Bulletin for Sunday, June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost

*Indicates the time you are to stand in body or spirit. Bold indicates congregational participation.

GATHERING IN GOD’S PRESENCE

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

We welcome all to this service of worship! Guests, please complete a WELCOME CARD

(located in the racks or from an usher) to give us a way to contact you after the service.

WELCOME CARDS also are for prayer concerns and any other information for the church office.

PRELUDE Amy Alley

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Sometimes we get down; we wonder if we will ever feel happy again.

We need something to lift us up. That’s it! Jesus reminded us of God’s love!

That love surpasses all our troubles! We are forgiven and made new in Jesus Christ.

He reaches out and lifts us up! ALLELUIA!

OPENING PRAYER

Loving God,

you call us to turn away from our own selfish interests,

to take up our cross, and to follow you.

To find our lives,

may we live them in service of your mission.

As we come before you this morning,

give us open hearts and open hands.

Make us eager to hear your voice

and seek your guidance.

Open our minds to your ever-present spirit

that is always moving within and around us

Open our spirits to your nudging

and open our lives to your love. Amen.

CALL TO CONFESSION

SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

CORPORATE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord Jesus Christ,

We call you Lord,

Yet it is too easy for us to worship other things:

Other activities, other relationships, other gods.

You tell us we cannot serve two masters,

Yet we spend more time focusing our energies elsewhere,

Diverting our time, our energy, our money, our attention away from you.

Forgive us, gracious Savior,

When our hearts are led astray

When we serve other gods and worship them.

We turn away from our distractions and sin.

Strengthen us to set our faces toward Jerusalem,

To take up our cross and follow you.

We pray this, counting on your grace. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

(Worshipers are invited to share the peace of Christ with those worshiping around them.)

The peace of Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God almighty,

please use these scriptures to reveal

more of your love, truth and promises to us. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON Genesis 21:8-21

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.

SPECIAL MUSIC Karen Bengtson

SCRIPTURE LESSON Matthew 10:24-39

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 The Rev. Leslie Traylor

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

Declaration of our Christian Faith Traditional Apostles' Creed

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/PASTORAL PRAYER

Lord, in your steadfast love,

Hear our prayer.

OFFERTORY

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

When we are weary, O God, give us bread for the journey. When we are complacent, O God, set a fire in our bellies. When we are frightened, O God, put courage in our hearts and hands. When we are angry, O God, turn our anger into faithful response. When we are bewildered, O God, help us to see and follow You.

When we stray, turn us around. When we fail, give us another chance. When we sin, forgive us. We dedicate all of ourselves to you. Amen

BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE Amy Alley

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