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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 1, 2021

Altar Flowers

The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God by Shawn and
Debbie Smith.

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

Giver of life, every day you rain down manna from heaven so that we can eat the bread of angels. Turn our complaints into gratitude, that we, as a church, may mature into the body of the risen Christ given for the life of the world. Amen.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
*Opening Hymn No.88

“Maker, in Whom We Live”

Maker, in whom we live,
in whom we are and move,
the glory, power, and praise receive
for thy creating love.
Let all the angel throng
give thanks to God on high,
while earth repeats the joyful song
and echoes to the sky.

Incarnate Deity,
let all the ransomed race
render in thanks their lives to thee
for thy redeeming grace.
The grace to sinners showed
ye heavenly choirs proclaim,
and cry, “Salvation to our God,
salvation to the Lamb!”

Spirit of Holiness,
let all thy saints adore
thy sacred energy, and bless
thine heart-renewing power.
Not angel tongues can tell
thy love’s ecstatic height,
the glorious joy unspeakable,
the beatific sight.

Eternal, Triune God,
let all the hosts above,
let all on earth below record
and dwell upon thy love.
When heaven and earth are fled
before thy glorious face,
sing all the saints thy love hath made
thine everlasting praise.

*Affirmation of Faith “The Apostles’ Creed” No. 881

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.

Call to Confession

God has given us a sign showing that love is stronger than death. Trusting in the Lord, let us confess our sins and seek God’s forgiveness as we pray together the Prayer of Confession.

Prayer of Confession

God, you have called us to live lives worthy of the calling to which we have been called. But we confess to you and each other that we have not always spoken the truth in love; we have not always made every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Forgive us and, by your grace, help us to grow in every way into him who is our head, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness

Friends, the promise of our faith is that whoever turns to Jesus Christ will never hunger for forgiveness and that which gives life to the world. That is a promise of joy and of peace, and I invite you to share that peace with all that you encounter this week.

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.

Scripture Reading: John 6:22-35

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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

Sermon                 

“Feeding the Hungry Heart”

Offering
Offertory Anthem

“Praise You”
arr.by Carol Cymbala
Debbie Smith-Soloist, Sanctuary Choir

Lord I come to You today.
With a simple prayer to pray.
In every thing I do, let my life O Lord, praise You.
Praise You, Praise You, Praise You, let my life, praise You.
Praise You, Praise You, Praise You.
Let my life oh Lord, praise You.
Lord, You formed me out of clay, and for Your glory I was made.
Use this vessel as You choose, let my life oh Lord, praise You.
Praise You, Praise You, Praise You.
Let my life, praise You.
Praise You, Praise You, Praise You.
Let my life, Oh Lord praise You!

*Doxology 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.

Holy Communion, pp. 15-16

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: …And so, with all 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: …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: …All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God), now and for ever.
All: Amen.

*Hymn

“The Summons”

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t knowand never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave your-self behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare, should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen.
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” and hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your com-pa-ny I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

Reception of New Members

Frank and Jennifer Touchstone, Maya and Judson

*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“May The Grace of Christ, Our Savior”
John Stainer

May the grace of Christ our Savior, and the Father’s boundless love,
with the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon us from above. Amen!

Postlude

Back to School Bash
On Sunday, August 15th from 4:00-6:00 pm everyone from our church and community is invited to a free Back to School Bash in our church parking lot. There will be food, live music, a train ride, the ‘Log Slammer’, sports inflatables, a dunk tank, raffle prizes, Steel City Pops, and more! Also, for anyone who would like to help, we will be collecting monetary donations that day to benefit Room 35226, a mission of our church that provides school supplies and other aids to students in our community who are in need of them.  We hope you will join us that day as we kick off the new school year with fellowship and fun!
 
Church Nametags!
Please remember to wear your church name tag to Sunday school and worship! If you do not have a church name tag yet, sign up at the Welcome Center in either the Chapel or the Sanctuary. You can also email Brenda at the main office and she can help you obtain a church name tag!

Building Campaign Generosity Needed
During the difficult days of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of our church family made gifts and pledges to help us preserve the beauty of our Sanctuary and Chapel as well as to ensure that the ministries of our church continue.  We were well on our way through that campaign until midway through 2021 when giving to our Building Campaign began to slow dramatically.  If you have made a pledge to the Preserving Beauty/Preserving Ministry campaign or if you are now at a place where you are able to give to that campaign, please consider making a generous gift to the Building Fund.  Your continued generosity to our Ministry Operating Fund as well as the Building Fund ensures that our ministries continue to help others through these times.

NEW: Adult VBS
On August 10-12 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon you are invited to participate in a spiritually-renewing Adult Vacation Bible School either in-person or online. We’ll have guest speakers, music, and hymns, as well as time for fun and fellowship.  This free event is open to all. We do strongly encourage registering for this event so that we can plan for all aspects of the event. You can register through Realm or by contacting the main office. Please make sure to be clear if you will participate in every day of Adult Bible School or in one or two and if you will participate in person. Realm Link:  https://bit.ly/3qypu9A

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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:

Marvin Broome, Sylvia Harper, Ann Gilliland, Peggy White, Jackie Teaford, Paula McGarity, Jackie Causey, Venice Russell, A.V. and Mary Marlow, J.B. Dover, Kay Adams, Pat Westbrook, Mike Pate, Erma Pate, Gayle Pierce, Beverly Culwell, Gail Cooch, Lisa Avant, Joan Cook, Jan and Bob Rogers, Hudson Hearn, Butch Hopper, Joe Bains, Kandis Scudder, Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, Jo Ann Freeman, Jim Ketchersid, Jim and Sara Perry, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Rosalie Rasco, Matt and Pat Reeder, Derilda Joiner, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Wayne Freeman, Joe Thomas, Sue Crunk, Charlotte Word, Connie Steele.

Prayers for Our World:

The indigenous people living in rural areas outside Rocafuerte, Ecuador who have not had safe water since an earthquake destroyed their water system five years ago. And, for the United Methodist Volunteers who are helping install a new water system.

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Worship Staff

Rev. Mike Holly

Senior Pastor

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Art DeWeese

Director of the Sanctuary Choir

Jay Tumminello

Organist/Pianist

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