Worship & Devotions

5th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 5

P = Pastor    

L = Lector

C = Congregation response


PRELUDE           America, the Beautiful                                                    arr. Eleanor Whitsett



P      Glory be to the Father, and to the ☩Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

         as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

C      Amen.



P     Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C       Amen.

P      If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

P       Most merciful God,

C      we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

P      Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

OPENING HYMN:  #121 (LBW)       Ride On, Ride On in Majesty         vss. 1, 2 & 5

                                         Tune from the Service Book and Hymnal (1958)

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

Hear all the tribes hosanna cry;

O Savior meek, your road pursue,

With palms and scattered garments strewed.

Rise on, ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die.

O Christ, your triumphs now begin

O’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die,

Bow your meek head to mortal pain,

Then take, O Christ, your pow’r and reign!


P      The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,  

        and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C      And also with you.


P      Kyrie eleison;

C      Lord, have mercy.

P      Christe eleison;

C      Christ, have mercy.

P      Kyrie eleison;

C      Lord, have mercy.


P       Glory be to God the Father,

C      Glory be to Christ the Son,

P      Glory to the Holy Spirit,

C      Ever three and ever one;

P      As it was in the beginning,

C      And is now and ever shall be. Amen.


P      The Lord be with you.

C      And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                            

P      Let us pray,

C    God of glory, Father of love, peace comes from you alone. Send us as peacemakers and witnesses to your kingdom, and fill our hearts with joy in your promises of salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                           Zechariah 9:9-12

The coming messianic king will inaugurate an era of disarmament and prosperity. Because of God’s covenant with Israel, the people are designated as “prisoners of hope.”

        Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
     Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
      Lo, your king comes to you;
     triumphant and victorious is he,
      humble and riding on a donkey,
     on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
      He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
     and the war-horse from Jerusalem;
      and the battle bow shall be cut off,
     and he shall command peace to the nations;
      his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
     and from the River to the ends of the earth.
     As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
     I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
     Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
     today I declare that I will restore to you double.

L       The Word of the Lord

C      Thanks be to God

EPISTLE READING                                                                                              Romans 7:15-25a

Life captive to sin is a catch-22 existence in which we know good but do not do it and do things we know to be wrong. Through Jesus Christ, God has set us free from such a futile existence.

St. Paul Wrote:

           I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

       So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

L       The Word of the Lord

C      Thanks be to God


P       Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

C      You have the words of eternal life.


GOSPEL READING                                                                                 Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer.

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the 11th Chapter.

C      Glory to you, O Lord.

 [Jesus spoke to the crowd saying:]

         “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,

                 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

               we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

         For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

       At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

      “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

P       The Gospel of our Lord

C       Praise to you, O Christ.


MUSIC OF THE DAY         My Country, ‘Tis of Thee                                   by Samuel Smith

                                                                                                                   Eric Shipman - Soloist     


P       Living together in trust and hope we confess our faith.

C      I believe in God, the Father almighty,

             creator of heaven and earth.


        I believe in Jesus Christ,

            his only Son, our Lord.
            He was conceived by the power of the

                Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                was crucified, died, and was buried.
           He descended into hell.
           On the third day he rose again.
           He ascended into heaven, and is seated

                at the right hand of the Father.
           He will come again to judge

                the living and the dead.

     I believe in the Holy Spirit,

           the holy catholic Church,

           the communion of saints,

           the forgiveness of sins,
          the resurrection of the body,

          and the life everlasting. Amen.


P      The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C      And also with you.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION                                                                                

P     Called together in the name of God, let us pray giving thanks and seeking the Lord’s blessings on His world.

              A brief silence.

P     Gracious God, we give thanks for your assistance in this life. Even when we don’t recognize your help, when we feel like we are abandoned and alone, you are there bearing our burden with us. You have borne the sins of the world, carrying the burden to the cross for our sakes. Continue to enlighten our burden with that same gift of love so that we may also care and grow in our devotion to you and for your people. Lord in your mercy,

C        hear our prayer.

P      Holy Father, you are Lord of all creation, you have power over nations and people, over the stars and space. You know and are Lord of everything. And yet you allow us to do what we shouldn’t even before we know and learn. You give us the freedom to make decisions to learn and try and attempt to do our best even if we fail doing it. Guide us always in our decision making, to seek wise decisions and act accordingly, so that we are not doing the things that would drive us from you. Instead empower us to be your church, wise, renewed, and rejuvenated to be about doing your work. Lord, in your mercy,

C        hear our prayer.

