Byron Presbyterian Church
July 2, 2017 Season After Pentecost
Pastor James Renfrew Laurence Tallman, Organist Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus
PRELUDES: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (L .Lambert)
INTROIT: “Abide With Me” (H. Lyte & W. H. Monk)
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (To which Matthew 10:42 answers)
What do we need today? Peace!
What will we need tomorrow? Love!
What will we need next week? Justice!
What will we need forever? Mercy!
What do we need right now, here in this place?
A cup of cold water on a hot day would be really nice!
*HYMN #401 “Here In This Place”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Dear God, sometimes our needs are very complicated, and it can be difficult finding the subtle words we need to explain them. Subtle words, because we do not wish to appear selfish or greedy, but at the same time wanting to be honest about who we are and what we really need. Subtle words, because we don’t want to ignore the needs of countless others even as we speak to our own needs. Our reading from Matthew reduces all of these needs, subtly or unsubtly stated, down to one need: to feel welcomed. No matter who we are, no matter what we have done, no matter our sometimes unkind thoughts and troublesome actions, we have a need to be welcomed. The world does not offer much welcome, and certainly not to strangers. But here in this place help us to become that welcoming people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Here what God says, in hundreds of different ways, in thousands of different ways: “Come on in, have a comfortable seat, and here, have a cool cup of water!” Aaaahhhhhh!
*GLORIA PATRI #581
CHILDREN Today’s Word: “Hospitality”
*SIGN OF PEACE & HOSPITALITY
“I’m glad you’re here!” “I’m glad you’re here, too!”
*HYMN #394 “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE / THE LORD’S PRAYER
(We welcome your personal prayers. Please stand so everyone can hear you!)
OFFERTORY “Whispering Hope” (A. Hawthorne)
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Dear God, You bless us by your welcome, your acceptance, your affirmation, your hospitality, and your love. These gifts acknowledge your welcome and demonstrate our desire to be even more welcoming in an unfriendly world. Keep blessing us by your love! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Matthew 10:40-42
“Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciples – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
“A Cup of Cold Water, As Simple as That” Rev. James Renfrew
*WHAT WE BELIEVE (Iona Abbey Worship Book, p. 101-102)
Look at our hands, see the touch and the tenderness. God’s own for the world. Look at your feet, see the path and direction, God’s own for the world. Look at your heart, see the fire and the love, God’s own for the world. Look at the cross, see God’s Son and our Saviour, God’s own for the world. This is God’s world, and we will serve God in it. Amen.
*HYMN #402 “How Lovely, Lord”
RESPONSE #47 “Bless All Who Trust In God” (Verses 1 & 3)
POSTLUDE “Yankee Doddle Dandy”
EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH
9:45 AM Worship 11:00 AM Janet in office
Tuesday: Next Sunday:
Happy 4th of July! 9:45 AM Sunday Worship
Wednesday: Looking Ahead: Rummage Sale
7:00 PM Chorus Rehearsal and Auction July 29, Outdoor worship with the Old Hippies on July 30
The July 29 Rummage Sale will go from 9 AM until 2 PM, with a Bag Sale from 1 PM until 2 PM. The Auction, including “repurposed” items, begins at 2 PM. Hot Dogs, Pop and Ice Cream will be available for sale from 11 AM until 2 PM. Please consider volunteering to help with set-up, pricing, food sales and clean-up. Volunteers will be richly rewarded with a big “thank you”.
Become a member of our Prayer Chain! Get added as a link by calling Janet Pike (548-7132) or Jane Ezard (548-7743), and we will notify you of prayer concerns in our church and community. You can also call Janet or Jane to add your own prayer.
Chorus – Laurence invites you to come and sing on Wednesday at 7 PM. Today, during worship, David Keller is featured on clarinet.
Please support our emergency food donation box each week! Peanut butter, crackers, juice boxes, canned fruits and vegetables are always needed, as well as grocery bags. Food items are sent each week to the Emergency Food Shelf of Genesee County Churches United at the Salvation Army in Batavia.
“I want to welcome you to worship today. I hope that you will find this time to be a blessing and a time of spiritual inspiration. Whether you are a guest or a long-time participant in this church, I hope that you are learning to take new steps in your faith journey. May you always delight in God’s love and peace.” Pastor Jim Renfrew
Next Week: Matthew 11:25-39 – “Rest for your soul” – how is your soul doing these days?
Rest Rooms are just beyond the door next to the pulpit.
Hearing Loops are available at the rear of the church.
An elevator is located at the side entrance of the church.
Large Print bulletins are available at the rear of the church.
It’s This Simple
Byron Presbyterian Church
Byron, New York