Sunday Worship Service June 21, 2020
We encourage you to gather in your homes at 10am on Sundays to listen for God's word and to pray for our friends and loved ones.
Thank you for worshiping together at this hour. Even if you need to worship at a different time, we are glad that you are continuing to worship with us, giving praise and glory to God.
Hymns: Click on the YouTube links to see the music and hear the accompaniment.
Video helpful hint: in your YouTube settings, set your video quality to HD before starting the videos.
Music: We encourage you to sing-along! YouTube links have been added so you can click on these to see the music and hear the accompaniment. If you can – before starting the videos, click on your YouTube settings and set your video quality to HD and turn up the speaker volume.
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Come, sing praises to God! Rejoice in his presence! For he is our God: A Father to the fatherless, and the defender of all who need protection; the One in whom the lonely find a home, and the prisoner finds release. Bless the Lord, the God of our salvation, who sustains and strengthens us, day after day! Let us worship God together!
*OPENING HYMN: #1 - "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!" (click on the music icon below to sing a-long!)
CALL TO CONFESSION:
God, creator and sustainer, we thank you for nurturing us like a mother. We praise you that your care and protection surround us like a father. On this Fathering Sunday, we remember all the people who have nurtured us, especially the important men in our lives, those who have seen, not just with their eyes, but with their heart. Hear our prayer for fathers around the world. We pray for your guidance and counsel as we all work for your children in love, compassion, sympathy and understanding through our amazing grace. So let us make our confession, first in silent prayer.
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION:
Gracious God, Forgive us that we call you “Our Father” but fail to live as your children. We do not trust you as we should, preferring instead to follow our own inclinations. We are reluctant to accept your will, repeatedly disobeying your instructions. We are slow to ask your guidance, but swift to forget you and wander from your side. We all too rarely thank you for what we have, but all too often complain when we do not receive what we ask for. Always you have loved us forgive our feeble response. We praise and thank you for your redeeming grace knowing as we rise each day, the past is behind us and we start anew; refreshed and renewed with our sins forgiven. Amen
*GLORIA PATRI: #581 (click on the music icon below to sing a-long)
PASSING THE PEACE: “May the Peace of Christ be with you --- And also with you!”
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
(Since we are not able to meet in person to ask for prayers - If you would like to add a prayer concern or joy to the weekly worship bulletin, please click on the email icon below to submit your prayer.)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
Lord, we bring these prayers to you knowing you have heard them. Let us all be the voice of reconciliation, a people of action, followers of Christ who offers unending love. Thank you for the blessings and empowerment you provide through the Holy Spirit. May our prayers be lifted up, not for our glory but for yours as we now pray the prayer Jesus taught us in saying…
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
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 our sins as we forgive those who sin 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
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PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION:
Like a stalwart lighthouse, may your beacon of light shine upon us. In the messages you provide to us today, may we find comfort, guidance and direction for this day and all that follow. Amen
PROVERBS LESSON: Proverbs 1:7-19 - Warnings against Evil Companions
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my child, your father’s instruction, and do not reject your mother’s teaching; for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck. My child, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us wantonly ambush the innocent; like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit. We shall find all kinds of costly things; we shall fill our houses with booty. Throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse”— my child, do not walk in their way, keep your foot from their paths; for their feet run to evil, and they hurry to shed blood. For in vain is the net baited while the bird is looking on; yet they lie in wait—to kill themselves! and set an ambush—for their own lives! Such is the end of all who are greedy for gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.
*HYMN: #692 - “Spirit, Open My Heart” (click on the music icon below to sing a-long)
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Ephesians 2:1-10 - From Death to Life
You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: 1 Samuel 2:12-17; 22-24 - Eli’s Wicked Sons
Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord or for the duties of the priests to the people. When anyone offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come, while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand, and he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is what they did at Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. Moreover, before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the one who was sacrificing, “Give meat for the priest to roast; for he will not accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.” And if the man said to him, “Let them burn the fat first, and then take whatever you wish,” he would say, “No, you must give it now; if not, I will take it by force.” Thus the sin of the young men was very great in the sight of the Lord; for they treated the offerings of the Lord with contempt.
1 Samuel 2:22-24
Now Eli was very old. He heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. He said to them, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all these people. No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading abroad.
THE MESSAGE: “Truth or Consequences” by Jeff Segur
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-To read the ‘Introduction to Proverbs’ Jeff mentions in his message, click on the document icon below:
*CLOSING HYMN: #749 – “Come! Live in the Light!” (click on the music icon below to sing a-long)
EXTINGUISHING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE - (if you lit a candle, please extinguish it)
The Light of Christ goes with you until we meet again
BENEDICTION: (Romans 15:5-6)
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Message, message video, bulletin content and Music Director – Jeff Segur
Hymn accompaniments and audio recordings – Avery Groenmann
Message video editing, bulletin layout, hymn videos and YouTube/Google links – Janet Segur
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