Sunday Worship Guide - Third Sunday after Pentecost

Rev: Jim Wilkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 13, 2021

Third Sunday after Pentecost

 

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

Greetings:

 

Minister:    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People:     And also with you!

 

Special Music: Send Us Your Spirit” Michael

 

Centering Words:

 

See as God sees. Only then can we see   rightly. Love as God loves. Only then can we love with the eyes of our heart enlightened.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   Come, walk in the light of faith.

People:  We will walk humbly with our God.

Leader:   Come, love in the light of faith.

People:  We will love everything the light touches.

Leader:   Come, sing in the light of faith.

People:  We will sing praise to our God.

Leader:   Come, live in the light of faith.

People:  We will live as faithful followers of Christ.

Leader:   Let us pray.

 

ALL: Help us to walk by faith, O God, not by sight. Be our vision, Holy One, for without vision your people perish. Remind us that you do not see as mortals see, for you do not judge by outward appearances, but look on the heart. With our eyes of faith enlightened, help us see your kingdom in a tiny mustard seed, and marvel at the growth you offer to all through the power of your Spirit. Amen.

 

Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation”

 

The Church's one foundation

is Jesus Christ her Lord;

she is his new creation,

by water and the Word.

From heaven he came and sought her

to be his holy bride;

with his own blood he bought her,

and for her life he died.

 

Elect from every nation,

yet one o'er all the earth,

her charter of salvation,

one Lord, one faith, one birth;

one holy name she blesses,

partakes one holy food,

and to one hope she presses,

with every grace endued.

 

Though with a scornful wonder

we see her sore oppressed,

by schisms rent asunder,

by heresies distressed;

yet saints their watch are keeping,

their cry goes up, "How long?"

and soon the night of weeping

shall be the morn of song.

 

Mid toil and tribulation,

and tumult of her war

she waits the consummation

of peace for evermore;

till with the vision glorious

her longing eyes are blessed,

and the great church victorious

shall be the church at rest.

 

Yet she on earth hath union

with God, the Three in one,

and mystic sweet communion

with those whose rest is won.

O happy ones and holy!

Lord, give us grace that we

like them, the meek and lowly,

on high may dwell with thee.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

As we allow God to shape the desires of our hearts, we live and move in concert with God’s plans.

Rejoice that in Christ we have become a new creation and agents to bring forth the reign of God.

Amen

 

*New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-13

 

6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

 

11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. 12We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me

 

Children’s Message: “Parable of the Cake”

 

Hymn: “Hymn of Promise”

 

In the bulb there is a flower;

in the seed, an apple tree;

In cocoons, a hidden promise:

butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter

there’s a spring that waits to be,

Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

 

There’s a song in every silence,

seeking word and melody;

There’s a dawn in every darkness,

bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future;

what it holds, a mystery,

Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

 

In our end is our beginning;

in our time, infinity;

In our doubt there is believing;

in our life, eternity,

In our death, a resurrection;

at the last, a victory,

Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see

 

Sermon: “Growing in the New Creation” Mark 4:26-34

 

26He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come."

 

30He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

 

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “The Summons”

 

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.

 

Psalter: Psalm 72:1-17

 

Give the king your justice, O God,

and your righteousness to the royal son!

May he judge your people with righteousness,

and your poor with justice!

Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor!

May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!

May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!

In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth!

 

May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!

May the kings of Tarshish and the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!

May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!

For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

He has pity on the weak and the needy,

and saves the lives of the needy.

From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

 

Long may he live, may gold of Sheba be given to him!

May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day!

May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon;

and may they blossom forth in the cities like the grass of the field!

May his name endure for ever, his fame continue as long as the sun!

May people bless themselves by him, all nations call him blessed!

 

Gloria Patri

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now

And ever shall be,

World without end. Amen. Amen

 

Prayers of the People Joys and concerns:        

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lords Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

 

Love divine, all loves excelling,

joy of heaven to earth come down;

fix in us thy humble dwelling;

all thy faithful mercies crown!

Jesus, thou art all compassion,

pure unbounded love Thou art;

visit us with thy salvation;

enter every trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit,

into every troubled breast!

let us all in thee inherit;

let us find that second rest.

Take away our bent to sinning;

Alpha and Omega be;

end of faith, as its beginning,

set our hearts at liberty.

 

Come, Almighty to deliver,

let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return and never,

never more thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray and praise thee without ceasing,

glory in thy perfect love.

 

Finish, then, thy new creation;

pure and spotless let us be.

Let us see thy great salvation

perfectly restored in thee;

changed from glory into glory,

till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

Benediction

 

            Those who need Healing and Prayers:
Collin Parks Rev Ed Dodd Family
Nell Valentine Kathy Patton
Margaret Tomlinson Linda Moonshower
Stefanie Boyd Gary Moonshower
Barbara Goodman Melba Davis Family
Deneice Hullett Flo Wheat Family
Matt Tomlinson April Michelle
Jason Swan Becky Davis & Family
Larry Swan Deanne Marrs
Todd Moonshower Gayle Ducote
Carol Moonshower Meagan Hullett
Marty's Mom Tom Gillespie
Jacob Moonshower Jan Akers
Kathy Harding Debbie Farr
Marie Linney Tommy Wiggins
   

 

 

 

 
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