Things can only get better - or so the saying goes. And sometimes they do. But often, they donâ€™t. So how are we to view the future? Are blind optimism and stark realism the only options? How do we reconcile the belief in a better future promised to us in Scripture with the often debilitating challenges and loss that seem to define daily life?
August 27, 2017
9:30 & 10:50 a.m., Sanctuary
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP We Gather in God’s Name ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––-–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
PRELUDE | For the Beauty of the Earth Taylor Davis, arranger *CALL TO WORSHIP We have needed the light of Christ As it shines through our darkest moments. We have seen the light of God As it illuminates the joys and blessings in our lives. We have felt the light of the Spirit As it moves and guides us on our path. *OPENING HYMN | Come and Find the Quiet Center 2128 | Beach Spring Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed: clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be. Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace, God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base, making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun, raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun. In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain, let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain: there’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care, in the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare. *Please rise in body or spirit. 2
In this instance, catholic means universal.
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy +catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM (9:30) Sara Haskell McGraw daughter of Meredith and George McGraw Now it is our joy to welcome our new sister in Christ. Through baptism you are incorporated by the Holy Spirit into God’s new creation and made to share in Christ’s royal priesthood. We are all one in Christ Jesus. With joy and thanksgiving, we welcome you as a new member of the family of Christ. SUNG RESPONSE Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way, wanting as a friend to give light and love to all who live. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
We Offer Our Prayers ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––-–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
CALL TO PRAYER PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER CHORAL RESPONSE
We Offer Our Gifts ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––-–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
OFFERTORY | Come Sunday Duke Ellington, composer | Phillip Haworth, soloist; Chancel Choir Lord, dear Lord above, God Almighty, God of love, please look down and see my people through. I believe that God put sun and moon up in the sky. I don’t mind the gray skies, cause they’re just clouds passing by. I believe God is now, was then, and always will be. With God’s blessing we can make it through eternity. +
In this instance, catholic means universal. 3
We Hear God’s Word ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––-–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
A READING FROM ROMANS 12 Air On G | J.S. Bach, composer
Hope: Overcoming Despair Dr. Scott Engle (9:30); Len Wilson (10:50)
We Go in God’s Name ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––-–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP *CLOSING HYMN | Precious Lord, Take My Hand 474 | Precious Lord Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light: Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home When my way grows drear, precious Lord linger near, when my life is almost gone, hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall: Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home. When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, Guide my feet, hold my hand: Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home BENEDICTION POSTLUDE | Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee Taylor Davis, arranger
JOYS AND CONCERNS You may share a joy, a concern, or a sorrow with our church family by calling our prayer line at 214.291.8044 or by visiting the website at standrewumc. org/prayer-request. Your prayer requests are lifted up by our pastors and prayer team each week. Birth Jackson Paul DeBree, son of Mark and Lauren DeBree (Aug 3) Sympathy Joan Jay and Gary and Jan Brooks in the death of Joan and Janâ€™s mother, Virginia Jay (Aug 17) Long-Term Care Lonna Atkins, Nancy Cates, John Elder, Mary Eubanks, Marie Haynie, Dorothy Heck, Jeff Simmons, and Betty White
TYPES OF GIVING |
Help secure the vitality of St. Andrew with any of three types of giving. ANNUAL GIFTS
Support the churchâ€™s operating budget with weekly or monthly offerings.
Give at specifically designated times of the year, such as Christmas and Easter offerings, and capital campaigns, like ChurchOne.
Invest in the future of St. Andrew ministries, infrastructure, and leadership development through ministries such as the St. Andrew Permanent Endowment.
We invite you to prayerfully consider how your gifts may help us live out our call to be passionate servants of Christ, now and in the future. Pardon our mess! Beginning September 3, all Sanctuary balcony and side seating will be temporarily closed as we begin ChurchOne sanctuary renovation and construction. Please find seating on the Sanctuary floor level.
