3rd Sunday After Pentecost/Father’s Day

June 21, 2020

 

 

** Please, keep your phone mute unless you speak.

 

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                                     Chris Pierce

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

People of God, incline your ear and listen to the word of God.

We come with open hearts, ready to receive God’s word of forgiveness and love.

Call on the One who abounds in steadfast love.

We are ready to proclaim the good news of God in this place and throughout the earth!

 

OPENING PRAYER

God of love and grace, we gather in thanksgiving and praise.  Reassure us once more, that you never leave us or forsake us.  Empower us by your Holy Spirit, that we may live faithfully as people of Christ.  Help us leave behind the things that weigh us down, that we may find new life in Christ.  Amen.

 

PSALM READING                                                                                         Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

 

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;

save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;

be gracious to me, O Lord,

for to you do I cry all day long.

Gladden the soul of your servant,

for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

listen to my cry of supplication.

In the day of my trouble I call on you,

for you will answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,

nor are there any works like yours.

All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord,

and shall glorify your name.

For you are great and do wondrous things;

you alone are God.

Turn to me and be gracious to me;

give your strength to your servant;

save the child of your serving girl.

Show me a sign of your favor,

so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,

because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

 

 

GOSPEL READING                                                                                           Matthew 10:24-39

 

“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

 

SERMON

 

HYMN                                                     The Summons                                             TFWS 2130

 

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  { Lord, in your mercy….Hear our prayers}

PASTORAL PRAYER

OUR LORD’S PRAYER ~ Together, we 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

OFFERING OF OURSELVES & OUR GIFTS                                           2 Corinthians 9:6 – 11

OFFERING PRAYER

Receive the gifts of our hands, O God, that they may be signs of your love and grace for a divided world.  Through our offerings, help others follow the ways of life.  Fill the world with your mercy, Holy One, that your faithful everywhere will honor you, by sharing your kingdom each and everyday.   Amen.

 

HYMN                                           I Have Decided to Follow Jesus                             TFWS 2129

 

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

 

Though none go with me, I still will follow,
Though none go with me I still will follow,
Though none go with me, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

 

My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry till I see Jesus,
My cross I’ll carry till I see Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

 

BENEDICTION

Brothers and sisters, go forth into the world, knowing that God provides all that you need to live abundantly with love and grace.  Go forth, take up your cross, and follow Christ.  Go in peace.   Amen.

 

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  1. Church Reopening for in-person Worship

Date: Sunday, July 5

East Jewett @ 9:00 a.m.

Kaaterskill @10:30 a.m.

Worship via a Conference Call @ 11:45 a.m.

 

  1. KUMC Church Reopening Team meeting: Tuesday, June 23 @11:30 a.m.