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The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost August 4, 2019



Rev. Jim Humphries (8:00 and 9:30) Rev. Linda Zastovnik (11:00)

OPENING VOLUNTARY For the Fruit of All Creation

Frank Stoldt

Rev. Kevin Turner, organ (8:00) Ode to Joy Holy, Holy, Holy

(9:30) (11:00)

Beethoven arr. Sandra Eithun

DUMC Handbell Campers  CALL TO WORSHIP (inspired by Psalm 63 and Isaiah 55:1-5)

Pastor: Come into the sanctuary and look around. Behold the beauty and splendor of God’s people. All of us – rich and poor, employed and unemployed and desperately hanging on. People: Behold the beauty and splendor of God’s people. Pastor: We believe God’s steadfast love is better than life, so let our lips praise God as long as we live. People: We also often doubt God’s love. We often doubt that God will really provide when it matters. WE











Pastor: But this is what matters today: God said, “Come all who are thirsty, come to the water, and you that have no money, come, buy and eat.” All of us – rich and poor, employed and unemployed and desperately hanging on. People: So with faith – both bold and timid – let us worship God! United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways Archive

 All who are able, please stand.

 OPENING HYMN, NO. 2236 (The Faith We Sing Hymnal)

Gather Us In

WORDS: Marty Haugen MUSIC: Marty Haugen;


© 1982 GIA Publications, Inc.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Almighty God, we confess that we are often swept up in the tide of our generation. We have failed in our calling to be your holy people, a people set apart for your divine purpose. We live more in apathy born of fatalism than in passion born of hope. We are moved more by private ambition than by social justice. We dream more of privilege and benefits than of service and sacrifice. We try to speak in your name without relinquishing our glories, without nourishing our souls, without relying wholly on your grace. Help us to make room in our hearts and lives for you. Forgive us, revive us, and reshape us in your image. Amen. Lydia S. Martinez, Hispanic, USA, 20th cent., alt.

Prayer Song O Lord Have Mercy

Guarani Kyrie, Paraguay; harm. Carlton R. Young

Words of Assurance Pastor: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. People: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. All: Glory to God. Amen.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM 11:00 Brooks Scott Christian, born December 1, 2018 Parents: Harrison and Megan Christian Baptism Song (Sing twice.) I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry



Luke 14:1, 7-14

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. ‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place,” and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’ Lector: This is the Gospel of our Lord. People: Praise to you, O Christ!


Rev. Alexis Coleman


We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen. By permission of The United Church of Canada.




All those who feel led may join the pastor at the altar for prayer.

The pastor will end each petition with: Lord, in your mercy, to which the congregation responds: Hear our prayer.

THE OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS You may also give by texting 704-457-5083 with the amount you would like to contribute to the General Fund or give online at www.davidsonumc.org/finances.

OFFERTORY Let All Things Now Living Adoro te Devote Joyful Praise

arr. David Cherwien Rev. Kevin Turner (8:00) (9:30) (11:00)

arr. Susan T. Nelson Susan E. Geschke

DUMC Handbell Campers  DOXOLOGY

Gladly We Praise Thee

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION  The Great Thanksgiving, The Hymnal, pages 15 and 16

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. …And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 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. …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. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. …All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.  The Lord’s Prayer, No. 895

Prayer of Thanksgiving Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  CLOSING HYMN, NO. 2175 (The Faith We Sing Hymnal) Together We Serve


Daniel Charles Damon MUSIC: Daniel Charles Damon; © 1998 Hope Publishing Company




We will be the Body of Christ in our community through worship, education, fellowship, and service .

CLOSING VOLUNTARY WELCOME! Davidson United Methodist Church gathers to worship the living God and to share mercy, encouragement, challenge, and hope. Guests are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Center, located behind the Sanctuary, to receive a gift and information about DUMC. Please sign the fellowship register on the end of the pew and pass it to your neighbor. All children are welcomed to join their families in worship. If needed, childcare is provided for infants through age 4 on the childcare hall. Childcare workers are background checked and CPR/First Aid certified. If your child needs you while in childcare, you will receive a text. Children’s bulletins and fidgets are available in the Gathering Space. Please see an usher for assistance with any of these items. Devices for the hearing impaired are available from the sound technician. Larger print hymnals are available by the Sanctuary entrance. THE MISSIONAL PRAYER FOCUS for this week is the Community Back-2-School Breakout. This event is a collaboration of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Lake Forest Church-Davidson, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, and Davidson United Methodist Church. It takes place at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 565 Jetton Street, Davidson, on Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Over 350 area students in grades K-12 will receive free book bags and school supplies, and socks and shoes will be distributed through the Samaritan’s Feet shoe program. You can help by donating NEW school supplies to our August MAD collection and by volunteering at the event with set-up, clean-up, registration, hospitality, game coordination, school supplies and shoe distribution, security, food prep/serve, or photography. Sign up at www.davidsonumc.org/event-registrations. $2,500 of the 2019 DUMC missions budget supports this ministry. FLOWERS ARE PLACED IN THE SANCTUARY today to the glory of God by Ben Setzer in honor of the wedding anniversary of Judy Martin and the late John Martin.

