Weekly Online Worship

June 28, 2020

 “Eye-Opening Experiences”


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

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


Congregational Confession

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 blessyou
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

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Online Gathering for Worship Sunday, May 31st, is Pentecost Sunday. The Cabinet of the Greater Northwest Area has invited several churches across the Greater Northwest to offer virtual worship and we are invited to join them online. With at least one church from each district, the chosen hosts include a variety of worship styles from faith communities serving diverse communities. On this day, when we remember the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples gathered “all together in one place,” it is fitting for local churches to gather together. In the season of COVID-19, it is fitting for the “gathering” to take place virtually. The miracle will be that the people will hear and understand each other, even though separated by great distances. Joining with another church for Pentecost will offer respite for many pastors who have stretched to lead worship virtually for many weeks at the same time they have tended to the needs of congregations and community members during this extraordinary time of uncertainty and anxiety. And it can be a powerful experience of the power of the Holy Spirit to evoke community among people who do not know each other – yet. Worship leaders in the following local churches offer their hospitality as a gift to their colleagues and to the members of other Greater Northwest Area local churches. Below you can find a list of these locations, their worship information including times and URLs for members of other local churches to join them. Each one is but a click away. Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky and Pastor Craig Pesti-Strobel Alaska Conference Homer United Methodist Church Worship Instructions: This Pentecost, join us as we explore how Church Is Dangerous. Worship with us on Facebook Sundays @ 11:00 AM AST https://www.facebook.com/HomerUnitedMethodistChurchAlaska/ Oregon-Idaho Conference Cascadia District Open Door Churches (Salem/Keizer area)Worship Instructions: Sunday mornings at 10 AM PDT all are invited to join us via our Open Door Churches Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/opendoorchurches) or our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmLpQDtNqJf4rktDOZFqSJw). Columbia District Portland First United Methodist Church On Pentecost, May 31, Rev. Josh Kingsley will preach on “God’s Fire in Our World”.Worship Instructions: Worship is live-streamed every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM PST and can be found on our YouTube channel by going to www.fumcpdx.org/livestream. You can download the bulletin by Friday, May 29, for a more interactive experience (https://fumcpdx.org/event/sanctuary-service/2020-05-31/). For more information contact the church office, 503-228-3195. Crater Lake District Wesley United Methodist ChurchWorship Instructions: Join others as we watch the service together. We’ll be doing a Facebook Premiere, so we can all watch the service together at 10 AM PST on May 31. https://www.facebook.com/wesleyumceugene/ Sage District Joseph United Methodist Church Worship Instructions: The Bell is ringing! It’s time for worship. Get something to eat and drink, and light a candle as we break bread and worship together. Click on the YouTube playlist for this week (pre-recorded) and let’s worship together at any time!...

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That is right……We are having a Charge Conference in June. This will not replace the Charge Conference that will take place in the fall. District Superintendent Reverend John Tucker has been working with your Staff, Parish Relationship Committee (SPRC) to come up with a plan for the next year that is best for all concerned. All of us have reviewed, asked questions, prayed (a lot) and consulted with Arnie our treasurer and DS John several times over the last month. The plan that we would like to put forth to you is that for the next year Pastor Craig be 3/4 time at our church. Arnie has crunched the numbers many times for us and we can make this work. Finances are looking good at this time. This charge conference will just be the Pastor’s Pay Package. Increasing from 1/2 time to 3/4 time will be an increase of $1,038.00 a month. This will start July 1st. District Superintendent John Tucker will oversee this Charge Conference. It will be a Zoom meeting. For those of you who do not do Zoom we will find a way to include you. It may be one of us will call you and keep the phone on. We will do what we can in these difficult times. The pay package page will be presented and explained at this meeting. A link to the Zoom meeting has been included in the Church Update emailed to you. If you need a link and password to the meeting, please contact Susan Inman or Sue Huntley. The difference between a Charge Conference and a Church Conference is this: According to the Book of Discipline (in simple language): Church Conference is an ALL church meeting where all are welcome and all members can vote on a decision. Like the selling of the property or building plans for the remodel. Charge Conference is where all are welcome to attend. Only elected members will vote. I am giving you a bit today to mull over and pray about for a week. Next week we will do another update with more details as they are clearer for us. If you have questions that can not wait OR you need a Zoom meeting link and password, please contact: Susan Inman, Leadership Team Leader: 541-890-2009 dr.susan.inman@gmail.com or Sue Huntley, SPRC Chairperson: 541-998-2480...

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