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Topic: Sunday
Worship Service
Time: August 7, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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August 7, 2022                                 
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
                                             

If this is your first visit, please stay after worship so we can meet and say hello.

If you are able, please stand at the places marked with an asterisk(*).  For all other portions of the service, you may remain seated.

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Morning Meditation:  A Nigerian proverb says, “It is the  heart that gives; the fingers just let go.”  (Holly W. Whitcomb)
     
To Practice This Thought:  Be attentive to the state of your heart. Consider these questions: What is your heart open to giving? How does this heart generosity make you feel? What is your heart closed to giving? How does this affect you? What might you like to change?

  Prelude:  Wachet auf (“Sleepers, Wake”) J. S. Bach/Ferruccio Busoni

  Welcome: This Is the Day

  Call To Worship 
     One: We are people of God, created to love.
     All: We will love the Lord our God with heart, 
         soul, mind and strength.

     One: We are people of God determined to love.
     All: We will love our neighbors and treat them 
          as we would be treated.

     One: We love neither from a sense of obligation nor to 
          gain popularity or favor.
     All: We choose to love both the lovely and the
           unlovable because love imitates God’s nature.

     One: For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment,
     All: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
        
*Hymn ##507:  Through It All

  Announcements

  Passing the Peace

 Joys & Concerns
  Pastoral Prayer
  Gloria Patri

  Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16  page 225  New Testament

  Ministry in Music:  Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning(traditional)

  Gospel:  Luke 12:32-40. page 75  New Testament
  Sermon 

*Hymn ##712:  I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

  Invitation to the Lord’s Supper 
          All are welcome, regardless of age or church membership

 Great Thanksgiving
     The Lord be with you.
         And also with you.
     Lift up your hearts
         We lift them up to the Lord.
     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
         It is right to give our thanks and praise.

…………

  And so, with your people on earth
  and all the company of heaven
  we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

      (sung) Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and
   might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
   Hosanna in the highest.
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the 
   Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

…………

  And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in    
  Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
  as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering 
  for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
      Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

  Receiving the Bread and the Cup

 *Hymn ##714:  I Know Whom I Have Believed

  Ministry of Giving
 *Hymn #94: Doxology

  Benediction

  Closing Song:  Haleluya! Pelo Tsa Rona
    Now he sends us all out
    Strong in faith, free of doubt
    Strong in faith, free of doubt
    Tell to all the joyful gospel.

    Haleluya! We sing your praises
    All our hearts are filled with gladness.
    Haleluya! We sing your praises
    All our hearts are filled with gladness

  Postlude 

  Offering: The Lord has given us so much, let usremember to return some to His church. Please leave your offering in the plate as you leave or you can mail it.

-For Communion we use gluten-free bread and juice.

-Prayer List: Carol Brunelle, Beth Dietz, Pauline & George Kiakis, Samantha Snopek, Adele Reynolds, Doug & Dee Brooksbank, Dave Fanaras, Tim O’Donnell, Lily Marion, Kathy Washburn, Darlene Dout, Mark Hudgik, Jessica Guarnera, Renata Cournoyer, Heidi Barta, Lucy Huegli, Marion Winters, Bill Guarnera 

August   9:  6:30 p.m. Education meeting on zoom
August 10: 10:00 a.m. United Women in Faith on zoom
August 11: 10:00 a.m. Youth making casseroles for Kate’s Kitchen 
August 16:  6:30 p.m. Church council & Trustee in the pavilion 
August 18: 10:00 a.m. Youth making S’Mores brownies for the  Grab & Go supper 
August 19: 5:00-5:45 p.m. Grab & Go meal 

       Scripture & HymnsFirst Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance, and he set out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  By faith, with Sarah’s involvement, he received power of procreation, even though he was too old, because he considered him faithful who had promised.  Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better homeland, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.


Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32-40
 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.  If he comes during the middle of the night or near dawn and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

 Through It All

Through it all, through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through it all, through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon God’s word.


 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

1. I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen, 
and one was a shepherdess on the green,
They were all of them saints of God, and I mean, God helping, to be one too.

2. They loved their Lord so dear, so dear, and his love made them strong,
and they followed the right for Jesus’ sake the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
and one was slain by a fierce wild beast!
And there’s not any reason, no, not the least, why I shouldn’t be one too.

3. They lived not only in ages past, there are hundreds of thousands still.
The world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, in the street, in the store,
in church, by the sea, in the house next door, 
They are saints of God, whether rich or poor, and I mean to be one too.


 I Know Whom I Have Believed

1. I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me he hath made known,
nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for his own.

Refrain: But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able,
to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.

2. I know not how this saving faith to me he did impart,
nor how believing in his word wrought peace within my heart.

Refrain: But I know whom I have believed…

3. I know not how the Spirit moves, convincing us of sin,
revealing Jesus through the Word, creating faith in him.

Refrain: But I know whom I have believed…

4. I know not when my Lord may come, at night or noonday fair,
nor if I walk the vale with him, or meet him in the air.

Refrain: But I know whom I have believed…


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Welcome to the South Hadley Methodist Church web site

We are located at 30 Carew Street, South Hadley, MA 01075

We are a reconciling congregation and all are welcome here!

We are a mission focused congregation. Please visit the missions page to learn more.

We also house the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food pantry.
Please visit their page on this website to learn more.

Regular Sunday Hours:

  • Church School — 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Worship Service — 10:00am – 11:00am