Jul 05

8th Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

first aidWorship Ideas

  • There are probably a lot of people who are not familiar with what a plumb line is.  If you are preaching on the Amos 7:7-17 passage, be sure to have some sort of visual aid available.
  • In Psalm 82, God asks “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?”  Is God asking us that question?  How will we answer?  Ho do we respond to the remainder of the psalm (encouraging us to “give justice to the weak and the orphan”)?
  • Inspired by Colossians 1:1-14, pray a blessing over one another – perhaps as part of the Assurance of Pardon or Benediction.  Use Colossians 1:9b-12 as the blessing (have people read it directly from their Bibles, or print the words in the bulletin).
  • Invite members of the congregation to act out the parable that Jesus tells in Luke 10:25-37.
  • Assemble simple first aid kits as part of a mission project (inspired by the Good Samaritan).

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (based on Luke 10:25-37)

What must we do to inherit eternal life?

We must love God and love our neighbors.

Who is our neighbor?

Everyone whom God has created – they are all our neighbors.  Let us worship God!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 82)

Most High, we confess that we tend to dismiss those who are weak or needy, when those are the people that we are called to value and serve.  Teach us to walk in your Way, O God.  Rise up in our spirits and let your justice be known.

Charge and Benediction (based on Colossians 1:1-14)

May the knowledge of God’s will and true spiritual understanding be yours, in the name of Christ.

We will live faithfully, bearing fruit that shows forth the love and grace of the Almighty.  Amen.

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