All are welcome at Asbury First. Please join us in celebrating our 200th Anniversary!
august 9, 2020 • 11 AM
10th Sunday after Pentecost
“Fantasia" — John Hebden Schaffner
“Adagio” — Johannes Brahms
“Praeludium” — Andreas Bibl
“Verset” — Léon Boëllmann
Call to Worship
All are invited to read the bold-faced type; the lay reader will read the unbolded type.
Holy Spirit, come and be with us,
Guide and inspire us,
Let us know your healing power.
Let us know your gentle ways.
Holy Spirit, come and be with us,
Comfort our hearts with your peace.
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
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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. We will have a segment during our live stream for Children’s Time. We will also be holding a special Zoom meeting (https://zoom.us/j/8347173468) with Paula and Holly on Wednesdays at 11:30 am to keep connected. 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.
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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.
11 am • August 9, 2020
The community gathers
As the community gathers, may the music of the prelude draw your hearts and minds to God.
Will you,with God's help, so order your lives after the example of Christ, that this child, surrounded by steadfast love,may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal?
#130 “God Will Take Care of You”
Words: Civilia D. Martin, 1904; Tune: Martin, W. Stilman Martin, 1905
To hear the word
We grieve, O God, for the ways we have inflicted harm on the world and on ourselves.
Forgive our selfish ways.
We grieve, O God, for the times we are more concerned with status and privilege than we are with you.
Forgive our greedy natures.
Set our feet on the path of Love, illumined by your Light.
May we forgive ourselves and others.
Words of Assurance
Hear the Good News! In the love of God you are forgiven.
Connect our hearts one to the other.
Keep our eyes open to your Love, illumined by your Light.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Hymnal #102, Tune: “Now
Thank We All Our God”
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.
and strengthened in thewaythat leadsto lifeeternal?
To Witness The sacrament of baptism
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.’ He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’
He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
#115 "How Like a Gentle Spirit" (vv. 1, 4)
Words: C. Eric Lincoln, 1987; Tune: Sursum Corda, Alfred Morton Smith, 1941
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.” ’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
“The Summons” — Scottish tune, arr. Sondra Tucker; words by John Bell
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
Will you love the "you" you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
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.
#198 "My Soul Gives Glory to My God" (vv. 1-3)
Words: Miriam Therese Winter; Tune: Morning Song, attr. Elkanah Kelsay Dare, pub. 1813
Who Are You?
To Renew Commitment
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.
“Consecration” — Frederick Chatfield; words by Frances Havergal
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in endless praise,
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee,
Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee,
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use every power as thou shalt choose,
Take my will and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne,
Take my love; my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.
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
For all you have given to us, Loving God, we give it all back to you.
Our time, our talent, our treasure.
Bless these our gifts now and always.
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
“Postlude” — Henry Smith
In the Service
Preacher: Rev. Kathy Thiel
Liturgist: Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady
Director of Children’s Ministry: Paula Dugan
Organist: Duane Prill
Soloists: Bess Phillips, Susan Huppé, Dan McInerney, Jordan Bachmann
Audio Operator: Rick Church
Video Operator: Kenny Bailey
Technical Consultant: Justin Ocello
We celebrate the baptism today of Gabriel Varble-Bielewicz, son of Matt Bielewicz and Deanna Varble-Bielewicz, born on September 3, 2019.
Permissions:“The Summons” text ©1987 Wild Goose Resource Group, arrangement ©2009 GIA Publications, Inc.;
“Consecration” © 2008 St. James Music Press.
Hymns © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; OneLicense.net #A-721053.
Some of the liturgical elements have been adapted from the 2020 Abingdon Worship Annual
Illustration Credits: Designed by Sarah Brubaker and Freepik, and Sarah Brubaker and Vecteezy.
In 1916 when there was a fire in First Church (located at East Ave and Anson Place), where did the congregation hold services until the building was repaired?
Check out our online Zoom meetings! There are plenty
of different groups and meetings to join during the stay-at-home restrictions. From Zoom with Miss Paula and Holly to Guided Meditations, or Bicentennial Bible Challenge meetings and Sunday morning lessons, there is plenty of variety. For a full list of events, and clickable links, visit www.asburyfirst.org/events.
HOW TO JOIN A ZOOM MEETING
Follow the link: zoom.us/j/8347173468 for the main meetings, and us02web.zoom.us/j/338565981 for “Changing Weighs," and us02web.zoom.us/j/868571089
16?pwd=aHF4TEppZERJSXZoZmFxUHgrQ1hjdz09 for the Sunday morning Zoom with Paula and Holly.
When you open the link, you should get some pop-ups asking questions like:
1. Do you want to open and run the program Zoom?
2. Do you want to connect with your computer audio?
3. Do you want to connect with your computer video?
Click yes to any and all of these prompts. Once you have clicked through these prompts, you should be able to see yourself on your computer screen, and you should be able to see the rest of the group that is also logged on.
If any group would like to utilize our discipleship Zoom account to take their meetings online, please contact Rev. Mike Mullin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From last week: In June 1896, the cornerstone of the new First Church chapel was laid. What was the box made of that contained Methodist publications, newspapers, maps, and Mrs. Lattimore’s “Letter to Posterity”? A. It was Copper. (Mrs. Lattimore’s “Letter to Posterity” was featured in Rev. Susan Shafer’s sermon on March 8, 2020)
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that show our global reach.
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