We have returned to in-person worship at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings! You are cordially invited to join us in person or via video! Below is the bulletin for the worship service. Much of our traditional worship is back in place.
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August 1, 2021 10:00AM
God’s Happy Meal
HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR FULL CHURCH SERVICE. It is being updated regularly, so check back for more details. Click here to watch the complete church service at 10:00AM On Sunday.
WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK THIS WEEK?
In: “Jesus is the bread of Life…”
Out: “…his love sustains us.”
*CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Blessed be the Lord of Hosts, who cleanses and heals our lives.
P: Praise be to God!
L: Blessed be the Holy One, who brings us from despair to hope.
P: Praise be to God!
L: Blessed be the Giver of Life, who nurtures and comforts us.
P: Let us praise God with our whole hearts and souls! AMEN
OPENING HYMN: Cry of My Heart UMH #2165
Along life’s pathways, we search continually for signs to point us in positive directions. Christ has given us a sign which points us to healing and hope: that is the sign of the Bread of Life. No more shall we hunger and thirst after the things which cannot sustain us. Now we have been fed and nourished by Christ! Open our hearts in gratitude, Lord, for all the wondrous things you have done for us. Open our Spirits to hear your words of hope for us today. AMEN.
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
It is easy for us to go through the motions of spirituality. We want to say the “right” prayers, and think that we have found the magical key to make holiness appear in our lives. But we are empty, Lord. We hunger and thirst for something that will sustain us through all the times of our lives. We chase after things that will disappoint and hurt, and look past the very thing that will heal and cleanse our lives. Christ is the Bread of Life, the Manna from Heaven, which was and is sent to feed and sustain us in all the wildernesses through which we travel. Help us to stop running after the glitz and glitter, the easy wealth; help us to look truly for the one who will quench our thirst and nourish our souls. As we have lifted up names of people and situations which lay heavy on our hearts today that need your healing touch, help us to remember that we stand continually in need of your healing mercy. Bring us to you, with open and repentant hearts, for your loving care.
We ask this in Jesus’ Name, in whose name we pray …
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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
SCRIPTURE READING: John 6:24-35 CEB
24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Bread of life
26 Jesus replied, “I assure you that you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate all the food you wanted. 27 Don’t work for the food that doesn’t last but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Human One will give you. God the Father has confirmed him as his agent to give life.”
28 They asked, “What must we do in order to accomplish what God requires?”
29 Jesus replied, “This is what God requires, that you believe in him whom God sent.”
30 They asked, “What miraculous sign will you do, that we can see and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
32 Jesus told them, “I assure you, it wasn’t Moses who gave the bread from heaven to you, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 The bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 They said, “Sir, give us this bread all the time!”
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
SERMON TITLE: God’s Happy Meal
May we remain steadfast in our vows to support the United Methodist Church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. Amen
CLOSING HYMN: Here I Am, Lord UMH #593
SENDING FORTH PRAYER
The Bread of Life sustains us. The bread of Life nourishes us for the journey. Let us now go forth into God’s world to nourish others, bring God’s love, hope and peace. AMEN.
SENDING FORTH HYMN: SHALOM TO YOU
Shalom to you now, shalom my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all your living and through all your loving
Christ be your shalom. Christ be your shalom.