L: Almighty and merciful God, of your bountiful goodness keep us from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things you command; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
CALL TO WORSHIP (by The Rev. Nathan Decker):
L: I lift up your name, Lord
P: because you lifted me out of the muck.
L: You did not let work, worry, or weary steal my joy.
P: Lord I cried to you, and you healed me!
L: You lifted me up from the pit of death.
P: You restored my soul from the dark hole I had buried it in.
L: Join with me, sing praises to God, you faithful ones.
P: Give thanks to the Lord
L: who mends the broken into break-dancing,
who takes the crooked and shows them line-dancing,
who catches us in our fall and lifts us up above the crowd,
who turns our mourning into dancing for joy.
P: Praise the Lord, God, forever give thanks to the Lord!
OPENING PRAYER (in unison):
L: God of Liberation, we are gathered to meet with you this morning. Open our hearts to the many ways you will speak to us. As you did with the prophets, you call us out of our everyday lives to share your message of love and grace. Challenge us today to look within ourselves so that we may be your disciples. Amen.
*OPENING HYMN: “I'll Fly Away” TFWS#2282
Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away;
to a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.
I’ll fly away, O glory, I’ll fly away.
When I die, hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away.
When the shadows of this life have gone, I’ll fly away;
like a bird from prison bars has flown, I’ll fly away. Refrain
Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away;
to a land where joys shall never end, I’ll fly away. Refrain
Psalm 30 UMH#762
L: 1 I will extol you, O lord, for you have lifted me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
P: 2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me.
L: 3 O lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
P: restored me to life from among those gone down to the pit.
L: 4 Sing praises to the Lord, O his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.
P: Surely the Lord’s anger is but for a moment; the Lord’s favor is for a lifetime.
L: weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
P: 6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
L: 7 by your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain;
P: you hid your face, I was dismayed.
L: 8 To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication:
P: 9 “what profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit?
L: Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
P: 10 Hear, O lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
L: 11 You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have lossed my sackcloth and
girded me with gladness, 12 that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
P: O lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
*OFFERING: “Give Thanks” TFWS#2036
Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ his Son. (repeat)
And now let the weak say, “I am strong;” let the poor say, “I am rich
because of what the Lord has done for us.” (repeat)
Give thanks. (3x)
Offertory Prayer (in unison):
Creator and Architect of the Universe, the gifts we bring to your altar this Mighty God, we have read of the prophets of old, and how your power was often made known to them in small gestures or in a still small voice. We bring our gifts to you this day confessing that we have often missed (or dismissed) your miracles because they did not present themselves in dramatic, startling events or grand transformations. Give us eyes that are constantly on the lookout for the small and subtle ways you make your power and presence, love and mercy known to us! In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen. (2 Kings 5:1-14)
WORD AND RESPONSE:
2 Kings 5:1-14
1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2 Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman's wife. 3 She said to her mistress, "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." 4 So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5 And the king of Aram said, "Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel." He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. 6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, "When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy." 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me." 8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel." 9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha's house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.”11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, "I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?" He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, "Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, 'Wash, and be clean'?" 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
Hymn: “Water, River, Spirit, Grace” TFWS#2253
Water, river, Spirit, Grace, sweep over me, sweep over me!
Recarve the depths your fingers traced in sculpting me, in sculpting me. (Repeat)
Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16
1 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor's work, will become a cause for pride. 5 For all must carry their own loads. 6 Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. 7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. 11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised--only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16 As for those who will follow this rule--peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.5 Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house!' 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.' 16 "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." 17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!" 18 He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
L: May God's word give light for our path and strength for our living.
P: Thanks be to God.
Hymn of Preparation: “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” TFWS#2171
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.
Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
The Message: “Wash and be Clean”
CONCERNS AND CELEBRATIONS
HYMN: “In Remembrance of Me” TFWS#2254
In remembrance of me, eat this bread.
In remembrance of me, drink this wine.
In remembrance of me, pray for the time
when God’s own will is done.
In remembrance of me, heal the sick.
In remembrance of me, feed the poor,
In remembrance of me, open the door
and let your neighbors in, let them in.
Take, eat, and be comforted;
drink and remember me, too.
That this is my body and precious blood
shed for you, shed for you.
In remembrance of me, search for truth.
In remembrance of me, always love.
In remembrance of me, don’t look above,
but in your heart, look for God.
Do this in remembrance of me.
SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION
The Great Thanksgiving
L: The Lord is with you.
P: And with you also.
L: Lift up your hearts.
P: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
P: It is right to give God our thanks and praise. . .
L: And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
P: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. . .
L: And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
P: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. . .
The Sharing of Bread and Cup
The Lord’s Prayer
*CLOSING HYMN: “May You Run and Not be Weary” TFWS#2281
May you run and not be weary.
