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A father and daughter sing hymns together in church

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

  • Date: Sunday, July 7, 2024
  • Time: 9:30am10:30am
  • Location: Fellowship Hall

Order of Worship

Service for the Lord’s Day

Gathering around the word

Prelude: O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus, Thomas J. Williams, arr. Kristin Campbell

† Call to Worship: Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of God is upon us,
because God has anointed us
to proclaim good news to the poor.

God has sent us to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release for the prisoners;

To proclaim the year of God’s favor
and the day of action of our God;

To comfort all who mourn
and provide for those who grieve;

To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes:
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

Let us raise our voices and worship God.

† Hymn #39: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Prayer of Adoration

Call To confession

Prayer of confession

Eternal God, we confess that we have failed to do your will.

You have shown us what is good, but we remain enthralled by evil.
You have offered us abundance, but we are satisfied with wealth.

Forgive us, God of grace. By the power of your Word, take away all that is false and open our hearts to new life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Silent prayer of confession.

Assurance of Pardon

Friends, we have a long way to go, and much work to do—
but we rejoice now in the assurance that, through Jesus Christ,
we are forgiven and renewed to continue that journey.
Thanks be to God.

† Response: Hymn #582, “Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me”

† Passing of the Peace

Life in Community

Proclaiming the Word

Children’s Message

Prayer of Illumination

Holy One, in Jesus Christ your Word has come to dwell among us, full of grace and truth. Now anoint us with your Spirit, that our lives may proclaim the good news of your liberating love; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 4:16-20

When [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.

Message: “GA226,” Rev. Dorothy L. Boulton

Responding to the Word

† Hymn #772, “Live Into Hope”

Call to Offering

Offering of Tithes and Gifts

OffertorY: It Is Well With My Soul, Philip Bliss, arr. Matt Riley

† Doxology #607, “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Christ, all people here below;
Praise Holy Spirit evermore;
Praise Triune God, whom we adore. Amen.

† Prayer of Dedication

Loving God, as we give our offerings, we remember the words of Jesus declaring the fulfillment of your promises. Just as Jesus proclaimed good news, we dedicate these gifts to the witness and work of your kin-dom. May these offerings bring hope and healing, justice and peace to those and need. Empower us to be your hands and feet in the world, spreading your love and grace to all. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors;
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 #700, “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

† Charge & Benediction

Postlude: Be Thou My Vision, Traditional Irish Melody, arr. Ruth Coleman


Today’s liturgy was adapted from the July 1, 2024 and July 4, 2024 services of the 226th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), ga-pcusa.org.

Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013).

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-734388; CCLI Copyright License B 20481088 + Streaming License B 481071


Fellowship Hour

Thank you to the Deacons for hosting today’s Fellowship Hour.

Pastor’s Sabbatical

Ken Kovacs is on sabbatical through Wednesday, September 4, and will return to worship on September 8. Dorothy Boulton is acting Head of Staff while Ken is away. For more details, visit catonsvillepres.org/news/sabbatical.

Staff Schedules

Michael Cuppett will return from vacation on Thursday, July 11, when the office reopens. You can directly reach other staff members by calling the office at (410) 747-6180 and selecting the appropriate option from the menu. Dorothy Boulton will be on vacation beginning Friday, July 12, and will return for worship on Sunday, July 21. Please contact the church office at (410) 747-6180 or office@catonsvillepres.org for any urgent pastoral care needs.

Upcoming Concert

On Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Clarinetist Ann Quinn presents a program of chamber music. This concert will last roughly an hour and include six of Max Bruch’s 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano and elegies by Peter Schickele and Gabriel Fauré. Quinn is joined by Scott Hempling and Walter Atha. This concert is free, non-ticketed, and will be followed by a light reception.

Kids’ Summer Meet Up

Elementary age children (K-5th grade) and their parents are invited to a playground meet up on Sunday, July 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll enjoy the Slip ’N’ Slide, sprinkler, and plenty of popsicles! Bring your bathing suit and meet in the pavilion. Feel free to bring any other sports equipment or yard games.

July Fundraiser for Women’s Hygiene and Health

Again this year, the Mission Committee invites the congregation to participate in a fundraising campaign for women’s hygiene kits, in association with Church World Service (CWS). It is estimated that in this country alone, two out of every five women and teens lack the financial resources or access to meet their monthly hygiene needs such as tampons, napkins, and wipes. CWS prepares and distributes these kits, but its supplies are extremely low.

The Mission Committee recommends a donation of $20 per hygiene kit, but any amount—greater or lesser—will be graciously accepted! Contributions can be made by cash, check, online giving, or the QR code displayed at the display table. Members of the Mission Committee will be available in the France Room every Sunday in July after church to share information and accept contributions.

Pizza in the Pavilion

On Sunday, August 11, at 5 p.m., the Fellowship Committee is hosting Pizza in the Pavilion. All are invited to attend! We will provide pizza, beverages, and lawn games. Please RSVP to the church office no later than August 4. We will need a few people to bring dessert – if you are willing to do so, please let Stephanie know! You are also welcome to bring games of your own. This event will be held rain or shine.

Backpacks for Success

Many students in our community who lack equitable access to suitable school supplies. Backpacks, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, and rulers are instrumental in preparing children for success. We’re calling on our members, friends, and Catonsville neighbors to support our local students through financial contributions and the purchase of new school supplies. All backpacks, school supplies, and financial contributions will be distributed to local schools.

The cost of a single, packed backpack is around $40, and the list of necessary supplies is listed below. You can support this project in three different ways:

  1. Financially contribute by scanning the offertory QR code and selecting “Backpacks” from the funds.
  2. Drop supplies off in the vestibule between the Fellowship Hall and sanctuary between now and Sunday, August 11.
  3. Bring supplies to the Friday food collections.

To see the supply list, visit tinyurl.com/cpc-backpacks. Thanks for supporting our local students and starting the year off with generosity!

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