The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE 

*CALL TO WORSHIP From Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19

Turn again, O God of hosts;
look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
the stock that your right hand planted.
Let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call on your name.
Restore us, O Holy One, God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

*HYMN 610 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing [AZMON]

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of Consciousness, lend us the courage to confront the gaps in our own knowledge, those moments when action is the call to educate ourselves, when compassion is the recognition that our lives are not default, when justice is the urge to seek out other walks and other talks, when love is the desire to listen without stipulation or interruption. Grant us the tenderness to acknowledge that the averted gaze is the most profound, most avoidable, cause of human suffering. Remind us of our role in limiting that suffering. With souls to see and hearts to hear, we bear witness to one another, always striving to follow the way of Christ, your Beloved, Anointed One.
Amen.

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE
HYMN 345 In an Age of Twisted Values, vs 2

We have built discrimination on our prejudice and fear.
Hatred swiftly turns to cruelty if we hold resentments dear.
For communities divided by the walls of class and race,
hear our cry and heal our nation; show us, Lord, your love and
grace.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*HYMN 623 I’ve Got Peace like a River

  1. I’ve got peace like a river; I’ve got peace like a river;
    I’ve got peace like a river, in my soul. (repeat)
  2. I’ve got joy like a fountain…
  3. I’ve got love like an ocean…

SCRIPTURE READING  Isaiah 5:1-7

SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 12:49-56

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.                 

SERMON                    Long Division                     Steve Musick

*HYMN Inspired By Love and Anger

   See attached insert.

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your lovingkindness,
         Hear our prayer.

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

There are three ways to give:

  1. Through the offering plate.
  2. Through the “Give-lify” app.
  3. By clicking the “donate” button on the homepage of our website, woodlandnash.org.

*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
(The prayer continues.)

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray, saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; 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 726 The Summons [KELVINGROVE]

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Steve Musick, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jenny Cook, Liturgist
Cliff Mundy and Steve Fay, Offering Takers

Announcements

Church Work Day: On August 24th, we will host a church workday from 10am to 1pm! All skill sets and levels are welcome. To learn how you can help, please contact Tracy (tracy@woodlandnash.org). 

Special 9:45 Book Study: On September 1st, Heidi Hall and Rev. Mark Devries will lead a special discussion about the afterlife during our usual 9:45 book study in the assembly room. All are welcome to attend and share their beliefs!

Announcements

There will be a joint potluck after worship today in the downstairs dining room. All are welcome!

Last weekend, the ordination of our very own Meredith Cox was approved by the Middle Tennessee Presbytery! Join us Sunday, August 11th, for the official ordination and celebration of Rev. Meredith Cox! The service will be held in the sanctuary at 3pm with a reception afterward.

There will be a congregational meeting next Sunday, August 11, during worship.

Raise the Roof! We are continuously grateful for those who have donated to our Raise the Roof campaign to repair the ceiling of our sanctuary. We encourage those who can to find more details and learn how to give at woodlandnash.org.

Our book study continues with Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. The book study meets at 9:45 in the assembly room before Sunday worship. For more information, please contact Jude Romines (jude@woodlandnash.org).

Announcements

Raise the Roof! Last week, we announced the launch of our campaign to repair the ceiling of our Sanctuary, and we are profoundly thankful to those who have already donated to the cause. We encourage those who can to join us in ensuring a safer, more enduring Woodland.

Our book study will resume on July 27th with Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. The book study will meet at 9:45 in the assembly room before Sunday worship. For more information, please contact Jude Romines (jude@woodlandnash.org).

Announcements

Faith in Action: Immigration and Detention Resources from the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness

To learn about ways you can get involved in advocating against family separation and detention policies, please visit:  https://filemanager.capwiz.com/filemanager/file-mgr/pcusa/3_Immigration_DetentionResources.pdf


Next Sunday, July 7th, we are having Communion and a special outdoor service. Afterwards, we will be co-hosting a joint cookout with our friends at Eastminster. Join us for some delicious food and even better company. We will provide the hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Bring your favorite side dish or snack to complete the picnic!

Announcements

Happy Father’s Day to all of our fathers, father figures, and their families. We are grateful for you and the ways you love those around you – especially at Woodland.  

Join us as we make signs for Nashville Pride!  Friday, June 21 we are gathering at Woodland from 7-9pm to make signs for Pride weekend. Sign making supplies and pizza will be provided.

Next Sunday is Pride Sunday. We will gather for worship at our normal time, 11am. Join us as our community celebrates Pride with other More Light Presbyterian congregations and churches. We will go to lunch after worship as a group somewhere in 5 Points.

We are excited to welcome Zack Hunt on June 23. Zack is a writer, speaker, and blogger living in Nashville. He will be joining us at 9:45 to speak about his experiences with the Christian faith and his most recent book release, Unraptured.

Announcements

Pentecost is next Sunday, June 9 and it’s a joint service with Eastminster. During worship we will also have a joint choir. All are invited to participate! A rehearsal will be held at 10am before worship in the sanctuary with Jeff.

Our next monthly potluck with Eastminster is June 9. Join us in the downstairs dining room after worship for food and fellowship, and bring your favorite dish to share!

Join us as we make signs for Nashville Pride!  Friday, June 21 we are gathering at Woodland from 7-9pm to make signs for Pride weekend. Sign making supplies and pizza will be provided.

Our podcast study will continue every Sunday at 9:45 in the assembly room until June 16.  Join us for a discussion on a new podcast each week led by a different member of the training hub.

Announcements

Pentecost Sunday is June 9 and it is a joint service with Eastminster. During worship we will also have a joint choir. All are invited to participate! A rehearsal will be held at 10am before worship in the sanctuary with Jeff.

Our next monthly potluck with Eastminster is June 9. Join us in the downstairs dining room after worship for food and fellowship, and bring your favorite dish to share!

Our podcast study will continue every Sunday at 9:45 in the assembly room until June 16.  Join us for a discussion on a new podcast each week led by a different member of the training hub.

Announcements

Our podcast study will continue every Sunday at 9:45 in the assembly room until June 16.  Join us for a discussion on a new podcast each week led by a different member of the training hub.


On Thursday, May 30th at Trinity Presbyterian Church, there will be a combined choir performance made up of folks from 85 churches in the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. If you would like to be part of this performance and represent Woodland, you are invited for rehearsal at 8AM on Thursday, May 30th.


Join Woodland and the More Light Presbyterian community at Nashville Pride on June 22!  The parade begins at 10am and more information will follow in the weeks to come. T-shirts for the event are being sold HERE.

* A $10 donation to the More Light Presbyterians page will cover the cost of each shirt and would be greatly appreciated! Donate Now

Announcements

Happy Mother’s Day!

Our podcast study will continue every Sunday at 9:45 in the assembly room until June 16.  Join us for a discussion on a new podcast each week led by a different member of the training hub.

Our next Saturday Night Supper is May 18. The third Saturday of every month, we prepare and share in a community dinner with members of our Nashville family who wish to partake.  Various opportunities are available including meal prep and serving our guests.  If you would like to help, contact Tracy Bell or Scott Sauers.