Worship Online July 26

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to worship at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Santa Fe, NM. Please move through the service at your own pace, clicking on the links as you are ready, repeating segments if you are so moved.

Prelude Cantilena by Eugene Butler
C. Scott Hagler, organist

Welcome Rev. Kathryn Boren

Musical Response There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Fred Graham, Music Ministries Coordinator

Children’s Time Rev. Meredith Manning  Brown

Scripture Romans 8:26–29, 31–32, 35, 37–39 Rev. Russ Hall

The Spirit, too, comes to help us in our weakness. For we don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit expresses our plea with groaning too deep for words. And God, who knows everything in our hearts, knows perfectly well what the Spirit is saying, because her intercessions for God’s holy people are made according to the mind of God.

We know that God makes everything work together for the good of those who love God and have been called according to God’s purpose. They are the ones God chose long ago, predestined to share the image of the Only Begotten, in order that Christ might be the firstborn of many.  

What should be our response? Simply this: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Since God did not spare the Only Begotten, but gave Christ up for the sake of us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that God will freely give us everything. 

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Trouble? Calamity?  Persecution? Hunger? Nakedness? Danger? Violence? Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of God who has loved us. For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, neither heights nor depths – nor anything else in all creation – will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Savior. 

Sermon Rev. Kathryn Boren

Prayers of the People Jennifer Nevdahl

Let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and humanity:

That the church may be a home for all who struggle to find meaning and purpose, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer.

That we strive to create a society based on racial justice, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer.

That the community of Santa Fe may become a spiritual model of humility, equity, justice, and love, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer.

That those who suffer may feel supported by your healing love; especially those with Corona Virus; we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer.

That all may strive to create a community on earth that is modeled after the heavenly community, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer.

We gather these spoken prayers, along with those prayers only in our hearts  into one before you, O God.In the name of Jesus Christ: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer Andrea Cassutt

Offering Moment and Prayer Tom Whitson

As you listen to or  join in singing the offertory song, we invite you to give toward the ministries of the church.
Thank you for your generosity and all you do to make sure SJUMC continues to change lives.
Online: Give through our secure site HERE, either a one-time or recurring donation.
Make a check out to the church and mail it to St. John’s UMC, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Offering Music Bring Forth the Kingdom 

Blessing Rev. Kathryn Boren

Postlude Toccata on “Old Hundredth” by Robert C. Lau

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