Bulletin - July 3, 2022
“I Love to Tell the Story” Charles W. Ore
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
INVITATION TO WORSHIP
“Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven”
Praise, my soul, the God of heaven; glad of heart your carols raise;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who, like me, should sing God’s praise?
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the Maker all your days!
Praise God for the grace and favor shown our forebears in distress;
God is still the same forever, slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Sing our Maker’s faithfulness!
Like a loving parent caring, God knows well our feeble frame,
gladly all our burdens bearing, still to countless years the same.
Alleluia! Alleluia! All within me, praise God’s name!
Angels, teach us adoration; you behold God face to face.
Sun and moon and all creation, dwellers all in time and space:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace!
PRAYER OF BROKENNESS & CONFESSION (UNISON)
Holy One, why is it that we can grow so weary of doing what is right,
yet always energetically do that which we know is harmful to us and others?
We sow seeds of hurt and anger, and wonder why we harvest so much bitterness.
We spend too much time comparing ourselves to those around us,
and too few moments in following Christ’s example.
Rather than letting our sins gloat over us,
we would open ourselves to your mercy and grace.
As you reach out to heal us with your forgiveness,
may we embrace your love, your mercy, your grace for our lives.
As you pour out your Spirit of gentleness,
may we bring the peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to all the world.
Time for Silent Prayer
ASSURANCE OF FOREGIVENESS
One: Sing praises to our God, faithful children.
God has heard our prayers and made us whole.
The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.
“Lord, Here Am I” Words: Fanny Crosby; Music: Jay Althouse
Nate Petsche, soloist
Master, Thou callest, I gladly obey; Only direct me, and I’ll find Thy way.
Teach me the mission appointed for me, what is my labor, and where shall it be?
Master, Thou callest, and this I reply, “Ready and willing, Lord, here am I.”
Lord, I will follow, if Thou will but lead. Only support me with grace in my need.
Pardon whenever I turn from the right, help me and bring me again to the light. (Refrain)
LUKE 910:1-12, 16-20
1After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.
8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11“Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” 12I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
16 ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.’
17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’ 18He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’
One: A Word of God that is still speaking.
All: Thanks be to God.
BREAKING OPEN THE WORD
Hospitality Goes Both Ways
Rev. Dr. Sue Coller
“Come, Labor On”
Please pass your Connection Card to an aisle for an Usher to collect
Come, labor on. Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say, “Go work today.”
Come, labor on. Claim the high calling angels cannot share;
to young and old the gospel gladness bear.
Redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly. The night draws nigh.
Come, labor on. Cast off all gloomy doubt and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here.
Though feeble agents, may we all fulfill God’s righteous will.
Come, labor on. No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
and a glad sound comes with the setting sun, “Well done, well done!”
BREAKING OPEN OUR LIVES WITH GENEROSITY
Mail: 840 S 17th St., Lincoln, NE 68508; Text: MissionPossible to 73256
Online: www.OnRealm.org/FPCLincoln/Give; In-Person: Offering Boxes at each exit
THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Christ welcomed all who came – so do we.
The bread is gluten and corn free. The cup is grape juice.
One: Who would we invite for dinner, if we could choose the people?
All: I know who would be invited to our table.
One: People we have never met, whose lives impressed us from the stories we heard or read.
All: People with whom we could play games or sing songs or discuss the very many different ways of life.
One: People and pets that wandered off without much, if any, explanation.
All: Foreigners, because they are the people who could never get here.
One: People who are forgotten, dismissed, and left out.
All: Writers, musicians, priests, CEOs, princesses, and paupers.
One: Christ invites all to this table.
THE GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
SHARING THE MEAL
“Soul, Adorn Yourself With Gladness” Johann Gottfried Walther
PRAYER OF SENDING
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; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
“Go to the World!”
Go to the world! Go into all the earth.
Go preach the cross where Christ renews life’s worth,
baptizing as the sign of our rebirth. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Go to the world! Go into every place.
Go live the word of God’s redeeming grace.
Go seek God’s presence in each time and space. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Go to the world! Go struggle, bless, and pray;
the nights of tears give way to joyous day.
As servant church, you follow Christ’s own way. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Go to the world! Go as the ones I send,
for I am with you till the age shall end,
when all the hosts of glory cry “Amen!” Alleluia. Alleluia.
Toccata in D Minor Johann Sebastian Bach
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Learning to Pray
Tuesdays – March 8 – July 26
7:00 pm – Zoom
We assume people know how to pray – but has anyone ever actually taught you how to pray? There’s more than one way to pray, and my way may not be the way that works best for you.
Join us as we go on a journey to learn and practice 10 different ways of praying.
Revelation Bible Study
Starting June 6
The Book of Revelation: Puzzling? Mystical? Scary? We avoid studying (or even reading!) the Revelation of Jesus Christ because we imagine the worst – getting lost in fantastic imagery, living through the end- of-world trials, and being “left behind.”
Podcast Discussion on Faith
June 19 – July 3
Sunday School Classes
On Summer Break
First Presbyterian Church now has a labyrinth. You can find it in Great Hall. We do ask that you wear the coverings for your shoes AND socks, as we remember that it is holy ground. (Coverings will be available in Great Hall.) There will be guides for use of the Labyrinth, including meditation suggestions to make your experience more meaningful.
All are welcome.
The Labyrinth is available for use on Sunday mornings and whenever the main office is open.
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We’re creating a fresh list of volunteers who would like to be part of our worship leadership team.
Sunday On-Site Worship
English @ 10 am in the Sanctuary
Spanish @ 11 am in the Chapel
Sudanese @ 12 noon in the Sanctuary
Sunday Worship Watch Party
@ 10 am on our Facebook page
First Sunday of the month during 10:00 am service
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Prayer of Brokenness & Confession / Assurance of Forgiveness
© Presbyterian Outlook, 2022. Liturgy written by Whitney Wilkinson Arreche