July 19, 2020
Announcements & Sharing
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: In the midst of strife, God is with us!
People: Come, O Lord, and pour your word into our hearts.
Leader: In the anguish and grief of everyday living, God is
People: Hear our cries, O Lord, and quiet our spirits
Leader: Come, let us open our hearts and spirits to the Lord.
People: We come, with confidence and hope in the presence
of God. AMEN.
God of surprises, we come here from the weariness of the week, from various triumphs, from fears and doubts. Open our hearts to receive your message of hope for all people, for we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
CALL TO CONFESSION
It is said that confession is good for the soul, but there are times, O Lord, when we just don’t want to confess, we don’t want to own up to the many ways in which we have failed to be your faithful disciples. We have turned our backs on those in need. We have sought after power and riches, believing that these things bring true happiness. But you know us far too well. You know what is within our hearts and our spirits. You seek the very best for us that we might grow to be fruitful plants in your garden. Be with us. Forgive us when we have failed to love and treat others with respect and compassion. Turn our hearts back toward you, who always reaches out to us offering healing and love. These things we ask in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Great news has come to us, dear friends. God, who is faithful and just, who cherishes us as we are, seeks restoration and healing for those broken places in our lives, forgives and loves us unconditionally. Receive that good news!
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder[a] set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And the Lord stood beside him[b] and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14 and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed[c] in you and in your offspring. 15 Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” 17 And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel;[d] but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
This is the Word of the Lord.
SERMON: God gives us what we need and not what we deserve!
JOYS AND CONCERNS
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, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen
INVITATION TO OFFERING
As we receive our morning offering, remember all the ways in which God has entered your lives, and be grateful.
THE LORD’S OFFERING
Lord, we present these tokens of the many blessings you have poured into our lives. Make us people who are unafraid to proclaim your healing mercies. Help these gifts to bring hope and comfort to all those in need. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.
Get ready to go into God’s world. Bring messages of hope to all. As we have been blessed, may we bring blessings to all in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Every Sunday Morning at 11:15 AM
Meeting ID: 412 731 2511
From your phone (312) 626-6799
*Please note that the information above for ZOOM service is the same every Sunday.
July Mission Opportunity
WILKINSBURG COMMUNITY MINISTRY
WCM helps those in our community during COVID19, by continuing to distribute food supplies, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 1PM. The need is great and WCM is there to help! You can help by making a monetary donation that will assist them with purchasing food for the community. Make your check payable to MAUMC and mail to the church office, 905 Mifflin Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221.
To make a donation with your credit card or debit card to Mifflin Avenue UMC for the July Mission Opportunity, under the special instructions line, indicate WCM.
You can also visit their website and make a direct donation or mail your check to WCM, check payable to Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, 704 Wood St. Wilkinsburg, PA 15221.