Sunday, June 7, 2020










JUNE 7, 2020

Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                                                   John Strawbridge


Choral Introit We Are Called                                                                       TFWS 2172 vs 2

2. Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless,
so all hatred and blindness will be no more!
Refrain: We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.


Opening Prayer (All)

Merciful and Just God, we gather here this morning, each of us with many concerns on our hearts. Our hearts are concerned with systems of injustice which strip people of their dignity and their very lives. Help us to be those who would seek peace with justice, who would fight for those who are oppressed, offer voices for the voiceless and dignity for all humankind. Be with us this day and guide our steps toward a more just world in your name. AMEN.


Opening Hymn Just A Closer Walk With Thee                                        TFWS 2158

1. I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2. Thro’ this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]

3. When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. [Refrain]


A Reading for a Time Such as This By Elena Barnabé

” Grandma how do you deal with pain?”
” With your hands, dear. When you do it with your mind, the pain hardens even more.”
“With your hands, grandma?”
” Yes, yes. Our hands are the antennas of our soul. When you move them by sewing, cooking, painting, touching the earth or sinking it into the earth, they send signals of caring to the deepest part of you and your soul calms down.
This way she doesn’t have to send pain anymore to show it.
” Are hands really that important?”
” Yes my girl. Thinking of babies: they get to know the world thanks to their touches. When you look at the hands of older people, they tell more about their lives than any other part of the body. Everything that is made by hand, so is said, is made with the heart because it really is like this: hands and heart are connected. Masseuses know this: When they touch another person’s body with their hands, they create a deep connection. Thinking of lovers: When their hands touch, they love each other in the most sublime way.”
” My hands grandma… how long haven’t I used them like that!”
” Move them my girl, start creating with them and everything in you will move. The pain will not pass away. But it will be the best masterpiece. And it won’t hurt anymore. Because you managed to embroider your essence.”
~ Elena Barnabé


Sharing Joys and Concerns                                                                    Rev. Debbie Scott

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response We Are Called                                                            TFWS 2172 Vs. 3

3. Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign and we’ll walk with each other as sisters
and brothers united in love!
Refrain: We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.


Old Testament Lesson Jeremiah 29:1-7 Plans to Give You the Future You Hope For (The Message)

29 1-2 This is the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to what was left of the elders among the exiles, to the priests and prophets and all the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken to Babylon from Jerusalem, including King Jehoiachin, the queen mother, the government leaders, and all the skilled laborers and craftsmen.
3 The letter was carried by Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah had sent to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. The letter said:
4 This is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God, to all the exiles I’ve taken from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5 “Build houses and make yourselves at home.
“Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country.
6 “Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in that country and not waste away.
7 “Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare.
“Pray for Babylon’s well-being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.”

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.


Sermon “No Justice; No Peace”                        Rev. Wanda Duckett, Baltimore Metropolitan DS


Invitation to Offering                                                                                    John Strawbridge

Sharp Street Memorial UMC

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Offertory “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”                                              Jessika Williams, Soloist

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:



Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:



When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river, I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:



Offering Prayer (All)

Gracious God, you create us and love us; you make us to live together in a community. We thank you for all your children who have been filled with your vision for our lives and who have worked to bring your vision into reality. Fill us with your vision. Guide us to live by your vision, working to build the beloved community where everyone is welcomed, all are valued, power is shared, privilege is no more, and all your children know wholeness and well-being. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.


Closing Hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”                                            TFWS 2146

1. Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain: I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

2. “Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


3.Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.



Benediction                                                                                                      Rev Debbie Scott

And NOW,
May the Lord torment you,
May the Lord keep before you the faces of the hungry,
the lonely, the rejected and the despised.
May the Lord afflict you with pain for the hurt, the wounded,
the oppressed, the abused, the victims of violence.
May God grace you with agony, a burning thirst for
justice and righteousness.
May the Lord give you courage and strength and compassion
to make ours a better world, to make our community a better community,
to make our church a better place.
And may you do your best to make it so, and after you have done your best,
may the Lord grant you peace. Bishop Woodie White, 1995


Choral Benediction Amen   “Traditional” Songs of Zion 147

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Sunday Flowers

Given in honor of the wedding of Sasha Bailey and Demitri Shkolnik, which took place yesterday in the sanctuary. A grand celebration is planned for next year.




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