First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
Worship for the Sixth Sunday after the Pentecost
July 17, 2022
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.
“You Who Are, help us Be.”
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.
“Holy Is The Lord” by Franz Schubert
Call to Worship
One: Dear Ones, come and find the quiet center!
Many: We seek the room for hope to enter.
One: Clear the chaos and the clutter.
Many: We are here to be at peace, and simply be.
One: May our hearts open for compassion.
Many: May God find room to dream and move in us
Hymn #2128: “Come and Find the Quiet Center”
God of Hope,
You are ever seeking goodness
for your people.
You are ever dreaming a better way.
You are nudging us toward justice and
You are celebrating steps toward
large and small.
As we seek to connect with You,
help us open our hearts,
open our minds,
and listen with grace,
so we can take part in your
life-giving work. Amen
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.
Listening and Reflecting
Scripture Reading: Amos 8:1-12 and Psalm 52
Time for Young People
Hymn #441: “What Does the Lord Require”
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.
Sermon: “What is Justice?” – Rev. Joe Paparone
Offertory: “Bless Be The Tie That Binds” Arranged by Marilynn Ham
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?
A Prayer Seeking Compassion
God of Hope,
Before we can act,
we need to see your vision
for how life can be,
and how your people can be cared for.
As we begin to see what you want,
and what justice looks like,
free our hearts
to make it so.
May the gifts we give:
our prayers, our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
be blessed for the work of the kindom.
That is, may all that we give,
help this country and world
act with compassion to those
who are vulnerable.
Hymn #592: “When the Church of Jesus”
Go, to seek justice.
Go, to live compassion.
Go, to share love.
Go, and know you are enough for this moment that God calls you to! Amen
Postlude: “All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name” Arranged by Mark Hayes