First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
Worship for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 29, 2021
Photo by Zach Long
It may help to center yourself into worship by lighting a candle, as a symbol of God’s presence with you during the time of worship. You may also want to pay attention to lighting, the position of your body, and the availability of distractions.
“Heart / of my own heart.”
Breath prayers involve breathing in the first phrase, and breathing out the second.
You may wish to simply pray for a moment before starting, or you may wish to pray while listening to the prelude.
“Chanson” by Kevin Norris
Call to Worship
One: Like the sweetness of an August tomato,
Many: God surprises us with goodness.
One: Like the juicy goodness of a summer peach,
Many: God’s love cannot be contained.
One: Like the robust flavor of fresh sweet corn,
Many: God’s wonders are beyond our imagination.
Hymn #544: Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
Connecting in Prayer
One Who Sees Us Clearly,
You love us.
You see who we are, what we do, how we act,
and you love us.
Your love is not conditional,
nor is it generic.
You know us and love us.
What a basis that is for our lives!
We are known,
and we are loved as we are.
may we live out your love.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father (Creator) 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, for ever. Amen.
Word and Reflection
The Gift of Love by Hal Hopson
Children’s Time – Power of Love
Passing of the Peace
If you are worshiping with others, please pass the Peace of Christ.
Whether you are alone or with others, please take a moment to find God’s peace within, and then to share it with the world. You may want to reach out to speak peace to another during this week.
Hymn #430: O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee
Scripture Reading – Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Sermon – Friend, Lover, Parent
Photo by Larry McArthur
If you wish, you are welcome to use this time to make a donation to the church online, or to put a check in the mail.
The time of offering is not only about our financial gifts to the church, it is about offering our lives to God and the building of the kindom. This is a time for reflection: What is being asked of us? What is being given to us? What are we able to offer? What do we need?
Prayer of Presentation
Heart of our own hearts,
When it comes to friends and family,
what we have is theirs.
When it comes to you,
all that we have we hold in trust from you.
As we give to you of our time, our talents,
and our treasures,
we ask that you receive them,
bless them with wisdom,
and use them with abundance.
We give out of our gratitude,
and we give with hope.
Hymn #572: Pass it On
The God Who Is knows you as you are, loves you as you are, and is ready to connect with you when you are ready. May you find your ways to connect with the Holy One! Amen
“Festive Trumpet Tune” by David German