Church Bulletin – July 5, 2020

St. Paul UCC, Wapakoneta
Worship Order
5th Sunday after Pentecost
July 5, 2020

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND PRAYER REQUESTS

 
PASSING THE PEACE
One: The Peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.

 
PRELUDE and LIGHTING THE ALTAR CANDLES

 
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Becky: Come with joy and gladness to praise and honor God.
Come to the refreshing waters that God provides.
Wendy: God is gracious and merciful and full of compassion.
All creation joins us in giving thanks.
Becky: Give ear, all people, to the law of God.
Give thanks for all the guidance God gives us.
Wendy: God upholds all who are falling.
God raises us up when we are weighed down.
Becky: Come, all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens.
Come, for Christ has promised rest.

 
HYMN – This Is My Song Lyrics by Lloyd Stone
This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight, too, and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
Oh, hear my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine

 
OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray…
Almighty God, you rule all the peoples of the earth. Inspire the minds of all your people to whom you
have committed the responsibility of government and leadership in the nations of the world. Give to
them the vision of truth and justice, that by their counsel all nations and peoples may work together.
Give to the people of our country zeal for justice and strength of forbearance, that we may use our
liberty in accordance with your gracious will. Forgive our shortcomings as a nation, and purify our
hearts to see and love the truth. Be with us now as we worship, committing our lives anew to service in
the name of Christ. Amen.

 
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (NRSV)

 
SERMON

 
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
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 debts, as we forgive
our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and
the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 
HYMN #493 Cares Chorus
I cast all my cares upon you,
I lay all of my burdens down at your feet.
And anytime that I don’t know what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon you.

 
OUR COMMON CALLING
Let us go forth into the world in peace. Be of good courage. Hold fast to that which is good.
Render to no one evil for evil. Strengthen the faint hearted. Support the weak. Help the afflicted.
Honor all people. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 
BENEDICTION

 
BENEDICTION RESPONSE—#719 Go, My Children, with My Blessing (vv. 1 & 4)
Go, my children, with my blessing, never alone.
Waking, sleeping, I am with you; you are my own.
In my love’s baptismal river I have made you mine forever.
Go, my children, with my blessing—you are my own.
I, the Lord, will bless and keep you and give you peace;
I, the Lord, will smile upon you and give you peace;
I, the Lord, will be your Father, Savior, Comforter, and Brother.
Go, my children, I will keep you and give you peace.

 
**NOTE: Portions of today’s service were adapted from Lavon Bayler’s Taught By Love: Worship
Resources for Year A (Cleveland: United Church Press, 1998) and The United Methodist Book of
Worship (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1992).