Sunday Worship Bulletin for 07/12/2020

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

July 12, 2020

Prelude – “Be Thou My Vision” (by Edward Broughton) – Thad Goodwin

Announcements and Centering

Call to Worship – Rev. Wesley Snedeker
Leader: Join me in the spoken call to worship:
God visits the earth and waters it
People: Greatly enriching the earth.
Leader: God waters the earth, softening it with showers,
People: And blessing the earth.
Leader: Along with the hills, the meadows, and the valleys,
People: Let us shout and sing together for joy! (Based on Psalm 65:9-13)

Loving God, you created life in us and all around us.
Open us to receive your gifts of your world and your word
that we may be not just hearers of the word, but doers also. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Genesis 25:19-34
This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.  He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.) Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

Special Music – “Thy Word” – Amy Maneval / Piano Solo

Sermon – “Not 4 Sale” – Rev David Bucey

Call to Offering
When we give of our time, talent, or treasure to the church,
we offer back to God a portion of what we have been given.
God has given us God’s word, in the Bible, among other ways.
Today, we first offer back to God and to each other biblical gifts.
What are your favorite Bible verses?

Offertory Music – “Wonderful Words of Life” – Thad Goodwin / Amy Maneval

Prayer of Dedication
Gracious God, filled by your generosity to us,
may we be generous to others.
Accept from us these gifts of word and money
as we commit our lives to you. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

Silent Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Benediction (Based on Isaiah 55: 12-13)
Go out in joy and be led back in peace
The mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Go from here in the joy of God,
secure in God’s presence around you and within you.

Closing Music – “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Me” (by Johann S. Bach) – Thad Goodwin 

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