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Worship Service Bulletin
Pastor: Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

Westbury United Methodist Church

*Rev. Sheila M. Beckford, Pastor
*Lucie Tshama & Debbie Williams,
 Assistant Pastors.
*Phil Glover, Minister Of Music.

 

 June 25, 2017 10:00AM--Baccalaureate Sunday

 Order of Worship

*IF ABLE, PLEASE STAND

In silence, we gather in God’s presence, readying ourselves to be transformed.   


PRELUDE:              “ODE TO JOY”                                Beethoven                      

 

OPENING PRAYER:                                                                                                                                            Congregation 

God of power, without your love we can do nothing.  Give us a double share of your spirit so that we can work together, across the world, to bring about the end of poverty for all. Teach us to follow the examples of the prophets, to speak clearly alongside the poor and to work tirelessly for the good of all people. Through Jesus Christ who brought healing and love to the whole world. Amen.

~ from the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website


DEVOTIONAL SONGS:                                “Fill My Cup, Lord”                                                        See Projection

                                                                      “I Thank you, Jesus”                                                         W&S# 3037

                                                                     “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”                                      UMH# 351                           

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (Response) “Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.”

                                                                               Sung Response                                                           FWS# 2200

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                                                                                                           

  • There will be a UMM meeting right after service
  • Church council meeting Tues, June 27th at 7pm

 

RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP:                                           Joseph Mothersil                                                                                                      

CHILDREN MESSAGE:                                                                                                                              Jennifer Trested                                                                                                                                  

MUSIC MINISTRY:                                                   “Not Unto Us, O Lord”                                  Douglas E. Coagner                                                                                                                

WORD AND RESPONSE:                                                                                                                        Joseph Mothersil                                                                                                      

One: Now the Lord was going to take Elijah up to heaven in a windstorm, and Elijah and Elisha were leaving Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, because the Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said,

All: “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

 One: The group of prophets from Bethel came out to Elisha. These prophets said to Elisha, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

All: Elisha said, “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!”

One: Elijah said, “Elisha, stay here, because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But Elisha said, 

All: “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

One:The group of prophets from Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?” He said, 

All:  “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!”

 One: Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, because the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But Elisha said, 

All: “As the Lord lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So both of them went on together.

One: Fifty members from the group of prophets also went along, but they stood at a distance. Both Elijah and Elisha stood beside the Jordan River. Elijah then took his coat, rolled it up, and hit the water. Then the water was divided in two! Both of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “What do you want me to do for you before I’m taken away from you?” Elisha said, 

All: “Let me have twice your spirit.”

 One: Elijah said, “You’ve made a difficult request. If you can see me when I’m taken from you, then it will be yours. If you don’t see me, it won’t happen.” They were walking along, talking, when suddenly a fiery chariot and fiery horses appeared and separated the two of them. Then Elijah went to heaven in a windstorm. Elisha was watching, and he cried out,

All:“Oh, my father, my father! Israel’s chariots and its riders!” When he could no longer see him, Elisha took hold of his clothes and ripped them in two.  Then Elisha picked up the coat that had fallen from Elijah. He went back and stood beside the banks of the Jordan River. He took the coat that had fallen from Elijah and hit the water. He said, “Where is the Lord, Elijah’s God?” And when he hit the water, it divided in two! Then Elisha crossed over. 

One: The word of God for the people of God. 

All: Thanks be to God.

HYMN OF PREPARATION:                         “Pass it On”                                                                      UMH#572 

SERMON:                                                    “Who the Mantle Fit Let them Wear it”            Rev. Sheila M. Beckford


RECOGNITION OF GRADUATES:                                                                                                      Jennifer Trested

***Aramus Brown---Westbury High School

***Fabrice Wijngaarde---Westbury High School

***Naomi Burris---Georgetown Law School, L.L.M. in Securities & Financial Regulation    

***Breanna McLarty---B.S., Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Towson University,
Baltimore, Maryland            
 

***Sydney Wijngaarde---B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover,
New Hampshire

 

TITHES & OFFERING:                                 Musical Selection                          Bro. Frank  Scafuri, Guest Musician

(Please give generously to operational fund)

*DOXOLOGY:                                          “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”                UMH#94                                         

 

CLOSING HYMN:                                                            “Here I am Lord”                                            UMH#593          

* SENDING FORTH WITH A BLESSING:                                     

 

*SUNG RESPONSE:                                       “Let the Church Say Amen” (Repeat 3x)                  A. Crouch

Let the church say amen 

Let the church say amen 

God has spoken let  the church say amen

 

POSTLUDE:                                                                    “O God Our Help In Ages Past”