Today’s guest speaker is Don Herschell.
All of the information normally found in our bulletin is below the video. Simply click on "Read More" to load the rest of the bulletin. You can use this to follow the service, as well as to pray our unison prayers. All joys and concerns that we know, as well as our continuing prayer list is within the Joys and Concerns. Announcements can be found at the bottom of this service.
WELCOME AND GREETING
CALL TO WORSHIP:
LEADER: God invites us to greatness.
PEOPLE: We are ready to go.
LEADER: God calls us to greatness through following in the footsteps of Jesus.
PEOPLE: We will follow Jesus into the greatness of His reign.
LEADER: God calls us to greatness through serving.
PEOPLE: We will serve God in all we do.
LEADER: God calls us to serve the poor the rejected and the outcasts.
ALL: They are children of God and we will serve them gladly.
*HYMN: “The Church’s One Foundation” Page 547
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION: You have called us, O God, to follow Your Son Jesus of Nazareth. We have not willingly followed His example of love. We are more apt to seek revenge on those who hurt us rather than to serve and care for them. We want the greatness that the world promises: wealth, popularity, material goods and position. We are less ready to look for greatness in serving others as their slave. We have even tried to turn Jesus into a gloating conqueror rather than the Servant He truly was. Forgive us and by the power of Your Holy Spirit so fill us with the love of Jesus that we may truly follow in His footsteps and serve all we encounter. Amen.
*Time of silent prayer.
*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Matthew 23: 1 - 12
SERMON: “Leaders and Servants”
*HYMN: “O To Be Like Thee” Page 480
PRESENTATIONS OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
JOYS AND CONCERNS
BIRTHDAYS Ashyton Miklic, Billie Wilson, Doug Ward, Grant Molinaro, Kenny Phillips
ANNIVERSARIES Karen and Don Hanes
SYMPATHY The Family of Eileen Yerace
The Family of Evan Pfeifer
The Family of John Durila
The Family of Donna Bryner
The Family of Betty Matthews
Continued prayers for Susan Schively, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Lisa Phillips, Dixie Avoila, Chuck Dicks, Karen Eisiminger, Ed Horne, June and Keith McGill, Glenn Miles, Roger Riggs, Doug Ward, Deron Wood, Marge McWreath, Tim Knabenshue, Bill Stewart, Adam Moore, Frank Huffman, Nellie and Frank Baker, Michael Durila, Jr., Michael Durila Sr., Justin Hagon, Marlene Huffman, Frank Huffman, Cory Patrick, Tom Westfall, Mary Ann Durila, Donald Potts, Marlene McFeely, Suzy Smith, Elaine Belcascro, Lisa Marshall, and Emmy Higgins.
REMEMBER OUR FOOD COLLECTION: And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6:37. July’s collection is boxed potatoes, pancake mix and syrup, and baked beans. Please remember our food pantry is available to anyone in need. Replenish with your hands and listen for the need with your ears. Contact Becky Phillips with any need in the community or to donate.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN: “My Wonderful Lord” Page 368
We welcome all who have come to join us in the worship of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please come again. If you are visiting with us today, please let us know that we might welcome you into our church family.
NEXT SUNDAY, August 15th is Worship at the Fair at 11:00 a.m. in the show tent. There will be golf carts to take you from the parking lot to the church site and remember this is your FREE ticket into the fair for the day.
The Choir for the Fair will be rehearsing again on Saturday, August 14th at 10:00 AM. ♫♫♫
We're so happy you've decided to join us today!
When we met in person, we were able to share our joys and concerns with each other. Take some time to think about your past week. What joys and concerns do you have? If you would like, you can share them in the comments so that we can all pray. When you are ready, use the prayer below (from Flagstaff Federated Community Church) to get started.
Gracious and Eternal God,
As your redeeming work brings together what is scattered and mends what is broken, unite us with the scattered and broken people of our community, nation, and world. Bind up all of our wounds, and heal us in spirit, that we may return refreshed and renewed as disciples of Jesus Christ.
We're so glad you decided to join us today!
When we met in person, we shared joys and concerns together. As you think about the last week, what joys and concerns do you have? What about for the upcoming week? If you would like, you can share these in the comments. When you are ready, use the prayer below from Woman's Day to get started.
Dear God, I know that the first step in all spiritual healing is to believe. I believe! I open my mind and heart believing in your infinite power and possibility. I believe that healing is a dynamic and reachable experience, a reality that can be experienced right now. I maintain a patient and loving attitude, for I believe that your healing activity is now at work in my mind and body. I look forward, with joyful expectation, to the perfect wholeness that you are now bringing into manifestation through me. I believe in your constant expression of perfect good in and through me. I rest in the certainty of your healing power. I know that with you all things are possible. In Jesus Christ's name, Amen.
We're so glad that you've joined us today!
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other before we focus on our Sunday school lesson. Think about your needs and concerns right now, and if you like, you can share them in the comments.
