Sunday Worship 6-21-20

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 21th at 10:00 a.m.

Order of Worship

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:8

Prelude Music

Greeting and Welcome

Call to Worship
Pastor: The Lord of mysteries shall reveal what is hidden!
People: The God of wonders shall unveil the unknown!
Pastor: In the night God will whisper great secrets to our hearts,
People: At dawn we shall shout them from the tops of our houses!
All: Hear, and understand! See, and perceive! To us God will give the secrets of the kingdom!

Opening Prayer
All: We are your disciples, Lord.  How we want to be like you!  We are your servants, Lord.  How we want to serve like you!  Take our minds: enlighten them.  Take our hearts: awaken them.  Take our hands: enliven them—not that we might be made great through you, but that you might be made great through us!  Amen.     

Hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory” UMH #577 Text: Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1878-
Music: John Hughes, 1873-1932
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-733303. All rights reserved.

  1. God of grace and God of glory,
    on thy people pour thy power;
    crown thine ancient church’s story,
    bring her bud to glorious flower.
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
    for the facing of this hour,
    for the facing of this hour.
  2. Lo! the hosts of evil round us
    scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
    Fears and doubts too long have bound us
    free our hearts to work and praise.
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
    for the living of these days,
    for the living of these days.
  3. Cure thy children’s warring madness;
    bend our pride to thy control;
    shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
    rich in things and poor in soul.
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
    lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal,
    lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.
  4. Save us from weak resignation
    to the evils we deplore;
    let the search of thy salvation
    be our glory evermore.
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
    serving thee whom we adore,
    serving thee whom we adore.

A Father’s Day Litany  

One:    For fathers everywhere, who have given us life and love, that we may show them       respect and love.
All:       Holy God, hear this prayer for our fathers.
One:    For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them.
All:       Holy God, hear this prayer for our fathers that mourn.
One:    For men, though without children of their own, acted like a father and have nurtured and cared for us.
All:       Holy God, hear this prayer for our father figures.
One:    For step-fathers who have assumed that role with love and joy, who have loved the children of another as their own, and created a new family.
All:       Holy God, hear this prayer for step-fathers.
One:    For adoptive fathers, who have claimed the orphan and loved the once unwanted as a precious gift from God.
All:       Holy God, hear this prayer for adoptive fathers.
One:    For fathers who have been unable to be a source of strength, who have not responded to the needs of their children, and have not sustained their families.
All:       Holy God, have mercy on absentee fathers.
One:    For fathers who struggle with temptation, violence, or addiction.  For those who do harm, and for those whom they have harmed.
All:       Holy God, have mercy on fathers that struggle.
One:    For new fathers, full of hope.  For long-time fathers, full of wisdom.  For the fathers yet to be, and fathers soon to be.
All:       Holy God, hear our prayer for the fathers of your Church.
One:    For those that have shaped our lives without claim of family or kinship.  For those who have taught us, guided us,shaped us and molded us into servants of Christ our Lord.
All:       Holy God, hear our prayer for the fathers of our faith.
One:    God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things.  Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.  Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.  Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.  Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
(adapted by Robb McCoy from the United Methodist Book of Worship, page 441.)   

Prayers of the People, The Lord’s Prayer

Scripture Reading Matthew 10:24-39 (NRSV)

Meditation “Hear All the People” Rev. Matthew Sergent

Hymn “Grace Alone” TFWS #2162 Words and Music: Scott Wesley Brown and Jeff Nelson, 1998 Maranatha! Music, admin. by The Copyright Co.
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-733303. All rights reserved.

  1. Every promise we can make,
    every prayer and step of faith,
    every difference we can make
    is only by his grace.
    Every mountain we will climb,
    every ray of hope we shine,
    every blessing left behind
    is only by his grace.
    Refrain: Grace alone which God supplies,
    strength unknown he will provide.
    Christ in us our Cornerstone;
    we will go forth in grace alone.
  2. Every soul we long to reach,
    every heart we hope to teach,
    everywhere we share his peace
    is only by his grace.
    Every loving word we say,
    every tear we wipe away,
    every sorrow turned to praise
    is only by his grace.Refrain: Grace alone which God supplies,
    strength unknown he will provide.
    Christ in us our Cornerstone;
    we will go forth in grace alone.

Benediction
God has given you all that you will need as you reach out in love and caring to others.  Go into God’s world bringing the good news of redemption and hope.  In Jesus’ Name, go in peace and may the God of Peace go with you always.  Amen.

Benediction Hymn “Benediction Hymn” Copyright © 1997 Dean B. McIntyre (A.S.C.A.P.). Published by The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church; PO Box 340003; Nashville TN 37203-0003. Used by permission.

O, Lord, now let your servants depart in peace,
according to your gracious word.
Our eyes have seen the glory of salvation,
prepared for all the people of the word.
Now may the Lord bless you and keep you,
and make his face to shine upon you;
and may God lift his countenance upon you,
and give you blessed peace for now and ever more.

Postlude

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