Sunday Worship 7-12-20

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 12th at 10:00 a.m.


“Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.”
Psalm 29:2

Prelude Music

Greeting and Welcome

Call to Worship

Pastor: Let all who are weary from their labors gather now for worship!
All: The problems of our days seem too great and the tasks seem impossible.
Pastor: Such have always been the enemies of the Lord.  Remember David and Goliath?
All: But David was skilled and a true marksman with his sling.
Pastor: Before the presence of the Lord, no enemy shall stand against faith.
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Hymn of Praise “Soldiers of Christ, Arise” UMH #513 Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 Music: George J. Elvey, 1816-1893
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  1. Soldiers of Christ arise,
    and put your armor on,
    strong in the strength which God supplies
    thru his eternal Son;
    strong in the Lord of Hosts,
    and in his mighty power,
    who in the strength of Jesus trusts
    is more than conqueror.
  2. Stand then in his great might,
    with all his strength endued,
    but take to arm you for the fight
    the panoply of God;
    that having all things done,
    and all your conflicts passed,
    ye may o’ercome thru Christ alone
    and stand entire at last.
  3. Pray without ceasing, pray,
    (your Captain gives the word)
    his summons cheerfully obey
    and call upon the Lord;
    to God your every want
    in instant prayer display,
    pray always, pray and never faint,
    pray, without ceasing pray.
  4. From strength to strength go on,
    wrestle and fight and pray,
    tread all the powers of darkness down
    and win the well-fought day.
    Still let the Spirit cry
    in all his soldiers, “Come!”
    till Christ the Lord, descends from high
    and takes the conquerors home.

A Modern Affirmation of Faith UMH #885

Leader: Where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is the one true church, apostolic and universal,
whose holy faith let us now declare:
All: 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.

Gloria Patri “Glory Be to the Father” UMH #71 Words: Lesser Doxology, 3rd-4th cent. Music: Henry W. Greatorex, 1851.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen. Amen.

Prayers of the People, The Lord’s Prayer

Scripture Reading 1 Samuel 17:37-49 (NRSV)

David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”

Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail.  David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removed them.  Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.

The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him.  When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.  The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field.”  But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,  and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.”

When the Philistine drew nearer to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.  David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

Sermon “Five Smooth Stones” Rev. Matthew Sergent

Andrew Chapel Breakthrough Prayer

Scripture: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening” 1 Samuel 3:9

Lord, help us to listen to your word
and then lead us to what you desire
us to do in our community.
Guide us to serve with love, faith,
and courage.  Amen.

Hymn “Wonderful Word of Life” UMH #600 Words and Music: Philop P. Bliss, 1874
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  1. Sing them over again to me,
    wonderful words of life;
    let me more of their beauty see,
    wonderful words of life;
    words of life and beauty
    teach me faith and duty.Refrain:
    Beautiful words, wonderful words,
    wonderful words of life.
    Beautiful words, wonderful words,
    wonderful words of life.
  2. Christ, the blessed one, gives to all
    wonderful words of life;
    sinner, list to the loving call,
    wonderful words of life;
    all so freely given,
    wooing us to heaven.
  3. Sweetly echo the gospel call,
    wonderful words of life;
    offer pardon and peace to all,
    wonderful words of life;
    Jesus, only Savior,
    sanctify forever.

A Farewell to the Hopkins Family

Response: We feel sorrow in your leaving, yet we rejoice with you in anticipation of this new phase of your life. We will miss your love and support, yet we know you will add much to the lives of those who will be your new church family, as you have added so much to our lives. We will pray for you and for the whole family of God.

Sung Response “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” UMH #557 (verses 1 and 4) Words: John Fawcett, 1782. Music: Johann G. Nageli; arr. by Lowell Mason, 1845.
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  1. Blest be the tie that binds
    our hearts in Christian love;
    the fellowship of kindred minds
    is like to that above.
  2. When we asunder part,
    it gives us inward pain;
    but we shall still be joined in heart,
    and hope to meet again.