2nd Sunday after Pentecost


CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Congregation at Worship


Centering Scripture: Romans 5: 1-8
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.


PRELUDE


MINISTRY OF LIGHT


CALL TO WORSHIP

What shall we give to God for all the gifts showered upon us? We will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.
We will pay our vows now, here, in the presence of God’s people, In the courts of the house of the Lord, within your walls, O city of God.


* HYMN OF PRAISE “Lift High the Cross” No. 159
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GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 9:35-10:8
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MORNING PRAYER
Most loving God, because your love is for all classes and races, you call not only the very gifted people but common folk like us to be Christ’s disciples and to share the good news. Please govern our unruly feelings and dissident thoughts, that with a single devotion to you we may be your heralds in a world longing for much better news than that which fascinates and saturates the media. Through Christ Jesus, the Joy of the universe! Amen!


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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


LITANY
Let us seek God’s merciful aid for the church and the world, for individuals and communities, for the famous and the obscure. Let us pray.

For those who have power without the wisdom to use it well,
and for those who have wisdom without the power to apply it.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
For people who want to learn but have no teacher,
and some who have much to teach but no one will listen to them.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
For those who have been forced to retire too early,
and for those who are overworked and long for retirement.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
For some people who are famous yet long for some privacy,
and some who are lonely and long for recognition and company.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
For those who are too tender-hearted and need to be toughened and for those who are tough and need to be made gentle.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
For the wounded and diseased who have inadequate care,
and for the pampered who turn ill health into an obsession.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
For people who are dying with no one to mourn them,
and for those who mourn with no one to comfort them.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
For all who remain cheerful in the midst of poverty and grave handicap, and for some who are disgruntled in spite of plenty and good health.
Holy Friend hear our prayer, Loving God make us into a blessing.
Holy Friend, you love us all as one human family, yet deal with us individually as if we were the only child you have. Please give to us your generous and practical spirit, so that our prayers may be converted into deeds, day by day.
Through Christ Jesus our Redeemer.
Amen!


CHILDREN’S MOMENTS
“Father Abraham” is a fun song based on the Bible story in Genesis that comes next. Sing along and do the motions to get ready to listen. This song gives you some exercise. Have fun.
Father Abraham is available by clicking here


WORSHIP WITH TITHES AND OFFERINGS may be mailed to the church with thanks to you and our Lord. As you do so, pray, “All things come of thee of God, and of thine own have we given thee.”


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7
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SERMON Rev. David Harper
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CLOSING HYMN “Blessed Assurance” No. 369
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BENEDICTION
That you may take authority to travel in Christ’s name, I bless you!
Amen!
Travel lightly,
lest under the weight of status and possessions we come to a standstill.
Travel boldly,
for we are apostles of a Christ who has overcome the worst the world can give.
Travel humbly,
for as friends of Jesus no service is too menial and no person is unworthy of help.
Travel joyfully,
for when the road is rough and the night dark we shall never travel on our own.
The love of Christ go with you.


POSTLUDE