Home Worship for July 25, 2021

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

If you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones.

If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! 

Prelude: What Wondrous Love Is This

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul? 

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, to God and to the Lamb who is the great I Am, while millions join the theme, I will sing, 

And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on, and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be, 

and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on.


Call to Worship Psalm 14

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” Too often we have been fools in word or deed. Still, the Lord looks from heaven for those who seek God.

May we be found among the company of the righteous! Deliver us from evil, O God. Restore your people’s fortunes. Lord, only in you can we find refuge. Amen.

Hymn: Hallelujah

Andrea Bocelli sings Leonard Cohen's beautiful song inspired by the stories and psalms of King David.


A Summer Prayer for Grace

God of gentle rains and warm sun, God who encourages growth; we are creatures who sometimes grow quickly, and sometimes get stuck. God of freedom, of liberation, of binding ropes being cut; we are bound in ways we don't always understand or recognize. 

God of exodus and exile and homecoming, God who calls us to leave where we are and come home; help us to have the courage to make the journey and to trust in the path. 

God of health and healing, God who wants us to be made whole; we come as people who are wounded in body and in spirit, people who seek healing. God who has laid out a way for us to live, who has given us rules for living in community; we come as people who sometimes go astray, people who stretch the rules.

God of Grace, we come as people who live through that Grace. And so we praise you for the growth, we rejoice in being set free, we dance along the path that leads us home, we give thanks for the healing we have received, we relax in the knowledge that we are forgiven and we live as people of Grace. Amen.

Written by Rev Gord and posted on Worship Offerings, https://worshipofferings.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-summer-prayer-for-grace.html.

Sermon: David and Bathsheba

2 Samuel 11:1-15 (NRSV)

1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. 3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, "This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite." 

4 So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, "I am pregnant." 6 So David sent word to Joab, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent Uriah to David. 

7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." Uriah went out of the king's house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?" 11 Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing." 

12 Then David said to Uriah, "Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, 13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die."


Closing Song: Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art. 

Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word; I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord. 

Born of thy love, thy child may I be, thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise; thou mine inheritance, now and always.  

Thou and thou only, first in my heart, Ruler of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of Heaven my victory's won may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun! 

Heart of my heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.



Since you are being rooted and grounded in love, we pray Christ will live in your hearts through faith. We pray you will have strength by the power of Christ’s Spirit according to his glorious riches. 

Now to God, our Creator; Jesus Christ, our Redeemer; and the Holy Spirit, our sustainer, who is able to do far more than we could ever dream of according to the power that works in us; be glory in the church from now to the end of the age. Amen.

Excerpted: Bryan K. Fleet, The Africana Worship Book for Year B, Discipleship Resources, 2007, p. 219.