Sunday Worship Bulletin

We will meet in-person and Livestream will also be available!

Wherever we are in our spiritual journey,we intend to come into closer relationship with God and with each other. God’s presence awakens our hearts, and informs our lives, so that we are grounded by divine grace. Our church is a place where we practice living in faith, supporting each other so that with time we become the beloved community.  For when we awaken our soul, God is brought into the world.   

July 3, 2022

Sunday Worship

4th Sunday after Pentecost, Communion Sunday

4th of July Sunday

10 a.m.

Prelude

Musician: Elle Wheeler and Diego Mariano, piano

Welcome 

Announcements

Passing the peace 

Contemplative Prayer: First They Came, by Martin Niemoller

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Call to worship:

We look in the mirror and what do we see?


We see people who try to be faithful,
even as questions and struggles challenge our faith.


We look in the mirror and how do we see?


We see with hearts which are open to God’s love,
with lives which seek to trust when all the evidence
tells us not to be so foolish.


We look in the mirror and who do we see?


We see Jesus, the One who struggles with
the questions we raise, who models faithfulness
for all who would follow. Amen.

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Singing:  Welcome, #3152, by Zelman and Miller

Let’s walk together for a while and ask where we begin
To build a world where love can grow and hope can enter in.
To be the hands of healing and to plant the seeds of peace,
Singing welcome,

Refrain:
Welcome to this place.
You’re invited to come and know God’s grace.
All are welcome, the love of God to share,
‘Cause all of us are welcome here; all are welcome in this place.

Let’s talk together of a time when we will share a feast,
Where pride and power kneel to serve the lonely and the least,
And joy will set the table as we join our hands to pray,
Singing welcome,

Refrain

Let’s dream together of the day when earth and heaven are one,
A city built of love and light, the new Jerusalem,
Where our mourning turns to dancing, every creature lifts its voice!
Crying welcome!

Refrain

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Unity prayer: from Thomas Jefferson’s second inauguration, 1805

“As I enter on the duties to which my fellow-citizens have again called me, I need the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your leaders, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.” Amen.

Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-10

For the word of God in scripture

For the word of God among us

For the word of God within us

All- Thanks be to God.

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Special Music:   Fantaisie Impromptu by Chopin

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Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-15

For the word of God in scripture

For the word of God among us

For the word of God within us

All- Thanks be to God.

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Special Music

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Silence

 Sermon: The 246th birthday of the United States of America and the 249th anniversary of the first Methodist conference in North America

Time of prayer

Prayers

 Joys and Concerns

Pastor’s prayer

Lord’s prayer

Offering

Doxology: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!   _____  

Holy Communion

Singing:  And Are We Yet Alive, #553, verses 1-4 & 6

1. And are we yet alive,
and see each other’s face?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give
for his almighty grace!

2. Preserved by power divine
to full salvation here,
again in Jesus’ praise we join,
and in his sight appear.

3. What troubles have we seen,
what mighty conflicts past,
fightings without, and fears within,
since we assembled last!

4. Yet out of all the Lord
hath brought us by his love;
and still he doth his help afford,
and hides our life above.

6. Let us take up the cross
till we the crown obtain,
and gladly reckon all things loss
so we may Jesus gain.

 Benediction

 Postlude


All St Helena United Methodist Church worship services will be livestreamed on YOUTUBE and recorded, then posted to both the YOUTUBE and Facebook church pages.

Click here to go to Livestream/YOUTUBE.

Our church Facebook page address is: https://www.facebook.com/st.helenaUMC

Our Sunday Coffee Fellowship-only Zoom meeting address is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3518499642

Please use our weekday small group-only link for your weekday meetings.