Sunday, June 23, 2019 Second Sunday after Pentecost
Gathering Song – VU #602 – “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”
Welcome, lighting the candle and announcements
Call to Worship
One: We’ve come to worship God,
All: who makes streams flow from rock, who turns the parched earth into springs of water, who sends the rain from heaven and makes the wilderness blossom and flourish.
One: As the deer thirsts for flowing streams, so we thirst for You, O God.
All: Come, let’s worship our life-giving God, who pours out living water on all who thirst. (adapted from Christine Longhurst.)
Opening Hymn – MV #109 – “My Soul is Thirsting for You”
Prayer of Approach and Confession
O God, you come to us not in the chaos of the whirlwind, not in the roar of the earthquake, not in the crackling heat of the fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. Quiet our minds, bring peace to our hearts and stillness to our bodies that we might meet you in that silence. Help us to listen for your still, small voice. Give us the courage to go wherever you lead us, trusting that you will prepare the way. O God, sometimes the journey is too much; we can’t go on, and we complain that we are all alone. Nobody cares, not even you. Our strength is gone, and we are ready to give up. In those times, when we are consumed with self-pity and convinced there is no hope, send your Spirit into our hearts to remind us of your sustaining grace. Strengthen us at your Table and by the daily claiming of our baptism, so we may go confidently on our journeys, carrying out the mission you have given us. Through Christ we pray. Amen. (adapted from Tom Cheatham and Heather A. Moody.)
Words of Assurance
Passing the Peace
Hymn – MV #84 – “In You There is a Refuge”
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19:11-15
Psalm 42 – VU #766 – “As the Deer Pants for the Water”
Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:23-29
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.
Meditation – “Leave Me Alone / Never Leave Me”
(a quiet time for your personal reflection and prayer)
Anthem – “I Will Joyfully Sing”
Offering / Response: (MV #191)
What can I do? What can I bring?
What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.
I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share.
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Closing Hymn – MV #145 – “Draw the Circle Wide”
Commissioning / Benediction
Response (MV #156)
Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’,
Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.
Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’
Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.
Rev Dr. Robert Galston, Worship Leader
Patrick Woodbeck, Minister Laura Steidl, Music Director
Myrna Hagues, Organist Gina Grant, Custodian
Sue Turley, Office Administrator Edna Erickson, Liturgist
Edna Cechvala, Linda Stewart
Today’s bulletin is sponsored by Edna Cechvala
In loving memory of Alphonse Cechvala