Round Hill Community Church Order of Service
July 18, 2021
PRELUDE Above All Wayne Wold
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: This is a new day filled with fresh possibilities.
All: We gather to participate in the new things God is doing in and among us.
Leader: Old ways and tired routines are left behind.
All: God comes to us in unexpected ways and refreshes all who choose to join the adventure.
Leader: Those who claim sophistication and power may miss the movement of the eternal.
All: All who give up their pretenses will find unusual and surprising opportunities.
Leader: Together, let us explore the wonders of God.
All: Let us worship the God who continually renews our spirits!
God, Your changes touch and reshape our lives with mystery and hope. We come to this place of worship today, ready to seek Your presence working through us. Help us to be open to Your Word, and to answer Your ever-beckoning call among us. Through Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.
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, forever and ever. Amen.
MUSIC Come Sunday Duke Ellington
SCRIPTURE Luke 15:1-10, 1 NRSV
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
1 Timothy 1:12-17
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
SERMON From Suspicion to Curiosity The Rev. Shannon White
MUSIC City Called Heaven arr. Josephine Poelinitz
ROUND HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH PRAYER
Our Heavenly Father, shed forth thy blessed spirit upon all our lives. Make each one of us an instrument in thy hands for good. Purify our hearts, strengthen our minds and bodies, fill us with Christian love. Let no pride, no self-conceit, no rivalry, no ill will ever spring up among us. Make us earnest and true, wise and prudent, giving no just cause for offense; and may thy holy peace rest upon us this day and every day throughout the coming week, sweetening our trials, cheering us in our work, and keeping us faithful to the end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
POSTLUDE For the Beauty Fred Bock