#593 in The United Methodist Hymnal. WORDS: Dan Schutte, 1981 (Is. 6:8). MUSIC: Dan Schutte, 1981, adapt. by Carlton R. Young, 1988. (c) 1981, 1983, 1989 Daniel L. Schutte and NALR. Used by permission under the copyright notice of Abingdon Press and The United Methodist Publishing House as provided.
Joseph Farrar and Deborah Montgomery
Offer up your own prayer. Offer praise and thanksgiving to God. Share your worries and concerns with God. Pray for other people. Pray for people who are sick, lonely, and afraid. Pray for medical professionals, medical researchers, first responders, and community leaders who are working so hard to keep us well. Ask God to help you find creative ways to reach out to people and share God’s love via phone, card, email, or social media, etc.
Earl and Mary McCurty
O God of faith and healing, by the power of your grace, open our hearts and minds to plant seeds of love and hope in a community where we struggle with fear and uncertainty. You chose us to build your kingdom and heal our hearts with love, where there are no differences, whether we are from the east or west, north, or south, and promised to be with us, always.
Shine your light on our paths that we may grow and be encouraged and sustained by your love for us, and in turn show love to our neighbors. Show us how to plant a seed of reconciliation, and how to take a step toward eliminating racism by building a bridge to inclusion and unity. Help us to put aside motives that cause us to make assumptions and reject others without reaching out in fellowship and empathy. Give us the courage and the words to express disagreements with care, so we can feel the joy of your salvation in our relationships.
Lord of light, we pray that you will continue to inspire and renew our leaders at Oceanview. We are depending on you, Lord, to guide their ministry as they lift their voices and hands to nourish our faith by reaching out to encourage, include, and enlighten us in love during these perilous times. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen
Pastor Emily Denmark-McGee (with multimedia)
The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of Grace. Inclusive, the tree is big enough for all.
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Prayer: God of grace and mercy: we offer our gifts to you, knowing that is your love and presence that have sustained us through all our difficult days. We know there have been days when fear and anxiety have gotten the better of us, and we have needed the reminder Paul gave in the Epistle to the Romans, “If God is for us, who is against us?” Help us to live as Christ calls us, to share what we have and show love and compassion, as Christ taught us. We boldly pray, in the name of Jesus our Savior and Redeemer. Amen. (Romans 8:26-39)
Miracles when You move, Such an easy thing for You to do
Your hand is moving right now
You are still showing up, At the tomb of every Lazarus
Your voice is calling me out
Right now I know You're able. My God come through again
You can do all things, You can do all things but fail
'Cause You've never lost a battle, No You've never lost a battle
And I know, I know, You never will
Everything's possible, By the power of the Holy Ghost
A new wind is blowing right now
Breaking my heart of stone, Taking over like it's Jericho
My walls are all crashing down
May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen.
Further Readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A
1st Reading: Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm: Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128
2nd Reading: Romans 8:26-39
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52