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July 25, 2021–Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude              Soon I Will Be Done                       arr. Calvin Taylor (b. 1948)
                Dawn Waddell, Guest Organist                   Traditional Spiritual

Welcome                   Rev. Christopher A. Henry

* Call to Worship                   Rev. Madison M. VanVeelen

One:        The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few!

All:          Lord, send me to tend and till your Gospel.

One:        Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals —

All:         All we need to carry is your Good News.

One:        The Kingdom of God has come near, and Christ is its foundation!

All:         May its building start with me!

* Prayer of Adoration

* Opening Hymn #414         As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought            FOREST GREEN

Call to Confession

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession (adapted from the Book of Common Prayer)

Almighty and everlasting God,
         you hate nothing you have made
         and forgive the sins of all who seek forgiveness.
Create and make in us new and repentant hearts,
         we pray, that in your perfect forgiveness
         we may know your wholeness and peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
​​​​​​​         who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
​​​​​​​         one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Words of Assurance

* Response of Praise                     OLD HUNDREDTH

* Passing of the Peace

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination             Elder Carol Paik

First Scripture Lesson               Psalm 119:169-174

Anthem                        If Ye Love Me                                      Thomas Tallis
                    Sanctuary Choir Section Leaders                 (1505-1585)
                        Dr. Michelle Louer, conductor

If ye love me keep my commandments,
and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter,
that he may bide with you for ever: E’en the Sp’rit of Truth.

—John 14:15-17a

Second Scripture Lesson                   Luke 10:1-11


One:            This is the Word of the Lord.

All:             Thanks be to God.

Sermon                  Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“Nothing for the Journey”
"Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves."
(Luke 10:3)

Moment of Silent Meditation

* Hymn of Response #415            Come, Labor On             ORA LABORA

We Give Thanks to God

* Affirmation of Faith (from the Confession of 1967)           Rev. David A. Berry

God has created the world of space and time
​​​​​​​         ​​​​​​​to be the sphere of God’s dealings with humankind.
In its beauty and vastness,
​​​​​​​         sublimity and awfulness,
​​​​​​​         order and disorder,
​​​​​​​         the world reflects to the eye of faith
​​​​​​​         the majesty and mystery of its Creator.
God has created human beings for a personal relation with himself
​​​​​​​         that they may respond to the love of the Creator.

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity

Offertory            Don’t Be Weary, Traveler              arr. Alice Parker
                                                                                            (b. 1925)

Don’t be weary traveler,
Come along home to Jesus;

When I was a mourner jes’ like you,
I prayed in the valley all night through.
My head got wet wid de midnight dew,
The morning star was a witness too;

Don’t be weary traveler,
Come along home to Jesus;

Then I looked at the world and the world was new;
The angels bear me witness too.

Don’t be weary traveler,
Come along home to Jesus.

Prayers of the People and The Lord's Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors;
​​​​​​​         and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

We Go Forth to Serve

* Closing Hymn #432             Song of Hope            ARGENTINA

* Charge and Benediction

Postlude           Three Variations on Detroit            David Hurd
                                                                                           (b. 1950)