* Find pdf files of Orders of Worship at the bottom of this page.

Sunday Worship Service

June 9, 2024
10:00 AM
 
In person in the sanctuary and via Zoom and Facebook

Zoom Meeting ID: 839 4473 4152
Passcode: 680497

Phone +1 929 205 6099 US (NY)

Alternate Zoom Meeting ID: 825 7830 4431
Passcode: 954892

Phone +1 929 205 6099  (NY)

Opening Voluntary     The Church’s One Foundation, S. Wesley, Arr. C. Rice

 

Choral Introit

 

Welcome/Greetings

 

*Call to Worship

L:  In this family of faith, we have a place where we will always belong.

P:  Here we find friends who will love us as children of the Most High.

L:  In this house of God, we worship a King who rules with equity.

P:  Here we follow One whose steadfast love endures forever.

L:  Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

P:  Thanks be to God.

 

*Opening Hymn #452 – “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”                            

 

*Opening Prayer

Sovereign God, come to us when we lose our way.  For we need you to be our King—to lead us on right paths, teach us the ways of life and death, and shelter us from our foes.  We need you to be our comforter—to love us as a father, nurture us as a mother, shelter us as a brother, and assure us as a sister.  Welcome us into the arms of your mercy, O God, and we will be your people, even as you are our God and King.  Amen.

 

Westminster RingersBe Thou My Vision, Irish Folk Song, arr. H. Hopson 

 

Prayer of Confession

Caring Father, in the midst of our brokenness, knit us together as your family.  Loving Mother, in the midst of our woundedness, seal us in your heart as sisters and brothers.  Gentle Spirit, swing wide the doors of our church, that all may find within these walls a place where your will is done and holy relationships are nurtured.  In Christ’s name, we pray.  Amen.

 

Words of Assurance

Christ says to us:  “Here are my mother and my brothers.  Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”  As the family of God, we are loved and cherished by our gracious God.

 

Passing of the Peace of Christ

As the family of God, let us share signs of familial love as we pass the peace of Christ.

 
Scriptures

Epistle – 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

13 We have the same faithful spirit as what is written in scripture:  I had faith, and so I spoke.  We also have faith, and so we also speak.  14 We do this because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus, and he will bring us into his presence along with you.  15 All these things are for your benefit.  As grace increases to benefit more and more people, it will cause gratitude to increase, which results in God’s glory.  16 So we aren’t depressed.  But even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.  17 Our temporary minor problems are producing an eternal stockpile of glory for us that is beyond all comparison.  18 We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen.  The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.  We know that if the tent that we live in on earth is torn down, we have a building from God.  It’s a house that isn’t handmade, which is eternal and located in heaven.

L:  The Word of God, For the People of God.  P:  Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 138

I give thanks to you with all my heart, Lord.  I sing your praise before all other gods.  I bow toward your holy temple and thank your name for your loyal love and faithfulness because you have made your name and word greater than everything else.  On the day I cried out, you answered me.  You encouraged me with inner strength.  Let all the earth’s rulers give thanks to you, Lord, when they hear what you say.  Let them sing about the Lord’s ways because the Lord’s glory is so great!  Even though the Lord is high, he can still see the lowly, but God keeps his distance from the arrogant.  Whenever I am in deep trouble, you make me live again; you send your power against my enemies’ wrath; you save me with your strong hand.   The Lord will do all this for my sake.  Your faithful love lasts forever, Lord!  Don’t let go of what your hands have made.

L:  The Word of God, For the People of God.  PThanks be to God.

 

*Hymn before Message #534 – “Be Still, My Soul”                       

 

Message   Pastor Maxine Nixon

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer and Choral Response

 

Invitation to Tithes and Offering

As brothers and sisters of Christ, let us give joyfully from our bounty, that all God’s family may find hope and strength through the blessings we share this day.

 

Choral SelectionI Am No Longer My Own, Wesley Covenant Prayer, M. McDonald 

                               

*Hymn No. 95 – Presentation of the Offering

 

*Prayer of Dedication

Holy Sovereign, you are our King and we are your people.  As we reach for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and our mothers and fathers in faith, use these offerings to heal our world and draw all people into your holy family.  Amen.

 

*Closing Hymn #144 – “This Is My Father’s World”                      

 

*Dismissal with Blessing

 

Closing Voluntary – March In B Flat, I. B. Wilson

(Please remain seated for the Closing Voluntary)

Guest Pastor: Pastor Maxine Nixon

Liturgist/Reader: Kim Neri

Director of Music: Kenneth Richardson

Westminster Ringers Bell Ensemble Director:  Kim Neri

Counting Team: Debbie Nicosia

Ushers:  Everett Fitch, Carol Provenzano, Michael Provenzano

Audio-Tech:  Brandon Gauntlett

 

REMINDERS

Every Wednesday – Bible Study 7:30PM/Zoom

Every Saturday – Prayer Meeting 8AM/Zoom

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

21 South Franklin Avenue

Valley Stream, NY  11580

Church Phone Number:  516/825-1182

Church E-mail:  GraceVSNY@aol.com

Church Website:  GraceVSNY.org