Today’s lesson is about how Jesus calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee when his disciples were afraid. In the United States, it seems, we are just emerging from a year like no other, when we had to isolate for fear of sickness or even death. Now many people are going through personal crises involving loss of income and unknown futures. At our church, we are beginning the search for a new pastor. All these uncertainties can inspire fear.
But today’s lesson calls us to trust God in the midst of fearful situations. Identify what your fears are today. Then ask God to give you peace in the midst of the storm and to know that God is able and willing to help us.
The prayer below may serve to guide us in our opening prayer. It is from the My Redeemer Lives website.
O God who is greater than the most powerful forces in this world, enable us to be still and know that You are God. O Lord who answers out of the whirlwind of everyday life, breathe in us Your Holy Spirit to strengthen, comfort, and guide us in the midst of the storm. O still, small voice, speak to us this hour, that we might become makers of Your peace in our homes, in our communities, in our world. We pray all this in the name of the One who calmed the raging sea. Amen.
We're so happy that you've decided to join us today!
When we met in person, we shared our joys and concerns together. Take some time to think about your past week, and your upcoming week. What joys or concerns do you have? If you would like, you can share those as a comment to this post. When you are ready, use the Prayer for Inner Peace below to get started.
Lord, please put Your peace in my heart.
I'm worried and anxious.
My mind races and obsesses.
I can't help thinking about my problems.
And the more I think about them,
the more depressed I become.
I feel like I'm sinking down in quicksand
and can't get out.
Calm me, Lord.
Slow me down, put Your peace in my heart.
No matter what problem I have, Lord,
You are bigger,
You are more powerful than it is.
So I bring my problem to You.
I know what I want.
I know my will.
I do not know Yours.
I do not know how You will use this problem for my salvation.
I do not know what good You will workout from this evil.
But I trust You.
I trust Your goodness and Your wisdom.
So I place myself in Your hands.
Please fill my heart with peace.
Tenebrae, from the Latin word for “shadows,” has been observed in the church of Jesus Christ since the fourth century on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. During the service, different readers will recall the events that led Jesus to the cross, and we will extinguish fourteen candles, one by one, dramatizing the suffering and death of Jesus. The diminishing light symbolizes the fading devotion of the disciples and the sin of the world. At the end of the service the worship center will be dark. During the service, the chimes will toll thirty-three times to signal Jesus’ thirty three years. The Christ candle will then return, symbolizing the hope of his promised resurrection. At the conclusion of the service, please leave silently, contemplating Christ’s crucifixion. Jesus, the Son of God, was dead.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
TENNEBRAE AND HOLY COMMUNION
GATHERING IN THE LORD’S NAME
In silence and meditation prepare yourself for worship
Once the candles have been lit, please be respectful of that sign as the beginning of worship by refraining from conversation with those around you so that all may enter into a time of silent preparation for worship.
What is lament? From the dictionary, a lament is “a passionate expression of grief or sorrow,” and to lament is “to mourn.” Laments are directed toward someone who has the capacity to change the circumstances, or correct the injustice.
Biblical laments are prayers. They can be spoken, sung, painted, or communicated in some other way to God. Lament is a response to a momentous occasion of grief over which we have no control.
This is an important point. If the injustice or suffering that we lament is something over which we have control, we should do something. If we do nothing, the faithful response is to confess and repent, not lament.
Lament is a response to the suffering, sorrows and injustices of our not-yet-redeemed world. In lament, there is hope.
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas this year, even if it looked a little different that most years. If you did not yet see this year's Christmas Program, you can click here to see it.
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns. Take some time to think about your past week. Most notably it included the celebration of Christmas, which may have been much different this year than in years past.
Did you find any unexpected joys in the differences? Perhaps you had new insights into the core meaning of Jesus’s birth, free from all the trappings of modern Christmas celebrations. Or maybe you are mourning the season without so many traditions that have brought you comfort and joy in the past. Or maybe you have needs and concern of a whole different kind. You can share these in the comments if you would like. Then pray the prayer below, which is by the Rev. Susan A. Blain and is posted on the United Church of Christ website.
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns. Consider what has happened this week to share in joy, thanksgiving, or concern. Anything you would like to share can be added as a comment. When you are ready, use the prayer below (source) as your prayer this morning:
Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches and peace in our hearts, especially when it feels like the world all around us spins out of control.
[Pray your personal prayers here]
Help us stay focused on You, this Christmastime and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so we might truly have a very merry Christmas, even in a not-so-merry kind of world. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
We're so glad that you decided to join us this morning!
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other. Take some time to consider what joys and concerns you have this week. You can share anything you would like in the comments, and everyone will be able to pray for this as well.
As these past few weeks have been rough, I thought I might share a thought for the day with you all. I still get emails from my church in Flagstaff, and the letter from the pastor was quite appropriate for this time. Just click here to read the message.
When you are ready, continue with the prayer below, from this resource.
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