9th Sunday after Pentecost
July 25, 2021
* Please rise in body or spirit. (On Zoom, please mute)
(Please join us eight to ten minutes before the start of the service)
Acknowledgment of the Land
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Call to Worship
Your creation gives thanks to you, O God.
And we, your faithful, bless you.
We shall speak of the glory of your realm and tell of your power.
We shall let all people know your mighty deeds and glorious splendor.
* Opening Hymn: MV 82 Bathe Me in Your Light
Sharing of the Peace
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.
* Hymn: VU 355 For the Crowd of Thousands
Invitation to Offering
* Response: MV 191 What Can I Do?
Prayers of the People
The Prayer of Jesus
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 and ever. Amen.
* Closing Hymn: VU 660 How Firm a Foundation
Commissioning & Blessing
* Response: MV 219 Ameni (X3)
End of Sunday Worship
Beginning of Service in the Community
(Please stay after the service for a coffee time. Bring your coffee and let us chat!)
Scripture Readings for August 1, 2021 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-12 (VU 776-777)
Question for Reflection
How does Christ feed you today?
Household Prayer: Morning
Praise to you, O God most holy, Uncreated Light.
I am thankful that in you there is no night.
Let my morning prayer rise to you
as blooming flowers turn to meet the sun.
May I meet the adventure of this day
open to the opportunities you give me
to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ.
May I be so filled with the Holy Spirit
that peace and compassion radiate from me
to bless others so that they are touched by your glory.
Enrich my senses with the beauty of your world,
my mind with wonder at your ways,
and my spirit with gratitude for all
that you prepare for the redemption of creation
through Jesus Christ the Son.
Pierce my heart with love,
especially for those in any kind of need,
so that I am moved to help where I can
and moved to cry out for help
if the need is greater than I can answer.
Spare others the consequences of my sin,
and help me to be reconciled
with those I have harmed in the past.
Make me slow to anger, quick to forgive,
and quicker still to confess my faults.
In all things, let me trust in you.
Let me finish the day as I begin it,
in your care—
in your gentle, merciful, loving hands,
beloved and blessed triune God,
whom I would worship and adore
now and forever. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Holy triune God,
Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy.
Thank you for the love
you have shown me today.
The gifts of air, water, food, and clothing;
the gifts of human and nonhuman companionship and community;
the gift of the Spirit around me and Christ within me:
all these gifts call for my deepest, highest praise to you.
for the times today when I have failed
to follow your guidance,
submit to your rule,
or glory in your majesty.
Grant healing and peace
to any whom I have harmed today;
let them not suffer because of my sins.
Let us enter the night together,
giving praise for your mercy and kindness.
Grant that we will journey into night,
led by your eternal Light,
and that we may gain comfort, rest, and renewal,
rising to a new day giving you thanks and praise
until you bring resurrection to all creation. Amen.