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"Rasslin' With God"

9th Sunday After Pentecost, August 3, 2020

THE GATHERING

Song: “How Great is Our God"

Chris Tomlin | Ed Cash | Jesse Reeves

 

The splendor of the King

Clothed in majesty

Let all the earth rejoice

All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light

And darkness tries to hide

And trembles at His voice

And trembles at His voice

 

Chorus

How great is our God

Sing with me

How great is our God

And all will see how great

How great is our God

 

And age to age He stands

And time is in His hands

Beginning and the End

Beginning and the End

The Godhead three in one

Father Spirit Son

The Lion and the Lamb

The Lion and the Lamb

 

Chorus

 

Name above all names

Worthy of all praise

My heart will sing

How great is our God

 

Chorus

 

© 2004 Sixsteps Music

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GREETINGS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re a community of worship, mission and discipleship in Alcoa, Tennessee, where we are In Mission. Inclusive. With God. In Love. And we hope once the church doors are open again, that you will join us in this mission of personal and community transformation.

 

SHARING OF PRAISES AND CONCERNS

If you have prayer concerns please email them to greenmeadowpastor@gmail.com. We circulate those on the Green Sheet, our emailed newsletter and other Circle of Prayer emails.

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WORSHIP INVOCATION

O God, who wrestles with us, circle our hearts, center our minds, still our bodies, be present to us now. Amen.

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Third Space

 

CENTERING MOMENT

“Surely the Presence”

Lanny Wolfe

Surely the presence

Of the Lord is in this place

I can feel His mighty power

And His grace

I can hear the brush of angel's wings

I see glory on each face

Surely the presence

Of the Lord is in this place

 

© 1977 Lanny Wolfe Musi

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CALL TO WORSHIP: Bonnie West

One: Good Morning! Welcome to a celebration of God’s love for us!

Many: We surely need to see that love; stresses weigh us down.

One: You’ve come to the right place. This is a place where all of us can seek God’s presence and share our deepest inmost concerns with God.

Many: We are glad to hear that, for we wrestle with our faith far too often.

One: Don’t fear! God is with you always, loving and transforming your lives.

Many: Lord of mercy and compassion, be in our hearts this day. Help us to reach out with love to others. 

All: Amen.

 

Unless otherwise noted, liturgy © 2020 Nancy B. Townley; excerpted from MinistryMatters.com

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

SONGS

“Holy Ground”

Christopher Beratty

This is holy ground

We're standing on holy ground

For the Lord is present

And where He is is holy

This is holy ground

We're standing on holy ground

For the Lord is present

And where He is is holy

 

These are holy hands

He's given us holy hands

He works through these hands

And so these hands are holy

These are holy hands

He's given us holy hands

He works through these hands

And so these hands are holy

 

© 1982 Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Publishing

Birdwing Music

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Holy Ground

Geron Davis

 

We are standing

on holy ground

And I know that there

Are angels all around

Let us praise Jesus now

We are standing in His presence

On holy ground

 

© 1983 Meadowgreen Music Company

Songchannel Music

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PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION: Bonnie West

Holy God, Word made flesh, let us come to this word open to being surprised. 

Silence our agendas; banish our assumptions; cast out our casual detachment. Confound our expectations; clear the cobwebs from our ears; penetrate the corners of our hearts with this word. We know that you can, we pray that you will, and we wait with great anticipation. Amen. 

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THE GOSPEL

Matthew 14:13-21

 

SONG

“When Morning Gilds The Skies”

Edward Caswall | Joseph Barnby

 

When morning gilds the skies

My heart awaking cries

May Jesus Christ be praised

Alike at work and prayer

To Jesus I repair

May Jesus Christ be praised

 

The night becomes as day

When from the heart we say

May Jesus Christ be praised

The pow'rs of darkness fear

When this sweet song they hear

May Jesus Christ be praised

 

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THE NEW TESTAMENT

Genesis 32:22-31

THE MESSAGE: Buzz Trexler

“Rasslin' With God”

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

GIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS

Offertory: “Peace (A Communion Blessing From St. Joseph's Square)”

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING​

Gracious God, we bring our gifts to your altar, asking you to dedicate them to do the work of love and compassion in the world. We learned from Jesus, who had compassion on the crowds who gathered to hear him teach, that putting what we have in the hands of Jesus can bring abundance. Multiply these gifts with the love in which they are offered, that they might bring hope to those in need and might glorify and celebrate your love for all your children. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen. 

© 2020 Discipleship Ministries; UMCDiscipleship.org

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING SONG 

“God Be With You Till We Meet Again”

Jeremiah E. Rankin

God be with you till we meet again

By His counsels guide uphold you

With His sheep securely fold you

God be with you till we meet again

 

Chorus

Till we meet till we meet

Till we meet at Jesus' feet

Till we meet till we meet

God be with you till we meet again

 

God be with you till we meet again

'Neath His wings securely hide you

Daily manna still provide you

God be with you till we meet again

 

Chorus

 

God be with you till we meet again

When life's perils thick confound you

Put His arms unfailing 'round you

God be with you till we meet again

 

Chorus

 

God be with you till we meet again

keep love’s banner floating o’er you

smite death’s threatening wave before you

God be with you till we meet again.

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BENEDICTION

SENDING FORTH 

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE ...

Whether you label yourself a "Christian," or are uncertain whether you believe in anything any more, you are welcome to worship at Green Meadow United Methodist Church. Single, married, partnered, divorced, gay, rich, poor, USAmerican, or immigrant, you are welcome here. Burned out on religion -- whether organized, or disorganized -- bedraggled and hungover, addicted or in recovery, just out of jail, you are welcome here. Have no idea about Holy Communion, hymnals, or when to stand or sit? Don't worry, the pastor didn't either when he first stepped into a United Methodist Church as an adult -- and he was welcomed, too. 

We're glad you're here! 

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. Our mission is to be an open gathering place to nurture Christians in training who, equipped by the Holy Spirit, go into the world and share the light of Jesus Christ.

A MISSIONAL CHURCH

Whether it's building mission kits for flood victims, sending food buckets to Zimbabwe, working with Family Promise of Blount County, helping the Salvation Army's lunch ministry, or gathering peanut butter for the Community Food Connection, "Meadow Folk" are engaged in the missio Dei ... God's mission of love.

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

Sunday mornings at Green Meadow are, in a way, much of what you would expect when you come to a United Methodist Church: we gather for Sunday School and we worship together. We also share a breakfast once a month, and in months where we have a fifth Sunday, we have a potluck dinner.

ABOUT US

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. 

CONTACT US

1633 Louisville Road

Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone: 865-982-5800

Email: greenmeadowpastor@gmail.com

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