Like Dirt August 12, 2018 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary The word that gives us humanity is the word that gives us earth. We’re made of dirt. But that doesn’t mean we are worthless; rather, we are both part of creation and God’s greatest creation. The garden - the world - is God’s and it is good. Our understanding of creation has direct bearing on how we treat the world today. Though marred by sin, the world we inhabit is God’s, and it is worth our work.
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP We Gather in God’s Name ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
PRELUDE | Andante Religioso from Organ Sonata No. 4 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy | Yunjung Lee, organist *CALL TO WORSHIP The work of the Creator is visible. Let us respond with praise. The example of Jesus is apparent. Let us respond with obedience. The wind of the Spirit is moving. Let us respond with joy. The word of God is calling. Let us worship in spirit and in truth. *OPENING HYMN | For the Beauty of the Earth 92 | Dix *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. *DOXOLOGY Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ! Amen. WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Preston Tapper Wilbourn, son of Ashley and Adam Wilbourn St. Andrew, it is our joy to embrace Preston Tapper Wilbourn as our new brother in Christ. Let us join together in welcoming him: We are happy to celebrate your entrance into Christ’s holy church and welcome you into this church family. With you we renew our vows to uphold the church through worship, connection, serving, and giving. With God’s help, we will shape our lives to follow the example of Christ, to surround you in steadfast love, so you may grow in the faith, and be confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to abundant life. *Please rise in body or spirit. 2
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.
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CALL TO PRAYER PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER CHORAL RESPONSE
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OFFERTORY | All Creatures of Our God and King Alice Parker, arranger | Chancel Choir Ensemble LECTIO DIVINA The Courage of the Seed | Mark Nepo All the buried seeds crack open in the dark, the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see. What a powerful lesson is the beginning of spring. All around us, everything small and buried surrenders to a process that none of the buried parts can see. And this innate surrender allows everything edible and fragrant to break ground into a life we call spring. In nature, we are quietly given countless models of how to give ourselves over to what appears dark and hopeless, but which is ultimately an awakening beyond all imagining. As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace. The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way. A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside by thee. Exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
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We Hear God’s Word
Dr. Scott Engle and Rev. Arthur Jones
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INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP *CLOSING HYMN | From All That Dwell Below the Skies 101 | Duke Street From all that dwell below the skies, let the Creator’s praise arise; let the Redeemer’s name be sung, through every land by every tongue. Eternal are thy mercies, Lord; eternal truth attends thy word. Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore, till suns shall rise and set no more. Your lofty themes, ye mortals, bring, in songs of praise divinely sing; the great salvation loud proclaim, and shout for joy the Savior’s name. In every land begin the song; to every land the strains belong; in cheerful sounds all voices raise, and fill the world with loudest praise. BENEDICTION POSTLUDE | Allegro Maestoso e Vivace from Organ Sonata No. 4 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy | Yunjung Lee, organist
The altar flowers are given by Brian and Julie Nacci in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary.
PRAYER FO CUS Need Prayer? No need is too big or too small for God. If you need help in this area of your life, our pastors and Prayer Team are available to pray for you. Send your Prayer Request as directed below.
JOYS AND CONCERNS Birth Anna Catherine MacIntire, daughter of Scott and Meredith MacIntire and granddaughter of Dennis and Cathy Foose (July 31) Sympathy Robert, Mary, Austin and Michael Reeves in the death of sister and aunt, Nancy (July 24) Jim and Jody Vidrine and Neil and Chelsea Parker in the death of father and grandfather, Ron Cayler (July 27) Long-Term Care Nancy Cates, Dan Cox, John Elder, Mary Eubanks, Jeff Simmons, Judy Stafford, and Betty White
PRAYER REQUESTS You may share a joy, a concern or a sorrow by visiting our website at standrewumc.org/ prayer or by calling our prayer line at 214.291.8044. Your requests are lifted up by our pastors and Prayer Team each week.
