3rd Sunday after Pentecost


CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Congregation at Worship


Centering Scripture: Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-17
A Prayer of David.
1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;
3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.
7 In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.
8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving girl.
17 Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


PRELUDE


MINISTRY OF LIGHT


CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: The Lord of mysteries shall reveal what is hidden!
People: The God of wonders shall unveil the unknown!
Leader: In the night God will whisper great secrets to our hearts,
People: At dawn we shall shout them from the tops of our houses!
All: Hear, and understand! See, and perceive! To us God will give the secrets of the Kingdom.


* OPENING HYMN “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee” No. 430
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OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Genesis 21: 8-21
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MORNING PRAYER
Most loving God, your holy Son has taught us that none of our concerns lie outside your love, and no person is ever irrelevant or dispensable. Teach us the way of quiet trust, that placing all our affairs in your hands, we may live faithfully and lovingly, allowing your Spirit to guide our feet in the way of your peace. Through Christ Jesus our Lord. 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 turn from our own needs, to that of other. Let us pray.

Compassionate God, prayerfully we tune our hearts and minds to the needs of other people, and we pray that our small yet sincere compassion may unite with your immense love and bring blessing to those for whom we pray.
Deal gently with the timid and the anxious, those who jump at their own shadow, and those whose phobias make it a major project to go down the street or visit a neighbor.
Deal patiently with the foolish who have placed themselves in sordid situations from which it is hard to break free, and with the slow learners who repeat old mistakes.
Deal confrontingly with the excuse makers who won’t face their mistakes, and with the evasive ones who won’t accept their responsibilities.
Deal forcefully with the arrogant who trample the well being of others,
and with the rich and powerful that buy and bully their way past the rights of others.
Deal mercifully with victims of the callous, the neglectful, and the cruel, and especially with the many who today feel exhausted, physically, or emotionally or spiritually.
Deal comfortingly with the sick, the dying and the bereaved, and especially with those who have no knowledge of you, or fear you rather than trusting your love.
Deal bluntly or gently with your churches according to their respective needs, and especially give your love to any who are suffering harassment, ridicule or persecution.
God of unspeakable love, if you can use us to answer any of these prayers, or the prayers of our fellow Christians around the world, please take us, guide us, and employ us, to the glory of your name.
Through Christ Jesus our Redeemer.
Amen!


CHILDREN’S MOMENTS
Some parts of this morning’s words of Jesus are really hard even for grown up. Remember how much Jesus loves you, and sing “Jesus Loves Me” together.
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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.”


GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 10: 24-39
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SERMON Rev. David Harper
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CLOSING HYMN “I Need Thee Every Hour” No. 397
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BENEDICTION
Live purposefully,
for God hears the voice of every child.
Live trustingly
for even the hairs of our heads are numbered.
Live bravely,
for fear of failure is overshadowed by the love of Christ.

The cool head of Christ Jesus guide you, the immovable rock of God’s love underpin you, the warm fires of the Spirit embolden you, today and always.
Amen!


POSTLUDE