Worship Guide Third Sunday After Pentecost

Worship Guide

June 26, 2022

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:  “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” Donna

 

Centering Words:

 

Lead us, Holy Spirit. Guide us in the power of your ways, that we may grow in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   The Spirit is here,

People:   inviting us to worship.

Leader:   The Spirit is here,

People:  in each of our lives.

Leader:   The Spirit is here,

People:  in our gathered community.

Leader:   The Spirit is here,

People:  guiding us together in love, peace, and patience.

Leader:   Let us pray.

 

ALL: Speak to us, Spirit of wisdom and truth, as we worship this day. Bind us together into a community of love and peace. Live and move in our lives, that we may grow in your Spirit, deepen our faithfulness, and display the love, peace, patience, kindness, and generosity you have planted in our souls. Amen.

 

Hymn: Two Fisherman”

 

Two fishermen, who lived

along the Sea of Galilee,

stood by the shore to cast

their nets into an ageless sea.

Now Jesus watched them from afar,

then called them each by name.

It changed their lives,

these simple men;

they'd never be the same.

"Leave all things you have

and come and follow me."

 

And as he walked along the shore

'twas James and John he'd find,

and these two sons of Zebedee

would leave their boats behind.

Their work and all they held so dear

they left beside their nets.

Their names they'd heard as Jesus called;

they came without regret.

"Leave all things you have

and come and follow me."

 

O Simon Peter, Andrew,

James, and John beloved one,

you heard Christ's call

to speak good news

revealed to God's own Son.

Susanna, Mary, Magdalene

who traveled with your Lord,

you ministered to him

with joy for he is God adored.

"Leave all things you have

and come and follow me."

 

And you, good Christians,

one and all who'd follow Jesus' way,

come leave behind

what keeps you bound

to trappings of our day,

and listen as he calls

your name to come and follow near,

for still he speaks in varied ways

to those his call will hear.

"Leave all things you have

and come and follow me."

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

 

Words of Assurance

If we live by the Spirit, we will be guided by the Spirit.

Guided by the Spirit, we are children of the Spirit, healed by God’s love, and blessed by Christ’s grace.

Praise be to God. Amen

 

*Old Testament Reading: 2 Kings: 2:1-2,6-14

 

1Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

 

6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7 Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8 Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

 

9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10 He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

 

13 He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

 

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: “Holding on to Jesus”

 

Hymn: “Servant Song”

 

Brother, sister, let me serve you,

let me be as Christ to you;

pray that I may have the grace to

let you be my servant, too.

 

We are pilgrims on a journey;

we're together on this road.

We are here to help each other

walk the mile and bear the load.

 

I will hold the Christ-light for you

in the nigh time of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you,

speak the peace you long to hear.

 

I will weep when you are weeping;

when you laugh, I'll laugh with you.

I will share your joy and sorrow

till we've seen this journey through.

 

When we sing to God in heaven,

we shall find such harmony,

born of all we've known together

of Christ's love and agony.

 

Sermon: “Brought Home in the Spirit” Luke 9:51-62

 

51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then they went on to another village.

 

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

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 77:1-2,11-20

 

1    I cry aloud to God,

          aloud that God may hear me.

2    In the day of my trouble I seek the

          Lord, in the night my hand is

          stretched out continually;

          my soul refuses to be comforted.

11   I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;

          I will remember your wonders of old.

12   I will meditate on all your work,

          and muse on your mighty deeds.

13   Your way, O God, is holy.

          What god is great like our God?

14   You are the God who works wonders,

          you manifested your might among the

          peoples.

15   You redeemed with your arm your

          people,  the descendants of Jacob

          and Joseph.

16 When the waters saw you, O God,

          when the waters saw you, they were

          afraid, the very deeps trembled.

17   The clouds poured out water;

          the skies gave forth thunder;

          your arrows flashed on every side.

18   The crash of your thunder was in the

          whirlwind; your lightning illuminated

          the world;

          the earth trembled and shook.

 

19   Your way was through the sea,

          your path through the great waters;

          yet your footprints were unseen.

20   You led your people like a flock

          by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen

 

Prayers of the People   Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “He Leadeth Me”

 

He leadeth me, O blessed thought!

O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!

Whate’er I do, where’er I be

still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

 

He leadeth me, he leadeth me,

by his own hand he leadeth me;

his faithful foll’wer I would be,

for by his hand he leadeth me.

 

Sometimes ’mid scenes of deepest gloom,

sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,

by waters still, o’er troubled sea,

still ’tis his hand that leadeth me.

 

He leadeth me, he leadeth me,

by his own hand he leadeth me;

his faithful foll’wer I would be,

for by his hand he leadeth me.

 

Lord, I would place my hand in thine,

nor ever murmur nor repine;

content, whatever lot I see,

since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

 

He leadeth me, he leadeth me,

by his own hand he leadeth me;

his faithful foll’wer I would be,

for by his hand he leadeth me.

 

And when my task on earth is done,

when by thy grace the vict’ry’s won,

e’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,

since God through Jordan leadeth me.

 

He leadeth me, he leadeth me,

by his own hand he leadeth me;

his faithful foll’wer I would be,

for by his hand he leadeth me.

 

Benediction

 

 
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