Weekly Online Worship
June 28, 2020
Words of Welcome
Today, let us continue to explore the Path of Jesus for the 21st Century in our lives and in our families, as we come to God in worship.
Opening Song “Psalm 119:33-40” (The Corner Room)
Responsive Psalm Reading (Psalm 119:1-18)
Leader: Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
People: who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep God’s statutes
and seek God with all their heart –
they aspire to do no wrong
but strive to follow God’s ways.
You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
How can a young person stay on the path of truth and life?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
all the wonderful things in your law.
Song “Open Our Eyes Medley”
Opening to the Spirit’s Instruction
Scripture Readings Genesis 3:1-7 John Tucker
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
May God’s Spirit speak to us today through these words of Scripture and the message shared this day.
Sermon “Eye-Opening Experiences” by Rev. John Tucker
Song “Change My Heart” by Shower Power
Liturgist: Let us open our hearts and speak these truths to the One in whom we live, move, and have our being:
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have found it difficult and uncomfortable to talk about race and racism in our communities, so we have avoided being challenged by having the hard conversation.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have divided ourselves according to arbitrary categories, and failed to see the full humanity of all persons, especially those with whom we disagree the most, and those whose skin color, language, or religion differs from ours.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Moment of reflection
Pardon and Freeing from Bondage (from Psalm 103:8,10-12)
Liturgist: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
All: Free us, O Lord, from the ways of tyranny, power over others, and the use of others for our own personal ends. Speak to our hearts each day, that we may adopt the Ways of Jesus. Amen.
Song “Amazing Grace Jam” The Acapaella Company
Prayers for Our World and One Another
Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world. We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer. Let us be in prayer.
Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially those affected by cancer or COVID-19.
Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they have at hand.
Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.
Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizens.
Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and well-being.
Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.
Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden our hearts.
These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:
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 us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass 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
Prayer Response “Kyrie”
Benediction “The Blessing” lyrics, adapted
The Lord bless you
And keep you
May God’s face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord’s Face be turned toward you
And give you peace.
May God’s favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children.
May God’s presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
God is with you, God is with you.
In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
God is for you, God is for you.
Closing Song “The Blessing” (Sarah Liberman) Closing Credits