Chilmark Community Church, United Methodist
July 26, 2009
Prelude: Prelude in C minor by JS Bach
Gathering and Announcements
John Daggett re. Lambert’s Cove pew
Call to Worship: responsively ( Partially Psalm 14)
“Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God’.
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise,
who seek after God.”
For all those in our past who influenced our worship today, for their faith and gifts as represented in this pew,
We thank you, O God.
May we learn from their stories and the stories we hear in scripture.
Be with us, Lord, in our hour of worship.
*Hymn: ”Let the Lower Lights be Burning”
Holy and awesome God, we stand in your presence filled with regret for failing to be all you would have us be. Though there is greatness in us, and a deep longing for goodness, we have often denied our better selves and refulsed to hear your voice calling us to rise to the full height of our humanity. For there is weakness in us , as well as strength. O God, we are too weak to walk unaided. Be with us as a strong and wise friend, and teach us to walk by the light of your truth. AMEN(silent reflection)
Words of Assurance:
The Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient, loving and true, showing mercy to thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and granting pardon. AMEN (Jewish prayer for forgiveness.USA , 20th cent)
Proclamation and Praise
Hebrew Scriptures: 2 Samuel 11:1-15
New Testament: John 6:1-21
May the words from our lips and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord. AMEN
Response to the Word:
( background of passages and open discussion.)
*Hymn:`476 “Lonely the Boat”
Concerns and Prayers
Almighty God, shield of the oppressed, hear us as we pray for the friendless and the lonely, the tempted and the unbelieving. Be merciful to those who suffer,in body or in mind,to those who are in danger or distress, and who have suffered loss. Let your love surround the infirm and the aged. Be especailly near to those who are passing through the valley of death. May they find eternal rest, and light at evening time.
Prayer of Dedication:
Our spiritual ancestors offered sacrifices to glorify you, O God; so would we honor you by these gifts. May they express the depth of our love for you. As your church , we put them to work on your behalf in programs of outreach toward those who long for meaning in addition to life’s other necessities. Grant your joy to all who give and all who receive. AMEN (Lavon Bayler)
*Closing Hymn: #671 “Lord Dismiss us With Thy Blessing”
Postlude: Sciliano by John Alcock
Next Week’s Scripture:2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a;Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35
Organist: Carol Loud
Lay Leader: Ann Deitrich
Reader: Dan Cabot
*stand if you are able