Sunday, June 28, 2020

JUNE 28, 2020
Fourth Sunday After 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)

In a world shaped by conflict, where we seem to be slipping back into tribal divisions,
you call us to welcome those with whom we have absolutely nothing in common.
In a culture full of inequalities which only seem to be widening,
you call us to treat each person as our sister and brother.
In a time of intensifying injustices which are found in every community,
if not in every neighborhood, you call us to yoke ourselves to your radical hope.
May we offer not just cups of cold water, but all that we are and all we have
to those who are in our midst. Amen.


Opening Hymn When the Poor Ones                                                 UMH 434 Vs. 1,2 & 4

1. When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers,
when the thirsty water give unto us all,
when the crippled in their weakness strengthen others,
[Refrain] then we know that God still goes that road with us,
then we know that God still goes that road with us.

2. When at last all those who suffer find their comfort,
when they hope though even hope seems hopelessness,
when we love though hate at times seems all around us,

4. When our homes are filled with goodness in abundance,
when we learn how to peace instead of war,
when each stranger that we meet is called a neighbor,


Psalter Reading Psalm 13

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
The Word of God….Thanks be to God


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 10:40-42 (NIV)

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.”

The word of God for the people of God...Thanks be to God


Sermon “A Simple Cup of Water”                                                      Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “Behold A Broken World” (Dudley-Smith, arr. BSM)

Behold a broken world, we pray,
Where want and war increase,
And grant us, Lord, in this our day,
The ancient dream of peace:

Where every battle-flag is furled
And every trumpet stilled,
Where wars shall cease in all the world,
A waking dream fulfilled.

No force of arms shall there prevail
Nor justice cease her sway;
Nor shall their loftiest visions fail
The dreamers of the day.

Bring, Lord, your better world to birth,
Your kingdom, love’s domain;
Where peace with God, and peace on earth,
And peace eternal reign.


Offering Prayer (All)

May these gifts bring light to those who walk in darkness, hope to those who live in despair, and justice to those who are oppressed. Grant to each giver a sense of participation in the most important opportunity of all time: to share your love with the world. To this end, we dedicate our offerings and ourselves. Amen.


Closing Hymn “Hymn of Promise”                                                    UMH 707

1. In the bulb there is a flower;
In the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
There’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

2. There’s a song in every silence,
Seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

3. In our end is our beginning;
In our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing;
In our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection;
At the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.



Let us go forth to walk in God’s light.
We will show others the way to God’s heart.
Let us go to bring hope and healing to the world.
With a gift as simple as a cup of water,
and as complex as our lives, we will join Jesus in serving those around us.
Let us go forth to gather up the little ones
of our communities into our homes and hearts.
With the gift of the Holy Spirit,
we are no longer strangers but God’s family.


Choral Benediction Amen (William Russell)



Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


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