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Traditional Worship
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

July 3, 2022

Altar Flowers
The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God and in honor of J.B. and Frankie Thrasher’s 56th wedding anniversary on July 1st.

A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this morning:

Your Word, O Lord, is our inspiration, our light, and our motion. Your Word, O Lord, is power, is wisdom, and is comfort. Guide us today, as we listen to the Word read and proclaimed, and fill us with understanding and with the desire to change. Speak Lord! Your people listen! Amen.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Choral Introit

“I Love You Lord”
arr. by Richard Kingsmore

*Processional Hymn of Praise No. 89

“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

*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.

Offering
Offertory

Fantasia On “AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL”
arr. by Rex Koury
Jay Tumminello-Piano
Art DeWeese-Organ

*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.

Choral Anthem

“Joy In The Morning”
Natalie Sleeth

Prayer for Illumination
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-11

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way; I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on that person, but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’

L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon

“Blind Dates”

Call to Confession
Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another by praying together the Prayer of Confession:

Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness

L: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God! Amen.

Holy Communion, pp. 12-15

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.
All: Amen.

During Holy Communion this morning, we all have the opportunity to leave an additional offering on the altar rail. This offering is for the Pastor’s 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.

Prayer after Receiving
*Hymn of Commitment No.365

“Grace Greater Than Our Sin”

*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“Lord Make My Life a Window”
Fontana

Postlude

Church Family Picnic
Join us and welcome the Payne Family on Sunday, July 10th immediately following Worship in the Fellowship Hall and Faith Classroom. There will be Food, Fun, and Fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!

July Missions Focus:  Room 35226 Plus Needs School Supplies
You can help! Our youth who sponsor the 35226 Plus mission are promoting a back-to-school supply drive for Simmons Middle School, Birmingham’s Dupuy Alternative school, and our Little Imaginations Preschool. There is a need to help our children and students with basic supplies to equip them to be successful in the classroom. You can go shopping and pick up supplies or make a monetary donation for items to be purchased with bulk savings. Make checks payable to BPUMC with 35226 Plus in the subject line or go to: https://onrealm.org/BluffParkUnited/give/Missions to donate through REALM. For a list of the school supplies needed, go to: bluffparkumc.org/35226-supply-list

VBS 2022—Monumental
Bluff Park UMC’s Vacation Bible School is July 18-22 from 8:30am-12:00pm. It takes so many volunteers doing so many different things to run a successful Vacation Bible School! Our major need every year is Crew Leaders! These are the key volunteers that really connect with our kids! They greet their assigned group of children each day, escort them from class to class, and join them in all the fun. If you would like to volunteer this year as a Crew Leader or in any other way, please contact Melissa Hendon at mhendon@bpumc.org and she will help find the perfect place for you to serve at VBS!

Red Cross Blood Drive
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in the Bluff Park UMC 1st floor gym on Sunday, July 10th, from 7:30am—12:00pm. Please make time to stop by and give the gift of life. We need your help to make sure we collect the needed pints to meet our hospital commitment for this blood drive. SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT IS CRITICAL! Walk-ins can be worked in, but appointments are much preferred. To schedule your appointment to donate call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit their website at RedCrossBlood.org and use the keyword BPUMC.

Thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of our church family! Click the link below to give online safely and secure through Realm.

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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.

Prayer List:

Anne Foot, Todd Caraway, Claire Donaldson and family, the people of Ukraine, Amy Patterson, David Jenkins, Donny Finley, Temmie Bibb, Roy Guyton and his family, Susan Kirkpatrick’s father, the Pruitt family, Pan and Michele Cahoon, Mark and Becky Blankenship, Jackie Fort, Matt and Pat Reeder, Sara Perry, Barbara Wilson, Sylvia Harper, Ray and Janaan Williams, Tom and Jean Roberts, Celeste Cisco, Sam Hutcheson, Fred Stephens, Marilyn Williams, Betsy Delionback, Todd McGarity, Sandra Morgan, Pat Westbrook, Frances Bellows, Catherine Hallmark, Bobbie Moore, Pam Phagan, Ann Gilliland, Glynda Culver, Wanda and Jerry Strong, JoAnn Huddleston, Nell Smith, Lisa Avant, Bill and Peggy Fields, Jackie Causey, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Butch Hopper, Kathy Bains, Kandis Scudder, Jamie Howell, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Derilda Joiner, 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 those who have lost loved ones and are personally  suffering from the extreme heat in Qatar, the flooding in Bangladesh, India and China and the major earthquake in Afghanistan.

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Worship Staff

Rev. Dr. Kevin Payne

Senior Pastor

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert

Minister of Care

Art DeWeese

Director of Traditional Worship

Jay Tumminello

Organist/Pianist