FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

 

Head Deacon, Mary Alden

 

Office: (207) 548-0327; or  

Pastor Vance Jordan, Interim, 207-583-2975

searsportinterim@gmail.com

Sundays 11 am - 1:00 pm

 

 

Church Office Assistant: Bill Zito

 

Email: fccsearsport@gmail.com or text/call  at 207-323-0230

Church Office Hours

Tues/Th 11 am - 3 pm

Church Spring Picture.jpg

 (Church  and Drive In )  - July 25- at 10:00 AM as PDF and WORD Bulletin prints out as:

 

 

 

 

AND AT HOME SERVICE WILL BE POSTED FOR JULY 25 AS FOLLOWS:

First Congregational Church

Searsport, Maine

Order of Worship for July 25, 2021

Pastor Vance Jordan, Interim          Carolyn Maunz, Minister of Music     Judy Otis, Deacon                                            Bob Snowdale, Trustee

 

Gathering

Welcome, Joys, and Concerns -  Deacon Priscilla King

Prelude                           As the Deer  Arr: Wagner                                            

Bringing in the Light of Christ

7_25 Prelude

Call to Worship –

*Opening Hymn   Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

(All verses)                                       #443

 

*Pastoral Prayer

(Ending with the Lord’s Prayer)

 

Special Music                  We Are Called  (Solo: Lee Nahme)

7_25 Opening Hymn

Scripture

2 Samuel 11:  1 – 15

Ephesians 3: 14 - 21

John 6:  1 - 21

 

*Hymn                 Gloria Patri                                        #558

Ushers will please come forward

Offertory               There’s Something About That Name  Gaither

 

* Doxology (#563) and Prayer of Acceptance  

 Children’s Message

 

Sermon

July 25, 2021 Two kings and the power they use

Once again the common lectionary has given us an Old Testament lesson without hope or encouragement. It would be easier to skip over these words and concentrate on a positive message from the New Testament. But we must deal with history if we are to have any hope of avoiding a repeat of those things we wish had not happened in the first place. My Bible commentary uses a lot of space to bring attention to the words used by David to send people to do his evil deeds. These were not simple requests for information and an invitation to visit the palace. These were orders from the king and they were not to be disobeyed. God had told Samuel to warn the people what would happen when they had a king to rule over them just so that they could be like everyone else around them.

They forgot that one of their requests was to have a King to lead them into battle. David stayed home at the time Kings went to War and he became bored with nothing to do. He took what was not his and one sin led to another until he had committed murder in an attempt to cover up all his other sins. Acts of violence cannot and should not be kept secret then or now. There are consequences for everything we do and everything we say. True leadership encourages growth and development in the subjects of rule not cruel oppression over them. Jesus was a leader that encouraged all people to reach their full potential even when they misunderstood his mission and his way of helping and healing. The people wanted a King like the stories they had heard about king David and all his mighty victories in expanding the kingdom. The king to come would be someone to protect them and take care of them and even feed thema Jesus had just fed a large crowd by a miracle, leaving twelve baskets full of leftovers from a few loaves the size of dinner roles and two small fish. I am not convinced that everyone in the crowd ever knew what had really happened as they ate the loaves and fishes that day. They just knew they had had enough to eat. I am guessing this miracle was like the water turned to wine in that it was the best bread and fish they had ever

tasted. But there enough people who saw the wonder that Jesus performed to want Jesus as their next King. John records these words, "Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a  mountain by himself." The people seem to have forgotten that it was God who fed their ancestors Quail and manna as they wandered through the wilderness. It was God who protected them from all their enemies as they went from place to place. After they had been in their promised land they rejected God as their king, because they wanted the King so they could be like all their neighbors. I often wonder how much we miss out on when we forget all that we have been given. It took Paul a while to catch on to the plan that God had for him, but he did make up for lost time. I tike the words of encouragement that he used in today's lesson. "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." No measurement is left out in the fullness of God's love for us. It is too bad that so many people can only be convinced when the loaves and fishes are multiplied to feed their hungry bodies and they are always looking for someone who can walk on water. Those are not the things Jesus wanted people to notice. Paul knew the possibilities of people living in faith. He wrote, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Notice the exciting words- immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. That is beyond measure, beyond wide, long, high and deep. That is the love we are to share with one another in all the measure we have been given. Sharing God's love is how we show the world we are part of his kingdom. We don't rush to make Jesus king by force, because we know he loved us first and gave his life that we might have love and life to the full. "To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

7_25 Offertory
Gloria

 

*Closing Hymn              Just As I Am (All verses)          #325

 

7_25 Closing Hymn

Bringing the Light of Christ out into the World   

 

   

*Benediction     

    

*Sung Benediction        Amen, Threefold                        # 567B

 Amen, Amen, A….men

Postlude                           Symphony  in B Flat  Begue                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              

Amen
7_25 Postlude