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The Order for Worship – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude – Nicky Wilson, Organist

Call to Worship – Pastor Todd

Welcome, Announcements & Greeting – Pastor Todd 

Youth Ministry Moment – Amber Cloud

Hymn of Praise: No. 139 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!  O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!  All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near; join me in glad adoration!

2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigning bears thee on eagle’s wings, e’er in his keeping maintaining.  God’s care enfolds all, whose true good he upholds.  Hast thou not known his sustaining?

3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.  Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who with his love doth befriend thee.

4. Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee, fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee.  Then to thy need God as a mother doth speed, spreading the wings of grace o’er thee.

5. Praise to the Lord!   O let all that is in me adore him!  All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!  Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him.

† Affirmation of Faith –  Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right and of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

† Gloria Patria 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Children’s Moment – Kelly Priest

Congregational Prayer – Pastor Todd 

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

† Hymn of Praise: No. 560 “Help Us Accept Each Other”

1. Help us Accept each other as Christ accepted us; teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.  Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

2. Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.  Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some, to love them as we find them, or as they may become.

3. Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved in living situations to do the truth in love; to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.

4. Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need, who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread, we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on; renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!

Giving of Tithes and Offerings: Click here to give online OR mail checks to 2102 Epworth Dr., Huntsville, AL 35811

† 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.

Scripture –  Genesis 37:1-4 and Genesis 37:12-28 Pastor Todd

Genesis 37:1-4

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the story of the family of Jacob.  Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. 

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Genesis 37:12-28

12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, ‘Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ 14 So he said to him, ‘Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.’ So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.

He came to Shechem, 15 and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, ‘What are you seeking?’ 16 ‘I am seeking my brothers,’ he said; ‘tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.’ 17 The man said, ‘They have gone away, for I heard them say, “Let us go to Dothan.” ’ So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan.   18 They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. 19 They said to one another, ‘Here comes this dreamer. 20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.’

21 But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, ‘Let us not take his life.’ 22 Reuben said to them, ‘Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him’—that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; 24 and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.  25 Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.

26 Then Judah said to his brothers, ‘What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.’ And his brothers agreed. 28 When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

SermonWrestling Through – Pastor Todd

 † Hymn of Dedication: No. 474  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

Refrain:  Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

1. Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am work; through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light:

2. When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near, when my life is almost gone, hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall:

3. When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide my feed, hold my hand:

† Benediction         

 † You are invited to stand. Yes, we know you are at home, but you are still invited to stand!         

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FREE BEANS AND RICE.   On the third Saturday of each month, Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 8020 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802 will distribute 3 pounds of uncooked rice and 2 pound of uncooked pinto beans to anyone in need. We will not ask any question or take any names. Distribution is from 9:00am until 11:00am or while supplies last. If you have any questions, please contact the church at (256) 881-7223 or email ststephenshsv.dioala.org.

TRANSPORTATION. Madison County Commission TRAM is a federally funded FTA public transportation program that is open to the public who reside in rural areas of Madison County, AL. TRAM operated on a first come, first serve basis. Riders are urged to schedule rides as far as advanced as possible. Reservations are accepted daily between 8:00am-3:00pm. The cost to ride TRAM is $10.00 round trip and $8.00 one way. All TRAM vans are equipped with lifts which accommodates standard size wheelchairs or passengers who may utilized the lift for boarding and disembarking. To make a reservation call 256-532-3792.

RURAL KING’S CHURCH WEEK – Christian values are the center of our communities.  By following the example and teachings of Jesus, churches truly make a difference.  Now more than ever, it is critical to support these organizations.  As Paul wrote to the Corinthians:  “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV).   In that spirit, Rural King is honored to hos Church week August 2nd , through August 15th, 2020.  Through this program, our customers can support their local Christian churches, schools, and radio stations.

Rural King will donate 10% of each valid Rural King receipt’s total after sales tax to the registered organization chosen by the customer.    Epworth was registered to participate in this program on July 21st.    After you shop, please upload your receipt to www.ruralking.com/churchweek.  All receipts dated between August 2nd-15th must be uploaded by September 1st.    If you need assistance uploading your receipt, please drop it off at the church office or mail it to the church office at 2102 Epworth Drive, Huntsville, AL 35811 and we will upload it for you.   

NOTARY.  The church office now has the ability to notarize official documents.  This service is available to all church members, family, teachers, and MDO families.  If you need a document notarized, please contact Lynn at 256- 698-7258.  

BOTTLED WATER DRIVE.  The mission team has start collecting bottled water for the homeless community as soon as we return to our regular Sunday worship service.   If you need assistance bringing in the water, please contact the church office.  Donations may be left outside the main entrance. We will check the area daily to make sure it is brought inside.

PRAYER LIST.  Please take a moment to look over the prayer list.  If you placed a loved one or friend on the list and may now be removed, please notify the church office by email at lynn@epworthumc.net. The prayer list is in an image file to prevent names from being indexed in search engines.