August 15, 2021

Piano Prelude:   Chorale Prelude on “All People That on Earth do Dwell”, Johann Pachelbel(UMH 75)

Call to Worship         Abingdon
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord with all our hearts.
P: Great are the works of our God— the wise take delight in them.
L: The works of the Lord are faithful and just.
P: Mighty are the precepts of our God— the wise regard them as trustworthy and true.
L: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
P: Blessed are the teachings of our God— the wise apply them in all things.
L: Come! Let us worship the Lord, whose faithful love endures forever.

Opening Prayer         Abingdon         
Eternal God, source of wisdom and understanding your ways lead the upright of heart. Give us wise and discerning minds, that we may seek your wisdom above earthly riches, as Solomon did after the death of his father, David. Grant us pure and unblemished souls, that we may speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Be with us in this time of worship, that we may learn to discern good from evil and seek to live our lives with your wisdom and your grace. Amen.

Prayer of Confession             Abingdon        `             Pastor Mandy
Living bread that comes down from heaven, we yearn to be filled with your Spirit of truth, but we often embrace the folly all around us; we long to eat our fill of your sacred Presence, but we often choose poorer fare and food that does not feed our souls; we desire to embrace your wisdom and your power, but we often choose the path of weakness, ignoring your call to seek justice and mercy. Come to us once more, Spirit of wisdom and truth, that we may abide in you, as you abide in us. In your holy and blessed name, we pray. Amen.

Words of Assurance                                                Pastor Mandy
All who ask in Jesus’s name, receive; and all who seek in the power of the Spirit, find. Rejoice in this good news and be filled with the wisdom and grace of our mighty God.

Hymn             Guide Me Great Jehovah        UMH 127
1. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; (want no more) feed me till I want no more.
2. Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield; (strength and shield) be thou still my strength and shield.
3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; death of death and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side. Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee; (give to thee) I will ever give to thee.

First Reading – 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33            
51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

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Offertory Solo:  Offertory: How Great Thou Art, Stuart K. Hine – Shirley Pisano, Soloist

Offertory Prayer       WSL 100
God of wisdom and understanding, send these gifts into the world, that they may become instruments of your grace; send this offering to your people, that it may become a source of your mercy. May these gifts be bread and blessing for a world in need of your mighty Spirit. Amen.

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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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Second Reading – 1 King 2:10-12; 3:3-14
10Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. 11The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established. 
3Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. 4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” 10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. 14If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

Message                                                                      Pastor Mandy

Hymn                                     A Charge to Keep I Have                   UMH 413
1. A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky.
2. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will!
3. Arm me with jealous care, as in thy sight to live, and oh, thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict account to give!
4. Help me to watch and pray, and on thyself rely, assured, if I my trust betray, I shall forever die.

Benediction

Postlude:  Hornpipe (from an organ concerto)  Samuel Wesley

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version.