all washed away, since Jesus came into my heart!
Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart,
floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.

3. I'm possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure, since Jesus came into my heart! And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure, since Jesus came into my heart!
Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart,
floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.

4. There's a light in the valley of death now for me, since Jesus came into my heart! And the gates of the City beyond I can see, since Jesus came into my heart!
Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart,
floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.

5. I shall go there to dwell in that City, I know since Jesus came into my heart! And I'm happy, so happy, as onward I go, since Jesus came into my heart! 
Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart,
floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.

 
Offering Prayer: (Isaiah 1, Luke 12) 
Generous God, you offer us unfailing treasure in heaven. In love and gratitude for your gifts to us, we return these gifts and offerings to you. Use them and stretch them to ease the plight of the poor and the widow, the orphan and the downtrodden. Use and stretch us, that we may do good, seek justice, and be your light in the world. Amen. 
 
Doxology:   UMH 95
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.
 
Scripture Reading:   Luke 12:32-40
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 

Anthem

Sermon

Response Prayer

Holy Communion

Affirmation of Faith: 
 UMH 883
We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God; who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the church:  to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Hymn:   Move Me   UMH 471

Move me, move me; move me to do thy will.  Move me, move me; move me to do thy will.

Benediction: (Luke 12, Hebrews 11) 
Go forth in faith with your lamps lit, dressed for action. Through us, Christ offers love to the world. Go forth to be a blessing to everyone you meet.

 

Please pray for:
 
 

Thomas Thornton - cancer, in ICU on ventilator

Charlotte and John Groves - sudden loss of their great grandson

Betty Yates - stroke

Richard Bankert - eye appointment Friday

George

Ed Ruark - traveling to Texas for report on cancer treatments

Debbie Williams - breast cancer

Family of Mike Ailsworth who passed away

Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Virginia - floods and devastation

Don Fisher - pray he gets to go home after third heart surgery

Jim & Sheila Snider's son, Greg - surgery for cancer

Joe Coberly (Shirley's husband) - in hospice

Sallie Belle Benedetti - heart surgery 8/9

Annette Greenwood - car accident on 8/1

The family of John Wake - passed away 8/3


We are challenging you to read the bible every day in the new year. The bishop has offered a schedule to follow which is available

HERE.

A copy of each month's reading schedule will be included in the newsletter or can be picked up at the church.
Pastor Yosub challenges you to participate!
Last Week

Attendance:  52                      
Offering:     $2,830.00
E-giving:     $     30.00
Total:           $2,860.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                      $3,923.00
  
Our offerings to date:
                    $123,415.20

Our 2022 YTD Goal:
                    $121,613.00

 
 
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