July 25, 2021

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

10:20AM




Welcome and Announcements






Prelude




Call To Worship


L: Turn your hearts to God.

P: What shall we do when we are worried?

L: Place your trust in God’s love and mercy.

P: What shall we do when our lives seem too crowded and busy?

L: Take time for the refreshing words of God’s love for you.

P: Open our hearts, Holy One, and make us ready for your words to us.


Opening Prayer


*Hymn #35

“Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”



*Call To Confession


*Prayer Of Confession

You know how we are, Holy God. We say that we will take time to refresh our spirits and our souls and then we quickly crowd our lives with activities to the point of exhaustion. We turn to you for feeding and nurture, asking you to give us something to sustain us through our times. We even are willing to tell you what we have, but when we look closely, we discover that we bring so little to you. Take what we have, our gifts and our needs. Heal and forgive us when we boldly disobey your word. Remind us that you have given to us all that we need to serve you in this world. The world abounds with your miracles of love and hope. Open our eyes to see them and our hearts to know that these are from you and not of our own making. Heal and restore us to your everlasting love. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

*Silent Prayer Of Confession

*Assurance Of Pardon

*Doxology

* Gloria Patri #581




Prayer For Illumination


First Lesson


2 Kings 4:42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.”But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So he repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.




Second Lesson


John 6:1-14

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”




Sermon

God’s Math

Rev. Marie A. Bacchiocchi



*Hymn #708

“We Give Thee but Thine Own”



*Affirmation Of Faith

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen

Sharing Our Joys and Concerns






Pastoral Prayer






The Lord’s Prayer



Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.




Call To Offering




*Doxology #606


*Unison Prayer of Dedication

Gracious Lord, you have lavished upon us the riches of your glory. You shelter us, care for us, and bring us safely to each stop on our journey. As you have given to us out of your abundance, we return our offering to you with praise and thanksgiving. In the name of the Savior, we pray. Amen.



*Hymn #729

“Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”




Benediction






* Hymn #601


“Amen”




Postlude




*Those Who Can, May Stand



Today’s liturgy was adapted from Ministry Matters and the Abingdon Worship Annual.