LITURGY & ORDER OF WORSHIP

Sunday, August 7, 2022 Worship Service
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PRELUDE

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

No one is an island.  We are all joined in Christ Jesus.
Who else is like you, loving God?
Who is like you: beautiful in holiness, awesome in all the things you do for us?
No one lives by themselves.  No one dies by themselves.
Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
The Lord is my strength and my song and my salvation.  Glory to God! 

 HYMN 435 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, we think that we have to dress up to come to church.  We believe that we have to hide our mistakes and cover up our failings to be good enough.  Sometimes we leave things undone because we think we cannot do them perfectly.  Forgive us.  Remind us that you love us no matter what, and that you take joy when we try, even if we don’t get it right.  Help us to accept one another and to be encouraging as we all try our best.  As we pray for your forgiveness, empower us to practice your love and forgiveness for ourselves and for everyone we meet, as best we can.  Humbly we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.   

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS and SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you, and also with you.

As you hear the sound of water being poured into the baptismal fount, you are invited to remember your baptism, and the promises made.  As we are assured of our forgiveness, we celebrate our unity in God’s family and God’s abundant love for us and for all creation. 

INVITATION TO OFFERING

ANTHEM Just As I Am arr. Sally Ann Morris

DEDICATION 710 We Lift Our Voices 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE 

And Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, All: And do not stop them!”

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Romans 8:31-32

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?

 

Romans 8:35-39

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;

   we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Romans 14:5-13

Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honour of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honour of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honour of the Lord and give thanks to God.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord;

so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,

‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,

   and every tongue shall give praise to God.’

So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

 

This is the Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.  

 

SERMON REFLECTION 
MOMENT FOR SILENT REFLECTION 

HYMN 822 When We Are Living

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, concluding with 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and glory, forever.  Amen.

HYMN 539 We Will Go Out with Joy 

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE 


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 Portions of this morning’s liturgy come from or are inspired by the work of Claudio Carvalhaes in his collection Liturgies from BelowL Praying with People at the Ends of the World,  and from The Book of Common Worship. 

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