Girdwood Chapel UMC

July 3, 2022

Welcome to Girdwood Chapel

Reminders for folks on Zoom – You are welcome to greet one another and we encourage you to arrive a few minutes early to do so! Please keep yourself muted on Zoom once the Facebook stream starts (this preserves our audio quality for those participating on Facebook)

Bold indicates all voices; * Indicates to stand if able

*Call to Worship 

Shout out to God, all the earth!

Break into joyful songs to the one true God!

Sing of the glory due God’s name,

and offer the most magnificent praises!

All Your works are wonderful!

The entire earth bows down to worship You,

singing songs of praise and glory to Your name.

Come, let’s bless God together!

Let’s praise the One who gives us life

and keeps us safe;

who watches over us,

and keeps our feet from stumbling.
Hymn: “Gather Us In” The Faith We Sing #2236
Communal Prayer 

O God, we know that Jesus sent out his disciples

without purse, luggage, or sandals. 

All too often, we find ourselves clinging to possessions we don’t need,

looking for safety by avoiding risk,

and bearing heavy burdens that slow us down. 

Forgive us for our reluctance to travel lightly and heal us of our pain and guilt.

Forgive us and heal us, O God.

Holy One, the Apostle Paul encouraged the Galatians not to grow weary,

but to use every opportunity to work for the good of all. 

And yet, hectic schedules, competing demands, cynicism, and doubt

erode our commitment and leave us feeling burned out. 

Forgive us for any hollow excuses we are tempted to make

and heal us of our exhaustion.

Forgive us and heal us, O God.

O God, we confess that, like the warrior Naaman,

we sometimes think you only perform great complicated acts

in flashy and dramatic ways. 

We then fail to see how you are at work

in the simple tasks and ordinary experiences of everyday life. 

Forgive us for our misunderstanding and heal us of our sightlessness.

Forgive us and heal us, O God.

Silent Prayer

Assurance of Pardon

There is no pain that God cannot heal. 

There is no wrong that God cannot forgive. 

Come, immerse yourselves in the healing grace of God. 

Come and be restored.  Let God make you whole.

Thanks be to God!  Amen.


Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-14 

Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:1-16

For the Word of God in Scripture

For the Word of God within us

For the Word of God around us

we say:

All: Thanks be to God!

Sermon:“Freedom and Responsibility” (Rev. Murray Crookes)

*Song: “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love” The Faith We Sing #2223



  • Wednesdays: Evening Prayer, 6:15pm
  • Thursdays: Walk, Talk, Pray, 10am (starting in our parking lot)
  • Our Food Pantry days and times:
    • First Sundays 2 – 4pm 
    • 2nd and 4th Wednesdays

    Coming up! 

  • VBS July 25-28 & Lost Creek Mission Week July 23 – August 1


Invitation to Generosity

To give go to

Mail your offering to PO Box 1068

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Transition off of Facebook
We transition here so that we can gather in a more communal way via Zoom and in person for prayer and communion

Community Prayers

Leader: God in your mercy

People: Hear our prayer

Time for silent prayers, candle lighting, other forms of prayer

Music: “This is My Song” (United Methodist Hymnal #437, sung by VOCES8)

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 tresspasses, 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.

Benediction: “On Eagles Wings”

And God will raise us up

On eagles’ wings

Bear us on the breath of dawn

Make us to shine like the sun

And hold us, in the palm, of God’s hand