Sunday, July 5, 2020 Interactive Worship Bulletin

(5th Sunday after Pentecost) 

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Preparing for God’s Word

Prelude

"Majesty"

Call to Worship

[Based on Psalm 8:1-3]
Leader: Our Lord and Ruler, you have set your glory above the heavens!

People: O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

Leader: With praises from children and from tiny infants you have built a fortress. You make your enemies silent, and all who turn against you are left speechless.

People: O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

Leader: I often think of the heavens which your hands have made and how the moon and stars were put in place by you.

People: O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

Leader: Let us worship our great God!

Hymn of Praise

“How Majestic is Your Name"

O Lord, our Lord
How majestic is Your name in all the earth
O Lord, our Lord
How majestic is Your name in all the earth

O Lord, we praise Your name
O Lord, we magnify Your name
Prince of peace, mighty God
O Lord, God Almighty

Prayer of Confession & Assurance of Pardon

Leader: Creator God, we confess that sometimes we do not live like your daughters and sons. We are a busy people, a forgetful people, a simple people, and so we confess that often we have failed to consider the work of your fingers. Lord, we fall short in so many ways.

People: Lord, we humbly repent.

Leader: As created ones we sometimes forget that we are not like you. We cannot grasp what kind of a God can use the weakest means- even from the mouths of babies and infants- to disarm enemies. We often think of ourselves as both more and less than we are— more important and less glorious. We live more like consumers and less like stewards. We speak in terms of our rights, but not of being a blessing. Instead of being humbled by your care, we live like we are entitled to it.

People: Lord, we humbly repent.

Leader: And yet you consider us, and your gaze causes us to blush, so much so that sometimes we think of ourselves as lesser creatures than you have made us to be. We confess there are days we feel more like worms than human beings.

People: Lord, we humbly repent.

Leader: We are grateful that we can then turn our eyes to your Son, Jesus, the one in whom all things are being made new, the one who even now is at work reconciling us to you and to each other. All of which has been done through the cross. God we thank you that because of your great love for us, even when we are dead in our sins, you make us alive together with Christ. By grace, you save us. Amen

Hymn of Response

        ”How Great Thou Art”

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, 
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; 
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, 
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art! 

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing; 
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; 
That on a Cross, my burdens gladly bearing, 
He bled and died to take away my sin.

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, 
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, 
And there proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Hearing God's Word

Prayer of Illumination

Our Lord and our God, now as we hear your Word, fill us with your Spirit. Soften our hearts that we may delight in your presence. Sharpen our minds that we may discern your truth. Shape our wills that we may desire your ways. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

Hymn of Preparation

"Thou Art Worthy"

Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy
Thou art worthy O Lord
To receive glory, glory and honor and power

For Thou hast created; hast all things created
Thou has created all things
And for Thy pleasure they are created
Thou art worthy O Lord

**Click here to watch a video Children’s Praise Song for Psalm 8:3-4, “What is Man?”**

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40BthRkgFlM

**Click here to watch a video of the Scripture Reading and Sermon**

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Old Testament Reading

Psalm 8

Sermon

“Our Chief Purpose... We Glorify because God first Glorified Us"

Responding to God’s Word

Profession of Faith

[Modern version of The Larger Westminster Catechism Q&A 1-2]

Leader: What is the primary and highest purpose for humankind?

People: The primary and highest purpose for humankind is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him fully forever.

Leader: What evidence is there for God?

People: Humankind’s internal natural understanding, and the works of God, plainly indicate that there is a God. However, God’s Word and Spirit are the only ways God sufficiently and effectually reveals himself to humankind for their salvation.

Prayer of the People

Gracious and Loving God, There is no part of life that you do not touch. You infuse your rich fragrance on us and this world— gritty and real—you get in underneath the surface, drawing out and lifting up love all around until people's defenses are lowered, barriers are broken down, and the power of your love reveals the beauty you intended for all your children.

 

Lord we ask today that our actions might draw other's attention to you, that others may see in us the richness that you bring to all life and the abundance you share so readily. Help us to bring light into all the darkness of life, spreading your hope for a better world, a world where glimpses of your Kingdom are easily seen around us.

 

Help us to bring salt into the blandness of life, showing to others your vitality and joy. Help us all live life now reflecting the future you promise- a day when all your children will know themselves loved, valued, and treasured, created in your image, and bringing you glory forever. We ask all this in the name of the one who is truly your light and salt in this world, and who taught us to pray saying:

All: 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 of Thanksgiving

“Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun"

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Doth its successive journeys run;
His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Him shall endless prayer be made.
And praises throng to crown His head,
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.

People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Blessings abound where’er He reigns:
The prisoners leaps to loose their chains,
The weary find eternal rest,

And all who suffer want are blest

 

Let every creature rise and bring
Honors peculiar to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen!

Benediction

May the grace of Christ attend us, the love of God surround us, and the Holy Spirit keep us all now and forevermore. 

Benediction Response

"May You Run and Not Be Weary"

May you run and not be weary
May your heart be filled with song
And may the love of God
Continue to give you hope
And keep you strong
And may you run and not be weary
May your life be filled with joy
And may the road you travel
Always lead you home

Postlude

"Draw Me Close to You"

Union Presbyterian Church

5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

Phone: 704-864-7681    Fax: 704-864-7594

Email: unionpc5615@gmail.com

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