Weekly Bulletin

Greeters: Bob and Patty Mowery
Liturgist: Marlene Pierce

July 22, 2018
9th Sunday after Pentecost

Gentle God: We have traveled through many waters to reach this place, but share one baptism; we arrive from different backgrounds and traditions, yet share one faith;
we are, each of us, unique and precious to God, and are members of one Body; we have different dreams and doubts, yet our hearts beat with one hope; we are graced with different gifts, so we may offer them in service to one Lord. God in Community, Holy in One, equip us for the work of ministry.
Hymns are from the chorus book and the brown hymnal.
*indicates that congregation should stand, if able

MEDITATION HYMN (Please remain seated)
“Change My Heart, O God” Chorus Book p. 2

*CALL TO WORSHIP (read responsively)
L: O Lord, we gather this day as members of the household of God coming from many different places.
P: And we are one with Christ.
L: We all are different – we look different, act differently, and speak differently. We are of different ages, different genders, different races and ethnicities. We know different ways of worshipping and growing in you, O Lord.
P: And we are one with Christ.
L: O Lord, we delight in all the ways you have made each of us unique and called us to be one with Christ. We celebrate that there is ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, and ONE God of all who is over all, in all, and through all. Call to us once more, reminding us that we are indeed One with the Resurrected Christ. As we claim oneness in Christ, let Your church experience the unifying power of resurrection and the fire of the Holy Spirit.
All: We are one with Christ! Amen.

*OPENING PRAYER – Wesley Covenant Prayer (unison)
I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low for You. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, You are mine, and I am Yours. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

*HYMN: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” 196
FIRST LESSON: Colossians 1:15-20 Pew Bible p. 983
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God.

Pastoral Prayer

*Doxology Back cover of brown hymnal
*Prayer of Thanksgiving

*HYMN: “Blessed Assurance” 144
SERMON TEXT: Ephesians 4:11-13 Pew Bible p. 977
Report from Annual Conference Marlene

*HYMN: “When We All Get to Heaven” 487
By your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world. Amen.