TO UNITE IN FAITH
TO DO MORE GOOD
TO JOIN A COMMUNITY
TO MAKE CHANGE
TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY
To worship with us
July 18, 2021 • 11 AM
COVID-19 Guidelines Following the updated guidance from the CDC and NYS Health Department, face masks are now optional on our campus (indoor or outdoor) for those who have been fully vaccinated. Some may wish to continue wearing masks and some may not. Both are welcome. For those who have not been fully vaccinated, masks will continue to be required on our campus, both indoors and outside. To learn more about the new policy or o read our FAQs, visit www.asburyfirst.org/about/news/2021/5/mask-policy-update/.
FIRST TIME HERE We are so glad you are joining us! If you’re out there watching, check in through the website or take a picture and post it on social media using #asburyfirstathome. Our hope is to get
to know you better and help you find your place within our community. Additionally, drop us an email at email@example.com and we will answer any questions you may have.
Need prayer? We invite you to share with us how we can be praying for you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All prayer requests are prayed over by our Ministers and Intercessory
Children We believe children are a sacred gift, and they are welcome in our worship. During the summer, the 9 am outdoor service will include Children's Time. If there is a way our Children's Ministry can be more welcoming to you and your child, please contact Paula Dugan at email@example.com.
RECONCILING STATEMENT We are a reconciling congregation and seek to be a fully inclusive church, believing that all people are God’s children. We encourage full participation in our community for all, regardless of age, race, origin, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, education/economic background, and physical/mental ability. We recognize that we hold a variety of opinions. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect. We believe that reconciliation to God and to one another is central to our mission and ministry.
GIVE TO ASBURY FIRST There are three ways to make a gift to Asbury First. Each gift supports the everyday ministries and operations of this church, allowing us to live into our vision to Do More Good.
Cash/Check—We welcome you to send a gift of cash/check in the mail.
Text to Give—You may give a gift with a debit/credit card by texting the dollar amount to 206-222-1050.
Online—Online giving is available on our website at www.asburyfirst.org/give.
Watch and listen Tune into the live video stream of the 11 am service at www.asburyfirst.org/worship/live. To listen to the service tune into WRFZ 106.3 FM Rochester Free Radio, or call our toll-free number at 833-829-1050. A video archive of past services is also available at www.asburyfirst.org/worship/video-archive. You can also view all sermons on our YouTube channel.
“I Love to Tell the Story/Jesus Loves Me” — arr. Marty Parks
“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” — arr. Lloyd Larson
“Be Thou My Vision” — arr. Craig McKibben
Call to Worship
All are invited to read the bold-faced type; the lay reader will read the unbolded type.
From every corner of the world
We hear the voice of God.
With every cell of our being
We feel the strength of God.
In every word we utter
We hear the song of God.
With every breath we take
We know the peace of God.
11 am • July 18, 2021
The community gathers
As the community gathers, may the music of the prelude draw your hearts and minds to God.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
#437 "This Is My Song"
Words: Lloyd Stone and Georgia Harkness; Tune: Finlandia, Jean Sibelius
Psalm 23 (KJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
To hear the word
Prayer of Confession
God of our hearts, you know what our week was like.
You know the places we tried to ignore the pull to love.
You know the ways we tried to sidestep the call to your work.
God of our hearts, you know what our week was like.
Word of Assurance
Beloved Friends, hear the good news. God loves us for who we are, God loves us every moment of every day. God loves us unconditionally. Thanks be to God.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Amen.
Hymnal #102, vs. 3 (alt.)
All glory be to God, all praise and thanks be given;
Whose Son and Spirit reign as one in highest Heaven;
Our one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” — Joel Raney; words by Dorothy Thrupp
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare:
We are Thine, do Thou befriend us, be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Children of all ages are invited to join us in this special moment.
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. Amen.
#384 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
The hymn can be found on the next page.
All You Need
Call to Prayer
Day by day, Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.
(words: Sir Richard of Chichester; music: Arthur Somervell)
#384 "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"
Words: Charles Wesley; Tune: Beecher, John Zundel
Our Creative God endows us with the gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Within this bulletin you will find invitations to enrich your faith journey and enhance your commitment. We invite you to prayerfully consider these opportunities. If you’re out there watching, check in through the website or take a picture and post it on social media using #asburyfirstathome. You may give a gift with a debit/credit card or by e-check by texting the dollar amount to 206-222-1050. Online giving is available
on our website at www.asburyfirst.org/give.
“Come and Find the Quiet Center” — Swee Hong Lin; words by Shirley Erena Murray
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.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Receive our gifts and let them be consecrated to the work of your heart, O God.
Use them to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick. Amen.
To Renew Commitment
To Disperse in Mission
#672 “God Be with You Till We Meet Again” vv 1, 2
Words: Jeremiah Rankin, 1880; Tune: God Be With You, William Tomer, 1880
In the Service
Preacher: Rev. Kathy Thiel
Liturgists: Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady, Rev. Jackie Nelson, Rev. Rachel Dupont
Director of Children's Ministry: Paula Dugan
Organist: Duane Prill
Soloists: Bess Phillips, Heather Watras, Dan McInerney, Jordan Bachmann
Director of Music Ministry: Dr. Carl Johengen
Audio Operator: Rick Church
Video Operator: Kenny Bailey
Graphics Operators: Connor Nelson
Technology Support Team: Deb Bullock-Smith, Carolyn Curran, Ted Skomsky
Technical Consultant: Justin Ocello
Permissions: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” © 2009 Hope Publishing Company;
“Come and Find the Quiet Center” words © 1992, music © 2013 Hope Publishing Company;
Hymns © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; OneLicense.net #A-721053.
Some of the liturgical elements have been adapted from the 2021 Abingdon Worship Annual.
Illustration Credits: Designed by Sarah Brubaker and Freepik and Vecteezy.
Trumpet Tune on “Lyons” — arr. Stephen Aber
Check out our online Zoom meetings! There are plenty of different groups and meetings still going as we make our way back together. For a full list of events with links, visit our online calendar at www.asburyfirst.org/events.
Be the seed!
SHOW US YOUR TALENT!
Can you juggle, dance, play an instrument, sing and hula hoop at the same time? If yes, join our Asbury First Talent Show on the first Sunday of August. All ages and all levels of talent are welcome to participate.
Sunday, August 1, 12 pm
to find out more or sign up!
Vacation Bible School
August 2–5, 2021
For more information or to sign up, contact Deb Bullock-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give Online at www.asburyfirst.org/GIVE, text to give at 206-222-1050,
OR MAIL IN YOUR CHECKS TO 1050 EAST AVENUE, ROCHESTER, NY 14607
Thank You, Michele!
It is with mixed emotions that we report that Michele Cooley, our current Director of the Dining and Caring Center, has accepted a new position with another local agency. We are so grateful for the work that she has done with us over the last twelve years and invite you to join us for a reception in her honor following the 9 am service on Sunday, July 18. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.
This is an exciting time within the life of the congregation! As we prepare to break ground on our new Outreach Center this Fall (keep September 19 tentatively on your calendars), go online to check out a few outreach related updates we want to share with you.
Honoring Michele Cooley
Sunday, July 18, after 9 am service