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Lower United Methodist Church
August 28, 2022
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

We hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
for our in-person worship service.  For those who are unable to join us in-person, the service is recorded and uploaded to our Facebook page.  
Welcome and Greeting

Prelude


Centering Words:
Just when we’re about to dismiss ourselves or someone else, Jesus dignifies our lives with a touch, with healing power, and with the assurance that God is very near. 
 
Call to Worship:
(Hebrews 13, Luke 14) 
Leader: Family, breathe in the love of God with me.
People: (deep breath in)
Leader: Beloved Children of God, breathe out your self-doubts.
People: (deep breath out)
Leader: Knowing that you are loved by the God of the Universe, I welcome you to worship today.
People: Our hearts are ready.
AMEN. 


Opening Prayer: 
(Hebrews 13, Luke 14) 
Infinite God, You have brought us into abundance. You have given us physical and spiritual nourishment You have led us to flowing waters of grace. We come to worship today, seeking these things for our souls. May we accept what you offer us today in its entirety, that we might share with others.

Hymn   O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing   UMH 57

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name.

3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears,  that bids our sorrows cease; 'tis music in the sinner's ears, ‘tis life, and health, and peace.

4. He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free; his blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.

5. He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive; the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.

6. Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy.

7. In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven; anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.

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: Isaiah 58:9b-14
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. 13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Prayer of Confession:
God of grace, we confess our uncertainty. We are unsure of ourselves, so we cease to take risks. We feel uncertain whom we should serve, so we neglect to serve those who are before us. In seasons of doubt, we grow uncertain that you are even with us to guide us. Awaken us to your presence, and renew us by your grace. Amen.  

Words of Assurance:
Truly, God is our hope, our trust, even from our birth. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Amen. 
 
Hymn   Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love   UMH 432

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
1. Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet, Master who acts as a slave to them.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
2. Neighbors are rich and poor, neighbors are black and white, neighbors are near and far away.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
3. These are the ones we should serve, these are the ones we should love; all these are neighbors to us and you.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
4. Loving puts us on our knees, serving as though we are slaves, this is the way we should live with you.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
5. Kneel at the feet of our friends, silently washing their feet, this is the way we should live with you.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.

Offering Prayer:
Generous God, you have blessed us throughout our lives. Take these offerings, and every gift we give, and use them to show others the breadth of your unfailing love. Amen. 

Offertory   Give Thanks   Ouida Archinal
 
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 13:10-17
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. 14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” 15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” 17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

Anthem

Sermon

Response Prayer

Affirmation of Faith   UMH 885
Leader:  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there there is the one true church, apostolic and universal, whose holy faith let us now declare:
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.

Hymn   Where Charity and Love Prevail   UMH 549

1. Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found’ brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound.

2. With grateful joy and holy fear true charity we learn; let us with heart and mind and strength now love Christ in return.

3. Forgive we now each other’s faults as we our faults confess; and let us love each other well in Christian holiness.

4. Let strife among us be unknown, let all contention cease; be Christ the glory that we seek, be ours his holy peace.

5. Let us recall that in our midst dwells God’s begotten Son; as members of his body joined, we are in him made one.

6. Love an exclude no race or creed if honored be God’s name; our common life embraces all whose Maker is the same.

Benediction:
(Hebrews 13, Luke 14) 
Go to share love with the world. Go to invite the least and the lost. Go to welcome the stranger. Go to share love with the world.

 
Please pray for:
 
 
 

Glenda Brooks - in rehabilitation, continued prayer for strength

Sally Belle Benedetti - in hospital after surgery

Sally Gayle Revere's son in Alaska - travel mercies 

Family of Molly McMurtrie who passed away

Larry and Kathy Lucas - travel mercies

Chyrel and Stan Coloff - travel mercies

Doris, Madonna Frisch's sister - in hospital after fall

Bill Gibson, ex husband of Lisa Estes - in hospital on ventilator

Nicole Savage - now at home, prayers for continued healing

Amy Kellogg - continued prayer after surgery

Unspoken - testing this week

LouAnn - prayer for entire family

Paige and Jay - trying to have a baby

All students, teachers, administrators and support staff as a new school year begins


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:         110                   
Offering:     $2,903.00                 
E-giving:     $1,580.00                 
Total:          $4,483.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:             
                      $3,923.00
  
Our offerings to date:                
                    $133,746.58

Our 2022 YTD Goal:                   
                    $133,382.00

 
 
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