Sunday, June 21, 2020

JUNE 21, 2020


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)

Gracious and loving God, come to us in our fears and frustrations. We feel unable to serve and often beaten down by life. Give us courage and strength and help us joyfully serve you by serving others. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

Opening Hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God                                 UMH 110 Vs. 1-3

1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.


Litany For Father’s Day (Silent prayers may follow each petition)

For our fathers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them respect and love,
we pray to the Lord…
For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them,
we pray to the Lord…
For men, though without children of their own, who like fathers have nurtured and cared for us,
we pray to the Lord…
For fathers, who have been unable to be a source of strength, who have not responded to their children and have not sustained their families,
we pray to the Lord…
God, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sharing Joys and Concerns
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 10:26-42 (NIV)

26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. 40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”


Sermon “Don’t Be Afraid”                                                                 Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory  The Presence of the Father (Ballinger)

Come into His presence with thanksgiving,
Come into His courts with a song of praise.
Give Him all the glory, for He’s worthy;
He’s the Great I AM, the Ancient of Days.

For He has made us, and not we ourselves.
And He has saved us from the gates of Hell.


Offering Prayer (All)

Accept our gifts, O God, because we need to give. Use our gifts to the greatest good they can accomplish here in our midst and far beyond our individual reach. We present them in thanksgiving for all you have given us and in gratitude for the privilege of sharing in your work. Amen.


Closing Hymn This Is My Father’s World                                         UMH 144

1 This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

3 This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!



As you leave this time of worship, remember that you may be the only grace
someone will meet this week.
We go, to share God’s graciousness with all.
Remember you may be the only love someone will encounter this week.
We go, to be the love of Jesus for all.
Remember you may be the only peace someone will find this week.
We go, to share the Spirit of hope and reconciliation with all.


Choral Benediction Amen (William Russell)



Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Food For Thought If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again,

from A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, p. 82.

If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first and the house later.
I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often.
I would be firm less often and affirm much more.
I’d model less about the love of power and more about the power of love.


Sunday Flowers

The flowers are given in honor of all our fathers and those who have been role models as fathers. We give thanks for their presence in our lives.


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