Freedom is Not License
Today’s guest speaker is Jack Snodgrass.
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CALL TO WORSHIP: From Lamentations 3: 22-27, 55-58
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.
I called on Your name, O Lord, From the lowest pit.
56 You have heard my voice: “Do not hide Your ear
From my sighing, from my cry for help.”
57 You drew near on the day I called on You, And said, “Do not fear!”
58 O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life.
HYMN: “America” #695
CALL TO CONFESSION: (Unison)
I praise You with my lips, O Lord, but cower in my heart. I hesitate to step forward. Fear, recrimination, doubt, and uncertainty consume me. Many is the time I might have helped those in need, relieved the burden of the poor in spirit, and followed the teachings of Jesus Christ but did not. I prefer the easy path of silence, ignoring injustice and tolerating unfairness. And yet, I desire to step forward, to defend the weak and downtrodden, and to be bold in righteousness. Please, Lord, give me the courage of David, the valor of Joshua and a measure of the moral strength of Jesus to do, not what is right in my eyes, but in Yours. Amen.
In our moments of honest reflection, we realize how often we fall short of our goals to follow you. In that knowledge, let us confess our shortcomings to God.
Time of Silent Prayer
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
Know that the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come singing with everlasting joy in their hearts, obtaining mercy with gladness as sorrow and sighing flee away.
Rejoice! In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
Response – Gloria Patri
READING: Exodus 1: 8-11, John 8: 31-36, 1 Corinthians 6:1
Prayer of Illumination
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God!
Sermon: Freedom is Not License
HYMN: “America the Beautiful” #690
Apostles’ Creed (found inside the back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings
Prayer of Dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
BIRTHDAYS Kathy Gibson, Bob Moore, Donna West, Rosemary Cole, Allen Bershok
ANNIVERSARIES Tom and April Waltz; Jean and Ron Westfall
JOYS AND CONCERNS
Added to our prayer chain this past week was Suzy Smith, a friend of Barb O’Hara and Dustin Bedillion, Hailey Diedier’s boyfriend.
Jim Kuhn was taken from Presbyterian Sr Care to Washington Hospital again this week. Please keep Jim and Jean in your prayers.
SYMPATHY The Family of Hunter Hickles
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, Betty Matthews, Cory Patrick, Tom Westfall, Mary Ann Durila, Donald Potts, Jim and Jean Kuhn, and Marlene McFeely.
Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN: “Battle Hymn of The Republic” #692
God, whose love for us is greater than that of any parent, longs to share love through all who would serve as human parents of faith. As you go, may God’s love live in you, may the grace of Christ surround you, and may the Spirit nurture you to nurture others.
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.
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.
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