June 28 Worship

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

 

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We Gather 

 

CENTERING WORDS

Our hearts are weighed down by our attachments in this life. As we enter a time of worship, may we exhale our worries and inhale the Spirit of God that surrounds us. May we find a space for release and reflection—a space to empty our souls and create a refuge for Sabbath rest.

 

PRELUDE                   

    

WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP

Welcome! In the name of God, welcome. 

God’s love stretches wide, ready to embrace all with love.

You who are thirsty for the presence of God, welcome. 

May your thirst be satisfied.

You who long for a caring touch, welcome.

May you know God’s love through the care of this community.

In the name of God, welcome to all; 

let us drink deeply of God’s presence and share this grace with one another. 

Come, let us worship. 

 

OPENING HYMN  No. 16

O That I Had a Thousand Voices

(verses 1 and 4)

 

O that I had a thousand voices
to praise my God with thousand tongues!
My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,
would then proclaim in grateful songs
to all, wherever I might be,
what great things God has done for me!

All creatures that have breath and motion,
that throng the earth, the sea, the sky,
come, share with me my heart's devotion;
help me to sing God's praises high!
My utmost powers can never quite
declare the wonders of God's might!

CALL TO PRAYERS

The idol of our times is personal independence, but in truth, we are bossed around by our faults, our poor choices, the hurts we cause to others. Yet, by God's grace, we are set free from all these passions, so let us join in offering our confessions to the One who welcomes each of us with forgiveness and hope.

 

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND INTERCESSION

Holy God, Jesus taught what it means to welcome, and showed a beautiful and beloved community where there is room for all. For times we have created our own closed communities, forgive us. For times we have excluded others because of who they are or what they believe, forgive us. For times we think our way is a better way than other ways, forgive us. For times we don’t want to find things in common with or love others who are different from us, forgive us. For times we have become so comfortable in our lives that we don’t want to be made uncomfortable by welcoming people who are beyond our doors, forgive us. May we extend the welcome we receive through your Spirit, and may we remember that in the holy act of welcoming others, we welcome you.

 

God of courageous love, we come today prepared to serve our neighbors. Help us to keep a clear mind and a firm heart. We pray to hear the promise and calm that lives at the heart of your being. We pray to recognize how that same voice lives in us. When we choose the braver path of love, let us know that we live in you. We pray to turn away from worldly riches and toward inner joy. You, O God, long for a world in which the last shall be first, in which the lowly are cared for. We trust in your vision, and long to make it so. Amen.

Please refer to the deacon’s prayer list.

Silence

 

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

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US

We are born in love, and we live in love. Each day, the spirit of love speaks anew and guides in a love that transcends the world’s coldness and fear. 

 

SONG OF RESPONSE  No. 479

Ho, All Who Thirst

(refrain only)

Ho, all who thirst,

come now to the water,

and all whose souls are parched

and weary, come and drink!

Ho, all who thirst,

come now to the water,

and from your heart will flow

a never-failing spring!

 

SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

The peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

 

We Reflect

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION  

Gracious God, as we turn to your Word for us, may the Spirit of God rest upon us. Help us to be steadfast in our hearing, in our speaking, in our believing, and in our living. Amen. 

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Genesis 22:1-14

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

GOSPEL LESSON

Matthew 10:40-42

 

SERMON

The Cup of Our Life

Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro

 

We Respond

 

SERVICE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ELDER AND DEACON

Opening Sentences

There are different gifts,

But it is the same Spirit who gives them.

There are different ways of serving God.

But it is the same God who achieves God’s purpose 

through them all.

Each one is given a gift by the Spirit, to use it for the common good.

Together we are the Body of Christ, and individually members of him.

 

Introduction of Officers to be Installed

Elders

Rob Aug, Jim Elieff, Lee Piotrowski

Deacons

Judianne Brown, Amy Miller, Kathie Scott

 

The Constitutional Questions

Questions to the Congregation

Do we, the members of the church, accept these persons as Ruling Elders and Deacons, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ? 

We do.

Do we agree to encourage them, to respect their decisions and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church? 

We do.

 

Laying On of Hands

Prayer of Ordination and Installation

Declaration of Ordination and Installation

 

OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING 

Invitation

Trusting in the steadfast love of God requires us to invest our whole selves—from the depths of our souls, and with the entirety of our hearts. Now is the time to share what we have been given. This is the place to welcome the Spirit of Christ. With our whole selves, let us present what we have received from God back to God.

 

Thank you for sending your offerings. 

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

Thank you, too, for remembering the Two Cents a Meal Offering, 

which goes toward hunger needs.

 

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 are not blessed by God so that we might hoard our gifts for ourselves, but in order to use them to welcome those who are looking for community, to feed those who hunger for friendship, to serve those whom the world has cast aside.  Here are our gifts, Holy God. We pray you will use them as well as us in the work of your kingdom. Amen.

 

We Are Sent 

 

CLOSING HYMN  No. 769

For Everyone Born

(verses 1, 4 & 5)

 

For everyone born, a place at the table,
for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
for everyone born, a star overhead.


Refrain:
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!

For just and unjust, a place at the table,
abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
in anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy,
for just and unjust, a new way to live. 
Refrain

For everyone born, a place at the table,
to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
for everyone born, the right to be free.
Refrain

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE               


 

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

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

Call to Worship, Prayers of Confession and Intercession, Assurance of God With Us - Seasons of the Spirit, SeasonsFusion Pentecost 1 2020, (Kelowna BC: Woodlake Publishing 2019) 54-55.

Call to Confession and Prayer of Dedication - Shuman, Thom M., Liturgy for June 29, 2014 (Proper 8, Ordinary 13), accessed online at http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/2014/06/liturgy-for-june-29-2014.html

Special thanks to Jim York 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.

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