Fruitland United Methodist Church
July 10, 2022
Prelude “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach
Welcome and Announcements
Welcoming the Light of Christ and inviting the neighborhood to worship
* Call to Worship
* Calling Song: "Morning Has Broken” UMH #145
Morning has broken, like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird.
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing fresh from the word.
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dew fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God's re-creation of the new day.
*Responsive Reading Psalm 82 UM Hymnal page 804
Leader: God is seated in the divine council; and in the midst of the gods holds judgment:
People: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?"
Leader: Give justice to the weak and the orphan; Maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
People: Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Leader: They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
People: I said, “You are gods, godlike offspring, all of you;"
Leader: nevertheless you shall die like mortals, And fall like any prince”
People: Arise, O God, judge the earth, for to you belong all the nations.
Merciful God, you sent your messengers the prophets
to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation.
Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1: 1-14 (Pew Bible - Page 1831 )
God’s Word for God’s People. Thanks be to God!
Congregational Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Hymn “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart” UMH #500
1. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art,
and make me love thee as I ought to love.
2. I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
no angel visitant, no opening skies;
but take the dimness of my soul away.
3. Hast thou not bid me love thee, God and King?
All, all thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek thee, and O let me find!
4. Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh;
teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
5. Teach me to love thee as thine angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame;
the kindling of the heaven-descended Dove,
my heart an altar, and thy love the flame.
We Offer Our Gifts
Offertory “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” (arranged by Percy Smith)
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” UMH #95
Praise God, from whom all blessing flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Young People's Moment
Message “Engaging God” Pastor Clynton Easley
Communion – Singing is in Bold
Now as we prepare to gather around Christ’s table, we remember the whole history of salvation. In the beginning, when the was nothing but chaos, God spoke the world into being, and called it good. But, God didn’t stop there, instead God scooped up the dust of the newly formed earth and breathed life into it, and called it very good. And though we have turned away, and our love has failed time and time again, God’s love has remained steadfast. God has
pursued us relentlessly with love, even coming to earth in the body of a child, humbling himself with death on a cross, and rising on the third day that we might have new life. And so, as we gather here, we remember.
On the night he was betrayed, Jesus broke and blessed the bread. And he said “Do this in memory of what I’ve done and said.” Then he gave them each a piece, and told them what to do. Saying “Eat this is my body broken … for each one of you.”
Come to this table, eat of this bread. Eat to remember, he rose from the dead.
On the night he was betrayed, Jesus blessed a cup of wine. And he said “This covenant is blood, and the blood is mine.” It was shed for many people, for forgiveness of their sins. And he told them all to drink of it in memory of him.
Come to this table, drink of this cup. Remember he loves you, and gave himself up.
Let us pray.
Holy God, pour out your spirit on all of us gathered. Make for us these
gifts, the bread and fruit of the vine. Make them for us the body and blood
of Christ, that we might be for the world the body of Christ. Bless the gifts
that we now share in memory of your sacrifice. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
*Hymn “Seek the Lord” UMH #124
1 Seek the Lord who now is present,
pray to One who is at hand.
Let the wicked cease from sinning,
evildoers change their mind.
On the sinful God has pity;
those returning God forgives.
This is what the Lord is saying
to a world that disbelieves.
2 “Judge me not by human standards!
As the vault of heaven soars
high above the earth, so higher
are my thoughts and ways than yours.
See how rain and snow from heaven
make earth blossom and bear fruit,
giving you, before returning,
seed for sowing, bread to eat:
3 “So my Word returns not fruitless;
does not from its labors cease
till it has achieved my purpose
in a world of joy and peace.”
God is love! How close the prophet
to that vital gospel word!
In Isaiah’s inspiration
it is Jesus we have heard!
"God Be with You till We Meet Again" UMH #672
God be with you till we meet again;
by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
till we meet a Jesus' feet;
till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.
Postlude (Please be seated) “Where He Leads me” arranged by Lani Smith
Thank you for Worshiping with us today!
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