Aug. 15, 2021

August 15, 2021. 

Looking Ahead: 

Wed. August 25: Cool Treats, Summer Nights (6:30 – 8 p.m.) featuring So Cool Ice Cream Bus, special music and lots of great kids’ programs (starting at 6:30 pm.) 

August 22:  Prayers for Wisdom: A Contemplative Piano Service   

August 29: Prayer Day for Education, prayers for our children, school support, teachers and administrators

Sept 5th: Labor Day Weekend, last 9:30 a.m. service. 

As we look ahead to September, we are hopeful that starting on Sunday, Sept. 12th, we will return to our regular schedule of Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m.      It’s time now to start sharing this good news with friends and neighbors.   Our children’s Sunday school will have two options; a younger children’s class for ages 4 – 3rd grade, and an older youth class for grades 4-7th.   

Volunteers Needed!  

Scripture reading: We will be putting together a Scripture readers list for the fall – would you like to read Scripture at worship?  

Helpers in the Younger Kids Sunday school class 

Would you be able to serve once a month as a helper in our early Elementary Sunday school (ages 4 – 3rd grade)?  No planning or preparation required.   Current criminal background and child abuse checks will be required.  

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Call to Worship   John 6:51, 56

Liturgy for August 13th Festival   

From “Singing from the Heart: A Shorter Moravian Hymnal and Liturgies” with the permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in North America.

All praise, dear God, for founders who built this church by grace, 

our mothers and our fathers, whose legacy we trace.

 Renew us now for service that we may hallow all, 

possessions, time, and talents, to answer to your call. 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, 

The whole earth is full of your glory! 

You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. You created all things, and by your will you brought them forth.

 To you, the One who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!

We know God as the Holy Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. 

The world cannot receive the Spirit because it cannot see or know him. But we know him, because the Spirit remains with us and is in us. 

God’s Spirit joins with our spirits to declare that we are God’s children.

 The Holy Spirit is the helper who stays with us forever.

Holy Spirit, still creating, Christ’s one church in tongues of flame, 

move within us and inspire us, more to serve God’s holy name. 

Let us never claim your blessings, come as trophies we deserve;

make the goal of all our striving, not to glory, but to serve. 

When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we receive power, and we become God’s witnesses. 

The fruit that the Spirit brings to the lives of those who follow Christ is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

The diverse and empowering gifts of the Spirit are given to each one for the common good. None of us is useless to God. None of us is sufficient by ourself. We serve through the body of Christ, and we depend on the people of Christ. 

The Spirit’s gifts are given to equip believers for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. 

Lord Jesus Christ, Head of your body the church, we thank you with humble hearts that to fulfill our heavenly Father’s good will for the salvation of all, through the power of the Holy Spirit you came upon the members of our church in years past, to unite them in love and service to proclaim your name to all the world. 

We ask you today that through this same Spirit, you will anoint us to love you and each other, so that with our words and with our actions, we may bear true witness to you as Lord and Savior, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

We covenant with hand and heart to follow Christ, our Lord; 

with world, and sin, and self to part and to obey his word; 

to love each other heartily, in truth and with sincerity, 

and under cross, reproach, and shame, to glorify his name. 

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer 

Scripture   1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14. Elissa Waldron 

Sermon “Have you ever changed your Mind?”  

Holy Communion for Pentecost     pg. 222 (using only selected hymns) 

  • Hymn following the Sharing of Bread  pg. 224 
  • Hymn following the Sharing of the Cup  pg. 228

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