ST. ANDREW PERMANENT END OWMENT The Endowment provides our congregation with a perpetual source of income in support of the churchâ€™s ministries and missions, as well as providing our membership a vehicle through which to make legacy gifts to the church. For more information, go to our website: standrewumc.org/endowment.
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. standrewumc.org/get-connected Children’s Ministry is looking for new greeters to provide families with a welcoming smile. Contact Wensdy Stucky; firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study-Fall Study | Mondays Beginning September 10-November 19, 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith. Learn how the Bible – from Genesis through Revelation – connects as one beautiful, seamless story. Contact Kathleen, kdmcmahon@ msn.com. Childcare available. standrewumc.org/classes-bible-studies New Bible Book Club, Young Women 20s-30s | Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Room 122 | Join the journey of reading through the Bible together. Contact Erin Heemer, 512-963-2813. PALS (People with Active Lifestyles) | Wednesdays, (Except 1st of Month), 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | A group offering senior adults educational, cultural, and social opportunities. standrewumc.org/adults AUGUST 15 | UT Arlington Museum & Lunch, Space limited to 15 persons. Bus leaves church at 9:15 a.m. 22 | Movie & Pizza 29 | Game Day Devotional Book Signing | Join the United Methodist Men in supporting those serving in our military. The UMM of St. Andrew have purchased devotional books to send to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. Visit the UMM table on Sundays to sign a copy and add a note of support. CareerCare Ministry | Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 131 | A free, weekly support/ coaching group helping those who are out of work or “mis-employed” and seeking a career change. New Member Orientation at 6:00 p.m. in Room 133. standrewumc.org/support Prayer Shawl Ministry | 3rd Tuesday of Every Month, 10:00 a.m., Room 120 | Prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted for individuals experiencing devastating illness or loss. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, we can teach you. You may also knit or crochet on your own and donate shawls to the ministry. Travel Ministry | Several travel opportunities are available for 2019, and all are welcome to join, including community friends. Join us on a fall cruise on the Rhine River. Small ship, wonderful amenities and everything included! Contact Kay Richardson, 214-291-8093 or email@example.com. standrewumc.org/News/RhineCruise 6
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All Church Conference | Today, Noon, Smith Worship Center | Join us for an all church conference for the sole purpose of voting on next steps of the ChurchOne Phase 2 of our 30-year Master Plan. standrewumc.org/churchone
Salt & light Downbeat | August 26, 3:305:30 p.m., Piro Hall | Start the school year on a high note with food, games, and friends. Salt & Light Youth Choir is open to all students grades 6-12. No audition is required to join. standrewumc.org/News/Downbeat
All Church Fair | August 26 | After the 9:30 and 11:00 hours, enjoy food and information booths outside the chapel. Learn about all the ways you can connect and serve at St. Andrew. standrewumc.org/News/AllChurchFair
Gift Cards For $25, you can purchase a gift card worth $50 to use for community service, or give the card to someone in need. Purchase gift cards on August 26 at the St. Andrew Fair. Also, there is still time to apply for your own project this summer. standrewumc.org/sparktank
Young Adult Sunday Brunch | August 19, 12:15 p.m., Sixty Vines | Enjoy great food and fellowship at Sixty Vines! Select menu, pay on your own. All young adults are welcome! RSVP to Allison Jean, firstname.lastname@example.org. standrewumc.org/News/YABrunch 7
Starting Point is the fastest way to get connected into deeper fellowship and growth at St. Andrew. This series of classes is held monthly on the first 3 Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 131. standrewumc.org/starting-point
Fall Classes | Adult Sunday School is comprised of small groups for every life stage that focus on Bible study, Christian life perspectives, and fellowship through social and mission activities. Every class is different, so try more than one! standrewumc.org/sunday-school
Connection Nights: Where New Connection Groups Are Formed. Tuesdays, September 11-October 9, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Smith Worship Center | Connection Nights are the best place to start your small group journey. Discuss weekly topics, video content, and scripture. Make deeper connections through discussion and prayer. standrewumc.org/connectiongroups
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