Order of Worship for Sunday, June 30th 2024

Prelude

Welcome

Call to Worship

Leader: Lord, we come to worship you in spirit and in truth today.
People: May we hear from you as we give you praise.

Leader: Some of us have come seeking your will for our lives.
People: Give us a spirit of discernment to know how we can reach out to those who need our help.

Leader: Time is of the essence.
People: We do not wish to tarry but to be ever present in the lives of your people. We thank you for the ways in which you will use us this week in our community.

Opening Hymn

I Stand Amazed in the Presence UMH 371

Prayer of Confession

Leader: God of possibilities and abundance, we praise You for reminding us not to live in scarcity but to live in Your presence. We thank You for the countless blessings You have placed in our lives, for Your unending grace, and for the love that surrounds us.

All: Yet, despite Your generous gifts, we confess that we often turn away from Your call. We have failed to love our neighbors as ourselves, neglected the needs of the poor and the oppressed, and have been quick to judge and slow to forgive. We have allowed fear and doubt to overshadow our trust in You, clinging to our own understanding instead of seeking Your wisdom. Please hear the confessions of our hearts that we bare before you.

(Silent Confession)

Leader: Merciful God, hear our prayers. We ask for Your forgiveness and for the strength to turn from our sinful ways. Transform our hearts and minds so that we may walk in Your light and serve as instruments of Your love and peace. Grant us the courage to follow where You lead and the compassion to reach out to those in need.

All: In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Leader: Beloved in Christ, know this: God is merciful and patient, abounding in steadfast love. When we seek forgiveness with contrite hearts, we find it. Through God’s grace, our sins are forgiven, and we are made new.

All: Your sins are forgiven as well. Let us build our beloved community together. Amen.

Passing of the Peace

First Reading:

Matthew 14:13-21

Sermon:

Purpose is Present

Hymn of Response

As the Deer TFWS 2025

Tithes and Offerings

Offertory Response

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Offertory Prayer

God, receive what we offer today. Bless it, break it, and with these resources, send us out to feed your people in the ways that they need feeding and in the ways that we are equipped to feed them in this present moment. Thank you for always giving us enough to do the work of love and service that you would have us do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn

Fill My Cup, Lord UMH 641

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 Jeremiah 18:1-6
Tuesday Hebrews 12:1-3
Wednesday 1 Peter 4:10-11
Thursday 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Friday Acts 20:22-24
Saturday Romans 8:26-31
Sunday Proverbs 8:22-31

Reflections and Caring Conversations

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

  • OPTIONAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE FOR THE WEEK:

    Sometimes we have to practice being present in order to get clarity about who we are and where we are going. If you need to slow down, try the following breathing exercise: Breath Prayer Exercise


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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