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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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
July 3, 2022

God Gathers Us Together

Welcome

Song

We Listen for God’s Word

Creed

Song

Song

Prayer

Scripture Reading: Jonah 1:4-2:10

But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and such a mighty storm came upon the sea that the ship threatened to break up. Then the sailors were afraid, and each cried to his god. They threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten it for them. Jonah, meanwhile, had gone down into the hold of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. The captain came and said to him, “What are you doing sound asleep? Get up; call on your god! Perhaps the god will spare us a thought so that we do not perish.”

The sailors said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, so that we may know on whose account this calamity has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us why this calamity has come upon us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” “I am a Hebrew,” he replied. “I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were even more afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them so.

Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea was growing more and more tempestuous. He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great storm has come upon you.” Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to bring the ship back to land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more stormy against them. Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, O Lord, we pray, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life. Do not make us guilty of innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,

“I called to the Lord out of my distress,
and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
You cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
from your sight;
how shall I look again
upon your holy temple?’
The waters closed in over me;
the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
O Lord my God.
As my life was ebbing away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
Those who worship vain idols
forsake their true loyalty.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”

Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out onto the dry land.

Sermon

“Jonah and the Fish”

We Respond to God’s Word

Song

We Feast at God’s Table

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

We are Sent Out to Love and Serve

Announcements

Benediction

Song

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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Our Staff

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Davis Haines

Director of Creative Worship

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