Sunday, July 14, 2024


WORSHIP

PRELUDE

Kim Peeples

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Rev. Teresa Bensch

One: Come, sing, and dance before the Lord.
All: Praise God with the sound of music and dancing!
One: Let every soul sing God’s praises!
All: Let the mountains tremble, and the seas roar!
One: Praise the King of Glory who guides our lives.
All: Praise the Lord of hosts who watches over us.  AMEN.

SONGS OF THE BIBLE

The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me.
I stand alone on the word of God.
The B-I-B-L-E

The Twelve Disciples

There were twelve disciples Jesus called to help Him,
Simon Peter, Andrew, James, his brother John,
Phillip, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon, Judas, and Bartholomew.
He has called us too. He has called us too.
We are His disciples. I am one and you.
He has called us too. He has called us too.
We are His disciples. We His work must do.

The Fruits of the Spirit

The fruits are…
Love, Joy, Peace,
Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness, and Self-Control.
Love, Joy, Peace,
Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness, and Self-Control.

The Major and Minor Prophets

Let us sing the major prophets, major prophets, major prophets,
Let us sing the major prophets, the greatest of them all.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, who wrote Lamentations,
Then Ezekiel and Daniel who were true to their God.

Let us sing the minor prophets, minor prophets, minor prophets,
Let us sing the minor prophets, there are 12 of them all.
Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zachariah, Malachi.

OPENING PRAYER

Rev. Teresa Bensch

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen!

SUMMER SCHOOL: “The Books of Moses, History, and Poetry”

Let us sing the books of Moses, of Moses, of Moses.
Let us sing the books of Moses for he wrote the law.
First Genesis, second Exodus, third Leviticus, fourth Numbers,
And the fifth is Deuteronomy the last of them all.


Let us sing the books of history, of history, of history,
Let us sing the books of history which tell of the Jews.
There’s Joshua, and Judges, and the story of Ruth,
Then 1 st and 2 nd Samuel, and 1 st and 2 nd Kings,
Then 1 st and 2 nd Chronicles which give us the records,
Then Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther the queen.


Let us sing the books of poetry, of poetry, of poetry,
Let us sing the books of poetry, the songs the Jews sang.
Job the patient, Psalms of David, the Proverbs of a wise one,
and then Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

SCRIPTURE: Mark 6: 14 – 29

Mabel Simmons

SERMON: “Reading What’s Hidden in the Margins”

Rev. Teresa Bensch

HYMN OF INVITATION: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” (Chalice Hymnal #344, v. 1 and 2)

COMMUNION MEDITATION

Dorrie Toth

COMMUNION
The table is set. Come with your doubts, come with your hopes, come with your inadequacies and with your strengths. Come, for this is a table where all are invited and all are welcome.

Elders: Tadd Huff and Beth Thompson
Deacons: Candace Richardson and Molly Ballew

OFFERING INVITATION

Rev. Teresa Bensch

DOXOLOGY (Tune: “All Creatures”)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

OFFERING PRAYER

Rev. Teresa Bensch

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rev. Teresa Bensch

BENEDICTION

Rev. Teresa Bensch

CLOSING CHORUS: “Wherever You Go”

POSTLUDE

Kim Peeples


UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, July 14
No Choir
No Sunday school
11 am: Worship (Teresa Bensch preaching)
6 pm: Leadership Council on Zoom

Monday, July 15
6:30 pm: Finance and Facilities Team meeting on Zoom

Tuesday, July 16
8:15 am: LifeLine screening in the sanctuary
6:30 pm: Let’s Eat! at Sam’s on Main

Sunday, July 21
No Choir
Sunday School TBD
11 am: Worship (Teresa Bensch preaching)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE: During July, we will be collecting school supplies for Cedar Hill Elementary, Richards Middle School, Central Gwinnett High School, and other local schools. Wish lists from the schools are printed in the e-gram. Please bring all donations to the church by Sunday, July 28.

CHURCH BUILDING UPDATE: ServPro and the insurance company are workin to finalize the repair estimate. As soon as the estimate is approved, we will we will share a timeline for completing building repairs. In the meantime, please observe the Do Not Enter signs to keep everyone safe in the building. Thanks for your patience with this unexpected process.

WEEKLY CALL TO PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH: As LFCC moves forward to spread the Good News, all of us are needed to participate in intentional prayer for our congregation. Each Monday at 6 pm, you are encouraged to pause for a few minutes to pray for God’s guidance as we continue the work of discerning God’s path for our church. You can pray wherever you are, in whatever way feels most comfortable for you. If you are not able to pause and pray Mondays at 6 pm, please choose a different time to set aside for intentional prayer for LFCC. We need all of our prayers to guide our church forward. 


SCRIPTURE

Mark 6: 14 – 29

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, ‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.