ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our in-person worship time is 9:30 a.m. through Labor Day Weekend.  Wednesday and Thursday Bible studies are currently on summer break.  Our Thrift Shop is open on Saturdays from 10-2 and always in need of volunteers ~ simply contact Tracy S. or the church office.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Put your troubles aside
And come to a place where you can find rest.
POUR OUT YOUR TROUBLES TO THE LORD,
FOR HE IS OUR REFUGE.

UNISON PRAYER

LORD JESUS,
IN OUR RUSH TO THE NEWEST, LATEST THING,
MAY WE PAUSE AND TAKE INVENTORY OF WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE.
HELP US TO EMBRACE THE POWER OF TRADITION, OF ANCIENT WISDOM,
OF TIME-HONORED PATHS AND PROVEN IDEAS.
HELP US TO HOLD ON TO WHAT IS GOOD
AND DISCARD ONLY WHAT PREVENTS US
FROM LIVING FULLY IN YOU.  AMEN.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE:  JAMES 1:5

If anyone lacks wisdom, pray to the Lord, and it will be granted.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

OPENING SONG:  “Peaceful Amazing Grace” (Church Band)

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
(Note: Add your own prayers at the beginning or end)

Lord Jesus, we thank you for the lives of those we love yet see no more.  We thank you for Bunny, whom you have received into your heavenly Kingdom.  Bless those who remain in mourning, especially her husband Marty and son Dave, and give them the hope of resurrection and joy.  We thank you for Teresa, her life on earth, and her new life in heaven, where she is free from pain.  Be with her son Chris, daughter-in-law Shannon, and all family and friends who remember her with love.

We thank you for the swift attention to Rose A’s condition, as fluid was drained from her heart this week and she was able to return home yesterday.  Continue to surround her with your healing and loving grace.

Continue to ease Karen K.’s back pain, provide patience and healing to Kathleen M. as she regains mobility in her neck, and knit Ruth W.’s leg bones together.

Bless all those struggling with cancer, especially Liz S., Dannie M., Tracy S.’s brother Paul, and Brie’s boyfriend’s father Paul.  Provide them with love, support encouragement and healing.

We pray for others in our church family who are going through times of need:  for Pat, Jim, Sue, Janet, Joan, Lois, Lily, Ken, Harriet, Diane, Laurie and Paul; for all members of our extended family who are suffering; for this nation and for the world.

We come to you now in silent prayer …

Lord, as you know what is written in our hearts, attend now to our spirits, we pray in your name, Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Acts 17:16-21, Good News Bible

While Paul was waiting in Athens for Silas and Timothy, he was greatly upset when he noticed how full of idols the city was. So he held discussions in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentiles who worshiped God, and also in the public square every day with the people who happened to come by. Certain Epicurean and Stoic teachers also debated with him. Some of them asked, “What is this ignorant show-off trying to say?”  Others answered, “He seems to be talking about foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching about Jesus and the resurrection. So they took Paul, brought him before the city council, the Areopagus, and said, “We would like to know what this new teaching is that you are talking about. Some of the things we hear you say sound strange to us, and we would like to know what they mean.”  For all the citizens of Athens and the foreigners who lived there liked to spend all their time telling and hearing the latest new thing.)

SUNDAY SERMON (Video)

OFFERING

Please use this time to make out a check to the church (Sayville United Methodist Church, 164 Greene Avenue, Sayville NY 11782).  Thank you to all who have been contributing during this time, and helping the church to pay its bills!  As you write, please enjoy our church band’s version of “Humble and Kind.”

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for staying with us even when we go astray; for calling to us, even when we don’t listen; for loving us, even when we sin.  We can never repay your goodness, but return only a portion.  Bless these gifts; may we use them to honor Your Kingdom.  Amen..

BENEDICTION

As we go forth, may we hold on to what we know is true: to the teachings of our ancestors, the wisdom of the ages, and God’s eternal love.  May God’s Word be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.  Amen.

  Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Thank you to Kaitlyn and Tanae for helping with today’s online service!
And thank you for worshiping with us!  We wish you God’s blessing of peace.