Sunday, June 14, 2020









June 14, 2020


Second Sunday of Pentecost


Organ Prelude



Welcome and Announcements                                                                 John Strawbridge



Choral Introit  O Jesus, Blest Redeemer (Cleland McAfee)

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,

Sent from the heart of God,

Hold us who walk before You

Near to the heart of God.


Opening Prayer (All)

Come into the dullness of our lives, O God, and remove the grays of stagnancy and selfishness. Fill the canvas of our lives with the color of your love, enabling our lives to burst forth and reach out to others as the blossom of the rose. Amen.


Opening Hymn “Jesus Calls Us”                                                                  UMH 398 Vs. 1,2 & 5

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, apostles heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred,
leaving all for his dear sake.

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.


Reading “The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Call to Action and Educational Equity” January 15, 2017|By Louis Gomez (excerpt)

…..By far, the most famous person to utter the phrase the fierce urgency of now was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day honoring Dr. King’s birth is a fitting moment to consider how we might understand the fierce urgency of now and how we might take our insights forward to confront the problems we educators face today.
Dr. King used the phrase the fierce urgency of now on at least two memorable occasions. The first was the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington, D.C. National Mall. The second was his “Beyond Vietnam” sermon of April 1967, given at Riverside Church in New York City. In each of these, he surely signaled a sense of impatience in the face of looming catastrophe. In the “I Have a Dream” speech, when referring to how black people were being short-changed on the promissory note of civil rights, Dr. King said, “This is no time … to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.” In a similar vein in the “Beyond Vietnam” sermon, Dr. King warned us that the failure to heed the fierce urgency of now may render our aspirations for peace to join “… the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations [where it is] written the pathetic words, ‘Too late.’”
In his urging society at that time to fiercely concentrate and focus on the palpable challenges to humanity, Dr. King also signaled the importance of another essential form of vigilance — attention to systems and contexts. In the case of the “Beyond Vietnam” speech, he not only implored that the United States stop military action with all deliberate speed, but compelled Americans to understand that the Vietnamese people’s demand for self-determination was not an isolated demand, but part of a world chorus “to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.” In his poetic way, Dr. King reminded Americans that Vietnam’s aspirations were part of a global struggle of the developing world and of disadvantaged peoples everywhere.
Similarly, in the “I Have a Dream” speech, he reminded the assemblage that the destinies of blacks and whites in the United States are “inextricably bound.” Urgency, for Dr. King, was for people to understand justice as a system with its elements linked together. Without a just world for blacks there could not be one for whites. Similarly, there could not be true self-determination for us in the United States unless all humankind, those in the developed and in the developing world, achieved it. On both occasions Dr. King put into resolution the duality of proper attention to the fierce urgency of now — fast deliberate action must be coupled to thoughtful analysis and appreciation of systemic context.


Sharing Joys and Concerns                                                                       Rev. Debbie Scott
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                                 TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson                                                                             Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23) (NIV)

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.


Sermon “The Fierce Urgency of Now, A Call to Discipleship”               Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

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Offertory  “O God Of Might” (Komm Seele)

Lead on, O King eternal,

The day of march has come;

Henceforth in fields of conquest

Your tents will be our home.

Through days of preparation

Your grace has made us strong;

And now, O King eternal,

We lift our battle song.


Lead on, O King eternal,

Till sin’s fierce war shall cease,

And holiness shall whisper

The sweet amen of peace.

For not with swords’ loud clashing

Or roll of stirring drums

With deeds of love and mercy

The heavenly kingdom comes.


Lead on, O King eternal;

We follow, not with fears,

For gladness breaks like morning

Where’er Your face appears.

Your cross is lifted o’er us,

We journey in its light;

The crown awaits the conquest;

Lead on, O God of might.


Offering Prayer (All)

God of peace and love, we offer these gifts in response to the many wonderful gifts we have received from you. May our lives reflect our gratitude through our willingness to go out into the world as disciples of Jesus Christ, proclaiming the good news of your Kingdom in word and deed. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen


Closing Hymn   “ Here I Am, Lord”                                                        UMH 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?
Refrain: 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

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
‘Til their hearts be satisfied
I will give my life to them
Whom shall I send?


Benediction “The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s prayer for the church”

We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray,
but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you.
Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on through all eternity.
Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace.
Help us to walk together,
pray together,
sing together,
and live together
until that day when all God’s children
- Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow -
will rejoice in one common band of humanity
in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray.


Choral Benediction Amen (William Russell)



Ringing the Bicentennial Bell



Organ Postlude



Save the Dates for these Racial Justice Events
Mark Your Calendars:

Sunday, June 14 – Outdoor worship at St. John’s Episcopal Church
The faith community will gather for an outdoor worship service, featuring guest preacher, the Rev. William Barber, co-director of the Poor People’s Campaign, on Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at Black Lives Matter Plaza (formerly 16th and H Streets, NW) in Washington, D.C., near the Lafayette Square and the White House. Bishop LaTrelle Easterling will participate in the service.
Thursday, June 18 – Baltimore Walk for Justice
A walk for justice from Lovely Lane UMC, at 2200 St. Paul St. in Baltimore, to St. Matthew’s New Life UMC, at 416 E. 23rd St. in Baltimore, will be held Thursday, June 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. It is a half-mile walk between the churches. The event will focus on “Seeing, Naming, and Confronting Racism in the Church” and offering tools for needed change.
Friday, June 19 – Juneteenth March in D.C.
A Juneteenth March from Asbury UMC, at  926 11th St, NW in Washington, to Black Lives Matter Plaza near St. John’s Episcopal Church, will be held Friday, June 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. Participants are asked to carry prayers, petitions of the people, and calls to action for realizing racial justice. These petitions will be given to elected officials. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1895, the enslaved in Texas were notified that the Civil War had ended. This was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was ratified.
Saturday, June 20 – Poor People’s Campaign Digital March on Washington
The Baltimore-Washington Conference is a Mobilizing Partners in this event. Learn more at




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