Sunday, June 18, 2017

Second Sunday After Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

Two of ten…

Don’t be naïve about God.
God will settle for not less
than everything.

Stay with the folks:
you are on a group outing.

- Ronald Rolheiser
The Holy Longing

 

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “In illo tempore”             Gregorian Proper

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge


†  Choral Introit “Be Joyful in the Lord”     Donald Moore

Be joyful in the Lord, allye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before His presence with a song. Amen.


†  Call to Worship Emora Brannan

From the wanderings of our lives,

we have come to center our hearts in worship.

We have gathered in the presence of God

and in the shadow of the cross, the sign of God’s love for us.

We are here to offer our lives to God.

We come here to pray and sing, praising the God of love,

who has created us and who promises

to guide and shepherd us.

 

†  Hymn “The God of Abraham Praise”   No. 116

1. The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above; Ancient of Everlasting Days, and God of love; Jehovah, great I AM! by earth and heaven confessed; I bow and bless the sacred name forever blest.

2. The great I AM has sworn; I on this oath depend. I shall, on eagle wings up-borne, to heaven ascend. I shall behold God’s face; I shall God’s power adore, and sing the wonders of God’s grace forevermore.

3. The heavenly land I see, with peace and plenty blest; a land of sacred liberty, and endless rest. There milk and honey flow, and oil and wine abound, and trees of life forever grow with mercy crowned.

4. The God who reigns on high the great archangels sing, and “Holy, holy, holy!” cry, “Almighty King! Who was, and is, the same, and evermore shall be: Jehovah, Lord, the great I AM, we worship thee!”

 

Morning Prayer

Holy Spirit of God, who gathers the church into one body,

gather us once again in your presence

and strengthen the bonds of affection

that hold your people together.

Bless us with grace to live with one another

in love and service

that we may be the signs of your uniting love

to our fractured world.

Teach us to show compassion for those in need,

to face challenges with imagination,

and to counter disappointments with prayerful trust.

So may your church be an expression of joy and hope. Amen.

 

To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture Genesis 18: 1-15, 21: 1-7

Betsy Fisk is the Liturgist.

Genesis 18:1-15

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

Genesis 21:1-7

The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

 

†  The Psalter Psalm 100 (responsive with sung response No. 1) No. 821

RESPONSE: Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into God’s presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, who made us, is God.

We are the Lord’s;

We are the people of God,

The sheep of God’s pasture.

Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving,

And God’s courts with praise!

Give thanks and bless God’s name!

For the Lord is good;

God’s steadfast love endures for ever;

God’s faithfulness to all generations.

RESPONSE: Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing

 

Anthem “Sing to God”   Handel

Sing to God! With joyful songs of praise
Our grateful hearts we raise
An Alleluia: Praise the Lord, repeat the song.

Praise! Bless! We sing and lift the song. Rejoice!
Let all the nations praise the Lord. Alleluia!

 

From the Gospel Matthew 9:35 – 10:23

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

 

Sermon “The Beauty of Our New Life Now” Rev. Roberta Scoville


To Respond in Faith

†  Hymn “Jesus Call Us” No. 398

1. Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea; day by day his sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me!”

2. As of old the apostles heard it by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.

3. Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more!”

4. In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease, still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these!”

5. Jesus calls us! By thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call, give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.

 

Affirmation of Faith

We believe that God was in love with the world

and could not keep the secret.

The telling of it was Creation.

We believe that God’s love is constantly being shown

as creation continues every moment of every day.

We believe that Jesus is our window to divinity

and our mirror of humanity.

Through Jesus we find God’s love for us fully revealed,

and we discover that God’s will for us

is that we love one another in full humanness.

We find God’s presence of love with us in the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God never gives up on us,

and that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

 

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

 

Offertory      “God Be In My Head”   John Rutter

God be in my head and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes and in my looking;
God be in my mouth and in my speaking;
God be in my heart and in my thinking;
God be at my end and in my departing.

 

†  Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
praise Him, all creatures here below
praise Him above, ye heavenly host
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

†  Hymn “Here I Am, Lord”          No. 593

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain. I have wept for love of them. They turn away. I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

3. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them. My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

 

†  Dismissal with Blessing

 

†  Choral Response “Moravian Benediction”             Trad. Moravian, 1759

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

 

†  Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

†  Organ Postlude “Allegro Fiero” Blake

 

 

 

 

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