P    Comforting Lord, you bid the weary come to you for rest. Renew the energy, mind and spirit of all those who are tired, weak and suffering. Grant hope and healing to our brothers and sisters who are burdened by loneliness or illness, those plagued with disease or viruses. Be especially with our shut ins and hospitalized and all those we lift up before you in our prayers....  

Lord, in your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P      God of life, we give you thanks and praise for all the people who have blessed our lives, for saints among us whose steadfast faith has strengthened ours, Grant comfort and assurance of the resurrection to be with all those who mourn especially…...     Lord, in your mercy,

C        hear our prayer.

P     God of freedom, on this independence day weekend, remind us of the freedoms and opportunities we have been given in this country from so many that have gone before us. Help us end all that divides us and instead come together to seek a better tomorrow with justice and peace for all. Lord, in your mercy,

C        hear our prayer.

P     Joining our voices with your faithful ones in every time and place, we join together in saying the words that our Lord taught us to pray,


C      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 and ever. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  # 332 (LBW)    Battle Hymn of the Republic       

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:

His truth is marching on. Glory, glory! Hallelujah! Glory, glory! Hallelujah! Glory, glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat.

Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer him; be jubilant, my feet!

Our God is marching on. Glory, glory! Hallelujah! Glory, glory! Hallelujah! Glory, glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,

With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me.

As he died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,

While God is marching on. Glory, glory! Hallelujah! Glory, glory! Hallelujah! Glory, glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.


P      Show us your mercy, O God,

C      and grant us your salvation.

P      Give us the joy of your saving help,

C      and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.

P      Let your ways always be before us,

C      and your strength and health be with us.

P      Bless us Lord by your saving Word,

C      and sustain us with your Holy Spirit. Amen.


P      The Lord bless you and keep you,

        The Lord make his face shine on you

             and be gracious to you.

        The Lord look upon you with favor

             and ☩grant you peace.

C      Amen.


P       Go in peace. Remember to share the good news!

C       Thanks be to God! 


POSTLUDE                 Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory                                  By Mary McDonald

July 4th Flowers 

As we were quarantined during our Easter celebration, we now celebrate our July 4th and 5th holiday weekend with a sanctuary blessed with beauty provided in memory of or in honor of the following people.  If you have dedicated plants and are unable to retrieve them after worship, please come by Monday-Friday from 11-3 to pick up your flowers. If you are unable or would rather leave the flowers, they will be planted to beautify our church grounds.

In Honor of my Grandchildren, Alexander, Lucus, Ethan, and Nathan

by Pat Keefer (2 plants)

In Memory of our Loved Ones by The Bolin Family (3 plants)

In Memory of our parents, Doris & Benjamin Berwager,

by JoAnn, Claudia, Bruce Berwager

In Memory of our grandparents, Margaret & Roger Shadle,

by JoAnn, Claudia, Bruce Berwager

In Memory of Luther & Dorothy Kohr

by Gerald & Brenda Funke & Family (2 plants)

In Memory of Marie Wise by Sam Wise (2 plants)

In Memory of Bob Kerr, husband & dad,

by Barbara Kerr & children, Lorraine, Dan, & Steve (2 plants)

In Honor of Our Children, Jennifer Carter, Jeff Warehime, Andy Warehime

by Patty & John Warehime (3 plants)

In Memory of John Warehime by Patty Warehime

In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Faber by Bob & Joan Frock

In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. David Frock by Bob & Joan Frock

In Memory of Naomi & Cal Lingg by Bob & Joan Frock

In Memory of William Frock by Bob & Joan Frock

In Memory of Our Parents and daughter, Janine,

by (Pr.) Jerry & Barbara Smith (2 plants)

In Honor of Our Daughters by Jack & Nini Houck

In Memory of George Gross by Lynn Gross

The window flower plants given in Loving memory

of all the men and women who fought and gave us our freedom.

Pastor                     Rev. Kirk Griffin

Lector                     Alison Peterson

Organist                Martha Lobaugh

Soloist                    Eric Shipman

Videographer       Michael Lobaugh

Music of the Day, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” is a prerecorded anthem by Eric Shipman


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