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Lower United Methodist Church
August 21, 2022
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

We hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
when the Youth of LUMC will be leading the Worship Service. We will celebrate Back-to-School with a special Blessing of the Backpacks!
Welcome and Greeting

Prelude


Centering Words - Hannah Lambert
(Hebrews 13) 
Let mutual love continue, as it gathers your family and friends close. Let mutual love increase, as it extends to the stranger, the lost, and the lonely. 
 
Call to Worship - Hannah Lambert
(Hebrews 13, Luke 14) 
With gifts of praise, we come to worship. With heartfelt prayers, we come to worship and pray. With open minds, eager to grow, we come to worship and grow this day. 
 
Opening Prayer - Cameron Lambert
Loving God, flow through our worship and our lives. Expand your love in and through each of us and through our community of faith, that we might create a house of such hospitality and love that all may feel truly welcome. Reach out through each of us and through our community of faith, that we might reach out beyond our walls to the stranger, the lost, and the lonely, and that we might discover how abundant your love truly is. Amen. 
 
Hymn   This Is a Day of New Beginnings    UMH 383
1. This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that's gone.
2. For by the life and death of Jesus, God's mighty Spirit, now as then, can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again. 
3. Then let us, with the Spirit's daring, step from the past and leave behind our disappointment, guilt, and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.
4. Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.
5. In faith we'll gather round the table to taste and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.

Prayer and Encouragement for Teachers and School Staff - Jackson Murray
Dear God, Grant our teachers and school staff an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return. Give them grace as they help students who aren't thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small - yet incredibly important - ways every day. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come. Amen.

Joys and Concerns - Cole Harris

Prayers of the People and The Lord's Prayer - Kristin Harris
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   Jeremiah 2:4-13   - Sophie Kissman
4 Hear the word of the Lord, you  descendants of Jacob, all you clans of Israel. 5 This is what the Lord says: “What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. 6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’ 7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable. 8 The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols. 9 “Therefore I bring charges against you again,” declares the Lord. “And I will bring charges against your children’s children. 10 Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this: 11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols. 12 Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the Lord. 13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Prayer of Confession - Jayden Hogge
(Hebrews 13, Luke 14, Jeremiah 2, Psalm 81) 
God of love and grace, flow through our messy lives with your abundant grace. When we would close our hearts and doors, open us to share your grace with others. When we would neglect the needs of your world, forgive us so abundantly that we might be moved to give as abundantly as we have received. When we let pride and self-interest rule our days, forgive us so miraculously that we might live with humility and selflessness. In your abundant love and miraculous grace, may your world come to know your ways. Amen. 
 
Words of Assurance - Jayden Hogge
(Psalm 81, Hebrew 13) 
Like honey from a rock, Christ’s love flows within us with the sweetness of God’s grace. Like finest wheat, the Spirit’s sustenance feeds us with mercy and hope. Thanks be to God! 
 
Hymn   Jesus Loves Me   UMH 191
1. Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong.  Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
2. Jesus loves me! This I know, as he loved so long ago, taking children on his knee, saying, “Let them come to me.” Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. 
3. Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way, wanting as a friend to give light and love to all who live. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Offertory Prayer - Kristin Harris
(Luke 14) 
Generous God, bless the gifts we return to you now, that they may be gifts of abundance and grace for a world in need. We pray in Jesus' name. 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   Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16   - Sophie Kissman
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” 7 Remember your leaders, whospoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Anthem - Ingrid and Anna Carey

Sermon - Josh Leggett

Affirmation of Faith   UMH 885   - Josh Leggett
Leader: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, 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   Go Tell It On the Mountain   UMH 251
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born. While shepherds kept their watching o'er silent flocks by night, behold throughout the heavens there shown a holy light. 
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born. The shepherds feared and trembled, when lo! above the earth, rang out the angel chorus that hailed the Savior’s birth.
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born. Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born, and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn. Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.


Prayer and Encouragement for Children and Youth
 
Benediction - Anna Carey
As students go back to school this week, let us all remember to not treat strangers like strangers but instead let us remember to treat everyone like brothers and sisters. Bless all schools and students' teachers and communities. May we all do good work for the Kingdom of God. Go in peace to love and serve. Amen.
Please pray for:
 
 
 

Linda and Grant - Covid and trying to get home with Covid

Family of Warren Milby who passed away

Family of Mike Ailsworth who passed away

Glenda Brooks - Covid, in ICU at Walter Reed

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 falll

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

Nicole Savage - in hospital after having second baby

Amy Kellogg, co-worker of Richard Bankert - breast cancer surgery on 8/19
 


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:          55                    
Offering:    $2,370.00
E-giving:    $     15.00
Total:          $2,385.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                    $3,923.00
  
Our offerings to date:
                $129,263.58

Our 2022 YTD Goal:
                $129,459.00

 
 
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