Webster United Church of Christ – August 1, 2021
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
ORDER OF SERVICE
WE INVITE GOD’S PRESENCE INTO OUR HEARTS
Centering Music “Sanctuary”
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.
Moment of Silence
Ringing of the Church Bell
*Call to Worship
Leader: Be strong in the Lord and the strength of God’s power.
People: The Spirit will keep us standing firm.
Leader: Pray at all times, keep alert, and persevere.
People: We will speak boldly the mystery of the Gospel.
*Hymn of Praise “Come Now, Almighty God,” #275, vs. 1-3
*Opening Prayer (Unison)
God of spirit, you have asked us to clothe ourselves in armor that protects our spirits from things that threaten to harm them. Teach us your ways so that we are prepared for anything this world might bring. Amen.
Time for Youth
Shared Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer
Leader: People of God, what is your prayer for our youth?
Congregation: Our prayer is that they grow up to be like Jesus--strong and brave, full of grace and truth! And, we pray that we will help them. Amen.
WE PRAYERFULLY ENTRUST OURSELVES TO GOD
Silent Prayer of Confession
Words of Affirmation (Unison)
God loves and forgives all of God’s children. Receive God’s forgiveness and move through the world unburdened by sin, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Joys and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Congregational Response “Be Still and Know” #743
Be still and know that I am God. (3x)
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD
Scripture Ephesians 6:10-20, *Matthew 10:28-31
Opening Communion Prayer
All: We are all offered a seat at God’s table. We are welcomed into God’s house—a house of joyful noise, thankfulness, and praise. Come to the feast of God’s goodness. Taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessing of the Elements Sharing of the Elements
Closing Communion Prayer
All: God of all that is too deep for words, we give you thanks that, at this table of grace, you offer your holiness, your steadfast love. Open us often to your Selah, your pause, to hear the needs of your people. We pray this in the name of the Host of this Table, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
WE OFFER GRATITUDE TO GOD
Invitation to Give and Share (Unison)
Lord, you provide us with everything we need—protection, sustaining words, and a community of support. Turn us away from our own concerns and outward to those who need what we have to offer—all the gifts with which you have blessed us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
(The offering won’t be collected today; instead you may put your offering in the basket at the front of the sanctuary)
Offertory “You Say,” Lauren Daigle
*Doxology “We Give You but Your Own” #785
We give you but your own, what e’er the gift may be; All that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.
*Prayer of Dedication (Unison)
God, help us to go out and make known the mystery of the gospel. Help us to keep alert and pray at all times, drawing strength from your power, and standing firm against all that would corrupt us. God, arm us with truth and righteousness; may Christ Jesus give us words of Spirit and life; and may the Holy Spirit draw us near to your presence and bless us with honor and grace. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
WE GO FORTH AS GOD’S PEOPLE
*Hymn of Dismissal “When Peace Like a River,” #438 vs. 1, 3 & 4
*Blessing Response “God Be with You” #809
God be with you, God be with you, God be with you till we meet again. O God be with you, God be with you, God be with you till we meet again.