From the Pastor:          “Don’t Block Deliverance” 


August 21, 2022


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost




Invocation: Good morning and welcome!

Lord God, whose power and mercy have extended to all ends of creation, pour your love on us this day that we might be healed and be made ready to serve you by serving others in this world that you have created. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.


Call to Worship! 

L: In the midst of trouble and turmoil, God is our refuge.
P: God is our mighty fortress and shield.
L: In God’s strength we shall be healed.
P: In God’s love we shall witness the Good News.
L: Come, let us worship God, grateful for God’s wondrous power.
P: Open our hearts, Lord,  that we might truly become bearers of peace and justice. AMEN.


Words of Welcome and Parish News


Red Cross Sickle Cell Blood Drive                                                                    Deandra Smith


*Gathering song:


Prayers of the people and a time for Silent Prayer

Prayer Focus:  The Red Cross


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, for ever and ever. Amen.


Scripture Readings:


Old Testament Psalm 71

1In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

2In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

3Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

4Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

5For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

6Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

New Testament Luke 13:10-17

10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?” 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.


The Message                         “Don’t Block Deliverance”                      Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.

This lesson today in Luke is packed with compassion and love juxtaposed traditions. Jesus takes every opportunity to teach and bring forth understanding from a hands on position. Here Jesus is teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath. He notices a woman bent over and unable to stand up straight. He calls this woman over and laid hands on her. Now, let’s stop right there and think about how this would play out today. There are some churches where the people might ask “is this a healing service?” Where is this in the order of service on today’s bulletin? There may be some that feel, this should be done after the recessional. But, this is a moment of celebration and praising God for a blessing that is taking place. But, the leader of the synagogue told Jesus: there are six days which work ought to be done and not on the Sabbath day. Now here is an example of following the letter of the law and no deviation. How many times have we witnesses people getting frustrated if the service takes a little more time than usual? Then Jesus brings the comparison of the treatment of an animal on the Sabbath day to a human being. But, here is the essence of this narrative. Jesus recognizes Satan has had a hold on this woman for eighteen years. He is going to free her from bondage and set her free on the Sabbath. He’s not waiting for permission or going by the traditions. Jesus is showing his authority. Additionally, love and compassion has taken control of the situation.  The Good News is Jesus shows you are worthy. When you feel down on yourself, Jesus is there to take care of you!


Offertory Invitation:

Guide us now, as we share with others the abundance of our joy. We pray that you will give us the vision to use our blessings to offer hope to others. In Christ’s name we pray and act. Amen.


Offertory Music


Doxology:                                                                                                                       UMH 95


*Unison Prayer of Dedication:

God of abundance and joy, we thank you for the many blessings you have poured on our lives. Receive these gifts, lovingly given, and bless them in your service. AMEN.


*Closing Music


Sending Forth:  

Lord, this day you have healed us and restored us. You have given us new strength and courage to serve you in this world. Now we go in peace and confidence, ready to be your people in all places and at all times. Praise be to you, Might God of love and mercy! AMEN.

Recessional: (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music)

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