Sunday August 4, 2013 Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday  August 4,  2013

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Thought for the Day:

LIGHTEN our darkness we beseech thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of thy only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

God Invites Us to Worship 


Life and Work of the Church Family

Invitation to Worship:

We give thanks to God who has made us worthy to share the inheritance of the saints in light.  Colossians 1:12

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.  Ephesians 2:19

Hymn: BoP # 412 “Come Let Us Sing to the Lord Our Song”

Gathering Prayer (together)

Creator God, we come as people on a journey

from birth to death and beyond.                                   

in the midst of the mystery that is life,

We seek your presence

We come as people searching:

for comfort,

                  for guidance,

                                     for purpose,

                                                       for inspiration.

We come as people open; listening for a word,  praying for direction, seeking the spirit that will show us the way ahead,  the way of discipleship,  the way of life.

Loving God hear our prayers,

Generous God receive our gifts,

Compassionate God hold our lives,

our births, and our deaths.

Guiding God, watch our footsteps,

Eternal God be with us always.


Children’s Time:

Hymn: MV# 161 “I Have Called You By Your Name

(Printed on an insert) reproduced with permission LicenSing #605529

The Scriptures Speak to Us

Colossians 3:1-11

Psalm 107:1-9, 43
107:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble
107:3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
107:4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;
107:5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

107:6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;

107:7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.
107:8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
107:9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.
107:43 Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

Luke 12:13-21


                  This is a Part of Our Story

                  Thanks be to God

Choir Anthem:  "Grateful"

                  words and music: Tom Tomaszek/J Jefferson

Sermon:   “When Bad Things Happen to Good People"

Hymn: BoP# 674 “In the Bulb There is a Flower”

God Invites Us to Respond

Offering Invitation

Presentation of our Gifts:

 Offering Response:

         Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

         praise God, all creatures high and low;

         give thanks to God in love made known

         Creator, Word and Spirit One.

Dedication Prayer

Prayers of The People

Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: BoP # 661 “We Give Thee But Thine Own”

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Benediction:

         Amen! Amen!

         Hallelujah, Amen


Grace United Church