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Lower United Methodist Church
July 31, 2022
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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


This Sunday, July 31st, is Hope Sunday.  Information on Alzheimer’s and dementia, and dealing with grief will be included in the worship service.  A video presentation by Julie Rosas, plus a second speaker, is planned.
Video Presentation by Julianne Rosas

Welcome and Greeting


Prelude

Centering Words: (Luke 11) 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 

Call to Worship:
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Come, celebrate God's gift of HOPE that ignites our hearts with praise, even in this time of sorrow and loss.
People: Come, rekindle the flame of HOPE to answer God's call to share this gift.
All: Come, join the celebration and be warmed by the Spirit that calls us to serve.

Opening Prayer: (Hosea 1, Psalm 85, Luke 11) 
Holy Mystery, in ancient days, you spoke to your prophet Hosea, telling him to give his children names that warned of hard times to come. Even though the people heard, “You are not my people,” you insisted that they remained your beloved children. When his disciples asked him how to pray, Jesus called them beloved children of God, telling them to ask only for each day’s bread. Today, we stand in awe, waiting to hear your word, yearning to know that we, too, are your beloved children. Give us the bread that we need today, so that we might feed a world that hungers for wholeness. Amen. 

Hymn:   Hymn of Promise   UMH 707

1. In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise:  butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

2. There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

3. In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

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:  Revelation 21:1-6, 23-24
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

Prayer of Confession: (Colossians 3, Luke 12) 
Loving God, you show us the blessedness of seeking things that are above, but our hearts are captured by the shiny objects that catch our eye and capture our attention. When we lose sight of our priorities, heal our desire to get our share. Help us store up treasure in heaven rather than here on earth. Renew us in your Spirit this day, that our lives, hidden with Christ, may be revealed with Christ in glory. Amen. 

Words of Assurance: (Colossians 3) 
We, who have been raised with Christ, are heirs of his glory. When we store up treasures in heaven, we are rich in God’s blessings, and sealed in the embrace of God’s love. 

Hymn:   Hope of the World   UMH 178

1. Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion, speak to our fearful hearts by conflict rent. Save us, thy people, from consuming passion, who by our own false hopes and aims are spent.

2. Hope of the world, God's gift from highest heaven, bringing to hungry souls the bread of life, still let thy spirit unto us be given, to heal earth's wounds and end all bitter strife.

3. Hope of the world, afoot on dusty highways, showing to wandering souls the path of light, walk thou beside us lest the tempting byways lure us away from thee to endless night.

4. Hope of the world, who by thy cross didst save us from death and dark despair, from sin and guilt, we render back the love thy mercy gave us; take thou our lives, and use them as thou wilt.

5. Hope of the world, O Christ o'er death victorious, who by this sign didst conquer grief and pain, we would be faithful to thy gospel glorious; thou art our Lord! Thou dost forever reign.

Offertory Prayer: (Psalm 107) 
We sing your praises, O God, for your love is sure and true, your faithfulness is never ending. You satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things. Receive the offerings we bring before you this day, that these gifts may continue your work of tending the needy, providing hope for the downtrodden, and blessing those who live in want. In Christ’s name, we pray. 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: Matthew 10:28-31
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 

Anthem

Sermon

Affirmation of Faith:   UMH 884
We believe in the one God, creator and sustainer of all things, Father of all nations, the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love.  We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength. 

We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the life of love and prayer, and in grace equal to every need.

We believe in the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments as the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice. We believe in the church, those who are united in the living Lord for the purpose of worship and service.  We believe in the reign of God as the divine will realized in human society, and in the family of God, where we are all brothers and sisters. We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting.  Amen.

Hymn:   My Hope is Built   UMH 368

1. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand. 

2. When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood supports me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. 
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand. 

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found! Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

Benediction: (Colossians 3) 
Go forth as people who have been raised with Christ to newness of life. 
We go as Christ’s disciples. 
Go forth as people whose lives are hidden with Christ in the living God. 
We go to bear the mystery of life with Christ. 
Go forth as people who will be revealed in glory when Christ’s glory is revealed. 
We go to store up treasure in heaven, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Please pray for:
 
 

Buck Burton - hospitalized with pneumonia and sepsis

Joseph Hogge - surgery for collapsed lung

Residents in Tappahannock that lost property and/or jobs due to fire

Walter Dynes, Ceil Rector's brother-in-law - stroke and other health problems

Rev. Walt McKibbon and wife Annette - he's having complications from open heart surgery.

Vicki Hogge and family - she was hospitalized with COVID

Thomas Thornton - cancer, in ICU on ventilator

John & Charlotte Groves' family after the sudden death of their great grandson, Douglas Watkins.  


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:  20                         
Offering:     $4,400.00
E-giving:     $1,075.00
Total:           $5,475.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                      $3,923.00
  
Our offerings to date:
                    $120,555.20

Our 2022 YTD Goal:
                    $117,690.00

 
 
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