Unlikely Heroes: The Widow And Elijah

Unlikely Heroes: The Widow And Elijah

July 5 2020

Gathering
Trio Brandenburg Concerto (J. S. Bach)*
James Miller Family Trio

Welcome
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Hymn of Praise
America The Beautiful (CCLI 33368 )
UMH 696, v. 1-3
Choir/Orchestra

Transition to Prayer

Song of Prayer
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (CCLI 18723)
Resonate

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer
Rev Jessica Wright

Children’s Time
April Kwan and Trish Morehead

Gratitude Moment
Rev Jessica Wright

Song of Gratitude
God So Loved (CCLI 7138599)
Resonate

Contemporary Heroes
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Scripture Reading
1 Kings 17:8-16 NRSV
Gene Gurley

8 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 9 “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.”
11 As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the LORD the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the LORD sends rain on the earth.” 15 She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days.16 The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah.

1 KINGS 17:8-16 NRSV

Message
Unlikely Heroes: For Such a Time as This
The Widow and Elijah

Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

The Great Thanksgiving
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Pastor: The Lord be with you.
Response: And also with you.

Pastor: Life up your hearts.
Response: We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
Response: It is right to give our thanks and praise . . .

Pastor: . . . And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Response: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. . .

Pastor: . . . And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Response: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Hymn
This Is My Song (CCLI 6327112)
UMH 437, v 1-3
Choir/Orchestra

Invitation & Blessing
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Closing
Amen (Rutter)**
UMH 902
Choir/Piano

Postlude
Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Robinson)***
MJ Wright

*Arr. SJ Nixon©2012

**©1981 adapted by the composer from the anthem The Lord Bless You and Keep You

***Words by Robert Robinson. Music from The Sacred Harp ©2009 by Hal Leonard Corporation