Take the next step in your faith journey and get more involved at St. Andrew. Being in community with other Christians is critical to your spiritual growth. Whether you are interested in children, students, adults or families, new to St. Andrew, or a long-time member, you can find a place to connect. Visit our website to learn more. standrewumc.org/connect Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study-New Study | Begins September 11, 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place, by Beth Moore. Come learn about God’s desire to prepare our hearts and minds for God’s glory just as with the Israelites in the building of the tabernacle. Childcare available. standrewumc.org/classes-bible-studies Covenant Bible Study | Begins September 19 | Led by Rev. Pam White | Join this in-depth group study as we read and discuss the Bible, learning how to love God-and each other-better. Covenant represents a relationship-a living, breathing conversation. Childcare available. standrewumc.org/classes-bible-studies Thursday Morning Bible Study-New Study | Begins September 28, 9:30 a.m., Room 131 | Come follow Moses’ journey from reluctance to boldness and learn how to do the same. Childcare available. standrewumc.org/classes-bible-studies People with Active Lifestyles | 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | PALS -A group offering senior adults educational, cultural, and social opportunities. standrewumc.org/classes-bible-studies#PALS AUGUST 30 | Game Day Young Adults Ministry | Some of the most important years in a person’s life happen as a young adult, and we want to walk that journey with you. Through social events, small groups, and serving opportunities, we invite men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 to form relationships and deepen their faith in Christ. standrewumc.org/young-adults Mom to Mom | Mom to Mom is a Christian mothers’ study group providing a positive atmosphere for discussing the challenges and delights of raising children. The group strives to grow a network of friends among mothers while offering strength and encouragement. standrewumc.org/classes-bible-studies#Women UM Men’s Breakfast | Second Saturday of Each Month, 8:00-10:00 a.m., Room 126 | United Methodist Men (UMM) endeavors to awaken, inspire, challenge, train, and support men as they strive to become more Christ-like in their daily living. standrewumc.org/classes-bible-studies#Men
Children's Ministry open house
Children’s Ministry Open House Sunday, September 10 | Meet your children’s small group leaders, check out the Children’s Ministry area, and learn what your children will experience on Sunday mornings. Open House is after both services. There will also be a parent information meeting the same day at 10:50 a.m. in Youth Commons. standrewumc.org/events
Parent’s Nig ht Out Parent’s Night Out | Saturday, September 9, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Designed to give parents a chance to reconnect and recharge. Your children will enjoy music, crafts, snacks, playtime and more. This event is for children ages 6 months to 12 years old. Questions? Contact Defae Weaver, Early Childhood Ministry Director at 214.291.8024. standrewumc.org/childcare
DRIVE Blood Drive is Today! | 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., North Parking Lot Give hope. Give life to your community. Give blood to people in need. Sign up online. standrewumc.org/events
Salt and Light Downbeat | Sunday August 27, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Piro Hall | Start the school year on a high note with food, games, and friends. Open to all students grades 6-12. No audition is required. standrewumc.org/events
3rd Grade Bibles | September 17, 10:50 a.m. Traditional Service One of our most time honored and beloved traditions is the presentation of a personalized Bible to every child entering the third grade. Bibles will be presented during the service you choose. Register online. standrewumc.org/events
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University | September 12November 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Room 131 |Learn how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, and experience the joy of giving. Try the first class free as a trial before ordering the kit. standrewumc.org/events
Connection Nights | Sundays, September 10 – October 15, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Connection Nights are the best place to start your small group journey. Learn about St. Andrew’s Connection Group ministry and make deeper connections through discussion and prayer. To hear about the many programs and ministries where you can serve at St. Andrew, check out our St. Andrew Fair today! After both the 9:30 and 10:50 hours, we’ll have food and information booths set up on the bridge and outside the chapel. standrewumc.org/connection-groups
Joining Day Luncheon STARTING
Joining Day Luncheon | September 17, 12:00 p.m. | Take the next step in your faith journey where you will learn more about the church and membership expectations. If you choose to become a member, you will have the opportunity to join at the end of the luncheon. Questions and to RSVP to Kate Huber or call 214.291.8021. standrewumc.org/events
POINT Starting Point is the fastest way to get connected into deeper fellowship and growth at St. Andrew. September Starting Point will begin the 2nd Sunday due to Labor Day Holiday weekend and will run on September 10, 17, and 24. Classes held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 131. standrewumc.org/starting-point
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