Words for Worship – 7/18/21
We’re continuing our series on the Lord’s Prayer this week by focusing on the line “give us this day our daily bread.” All the words that we’ll be using in worship are below, but you can also download a copy to print here. Also, below are some sample alternatives to phrases of the prayer. As we unpack what it means, you’re being invited to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer in your own words to make it more meaningful to you.
PRELUDE Holy, Holy, Holy
CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 146
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign for ever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!
*HYMN #538 Holy, Holy, Holy
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Most High and holy God, we are happy to know that you are here to help. When heaven seems far off or the world feels too troubled we are grateful to know that you remain faithful. But, we confess that we have a hard time sustaining such faithfulness to our neighbors in need. It’s easy to point the finger. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. So, we ask for your help once again. Bless us with your Holy Spirit so that we might be a blessing to those in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
HYMN #706 There Is a Balm
ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Mark 1:14-15; I John 3:16-18
Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
ANTHEM Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
SCRIPTURE 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; 2for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 4begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— 5and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, 6so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. 7Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.
8 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— 11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15As it is written,
‘The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who had little did not have too little.’
SERMON Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Part 3)
*HYMN #608 Salvation Belongs To Our God
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
OFFERTORY You Say
*SENDING SONG #950 Go Now In Peace
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…
1.) Our Father in heaven, you created everything out of love to share with your children, let other see your love in us…
2.) God of steadfast love, your provide for us and protect us, so let no one profane your name because of my life…
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…
1.) Change our minds so that we can find our way out of the darkness and into the light of love…
2.) Let Jesus rule as king over the earth so that everyone knows your will
Give us this day our daily bread.
1.) Teach what I need for today so that I can share the rest with others
2.) Help me not to worry about tomorrow so that I can be generous today