Leader: We gather together
in the name of the One who bids us come.
People: We gather together
to hear the words of the One who is Love.
Leader: We gather together
to sing praises of the One who teaches peace.
All: Come, let us worship!
Lost are saved, find their way; At the sound of Your great Name
All condemned feel no shame; At the sound of Your great Name
Ev'ry fear has no place; At the sound of Your great Name
The enemy he has to leave; At the sound of Your great Name
Jesus worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us - The Son of God and man
You are high and lifted up And all the world will praise - Your great Name
All the weak find their strength; At the sound of Your great Name
Hungry souls receive grace; At the sound of Your great Name
The fatherless find their rest; At the sound of Your great Name
The sick are healed the dead are raised; At the sound of Your great Name
Redeemer, my Healer, Lord Almighty. Defender, my Savior, You are my King...
Take your time. Offer up your own prayers. How are you feeling? What worries you right now, or causes you to feel anxiety? Take this time to talk with God about those things. Offer your own praise and thanksgiving to God. Maybe sing a favorite worship song or hymn chorus softly. Rest.
Then pray for other people. Your family and neighbors. Your church family. Pray for the many people who have jobs... and the great many that do not. Pray for those in financial hardship because of COVID. Pray for those whose life savings are disappearing as they pay for rent and food with no income. Prayer for our leaders across the country and our leaders in our churches. Ask God to grant wisdom and guidance. Pray for people who are sick, lonely, and afraid. Pray for medical professionals, medical researchers, first responders. Prayer for our local businesses, that they may weather the pandemic. And pray for those who have the tremendous problem, of not having any problems at all.
Lastly, 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.
Reconciling Christ, bless our efforts to bring about reconciliation.
Give us the strength to persevere without counting the hurts,
and to find within ourselves the capacity to keep on loving.
Give us the grace to be able to stand in the middle of situations,
and to be a conduit for the deep listening
which can lead to healing and forgiveness.
Help us to conduct ourselves with dignity,
giving and expecting respect, moving from prayer to action,
and from action back again into prayer.
Grant that we may be so grounded in your love,
that our security is not threatened if we change our minds,
or begin to see a better way to act.
Bless those who are called to reconcile on a large-scale –
politicians, world leaders, leaders of business,
and those who stand in the midst of bitter conflict.
Reconciling Christ, bless us and bless all who engage
in the sacred work of envisioning new wholeness,
and bringing people and nations together. Amen.
Story of the Word
1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. What came into being 4 through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light. 6 A man named John was sent from God. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. 8 He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light.
9 The true light that shines on all people was coming into the world. 10 The light was in the world, and the world came into being through the light, but the world didn’t recognize the light. 11 The light came to his own people, and his own people didn’t welcome him. 12 But those who did welcome him, those who believed in his name, he authorized to become God’s children, 13 born not from blood nor from human desire or passion, but born from God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
Pastor Emily Denmark McGee
Part 9 of the Jesus H. Christ Series
God loves things by becoming them.
"In your world, I have another name. You must learn to know me by it." - Aslan
Aslan, the Great Lion, is the lion character in the movie: Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader PG, Copyright © 2010, 20th Century Fox. Christian Video Licensing International, LLC. All Rights Reserved. (CVLI) License no. 504214933. The movie was based on the series of fantasy novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, by British author C. S. Lewis. Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and originally published in London between 1950 and 1956,
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Gracious God, your hospitality has surrounded us and welcomed us, even when we only grudgingly extended hospitality to sisters and brothers who are also your children. May we grow each day in our willingness to be welcoming disciples, not just to those who look like us, talk like us, or think like us. May our offering be received not just in gratitude for your hospitality, but as our way to extend comfort and welcome to those for whom your love is a mystery. We pray in Christ’s holy name. Amen. (Matthew 10:40-42)
One day when heaven was filled with His praises, One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin, Dwelt among men my example is He
The Word became flesh And the light shined among us, His glory revealed
Living He loved me, dying He saved me, Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever, One day He's coming
O glorious day (glorious day)
One day they led Him up Calv'ry's mountain, One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish despised and rejected, Bearing our sins my Redeemer is He
The hand that healed nations, Stretched out on a tree And took the nails for me
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer, One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose over death He had conquered, Now is ascended my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, The grave could not keep Him From rising again
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming, One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day my beloved one bringing, My Savior Jesus is mine
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Further Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Sunday, June 28 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A
1st Reading: Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 13
2nd Reading: Romans 6:12-23
Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42