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St. Matthew's UMC www.stm-umc.org

August 9, 2020

Prelude & Welcome

Thank you for worshiping with us this morning online! You can stream this service, as well as any of our other videos at www.stm-umc.org/live

Call to Worship: Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Faith of Our Fathers

Faith of our fathers, living still, / in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; / O how our hearts beat high with joy / whene'er we hear that glorious word! / Faith of our fathers, holy faith! / We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will strive / to win all nations unto thee; / and through the truth that comes from God, / we all shall then be truly free. / Faith of our fathers, holy faith! / We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will love / both friend and foe in all our strife; / and preach thee, too, as love knows how / by kindly words and virtuous life. / Faith of our fathers, holy faith! / We will be true to thee till death.

Affirmation from the Korean Methodist Church

We believe in the one God, creator and sustainer of all things, Father of all nations, the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love. We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world. We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength. We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the life of love and prayer, and in grace equal to every need. We believe in the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments as the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice. We believe in the church, those who are united in the living Lord for the purpose of worship and service. We believe in the reign of God as the divine will realized in human society, and in the family of God, where we are all brothers and sisters. We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever. Amen.

Announcements

Connect to the pastors! Andy Stoddard: andy@stm-umc.org, Erin Hicks: erin@stm-umc.org, Brian Johnson: brian@stm-umc.org

Offering of Ourselves & Our Gifts

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Or you can mail your tithes and offerings to: 7427 Old Canton Rd, Madison, MS 39110

Offertory: I Worship You, Almighty God

Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

New Testament Reading: Hebrews 11: 1-14

11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and “he was not found, because God had taken him.” For it was attested before he was taken away that “he had pleased God.” 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith. 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” 13 All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14 for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.

Children's Moment

Kate Gibbs, Director of Children's Ministry

Spirit Song

O let the Son of God enfold you / with his Spirit and his love. / Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul. / O let him have the things that hold you, / and his Spirit like a dove / will descend upon your life and make you whole. / Jesus, O Jesus, / come and fill your lambs. / Jesus, O Jesus, / come and fill your lambs.

O come and sing this song with gladness / as your hearts are filled with joy. / Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name. / O give him all your tears and sadness; / give him all your years of pain, / and you'll enter into life in Jesus' name. / Jesus, O Jesus, / come and fill your lambs. / Jesus, O Jesus, / come and fill your lambs.

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 4: 1-10

1 Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.” 2 Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” 8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.”And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!

Message

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, / God of glory, Lord of love; / hearts unfold like flowers before thee, / opening to the sun above. / Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; / drive the dark of doubt away. / Giver of immortal gladness, / fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee, / earth and heaven reflect thy rays, / stars and angels sing around thee, / center of unbroken praise. / Field and forest, vale and mountain, / flowery meadow, flashing sea, / chanting bird and flowing fountain, / call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, / ever blessing, ever blest, / wellspring of the joy of living, / ocean depth of happy rest! / Thou our Father, Christ our brother, / all who live in love are thine; / teach us how to love each other, / lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus / which the morning stars began; / love divine is reigning o'er us, / binding all within its span. / Ever singing, march we onward, / victors in the midst of strife; / joyful music leads us sunward, / in the triumph song of life.

Benediction

Thanks again for worshiping with us today at St. Matthew's. If you have any additional questions, contact us at 601-856-9581 or visit our website - www.stm-umc.org. You can also contact Andy at andy@stm-umc.org.

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