Order of Worship for August 22, 2021                        Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Prelude                                                        “Prelude on ‘Evan’”                                      Gordon Young

Call to Worship    Cheryl Dove
We believe in God, who made us in His image.
    We live, we love, we laugh, because we are like Him.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.
    He had the last laugh on the devil when He rose from the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, coequal and coeternal with the Father and the Son.
    Our counselor, our guide, our motivator – He is our joy!  Amen.
    — from the website of the Charlton United Methodist Church. (Adapt)

Hymn                                                      “How Great Thou Art”                                                         #77

Prayer Before the Word                                                                                                Kasey P. Lindsay

First Lesson                                                   Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Psalm                                                                  Psalm 126   

Children’s Time   

Gospel                                                               Luke 6:20-22
                         L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ   P: Praise to you, Lord Christ

Message                                                          “Last Laugh”                                Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn                                             "What a Friend We Have in Jesus”                                          #526

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer                                                        Debbie Livingston and Josie and Oliver Main
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who
sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Offering    [Click here to go to online giving]

Offertory                                                           “Blessing”                                            Douglas Wagner

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn                                                                   “He Lives”                                                              #310

Song of Blessing:                                         “Shalom to You”   

                 Passing the Peace of Christ with phone calls, texts, emails, cards and prayers


Children's Time

Different people have different ideas of what Jesus looked like,

and while we may never know the truth for sure,

we can be sure that just as he was fully human as we are, he laughed just like we do!