Second Sunday After Pentecost
June 6, 2021 Outdoor Worship Bulletin

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Gathering for God’s Word

Choral Introit

“Bless His Holy Name”

Bless the Lord, O my soul

And all that is within me

Bless His holy name

For He has done great things,

He has done great things

He has done Great things

Bless His holy name

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship

[inspired by Psalm 43:1-2; Psalm 63:1-2; Isaiah 55:1-5; John 4:13-15; John 7:37-39; Revelation 21:6]

Leader: We’ve come to worship God,

People: who makes streams flow from rock,

Leader: who turns the parched earth into springs of water, who sends the rain from heaven and makes the wilderness blossom and flourish.

People: As the deer thirsts for flowing streams, so we thirst for You, O God.

Leader: Come, let’s worship our life-giving God,

People: who pours out living water on all who thirst.

Preparing for God's Word

Hymn of Adoration

“It is Well with My Soul”

When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul

Refrain:

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

 

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul

He lives, oh the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part, but the whole

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

 

Lord, hasten the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul!

Prayer of Confession 

All:  Gracious God, we are so thankful that you have led us into the light. We thank you for sending Christ to call us from death to life. We were dead in sin before we heard his call, but when we heard him, like Lazarus, we arose. But Father, we confess that the grave clothes bind us still. Old habits are hard for us to throw off, old customs that are still so much a part of our lives make us helpless to live the new life that Christ calls us to live. Give us strength, O Father, to break those old bonds; give us courage to live a new life in you; give us faith to believe that with your help we cannot fail. All this we ask in the name of the Savior who has taught us to come to you. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

[based on Psalm 145:13-14 ]

Leader: Hear the Good News:The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

People: The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down

Leader: In Christ we are forgiven. Halleluia! Praise the Lord. 

Hearing God's Word

Children's Message

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Prayer of Illumination

New Testament Reading: Isaiah 55:1-5

55:1   “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.  3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.  4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples.  5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”  

Sermon

"The Invitation is in the Mail... Where's the Party At"

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Responding to God’s Word

Affirmation of Faith

[From the Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 54]

All: I believe that the Son of God through his Spirit and Word,

out of the entire human race,

from the beginning of the world to its end,

gathers, protects, and preserves for himself

a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith.

And of this community I am and always will be a living member.

Hymn of Response

"Near to the heart of God"

There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

Refrain:
O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God;
Hold us, who wait before Thee,
Near to the heart of God

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There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.

Benediction

Benediction Response

“Praise the Name of Jesus”  

Praise the name of Jesus

Praise the name of Jesus

He's my Rock

He's my Fortress

He's my Deliverer

In Him will I trust

Praise the name of Jesus

Union Presbyterian Church

5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

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

Email: unionpc5615@gmail.com