First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Iowa

 Sunday, July 4, 2021

9:00 am Livestreamed

The Rev. Jim Langley  –  Pastor                                           The Rev. Dr. Nancy J. Redman – Parish Associate

Prelude                                                                       “Patriotic Medley”                                  arr.  Mark                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Life in the Church

Minute for Mission                                                                                                                   Peg Heald

Trinity Chimes

Call to Worship

Leader:     Today we gather in oneness with our brothers and sisters to celebrate God’s gifts.

People:    We hear the call to rekindle our spirits and to receive strength for our common tasks.

Leader:     On this day we will share the bread and wine, which are symbols of God’s power and love.

People:    We will open our hearts to accept these gifts, seeking the grace to walk in God’s way.

All:             Let us worship God!

Hymn 338 (v.1)                                           “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”

Prayer of Confession (unison)

Gracious God, we confess that we spend much of our lives on that which does not satisfy.  We do not always count our time and resources as precious gifts, but squander them in meaningless activities and seemingly urgent needs.  Look kindly upon us, for the temptation to waste is overwhelming in our world.  Enable us to understand what is important and to use the gifts of life responsibly.  We want to be your people in word and deed so help us follow where you lead.  Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

People:    God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him..

All:             Thanks be to God for this gift of grace.  Amen.

Sharing the Peace of Christ

Leader:     To welcome each other is to welcome Jesus himself.  As we extend Christ’s peace to one another with a wave, a smile, a peace sign or offering a prayer, God’s beloved community becomes real and we are reminded that we are one family, God’s family.  So let us extend peace and love to each other.  May the peace of Christ be with you all.

People:    And also with you!

Special Music                                                        “A Patriotic Medley”                           arr. Kimball

                                                                    Bell Quartet directed by Dr. Timothy Hein

Scripture Reading                                            Matthew 15:32-37

Message                                                                 “Will There Be Enough?”               Pastor Redman

Sacrament of Holy Communion

               The Invitation

               Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer

               Words of Institution

               Sharing the Bread and Cup

               Pastoral Prayer

Offering Prayer (unison)

God of all good things, we bring our offering to you now and dedicate it to the work of your kingdom here on earth.  May this offering be used wisely and diligently in service to others, so that your love may be known throughout the world.  We also dedicate ourselves to you.  Take us and use us, so that our hands and hearts may reach out in service to you and to all whom you love.  This we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Hymn 547 (v.3)                                       “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”


Trinity Chimes

Postlude                                                                  “God of Our Fathers”                                 arr. Mark

Text Box: TO ARRANGE A RIDE TO CHURCH, please call the office, 377-7309.  Office hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday.

CORNERSTONES, a social group for single ladies 65+, will resume their monthly luncheons this Tuesday.  You are invited to join them at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, 500 Marion Blvd., at 11:30 am.  RSVP by 4:00 pm tomorrow to Linda Kushpinsky, 373-0355 or logsdon5@yahoo.com; or Susan Wilkey, 365-7229 or swilkey@ymail.com 

SARAH CIRCLE meets Wednesday at 9:30 am.  

FIRST PRESS and this bulletin are being sent out via Flocknote and through our website on Thursday.  This may mean you will receive it twice if you received the Weekly Contact (from Pastor Howard) in the past.   
                                                      This Week                                                                                                          

 Today, July 4

  9:00 am   Worship

Monday, July 5Office Closed

Tuesday, July 6

10:00 am     Lectionary Study in the Lounge

11:30 am     Cornerstones @ Napoli’s

  6:00 pm     Youth Christian Education Committee 

  7:00 pm     Building & Grounds Committee

Wednesday, July 7

  9:30 am     Sarah Circle

  3:00 pm     Coffee Chats via Zoom

Friday, July 9

   9:00 am    Coffee Chats via Zoom

   7:00 pm    Al-Anon

   8:00 pm    A.A.

Sunday, July 11

   9:00 am    Worship

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