Sunday, June 21, 2020 Outdoor Worship Bulletin

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Preparing for God’s Word

Prelude

 

Call to Worship

[Based on Hebrews 10:19-24]
Leader: We can come to worship today because we can enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, Christ’s body. Praise the Lord!
People: The Lord’s name be praised!
Leader: Since we have such a great priest, let us draw near to God with sincere hearts and with the full assurance of what that faith brings, having our hearts cleansed from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Praise the Lord!
People: The Lord’s name be praised!
Leader: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess and spur one another on toward love and good deeds, for our God who promised us the Messiah is faithful! Praise the Lord!
People: The Lord’s name be praised!
Leader: Let us worship our great God!

Hymn of Praise

“Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"

 

Oh God, our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure
Sufficient is Thine arm alone
And our defense is sure

Before the hills in order stood
Or earth received her frame
From everlasting Thou art God
To endless years the same

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun

Time, like an ever-rolling stream
Bears all its sons away
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day

Oh God, our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Be Thou our guard while life shall last
And our eternal home

Prayer of Confession & Assurance of Pardon

Leader: O God, you have shown us the way of life through your Son, Jesus Christ. But we confess with shame our slowness to learn of him, our failure to follow him, and our reluctance to bear the cross.
People: Lord, we thank you for your mercy and forgiveness.


Leader: We confess the poverty of our worship, our neglect in fellowship with one another, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibility in service, and our imperfect stewardship of your gifts.


People: Lord, we thank you for your mercy and forgiveness.
Leader: Gracious Lord, we know that there is none like you; who goes to such great length to pardon sin and forgive the offenses of your people. You do not stay angry forever, but you delight to show your mercy. Thank you for your compassion for us. How through Christ, you tread our sins underfoot and hurl our transgressions into the depths of the sea.
People: Lord, we thank you for your mercy and forgiveness. Amen.

Hymn of Response

        ”Blessed Assurance”

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Commissioning the Men of the Church

Leader: In John 15:16 Jesus said, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” Today we are commissioning the men of church, to continue to be faithful in following Christ. Now this is a call that some of the men here might fell nervous about. They may feel ill prepared. They may feel like they don’t know enough to be be ambassadors for God. They may even feel like they don’t have what it takes to pick up their cross and be examples of Christ for their families and in this community. Good! In 1 Corinthians 1:27 we read that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,” It is only because of God’s call, by Christ’s work on the cross, and through the direction and empowerment of the Holy Spirit that any of us can faithfully follow Christ. Will you join me as me commission the men of Union:
 
Leader: Lord we give thanks to God for all the God’s gifts he so freely bestows upon us. For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea,
People: We thank you Lord.
Leader: We thank you for the lives of the men of Union church, both young and old, and how through them you reveal the image of Christ,
People: We thank you Lord.
Leader:  We thank you for the minds you gave them to think, the hearts to love, and the hands to serve. We thank you for the health and strength you give them to work.
People: We thank you Lord.
Leader: And Lord we thank you for the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to be brave and courageous, patient in suffering, and faithful in adversity even when those feelings don’t come to us naturally. Thank you for helping these men be valiant seekers of your truth, your grace, your mercy, and your justice,
People: We thank you Lord.

 

Prayer for the Men of the Church

Heavenly Father, we thank you for our men of Union Church.  We thank you for equipping and empowering them in their walks with you. Help them Lord to glorify your name, to be your hands and feet in bringing restoration, reconciliation and healing to their families and communities. God we know that no one can measure your greatness.  That you are good to everyone and shower compassion upon all of your creation. Be with these men, Lord.

For the men here who are fathers and grandfathers, we ask that you will touch their hearts and help them teach their children your Godly ways. And for all, young and old alike, turn these men’s hearts toward the next generations, helping them to be examples, mentors, and teachers to all those who come after them.

Lord, we also pray for all the ways these men have fallen short in their walk with you. Loving Father, forgive our men for their sins of disobedience, selfishness, lying, and for all the ways they fail to accept the call to follow you. Father, help our men to forgive others: family members, friends and loved ones who have hurt or offended them. Heal the emotional wounds caused by these hurts.
 
Lord, encircle these men and fill them your hope, peace, joy, and love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Hearing God's Word

Hymn of Preparation

"Spirit, Open My Heart"

Spirit open my heart
To the joy and pain of living
As You love may I love
In receiving and in giving

Spirit, open my heart

 

God, replace my stony heart
with a heart that's kind and tender.
All my coldness and fear
to Your grace I now surrender.

Write Your love upon my heart
as my law, my goal, my story.
In each thought, word, and deed,
may my living bring You glory.

May I weep with those who weep,
share the joy of sister, brother.
In the welcome of Christ,
may we welcome one another.

Prayer of Illumination

 

Old Testament Reading

Genesis 16: 1-16

Sermon

“The Trinity in Genesis: What's My Name?"

Responding to God’s Word

Profession of Faith

[The Apostles Creed]

All: I believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord;

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary;

Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; 

He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints;

The forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Offertory

Hymn of Thanksgiving

“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us"

Savior, like a shepherd lead us
Much we need Thy tender care
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us
For our use Thy fold prepare

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are


We are Thine, who Thou befriend us
Be the guardian of our way
Keep Thy flock from sin defend us
Seek us when we go astray

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Hear Thy children when we pray
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Hear Thy children when we pray

 

Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful tho' we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and pow'r to free:
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Early let us turn to Thee;
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Early let us turn to Thee ;

 

Early let us seek Thy favor
Early let us do Thy will
Blessed Lord and only Savior
With Thy love our spirits fill

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us, love us still
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us, love us still

Benediction

Benediction Response

"Make Me A Servant"

 

Make me a servant, humble and meek
Lord let me lift up those who are weak
And may the prayer of my heart always be
Make me a servant.  Make me a servant
Make me a servant today

Postlude

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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