Order of Worship for Sunday, June 18th 2023

Prelude

Welcome

Call to Worship

Leader: Welcome, beloved community, as we gather in this sacred space. 
People: We come together, acknowledging the struggles and hardships we witness in our world. 

Leader: Let us remember that God is not the source of these afflictions, but rather the One who walks beside us in them. 
People: We find hope in knowing that God is our steadfast companion and our ultimate source of strength. 

Leader: In this time of worship, may our hearts be opened to God's presence, and may we find solace and inspiration in His unfailing love. 
People: We open ourselves to encounter the transformative power of God's grace.

Prayer of Confession


Words of Assurance


Passing of the Peace

First Reading:

2 Chronicles 20:12-17

Second Reading:

John 16:29-33

Sermon:

God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle by Pastor Kevin Rutledge

Tithes and Offerings

Offertory Response

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Offertory Prayer

Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer

Announcements

Benediction

Said Each Week as A Communal Prayer:
Send to us all the people who feel unwanted and unloved in other places, and if they can't come to us, send us to them.

Postlude


This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Trusting God's Protection: Psalm 20
Tuesday Finding Peace in God's Power: Isaiah 40:27-31
Wednesday Trusting God's Provision: Matthew 6:25-34
Thursday God's Comfort in Affliction: Psalm 34:17-22
Friday God is Our Guide: Psalm 23
Saturday Resting in God's Faithfulness: Lamentations 3:21-26
Sunday Jesus' Call to Take Up Our Cross: Matthew 16:21-26

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, as we begin this new day, we humbly come before you seeking your strength and guidance. Help us to relinquish our reliance on our own abilities and instead trust in your infinite power. Grant us the wisdom to navigate any challenges that come our way, knowing that with you, nothing is impossible. Fill our hearts with peace and assurance, and may your presence be with us throughout this day. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Gracious Lord, as the day draws to a close, we reflect on the trials and triumphs we've experienced. We thank you for your unwavering support and for carrying us through when our strength faltered. As we lay our burdens at your feet, grant us rest and rejuvenation. Fill our hearts with gratitude for your faithfulness and grace. Help us release our worries, trusting that you will continue to guide and protect us. In your loving embrace, we find peace and assurance for the night ahead. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

  • Reflection Question 1: Think of a time where you were in the midst of something difficult and you relied on your own strength.  Did it go well?  Did your strength give out?

  • Reflection Question 2: Think of a time when you were going through something difficult and your strength ran out and you relied on God's. How did that impact/shape your faith?


Featured Upcoming Events:

Next Steps

on 8/4/2024 from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM

"Join us at 'Next Steps,' our recurring gathering where we explore the future of our church's ministry and your role within it. Discover how you can make a meaningful impact by plugging into our diverse ministries."

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The Next Two Weeks at Berwyn UMC:

Date: Time: Summary
Jul 21 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ** Does Not Meet During the Summer ** Every Topic Considered Small Group Learn More
Jul 21 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Weekly Worship Learn More
Jul 23 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Food Pantry Distribution Hours: Learn More
Jul 23 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Troop 181 Meeting Learn More
Jul 24 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ** Does Not Meet During Summer ** Lunch and Learn with Pastor Kevin Learn More
Jul 24 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Steps to Freedom - Women's AA Meeting Learn More
Jul 28 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ** Does Not Meet During the Summer ** Every Topic Considered Small Group Learn More
Jul 28 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Weekly Worship Learn More
Jul 30 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Food Pantry Distribution Hours: Learn More
Jul 30 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Troop 181 Meeting Learn More
Jul 31 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Steps to Freedom - Women's AA Meeting Learn More
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