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The Worship of God

    August 14, 2022

    Join us in-person or online each Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. Below is this week's order of worship. 

    * Please stand as you are able.
    The congregation speaks the text in bold type.

    * Please stand as you are able. | The congregation speaks the text in bold type.

    The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God in loving memory of Chester Witherington given by Nancy Witherington, Blake Witherington, Leslie Muscarella and Carole Lumpkin. 

    The Prelude 

    Voluntary on "All My Hope on God is Founded" arr.  Michael Burkhardt
    Gwyn Bacon, organ

    The Welcome and Opening Prayer

      Betsy Butler

    The Introit 

    “This Is the Day” | THIS IS THE DAY 
    Sung by the Sanctuary Choir 

    *The Processional Hymn 

     UMH 529 “How Firm a Foundation” | FOUNDATION 
    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, 
    is laid for your faith in his excellent word! 
    What more can he say than to you he hath said, 
    to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled? 

    Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, 
    for I am thy God and will still give thee aid; 
    I'll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand 
    upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand. 

    When through the deep waters I call thee to go, 
    the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow; 
    for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, 
    and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress. 

    When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, 
    my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply; 
    the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design 
    thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine. 

    The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose, 
    I will not, I will not desert to its foes; 
    that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, 
    I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.” 

    *The Affirmation of Faith | “The Apostles’ Creed”

    I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose 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 Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 

    *The Passing of the Peace 

    The Sacrament of Baptism | 9:30 a.m.  

    Madeline Ann Lee and Philippa Barton Lee, daughters of Meghan and Aaron Lee  
    Children, children, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you too.  
    We this day do all agree a child of God you’ll always be. Children, children, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you too. 

    The Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer | Nancy Johnson

    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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. 

    The Hymn  

    UMH 261 “Lord of the Dance” | LORD OF THE DANCE 
    Verses 1 and 2 

    During the singing of the hymn at 11:00 a.m., children up to grade 2 are dismissed through the front, lectern side doors to attend Children’s Church. They can be picked up at the conclusion of worship in the John Wesley Parlor. 

    The Offertory

    The Offertory Anthem 

    “Now Thank We All Our God” | Hal Hopson 
    Sung by the Sanctuary Choir 
    The words to this anthem can be found on page 102 of the United Methodist Hymnal.

    *The Doxology  | OLD 100th

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

    The Scripture Reading

    John 1:1-5; 9-14

    The Message

    “John: A Different Kind of Gospel” | Jeremy Lawson

    *The Hymn of Response 

    UMH 156 “I Love to Tell the Story” | HANKEY 
    I love to tell the story 
    of unseen things above, 
    of Jesus and his glory, 
    of Jesus and his love. 
    I love to tell the story, 
    because I know 'tis true; 
    it satisfies my longings 
    as nothing else can do. 

    I love to tell the story, 
    'twill be my theme in glory, 
    to tell the old, old story 
    of Jesus and his love. 

    I love to tell the story; 
    more wonderful it seems 
    than all the golden fancies 
    of all our golden dreams. 
    I love to tell the story, 
    it did so much for me; 
    and that is just the reason 
    I tell it now to thee. [Refrain] 

    I love to tell the story; 
    'tis pleasant to repeat 
    what seems, each time I tell it, 
    more wonderfully sweet. 
    I love to tell the story, 
    for some have never heard 
    the message of salvation 
    from God's own holy Word. [Refrain] 

    I love to tell the story, 
    for those who know it best 
    seem hungering and thirsting 
    to hear it like the rest. 
    And when, in scenes of glory, 
    I sing the new, new song, 
    'twill be the old, old story 
    that I have loved so long. [Refrain] 

    *The Blessing and Congregational Response 

    We Are One in the Spirit” | ST. BRENDAN’S
    We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord, 
    We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord, 
    And we pray that all unity will one day be restored: 
    And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, 
    Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love. 

    *The Postlude 

    “Tuba Tune in D” | C. S. Lang


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