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Traditional Worship
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 14, 2022

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Carrie Thomas’ brother, Randy Butler, whose birthday is today. Placed by Carrie and Jared Thomas.

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

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14.

Welcome and Announcements
Bibles for 3rd Graders & Blessing of the Backpacks
Choral Introit

“Blessed Be The Name”
arr. by Dennis Allen

*Hymn of Praise No. 529

“How Firm A Foundation”

*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
Call to Confession

The invitation to confession is one which invites us to come before God’s throne of grace, admit our sin, and trust in God’s mercy and promise to us. May we, with penitent hearts, make our confession to our heavenly Father.

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you and neighbor in thought, word, and deed. Our hearts have not always been open to your voice, nor to the cries of those around us. Forgive us, we pray. Open our hearts anew by your Holy Spirit. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen. 

Declaration of Forgiveness

L: “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Rom. 8:34.) In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
All: Thanks be to God!  

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.

Children’s Church Dismissal 

Elementary age children are invited to attend Children’s Church. They will leave through the rear of the Sanctuary and return to the Narthex (gathering space outside of the Sanctuary) immediately after the worship service.

Hymn of Faith No. 452 verses 1 and 2

“My Faith Looks Up To Thee”

Choral Anthem

“Keep Your Lamps” Andre Thomas
David Logan-Conga Drums
Jay Tumminello-Percussion

*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: Hebrews 11:23-28

By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

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


The Faith of Going Back

*Hymn of Commitment No. 710

“Faith Of Our Fathers”

*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“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 or call 205-490-8061. If you’re interested in being part of a BPUMC construction team, send an email to, or call the church office. To learn more about Urban Ministry and their We Build program, go to their website:

Wild Wednesday: (Nerf Night Edition) August 17th
Attention all students, children, and families: Wild Wednesday is returning for the new school year! Once a month we have Wild Wednesday where we take a break from our normal Wednesday night programming to have a big night of nothing but fun! August 17th, 5:30-7:30 will be Nerf Night and will feature a free dinner! Students and Children can bring their own nerf guns if they would like, but don’t bring any nerf bullets (we don’t want you to lose your stuff!)

Rm 35226+ School Supply Drive
School has begun and we are still collecting school supplies and money for our 35226+ ministry! 35226+ is our ministry that serves schools in our area by collecting and working with schools to distribute school supplies and other materials to students in our community. The cost of supplies for one child is $60. 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: to donate through REALM. For a list of the school supplies needed, go to:

Maintenance Team
The maintenance team will meet this Tuesday, August 16th, at 9:00am in the Seeker’s Class. Anyone interested in joining should attend and learn more about how you can help.


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


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:

Family of Nell Smith, Ann Bice, Butch Wright, 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, 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, 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 justice: while some of us have had 4 vaccinations and booster shots against Covid, billions are still unprotected despite all the failed promises of so many countries earlier in the pandemic.

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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