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United Methodist Church of East Berlin

“Ordinary people with extraordinary faith”

 

139 Main Street PO Box 265

East Berlin, CT 06023

860-828-9254

www.umc-eastberlin.org

Pastor Rev. Dr. Chinma Uche

District Superintendent Rev. Alpher Sylvester

Bishop Rev. Thomas J. Bickerton

July 25, 2021

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost

 

Call to Worship - Pastor

Leader: Come, let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

ALL: Let God’s people bless the Lord.

Leader: Let us speak of the glory of God’s kingdom, and tell of God’s power,

ALL: To make known to all people God’s mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of God’s kingdom.

Leader: The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.

ALL: The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

ALL: Open our hearts, Lord, to hear your word and feel your presence AMEN.

Opening Prayer- All

Lord, we come into your presence this morning with the busy schedules of summer activities crowding our lives. Our souls need to be fed and yet we seem powerless to find nurture and feeding that will sustain us.

Open our ears, our eyes, and our hearts this day to hear your words of hope and healing for us. We ask this

in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

OPENING HYMN: “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” UMH 175

JOYS AND CONCERNS: Let us bring our joys and concerns to the Lord.

 

READING: Ephesians 3:14-21

 

GOSPEL READING: (Please stand if able) John 6:1-21

 

Hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” UMH 384

 

SERMON Rev. Dr. Chinma Uche

 

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; 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. Amen.

Offertory Prayer – Pastor

Lord God, Almighty and all-knowing God, who sees us as we are and as we might be: What offering can we give that will bring you joy? We have brought gifts this morning that you might dedicate them to the work of caring and compassion in our neighborhoods, in our nations, and throughout the world. Yet all the money we have can’t accomplish what you can make happen if we simply let Christ dwell in our hearts – not for an hour on Sundays but every hour of every day. This is the offering we dedicate this day. In Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen!

 

Offertory:  Please leave your offering in the collection at the front of the church or consider sending a check to PO Box 265, East Berlin, CT  06023. Thank you. You can now donate online. See our website. www.umc-eastberlin.org

 

Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” UMH 95

Church News

 

 

Closing Hymn: “I Need Thee Every Hour” UMH 397

Benediction

You have been given every good gift for proclaiming God’s presence and God’s love. The world is thirsting for this good news. People struggle for words of hope and peace. As you have been blessed, now go to be a blessing in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Amen, Amen, Amen!