The Way of Abram – Rev. Ross Furio
August 8, 2022
Join us Sunday at 10:00 am CST for our Sunday Traditional Worship Service broadcast live from our Sanctuary.
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
August 7, 2022
The altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God and in honor of the volunteers on the Congregational Care Team who weekly prepare and deliver flowers, who write cards and make calls to the members of our congregation. Thank you from Sylvia Sumners.
A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this morning:
God of Grace and Glory, on thy people pour thy power. Crown thy ancient Church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom and courage for the facing of this hour, as I humble my heart and seek your face. Amen.
Welcome and Announcements
“To Him Who Sits On The Throne”
Graafsma arr. by Mauldin
*Hymn of Praise No. 158
“Come, Christians Join To Sing”
*Affirmation of Faith
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 Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at 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 Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
*The Gloria Patri No. 70
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.
*Doxology – Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings No. 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Concerns of the Church Family
Silent Prayer/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.
“The Majesty and Glory”
*Prayer for Illumination
Almighty God, your servant, John Wesley, taught that the Holy Scriptures are twice inspired by your Spirit: inspired at their writing, and inspired every time they are read. By your Spirit, open anew our hearts and minds for the hearing and living of your Word. Amen.
*Scripture Reading: Hebrews11:1-3, 8-16
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance, and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith, with Sarah’s involvement, he received power of procreation, even though he was too old, because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better homeland, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
“The Faith of God’s Promise”
Call to Confession
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Trusting in God’s mercy, let us confess our sin.
Prayer of Confession
Almighty Father, you would be right in your judgment of my attitudes and actions. I have sinned in doing that which I know to be against your will, and sinned in failing to do what I know is your calling to me. Forgive me, and free me for joyful obedience to your perfect will and way. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
L: Hear the Good News: The Father did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but rather that the world might be saved through him. In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
All: Thanks be to God!
Celebration of Holy Communion
The founder of all Methodist church families, John Wesley, believed and taught that Holy Communion is a vital act of worship and an essential means by which God’s grace penetrates into our lives and our hearts. The hope is that each of us, as we continue to grow in our understanding of God’s great gift of love in Christ Jesus, will respond to God by giving our whole selves to His care and service. Regularly participating in Holy Communion (also known as The Lord’s Supper) reminds us that we have been forgiven of our sins and it educates us and strengthens us for the work of ministry.
L: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise
L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
L: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit..
On the night in which he gave himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.
L: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.
During Holy Communion this morning, we all have the opportunity to leave an additional offering on the altar rail. This offering is for the Pastors Discretionary Fund where 100% of what is given goes to assist people in need. We often assist individuals or families with such emergency needs as food, water, shelter and utilities. An offering is not required, but any gift you share will make a difference in the life of someone who needs it.
*Hymn of Commitment No. 351
“Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”
*Sending Forth with Blessing
“May The Lord Be With You”
August Mission Focus: Urban Ministry
Urban Ministry is a faith-based nonprofit focused on working with the residents of Birmingham’s West End to build a thriving community. As an urban mission of the United Methodist Church, they work closely with their sister organization, Community Church Without Walls, to extend compassion and opportunities for wholeness to everyone in the West End community. Do you have construction experience? Your talents are needed! Urban Ministry fully renovates abandoned homes in West End through their We Build program. To volunteer as an individual, email Casey Hobbs at Casey@urban-ministry.org or call 205-490-8061. If you’re interested in being part of a BPUMC construction team, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office. To learn more about Urban Ministry and their We Build program, go to their website: www.urban-ministry.org
All Adults! Come join us for our Adult Vacation Bible School on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 9, 10 and 11 at 10 a.m. We will explore “Amazing Grace,” with pastors Kevin, Ross, and Stanley. The pastors will discuss how we experience God’s grace preveniently, justifyingly, and sanctifyingly. Each day, the program will be held in the Chapel at 10 a.m. followed by a mission activity, entertainment, and/or fun activities with lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Please register for each day you would like to attend, indicating if you want a meal. Please register by Wednesday August 10th.
Four ways to register – 1) Go to the Events Tab on the BPUMC website and scroll to find the day you want to register for, 2) send an email to email@example.com, 3) call the church office, or 4) use the following links:
Bibles and Backpacks
August 14th will be a special day in worship at Bluff Park UMC. The kids in our community will be back in school (hard to believe) and many of us will be shifting out of ‘vacation mode’ as we head into the fall. There will be two special events taking place during worship that morning. We will be presenting Bibles to all of our 3rd grade students and blessing the backpacks for all of our students. The students will each receive a special back-pack tag that reminds them that God loves them and our church loves them too! We look forward to seeing every-one refreshed and renewed on August 14th as we begin a new season of ministry here at Bluff Park UMC.
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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.
Sandra Stephens and family, Susan Kirkpatrick and family, Paul Pocopanni and family, Jim McIntosh, Bill Cooch, Linda Phillips, Judie Meador, The family of Patricia Shanlever, Paula McGarity, Don Scott, The people of Ukraine, Temmie Bibb, Pan and Michele Cahoon, Mark and Becky Blankenship, Jackie Fort, Matt and Pat Reeder, Barbara Wilson, Sylvia Harper, Ray and Janann Williams, Tom and Jean Roberts, Betsy Delionback, Pat Westbrook, Frances Bellows, Catherine Hallmark, Ann Gilliland, JoAnn Huddleston, Nell Smith, Lisa Avant, Bill and Peggy Fields, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Butch Hopper, Kandis Scudder, Jamie Howell, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Pauline Hendricks, Charlotte Word, John McCrary, Connie Steele.
Prayers for Our World:
For the nearly 924 million people in the U.S. and around the world (11.7% of the global population) who faced food insecurity at severe levels in 2021. (UN World Food Programme’s State of Food Security and Nutrition.)
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