THE GATHERING AT BLUFF PARK

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The Gathering at Bluff Park is a new modern worshiping community in the heart of Bluff Park. We exist to gather friends around God's table to find belonging, grow in faith, and serve the world. At our core is the belief that we are at our best when we are gathered around the table together, sharing a meal, and listening for God's voice in our lives. At the Gathering, there is space for you to discover deeper communion with God, your community, and the world. Come join us!

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 14, 2022

Welcome

Welcome

Song

Worship

Baptism of Walker Smith

Song

Song

Backpacks and 3rd Grade Bibles

Prayer

Teaching

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness and came to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. Now go, I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:

This is my name forever,
and this my title for all generations.

Sermon

Song

Communion

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace

Prayer of Confession

L: We have not believed you or trusted in your power.
ALL: Lord, help our unbelief.
L: We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.
ALL: Cleanse us, Lord.
L: We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others, weakened and unable to repair ourselves.
ALL: Heal us, Lord.
L: We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.
ALL: Ground us, Lord!
L: When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
ALL: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven. Glory to God!

L: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you!
ALL: And also with you.

The Great Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them to you, Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
ALL: It is right to praise you, Lord.

L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Holy Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is praised among all peoples.

Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
who for ever sing this hymn to the glory of your name:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full…
Full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

L: You are holy, Almighty One!
Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!
In the power of the Spirit
you created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people
To make your mercy and truth known in all the world.
We betrayed your calling;
ALL: You were faithful.
L: We wandered from the way;
ALL: You called us to return, and led us home.

L: And still we turned from your ways,
abused your creatures,
and made ourselves slaves to sin and death.

At the right time
you came and dwelt among us,
as one of us,
bringing good news to the poor,
healing the sick, raising the dead,
sharing table with the unrighteous,
and teaching the way that leads to life.

By your incarnation, life, suffering, execution and resurrection
You gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery
and made a new covenant with us
by water and the Spirit.

On the night of your betrayal, Lord Jesus,
you took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to your disciples and said,
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
You did the same with the cup after the supper, saying,
“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant in my blood.”

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we sing (proclaim) the mystery of our faith:

ALL:
Christ has come among us. Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ abides with us.
Christ will come again.

L: Pour out your Spirit on us
Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ
ALL: Make us, through them, Christ’s body alive in the world.

L: We thank you, Father!
ALL: Let Your Kingdom come.

L: Come, Lord Jesus!
ALL: Be our daily bread.

L: Holy Spirit!
ALL: Send us to the world.

L: Holy, Blessed Trinity!
ALL: One God forever and ever! Amen.

Tithes and Offerings

Communion

Communion Prayer

Closing

Announcements

Benediction

Song

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 missions@bpumc.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

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: 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

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

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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:

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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Our Staff

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Davis Haines

Director of Creative Worship

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