We welcome you back to the sanctuary at 11AM on Sunday, June 21.
There will be some adjustments to try to keep everyone safe and healthy.
We also acknowledge that not everyone will feel comfortable returning yet, and anyone who is not feeling well or has a fever should stay home. Therefore, we are committed to maintaining the worship-at-home alternative.
This worship-at-home alternative will be changing, however. Starting next week, it will be recorded at the in-person worship service and posted online later in the day on Sunday. Instead of several pieces, starting today, it will be all in a single video and have fewer parts. We will still always have Scripture, reflection on Scripture (sermon), prayer, and music.
We are still working out the details of this change in format. We are still learning as we go, and should get better each week. Thank you for your patience, and let's worship the Lord.
00:00 Prelude POCO ALLEGRETTO by Cesar Franck
02:55 Call to Worship
03:50 Opening Prayer
05:00 Hymn # 663 Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
06:25 Matthew 9:35-10:8, 16-23
12:00 Sermon - Notice the Good News
30:00 Hymn # 720 Jesus Calls Us
32:20 Postlude All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
This is the day that You have made. Help us to rejoice and be glad.
Thank You for the gift of life; for the family You have surrounded us with; for the food, shelter, and water we have today; and for the countless blessings that we overlook in each moment.
[Pause and reflect on the goodness of God and the abundant gifts you have received. Offer your personal “Thank you” statements to God.]
While we rejoice in this day, there are so many things we still long for, things we hope for, things we are working for, and things we cannot do alone.
[Pause and offer to God your personal cares and concerns, hopes and dreams.]
Grant us, Lord, Your guidance, and a sense of purpose in our work of building Your kingdom of love and peace and justice here on earth. Let us be coworkers with You, sharing Your love with the world.
We pray for those who are sick and struggling with illnesses of any kind, whether it is COVID-19 or cancer or addictions or mental health challenges or something else. We pray that Your compassion and power would surround, support, and heal all people.
We pray for those who grieve today. Draw us all together in networks of support and compassion, that we may be truly present and lift one another up.
We pray for the caregivers, the doctors, surgeons, nurses, chaplains, counselors, and all those who work in our healthcare facilities. We pray for the custodians and administrators who are working to keep our health care systems and all systems working and safe. Keep them safe as well.
We pray for people everywhere. As the world starts to open up again, please keep us safe. Surround us and everyone with Your protection and fill us with Your power. Help us to do what we can to keep others safe. Fill us with gratitude and a fierce commitment to support one another in any way that we can.
We give You thanks, O God, for all of our volunteers, for those who give of their time and talents in our church and in the world. Our generosity is an expression of who we are as Christians, seeking to love and serve the world as Jesus loved and served the world. Fill us with the light of the resurrected Christ that we might shine Your light into the world.
As your church, though still divided, we embody our unity by joining our voices in the words of Jesus who taught us to pray ...
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.