Sunday, July 4th, 10AM. Outdoor Worship & Picnic

Welcome to our Lodi UMC Outdoor Worship & Picnic on the Fourth of July Sunday!
Let’s sing patriotic hymns and celebrate a happy Fourth of July together in a Christian fellowship.

This is our fifth Sunday with our summer series: Summer on the Mount.
Let’s make this summer the best summer ever with the best sermon ever: Sermon on the Mount.
This summer series will walk us through the Sermon on the Mount section by section.
Though some teachings of Jesus here are found hard to live, let us come and be open to the Spirit of God
who leads us to amazing discoveries that will unfold as we travel the inner roads of our soul.

Order of Worship
July 4, 2021

CALL TO WORSHIP
Turn to each direction as the words are spoken about the four directions: East, South, West, North.
One: (lifting a globe of light lamp)
O God, Great Spirit of the East,
sunrise smiles in our hearts. Morning rejoices in our bones.
Your love cleanses our worn ways with the power of resurrection.
Bring forth our hidden creativity. Let it rise with gifts to be given.
Speak to the secret places within and draw us into your wildness.

One: (lifting a bunch of grapes)
O God, Great Spirit of the South,
giver of abundant fruitfulness, restorer of passion and enthusiasm,
We gather the richness of summer with its contagious aliveness.
Your colors, strong and full, astound us, like grapes inside us ripening on the vine.
We gather baskets of fruitfulness and celebrate the wonders of growth.
Thank you for your overflowing goodness.

One: (lifting a clear bowl of water)
O God, Great Spirit of the West,
The sunset of each summer day enfolds us with a silky sky.
After the sun shares long days of light and energy,
night comes with welcoming and peaceful rest.
They tell us it is the season of generosity, time to receive, time to give.
Turn us, Lord, toward your beckoning call
that we may open the full hands of our hearts and pour out the graciousness of your love upon all who are made beautiful in your eye.

One: (lifting fresh sweet corns with green husk)
O God, Great Spirit of the North,
Your summer breath is sweet and warm,
saturating the flowers with perfume, chasing the stars with moonbeams.
You bid us partake of Earth’s beauty.
It stirs in our souls and sings in our prayers.
We stand with a sense of satisfaction, keenly aware of this season’s bounty.
Good memories of this summer feast will flow through us for many days and nights.

HYMN OF ADORATION    How Great Is Our God       How Great Thou Art       He Lives
The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty, let all the Earth rejoice, all the Earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light, and darkness tries to hide, and trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice.
How great is our God, sing with me. How great is our God,
and all will see. How great, how great is our God.

Age to age He stands and time is in His hands, beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One, Father, Spirit, Son. The Lion and the Lamb. The Lion and the Lamb.
How great is our God, sing with me. How great is our God,
and all will see. How great, how great is our God
Name above all names, worthy of our praise. My heart will sing how great is our God.
You’re the name above all names. You are worthy of our praise.
And my heart will sing how great is our God.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me a long life’s narrow way.
He lives, he lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

OPENING PRAYER
How grateful we are, O God, for our great country, for the blessings you lavish upon our land.
How concerned we are, O God, that our very nation may become our god and that we worship the gifts rather than the Giver!
Correct us, deliver us, and lead us that we may be a blessing to you, to one another in this nation and around the world.
We ask this on a day of celebration, a day of hope for a nation made free. We ask this in the name of the one who welcomes all to be free indeed. Inspire us to live and worship in your freedom and for the sake of your glory. Amen

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS   Let us share our prayer requests and joys.

PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE on the Fourth of July
As we remember the birth of our nation and the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we offer our thanks and prayers to you, O God, the Giver of all good gifts.

After each prayer, we join together saying “We thank you, Lord”

Voice 1: For the brave women and men who braved the long journey by sea to come to this new world, R
Voice 2: For the tribes and nations who inhabited this land for generation upon generation, R
Voice 3: For patriots who dreamed of, and fought for, a free nation, R
Voice 4: For the men and women who laid the foundation of our democracy, and who pledged liberty and justice for all, R
Voice 5: For those who built this country brick by brick, road by road, and town by town, R
Voice 1: For the brave soldiers who have fought for our country, for all who paid for our freedom by their service, and those who paid by their sacrifice, R
Voice 2: For the innovators and artists, poets and teachers, farmers and factory workers; for all who labor and provide for the common good, R
Voice 3: For the scientists and lab technicians, healthcare workers and public health professionals; for all across the nation working to protect us from the COVID-19 pandemic, R
Voice 4: For this land, with its peaks and valleys, coasts and deserts, fields and meadows, R
Voice 5: For our own community, for those who came before us in this place, and for our neighbors near and far, R

To each of the next five voices, we respond together saying, “We pray to you Lord.”

Voice 1: Lord, we pray for The United States, that we might always be a nation which defends and promotes liberty and freedom, truth and justice. R
Voice 2: That we might always be a nation where all are free to worship and pray, R
Voice 3: That we might be a leader of the world by seeking to serve, not by being served, by helping, not by ruling, R
Voice 4: That those who are elected to govern and lead would be guided by you, and be ever aware of the trust that has been given them, R
Voice 5: That we would be a people who repent from our sins, and who always return to you and to your grace, R
Gracious God, Lord of all nations, increase in us your grace and compassion, and our offerings of thanks to you, through Jesus Christ, Amen.

inspired by Rick Morley’s prayer, and posted on http://www.rickmorley.com/archives/1673

TIME OF DEDICATION This is our commitment to following Jesus and an expression of our faith and thanksgiving. Thank you for living your faith by sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church. Online Giving: www.LodiUMC.org/Give O Lord, you lift us up and have blessed us with this community of faith where we find our church home. We thank you for our leaders and for each member who uses their spiritual gifts and talents to bless others. We thank you for the rich fellowship we enjoy with each other and corporately with you. We give our offerings to you now, to support the mission and ministry of this church in our community and worldwide. Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC   Holy Water  by Melissa and Josh Hall

SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 5:21-26
“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable
to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

MESSAGE  Sermon on the Mount (5)

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
… we sing the hymn of your unending praise:
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.
… Great is the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit… We pray as Jesus has taught us to pray:
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. Amen.
Break the Bread and Lifting the Cup, and Sharing them in Christ’s Presence

SONG OF FAITH    My Country, ‘Tis of Thee (United Methodist Hymn #697)
1 My country,’ tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside let freedom ring!

2 My native country, thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills; my heart with rapture thrills, like that above.

3 Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song;
let mortal tongues awake; let all that breathe partake; let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.

4 Our fathers’ God, to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing;
long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light; protect us by thy might, great God, our King.

GAME, BRAT, FOOD and FELLOWSHIP 

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