August 23, 2020
Pastor: The Lord says: "Come, all you who labor and are overburdened." He doesn't say: "Come, all you Americans, or Methodists, or all you who look and act alike," but, "Come all!"
People: Let us worship the God who welcomes us all, and may we find unity in our diversity.
OPENING HYMN: The Church’s One Foundation #546
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SHARING
CALL TO WORSHIP
of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
People: Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the
voice of my supplication!
wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
People: and in his word I hope.
Pastor: O Israel, hope in the Lord!
People: For with the Lord there is steadfast love.
O God who shows your true self in Jesus of Nazareth: Grant us the courage to be who we truly are both as your image and as members of the Body of Christ; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: Let us confess to God and before one
another our sins, and especially our being conformed to this world instead of
being transformed in the mind of Christ.
We confess to you, O God, and before one another that we have sinned. You have created us to reflect your glory and your love. You have given us your own Spirit to dwell within us. You have made us members of the very Body of Christ. And yet, we too often look and act no differently than those who do not acknowledge you as God. Instead of being transformed by your Spirit so that you can use us to transform the world, we allow the world to conform us to its standards. Instead of love and grace, we often speak in harsh words about revenge; instead of redemption, we speak of punishment; instead of the words of Jesus, we spew forth the words of this world. We have betrayed you and have failed to live out justice and mercy; we have failed to be your gracious people. Help us not to hide from our sin but to own it and move away from it. Send your Spirit upon us so that we might once again reflect your image in all we say or do. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God's love and forgiveness is constant. God's love is infinite in the ways it appears to us. Let us take heart and resolve to be more like our God.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
O Lord, open our eyes, our ears, our minds, and our hearts;
That we might behold wondrous things out of your word.
First Lesson Psalm 133
The Blessedness of Unity
A Song of Ascents.
very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks Be to God
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
A reading from the Gospel of John
Glory to you O Lord.
THE GOSPEL IS READ John 17: 20-23
20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,[a] so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
SERMON: “The Ecumenical Dance” Rev. Dai Morgan
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 and ever. Amen
INVITATION TO OFFERING
Paul said to the people of Rome, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect." May our morning offering be good and acceptable in the eyes of our God.
THE LORD’S OFFERING
Merciful God, we thank you for your many gifts to us. May the money we have given today lift up the body of Christ in the world, so that the gift you gave humanity can be seen and felt by the homeless, the poverty stricken, the motherless, and all those in need of your love. Risen Christ, we thank you. Amen.
Pastor: Share the gifts that God has given you.
People: May our lives be consecrated to you, O God.
Pastor: Use your moments and your days to do God's work in the
People: Take our hands and let them do the work you would
have us do.
All: May our lips be filled with messages from God.
Pastor: In the name of God, our Creator, Christ our Redeemer, and
the Holy Spirit, our Sustainer. Amen.
Closing Hymn: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Pastor: Rev. Russel W. Shuluga
Liturgist: Jean McQuade
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August Mission Opportunity
“Home of Hope Outreach Program”
During the month of August, Mifflin Avenue, with our monetary donations, will sponsor two young girls, named Ivy Chimasa and Makamka Gosa in Zimbabwe. Over one million or one out of every four children is an orphan in Zimbabwe. Most live with extended family, a friend, or even as “child-led households.” Education is not free, and without financial support most of these children will not remain in school.
The Home of Hope Outreach program keeps children in school by sponsors who pay $75.00/year to cover school fees and $25.00 to provide a filled backpack. If you would like to contribute to the education of Ivy and Makamka, make your check payable to MAUMC and write “Home of Hope” on the memo line. You may also use PayPal to donate.