THOSE SERVING TODAY LECTORS: Bob McIntosh, Charlotte Thomas, R.W. Williams COMMUNION SERVERS: 8:00 Martha Atwater, Karen Heidrich 9:30 Joanna Wright, Bud Katter, Mary T. Crowder-Paden, Maurice & Mary Langhorne, Pam Stanford, Karen Payne, Andrea Venus 11:00 Mary D.G. Barker, Vince Watkins, Carson Fredricks, Grey Shutt, John & B.J. Butler, Deanna Wilson, Jan Black LIGHTING BAPTISM CANDLE: Tabitha Lindsay, Associate Director of Children & Family Ministries

Today’s music selections are reprinted by permission through OneLicense.net #A-714792 and CCLI #2958800.

THANK YOU FROM JESSYCA Following the sermon on July 14 several of you dropped off anonymous gifts to help Jessyca through a rough patch. She has written thank-you notes to you. Please pick one up from the box marked “Thank You’s from Jessyca” that is located on the credenza outside the church office. Thank you for helping! OPPORTUNITIES MAKE-A-DIFFERENCE (MAD) COLLECTION for August is NEW school supplies. Place donations of crayons, #2 pencils, glue sticks, markers, 1-subject notebooks, and loose leaf paper in the marked bins in the Gathering Space or in the Church Office. GEMS Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior. DUMC is excited to offer another year of GEMS for girls in Grades 1-5. Last year, 55 girls came to a closer relationship with Jesus, increased their Bible knowledge and made lasting friendships! Informational sessions will be held today and on Sunday, August 11 from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. in Room 217. For more info contact Melanie Chrencik ([email protected] or 704-728-4583). LGBT+ AFFIRMATION GROUP FOR FAMILIES meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Room 220. We hope that you will join us on our journey as we share our stories and provide support to one another. For more information contact Beckie McCall (704-491-4353). CPR CERTIFICATION/FIRST AID TRAINING is Wednesday, August 7 (note new date), 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in Room 210, using the American Heart Association standards. Register and reserve childcare in the Gathering Space or with Charlotte Thomas ([email protected]). Class only: $40.00; class & certification card: $60.00. A BLOOD DRIVE will be Monday, August 12 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Gathering Space or contact Liz Powell ([email protected]) to reserve a time. MISSIONAL IMPACT DAYS (MIDS) are a new initiative from the Missional Impact Team as an extension of our former Great Day of Service. MIDs will take place quarterly with projects throughout each designated week. Our first MIDs will take place August 12 - 17. There are day and evening opportunities for families (ages 12 and older) and individuals to serve at Davidson Community Garden, UMAR, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Bags of Hope, and the Ada Jenkins Center. Projects include gardening, unloading and sorting food donations, cooking meals, setting up a warehouse for backpack donations, planning and hosting a social event, and the Community Back-2-School event. Register for a project at www.davidsonumc.org/event-registrations. AGING PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP - SAVE THE DATE Are you facing concerns with your aging parents? Would you like to network with and support others in the same place? Join us for an interest meeting for an Aging Parents Support Group on Wednesday, August 21, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in Room 212/214. More information to follow. JOIN THE DUMC ADULT BOWLING LEAGUE! Fun, fellowship, and handicaps are included. The league meets eight times every other Sunday evening at Spare Time in Huntersville beginning August 25. Bowlers of all skills are invited. Contact Heather Smith ([email protected]) by August 18 to register. DUMC WEEKDAY PRESCHOOL UPDATE Openings are available in these 2019-20 classes: MWF 2’s, TTH 2’s, 4 - Day 4’s and the TK class. Contact Nancy Cork ([email protected] or 704-896-0082) for details. SPIRITUAL FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES The Lectio Divina Class: Encountering the Word to Be Transformed will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Foundation,13816 Professional Center Drive, Huntersville, NC. Learn a way of encountering God in Scripture known as Lectio Divina, which means "divine reading." The Quiet Miracles of Spiritual Direction in Groups: An Introduction with Practice will meet on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Starrette Farm Retreat Center. Register for these sessions at: www.thelydiagroup.com/soul-tending-retreats. Questions? Contact registrar Colleen Siadak ([email protected] or 704-577-3408).

DAVIDSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Shane Page • Senior Pastor; Rev. Kevin Turner, Rev. Alexis Coleman, Rev. Linda Zastovnik, Rev. Jim Humphries • Associate Pastors Post Office Box 718 • 233 South Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036 • 704-892-8277 • www.davidsonumc.org