Virtual Worship for Sunday, June 28, 2020
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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.
VIDEO 1 PASTOR
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INTRODUCTION OF THE DAY
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.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
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.
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.
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.”
RESPONSE TO THE WORD: CREED AND CONFESSION
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.
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.
OFFERING, SERVING, CARING
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.
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
BLESSING OUR GRADUATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
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
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