June 28, 2020

Virtual Worship for Sunday, June 28, 2020

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4th Sunday after Pentecost
June 28, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic week 16


Led by:
11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551


Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor
Shannen Hemmel, Musician
Don Barb, Lector 
Terry Welsh, Videographer and Editor

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While we cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this worship resource as an aid for prayer and worship in the home.



The welcome of baptism is for all God’s children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In today’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God’s merciful welcome.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
You are the treasured people of the Lord,
a people holy to the Lord our God.
Keep the words of the Lord in your heart; teach them to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.
One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
I: Great and wonderful are your deeds, O God of the universe;
just and true are your ways, O Ruler of all the nations.
Who can fail to honor you, Lord, and sing the glory of your name?
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
II: For you alone are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and worship before you,
for your just and holy works have been revealed.
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.


FIRST READING: Jeremiah 28:5-9

Through a symbolic action Jeremiah insisted that Judah and all the surrounding nations should submit to the king of Babylon (Jer. 27). Hananiah contradicted the word of Jeremiah, who in reply insisted that Hananiah’s rosy prediction should not be believed until it came true. God confirmed the word of Jeremiah and sentenced the false prophet Hananiah to death (vv. 16-17).

5The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


PSALM: Psalm 89

1Your love, O Lord, forever | will I sing;
  from age to age my mouth will pro- | claim your faithfulness.
2For I am persuaded that your steadfast love is estab- | lished forever;
  you have set your faithfulness firmly | in the heavens.
3“I have made a covenant with my | chosen one;
  I have sworn an oath to Da- | vid my servant:
4‘I will establish your | line forever,
  and preserve your throne for all | generations.’?”
15Happy are the people who know the | festal shout!
  They walk, O Lord, in the light | of your presence.
16They rejoice daily | in your name;
  they are jubilant | in your righteousness.
17For you are the glory | of their strength,
  and by your favor our might | is exalted.
18Truly, our shield belongs | to the Lord;
  our king to the Holy | One of Israel.



Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!
Our hearts burn within us while you open to us the Scriptures.
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!


GOSPEL: Matthew 10:40-42

When Jesus sends his disciples out as missionaries, he warns them of persecution and hardships they will face. He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry.

[Jesus said to the twelve:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”



SING: HYMN: #822 Oh, Sing to the Lord
1    Oh, sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.
      Oh, sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.
      Oh, sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.
      Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.
2    For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.
      For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.
      For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.
      Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.
Text: Brazilian folk song; tr. Gerhard M. Cartford, b. 1923, Spanish and English
Spanish and English text © Gerhard Cartford, admin. Augsburg Fortress.




In Christ, you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.

We believe in him and are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.


Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen


Build yourselves up on your most holy faith;
pray in the Holy Spirit.
Keep yourselves in the love of God;
look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new!
God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.
Gracious God,
have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown, things done and left undone.
Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Almighty God have mercy on you,
forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,
strengthen you in all goodness,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.


Sisters and brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.



In the abundance of God’s steadfast love, God calls us from death to life, from silence to speech, from idleness to action. In Proverbs 3:9 Solomon writes: “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all your produce.” Giving is an act of honor. Living Waters is a generous people honoring our neighbor, our community, our God, by sharing and serving.

This week we specifically ask that you:

  • Give generously to the “A Living Hope for All” capital campaign
  • Watch over and show respect to your neighbor
  • Support local feeding ministries with your gifts of food, and cleaning supplies that can be dropped off in the box located at the front door of the church building.
  • Share financial support with the church by mailing your gift to the church or by sharing through electronic option found on our website.
  • Stay safe, maintain social distancing, wash your hands
  • Wear masks in public places.

We offer ourselves to God and neighbor, and with the Church through all the ages we give thanks for the saving love in Jesus.



Glory to you, God, for yours is the earth;
yours the anointing, the radiant worth.
Ours the rejoicing for spirits aflame.
ours the thanksgiving to your holy name.
Ours be the telling of deeds greatly done.
yours be the glory, O God, yours alone.




Let us pray. God, our Creator,

you open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living creature. With these gifts we bless you for your tender nurture and care. Help us to delight in your will and walk in your ways, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Called into unity with one another and the whole creation, let us pray for our shared world.
God of companionship, encourage our relationships with our siblings in Christ. Bless our conversations. Shape our shared future and give us hearts eager to join in a festal shout of praise. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of abundance, you make your creation thrive and grow to provide all that we need. Inspire us to care for our environment and be attuned to where the earth is crying out. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of mercy, your grace is poured out for all. Inspire authorities, judges, and politicians to act with compassion. Teach us to overcome fear with hope, meet hate with love, and welcome one another as we would welcome you. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great.
God of care, accompany all who are in deepest need. Comfort those who are sick, lonely, or abandoned (especially). Strengthen those who are in prison or awaiting trial. Renew the spirits of all who call upon you. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great.
God of community, we give thanks for this congregation. Give us passion to embrace your mission and the vision to recognize where you are leading us. Teach us how to live more faithfully with each other. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of love, you gather in your embrace all who have died. Keep us steadfast in our faith and renew our trust in your promise. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

On this day we pause to celebrate the achievements and graduation of Emma Bacon, Megan Bodmer, Peter Chilcoat, Katrina Duque, Aiden Prior, Colin Prior, Chris Schwoerer, and Jonathan Symonoski.

A reading from Philippians 4:8-9:

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Let us pray. Loving God we thank you for our times in our lives when we can celebrate major accomplishments like graduations. Thank you for the gifts and abilities you have given to: Emma Bacon, Megan Bodmer, Peter Chilcoat, Katrina Duque, Aiden Prior, Colin Prior, Chris Schwoerer, and Jonathan Symonoski that enabled this achievement, one that would not have been possible had it not been for you. With gratefulness, we acknowledge your presence and guidance in our lives. In Jesus name we pray. AMEN


May God bless us all with a humble spirit, a grateful heart, a dedicated mind, and willing hands of service as we pursue what is commendable in God’s eyes. AMEN


May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ fill you with every spiritual blessing.
May the God of faithfulness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



SENDING SONG: TFF 148 Glory, Glory Hallelujah v. 1-3
1          Glory, glory, hallelujah!
            since I laid my burden down.
            Glory, glory, hallelujah!
            since I laid my burden down.
2          I feel better, so much better,
            since I laid my burden down.
            I feel better, so much better,
            since I laid my burden down.
3          Feel like shouting, “Hallelujah!”
            since I laid my burden down.
            Feel like shouting, “Hallelujah!”
            since I laid my burden down.
Text: African American spiritual


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