Worship Elements: August 13, 2017

June 30th, 2017

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Scripture Readings: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

Theme Ideas

Today's readings offer the familiar stories of Joseph and his amazing multicolored coat, and Peter walking on the water. Faithfulness in tough times is a common thread joining these two passages, as is the secondary theme of fear (Matthew 14:30). Joseph, betrayed by jealous brothers and sold into slavery, rose to become Pharaoh's right-hand man, saved all of Egypt from famine, and facilitated reunion with his family. Peter literally learns a lesson at the hands of Jesus when he begins to sink while walking onthe water. How do disciples of Christ stay faithful to God and to each other when the going gets rough?

Invitation and Gathering

Call to Worship (Psalm 105)

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good!
We proclaim here and now
the marvelous works of our God!
Let our hearts leap for joy, O people of God.
We proclaim here and now
the marvelous faithfulness of our God!
God's ways are not our ways.
God's works are too wonderful to behold.
We proclaim here and now
the marvelous works of our God!

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Call to Worship (Romans 10)

The Word is near us in this place.
God's presence is everywhere.
We come to God's house to praise God's name!
The Word is near us in this place.
God's glory is everywhere.
We come to God's house to confess our belief
in the risen Lord!
The Word is near us in this place.
God's power is everywhere.
We come to God's house to believe in God!
The Word is near us in this place.
God's love and acceptance are everywhere.
We come to God's house to be saved!

Opening Prayer

Almighty and most gracious God,
we give you thanks for this day
and for calling us here
to your place of worship.
We gather to praise your name,
for your faithfulness endures
from generation to generation.
Signs of your faithfulness are all around us:
love, mercy, forgiveness, new life,
and the gifts of your Son, Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit.
Help us claim your faithfulness
as we seek to increase our faithfulness to you.
In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Proclamation and Response

Prayer of Confession (Genesis 37)

We have strayed, O God,
from your will and your way.
Like the brothers of Joseph,
we have betrayed family and friends
for our own vainglory;
we have enslaved others
to suit our purposes;
we have lied
to cover our tracks;
we have forgotten our faith
when it is convenient;
we have failed you and each other
so many times.
Heal us, O God. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon (Genesis 37)

Here is proof that God's faithfulness never ends:
that while we were yet sinners, God sent God's Son,
Jesus Christ, to shed his blood for our sins,
that we might not be cast down into the pit,
but rise with him to everlasting life.

Invitation to the Word (Matthew 14, Genesis 37)

God does not ask us for too many leaps of faith,
but for small steps that help us stay with God every day.
Our scriptures today touch on familiar themes:
fear, betrayal, lies, jealousy, and envy,
but mostly, on the amazing faithfulness of God.

Thanksgiving and Communion

Invitation to the Offering

There are many ways to respond to God's faithfulness,
love, and mercy in our lives.
We come now, seeking to be faithful disciples of Jesus,
and to respond to God through our tithes,
gifts, and offerings.

Sending Forth

Benediction

May the God of Jacob, Joseph, Reuben, and Judah;
Peter, James, John, and Andrew;
Mary, Martha, Ruth, and Lydia,
grant you grace to abide in God's love,
give you peace to abide in God's forgiveness,
and the power to live in God's faithfulness. Amen.

Contemporary Options

Contemporary Gathering Words (Matthew 14)

Don't just sit there, do something.
But if we get out of the boat, we'll sink!
Keep your eyes on the Prize.
Okay, we'll place one toe in the water.
Tough times don't last, but tough people do?
For me and my house,
we will bask in God's faithfulness forever!

Praise Sentences (Matthew 14)

Jesus calls, "Come, get out of the boat.
Take that step of faith."
Thank you, Jesus, for the invitation!
Jesus calls, "Come, be my disciples."
Thank you, Jesus, for the invitation!
Jesus calls, "Even if you think you're not good enough:
come be my disciples."
Thank you, Jesus, for the invitation!
Jesus calls, "Come be my disciples."
Here I am, Lord. Praise your holy name!

From The Abingdon Worship Annual, edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © Abingdon Press.

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