June 21 Worship

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3rd Sunday after Pentecost

We Gather

 

CENTERING WORDS

Great are the works of God’s hands. Wondrous are the blessings of Christ’s love. Holy are the works of God’s Spirit.

 

GATHERING MUSIC                  

   

WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP                                      When we have been cast aside in the deserts of our lives,

you open our eyes to life-giving water that sustains us in our need.

When our future seems lost and others have taken our place of honor,

you restore our hope and promise us an inheritance of our own.

Who is like you among the gods?

Who answers prayer in times of deepest need?

We are here to worship you, O God,

for you alone can save us.

 

OPENING HYMN  No. 378

We Wait the Peaceful Kingdom

 

We wait the peaceful kingdom,
when wolf and lamb shall lie
in gentleness and friendship
without a fear or sigh,
when lion shall be grazing,
when snake shall never strike;
a little child shall lead us
both strong and weak alike.

Where is the peaceful kingdom?
When will this new day start?
We long for peace and comfort
to reign within each heart.
Yet not in our lives only,
nor simply in our home:
we pray that all creation
will one day find shalom.

When wars of desolation
and hate come to an end,
when nation meets with nation
and calls the other “friend,”
still peace in all its fullness
will only have begun:
shalom for all creation
begins with justice done.

That little child shall lead us
to walk the chosen way,
to share the peaceful kingdom,
to greet God’s newborn day.
The child born in a stable
is sent to break our chains,
to bring through word and table
the day when justice reigns.

CALL TO PRAYERS

We struggle daily with that human tendency to always do wrong, say hurtful things, turn our back to others.  But God will never hold our sins against us or our foolish nature. Let us confess to our God, who frees us forever from judgment, as we pray,

 

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND INTERCESSION

God of the sparrow, you tell us that the very hairs on our heads are counted. You assure us of our value in your sight and promise to never abandon us. Yet we act out of a spirit of timidity and not courage. We live as if our discipleship does not have life or death consequences for ourselves and for others. We keep silent when we should speak, and say much that ought not ever leave our lips. Forgive us, we pray, for the times we allowed injustice to go unchecked and inequity to persist without a word of protest. In your mercy forgive what we have done and left undone. Help us to acknowledge Christ in all our actions so that he will acknowledge us before you in heaven.

 

Hear our cries for those we love, those we are called to love, those we find it difficult to love... grant us your Spirit of strength and wisdom so that we can live the commandment we know, the greatest commandment to love you with all we have and love our neighbor as ourselves. Come to us now, assuring us of your presence with us and your power working through us. In confidence that perfect love casts out fear, we commit to seeking to live with unafraid faith, proclaiming boldly the good news of Jesus Christ that will set us all free.

Please refer to the deacon’s prayer list.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayers & forgive us. Amen.

 

Silence

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US

God, who loves us, does not abandon or forsake us. Our Savior hears and answers when we cry out from the wastelands of sin. Death cannot bind us, for the risen Christ sets us free. Hear the good news: in Jesus Christ you are forgiven.

                                                                                                          

SONG OF RESPONSE  No. 582

Glory to God

Glory to God,

whose goodness shines on me,

and to the Son,

whose grace has pardoned me,

and to the Spirit,

whose love has set me free.

As it was in the beginning,

is now and ever shall be. Amen.

 

SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

The peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

 

We Reflect

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

O God, you have the power to make a desert a place of renewal and a cross a sign of redemption. Send your Holy Spirit so that we can hear you and entrust ourselves completely to you, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.

Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Genesis 21:8-21

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

GOSPEL LESSON

Matthew 10:24-39

 

SERMON

Not One Sparrow Falls

Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro

 

We Respond

 

OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING

Invitation

Christ knows every breath we take: each one is a gift from the Spirit. God watches over, protects and provides for us. Let us present our offerings of thanksgiving for the goodness of the triune God.

 

Thank you for sending your offerings.

They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.

 

Musical Meditation      

 

Song of Response  No. 709

God we honor you.

God we trust in you.

God we worship and adore you.

Take what we bring,

offered to you.

Teach us to show your abundant blessings.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen.

 

Prayer of Dedication

We offer our gifts to you, as well as our lives, Loving God, so they might find their way to those who need your grace, your hope, your joy, and your peace in their lives.  Amen.

 

We Are Sent

 

CLOSING HYMN  No. 264

At the Name of Jesus 

(verses 1 & 4)

 

At the name of Jesus
every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him
King of glory now;
'tis the Father's pleasure
we should call him Lord,
who from the beginning
was the mighty Word.

Christians, this Lord Jesus
shall return again,
with his Father's glory
o'er the earth to reign;
for all wreaths of empire
meet upon his brow,
and our hearts confess him
King of glory now.

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE              

 

 

All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594

 

Centering Words and Call to Worship - Scifres, Mary. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020 . Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

Call to Prayers and Prayer of Dedication - Shuman, Thom M., Liturgy with communion for June 11, 2017 (Trinity - A), accessed online at http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/2017/06/liturgy-with-communion-for-june-11-2017.html

Prayers of Confession & Intercession - From “Order of Service, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, June 21, 2020,” The Presbyterian Outlook, accessed online.

Assurance of God With Us, Prayer for Illumination and Invitation to the Offering - Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, Liturgies for Year A, Volume 2, Kimberly Bracken Long, editor (Louisville, WJKP 2014) 41, 43.

Special thanks to Jill Martinez for being our liturgist today.

ABOUT US

We believe all persons are MINISTERS: EACH AND EVERY ONE. With God's grace, we seek to be an open and affirming congregation - one that includes all persons.

ADDRESS

57 Sand Hills Road

Kendall Park, NJ 08824

732-297-9182

office@gracepcsb.org

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