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July 9- Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Call to Worship:
L: Come into the presence of the God of surprise and wonder.
P: remember the surprising and wondrous works of God that establish our hope.
L: Come, knowing that even in hopeless situations, we may trust in God.
P: Come, trusting in the One who is our hope, who is our life.
Prayer of Invocation:
Amazing God of love so right and so pure, grace us with your presence. We desire to lean on you even more today than we have in the past. May we manifest a hope right and pure in honesty. You know our hearts. We ask for faith and trust enough to strengthen our hearts. Our hope is built on nothing less. Amen.
Scripture: 2 Sam 7:1-17
Sermon: Camping with God
Theme: God goes with you on vacation…
July 16 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Call to Worship: (based on Psalm 105)
L: O give thanks to the Lord, make known God’s deeds among the peoples.
P: Sing to the Lord; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
L: Glory in God’s holy name.
P: Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
L: Seek the Lord’s strength and presence continually.
P: Praise God, whose judgments are in all the earth.
Prayer of Invocation:
Dear God, what a wonderful world you have created. Yet, we know that because of things we do and don’t understand, it is possible to hurt so badly. In the face of what can be untold suffering help us to cling to the possibility of a greater reality: your love. May we know such a mighty love in new ways that inspire genuine revival of mind, heart, and soul. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:1-11
Sermon: A Vacation in Sin City
Theme: the 7 deadly sins
July 23 Christmas in July
Call to Worship: (Isaiah 9:2, 6-7a)
L: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
P: Those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.
L: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;
P: And he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
L: His authority shall grow continually.
P: And there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom
L: He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness
P: From this time onward and forevermore.
Prayer of Invocation
We join with all creation, O God, to praise you for the birth of Jesus. We give you thanks for the mighty work of incarnating yourself into human flesh, for blessing and dignifying all humankind by choosing to live among us. In this joyous festival we give you praise for such good news, and we remember those so burdened by the cares of life they cannot join the celebration. Wonderful counselor, bring wisdom to the rulers of nations. Mighty God, break the power of evil. Everlasting Father, bring us all to eternal life. Prince of Peace, transform our warring spirit. Bring all to kneel beside the manger in the presence of your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scripture reading: Luke 2:8-20
Sermon: Christmas in July
July 30- Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Call to Worship
L: God is about bringing people together, for the good of all.
P: Let us celebrate God’s gathering us together with a gift of our praise.
L: God is about working things out, sometimes in surprising ways, for the good of all.
P: Let us rejoice in God’s weaving holy purposes with the exercise of our trust.
L: So come, let us worship.
P: For God is here and in all creation, seeking the good of all.
Prayer of Invocation
God in these moments of worship, help us understand what is going on in our lives. Help us perceive your design and plan behind the events that seem to be chance and coincidence. May we be able to see where you have been at work—and a bit more sure of what you want to do for us and through us. Give us grace to be patient and to wait for your kingdom. Give us the strength to work bring your kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. Show us your grace in this hour of worship. Amen.
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12
Sermon: I’ve Made a Terrible Mistake
Theme: Good decisions vs. Bad decisions. The wisdom to know the difference
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