May your heart be filled with song.
And may the love of God continue
To give you hope and keep you strong.
And may you run and not be weary.
May your life be filled with joy!
And may the road you travel always lead you home. (Repeat)
THE SENDING FORTH:
L: The voice of the Lord calls our name,
and bids us lay no hand
even on those we are poised to harm.
The voice of the Lord
calls us to peace,
and to become agents of peace
with all who are abused,
with all without voice or power.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
P: And also with you.
P: The Lord
L: will provide. The Lord
L: provide. The Lord will
L: Go forth to be God’s angels,
the real adults in the room,
who walk with others with patience and love
through life’s rites of passage,
who call a halt to abuse and violence before it happens,
work for healing where it does,
and become living witnesses to all that
P: The Lord will provide.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE: “Bind Us Together” TFWS#2226
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together
with cords that cannot be broken;
bind us together, Lord, bind us together,
Lord, bind us together in love.
There is only God, there is only one King;
there is only one body, that is why we sing.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together
with cords that cannot be broken; bind us together,
Lord, bind us together, Lord, bind us together in love.
We are led this morning by Pastor Michael Thorpe.
If you need the services of a pastor, please call/text Michael at 802-355-9574.
Prayer is not a substitute for action;
it is an action for which there is no substitute."
Arthur Hooper Gary Hazard Irene Nicolson
Sabrena and Josh Ducharme, who are each experiencing relationship issues
Kim (a friend of Linda Martin’s) who needs a kidney transplant
Linda (Pastor Mike’s Mom’s/Aunt Cathy’s sister) who is struggling with stomach issues
Friend of Mike's Aunt Cathy, who is suffering from cancer
Peggy Kuiee, a friend of Mike’s Aunt Cathy, who is struggling with heart issues
Mike’s mother, Lou, who is experiencing ongoing health issues
Amanda (friend of Aimee’s sister) who has been diagnosed with cancer
Nathaniel McElroy and his family as his tumors have shrunk and stopped growing
Gary Grant, whose lymphoma has now spread throughout his body
Lee Davis, who has bladder cancer
Laurie's friend, Ruth, for strength to get through a difficult time
Member of Lou’s church who had a stroke but is now making progress
For shortage of health-care workers due to the huge rise in covid cases which is putting a huge strain on the health care system in this country
Dot Larrabee as she goes for a follow-up after her recent eye surgery Kathy’s s-i-l, Bill, who had eye surgery recently
A good friend of Kathy’s who was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
For the husband of Kathy’s friend Pauline
Barb, for healing for the pain in her ear and wisdom as to how to treat it.
Continued prayers for peace in the Ukraine
For those in Russia who are disturbed by this aggression
Thanksgiving for a successful surgery for Oliver, a two-year-old friend of Kathy's, who fell recently and severely damaged his eye
Chris Kocik, a friend of Mike and Laurie’s, who continues to struggle with her cancer while continuing with chemo treatments
Marty, a friend of Laurie’s, who broke her shoulder after a fall while skiing
Friends of Aunt K, whose baby was recently injured by a horse.
Aunt K’s great-granddaughter, who has a bunch on her neck and for wisdom for the medical team to be able to determine the cause.
Hess Family in the conviction of Cole Hess for possessing child pornography.
Howard, 15-year-old who has a condition that causes bone growths which
had to be removed and for success in recent surgery
Lisa, Rev. Pat’s niece, who has been struggling with vertigo
Lisa and her sister, Tausha, whose father has pancreatic cancer and has had a stroke
All of those in Lamoille County who are struggling to find housing The Binghamville congregation as they struggle with their future
Family of John Wills, who recently passed peacefully
Friend of Mike’s Aunt Kathy, Robert F., who is struggling with cancer
Laurie, who continues to have pain and discomfort as she recovers from her recent fall
Mark, a friend of Laurie's, who accidentally cut off four of his fingers
which have been re-attached
Neighbor of Sherry's who continues to struggle with husband's dementia
All of those who continue to suffer from covid, including
many in Lou's living complex and the local UMC
Those in Aunt Kathy's living complex who are being forced to find new housing
because their building is being torn down
Elizabeth, who is experiencing discomfort from her cancer
Families of all of those who continue to lose their lives in mass shootings,
and thanksgiving that our Congress has passed new firearms laws
Prayers of thanksgiving for Barb's friend who gave birth with an emergency
C-section this week - mother and baby are doing find
Loretta, who continues to struggle with effects of Parkinsons’ and other health issues
Shirley, a friend of Lou’s and Pat’s, who is in the hospital due to a number of falls
Greg, who has been in the hospital again for breathing issues
Pat’s sister, Nancy, and her husband Bill, as they try to continue to support their son
Jonathan, as he deals with a the end of his engagement and begins a new job