Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, or Proper 9: Revised Common Lectionary
Gathering Music “This is the Day” Campfire Songbook p. 25 ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements:
Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Zoom Bible Study on Monday July 6 at 10 AM will be taking a look at Romans 8:1-11. Our next Zoom Session meeting will be July 13th at 10 AM.
Prelude: “America, the Beautiful” arr. by Kenon D. Renfrow
Call to Worship
Come, all you who carry heavy burdens, and Christ will give you rest.
For he is gentle and humble in heart: in him we find rest for our souls.
Let us pray together:
Prayer of the Day
Savior and Friend, you call us to lay down our burdens and find rest in a relationship with you. Help us to learn from you how to be gentle and humble of heart, that our burdens may be light. Amen.
Hymn of Praise #475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Invitation to Healing
Trusting in God’s love through Jesus Christ, let us humbly admit need for healing and seek the Spirit’s wholeness together. Together, let us pray:
Prayer of Wholeness
Holy One, we confess to you and to each other that we are tired and weighed down by the mistakes we have made, even in our closest relationships with our friends, our spouses, and our partners. We also confess that we are troubled how best to atone for systemic oppression that has not loved our neighbors as our selves. We give these burdens to you, mindful of Jesus’ promise that he will give all rest. We trust in you. … Please continue in silent prayer for a moment then continue to pray in song:
Hymn #471 “O Lord Hear My Prayer” ~ Scott (1st. time: “…my prayer…me;” 2nd time: “…our prayer…us;” Bridge by Scott, then 3rd time: “…our prayer…us;” arr. Scott
Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace
Friends believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:
Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
You are invited to share God’s peace with whom you are worshiping.
Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott
Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks” ~ Pastor Scott
Prayer of Illumination:
Merciful God, in this moment of stillness, wash us clean of our presumptions. Receive us as your weary children. Then, by the power of your Spirit, bless us with a word that revives, for we pray in the name of Jesus, your living Word. Amen.
Bible Story for the Young at Heart: based on Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 7:15-25a
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Challenging Discipleship” ~ Pastor Scott
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #183 “Come to Me, O Weary Traveler”
Affirmation of Faith: Summary of the Law
Our Lord Jesus Said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Intercessory Prayers of the People (Adapted from the Iona Abbey Worship Book)
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
Ending with the Lord’s Prayer, Page 35 (p. 40, Español) in Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
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Invitation to the Lord’s Table
This is the joyful feast of the people of God!
People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.
According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.
Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
How can we thank you, O God? For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.
With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:
Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”
We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm. With thanksgiving, we remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. He said to them, “I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.
Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen”
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world. Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord.
Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone. Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.
All has been prepared and the table awaits. These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
Communion of the People
Please break bread within your own household, dip it in the cup, and offer to one another saying: “This is Christ’s body, broken for you,” “This is Christ’s blood, shed for you,” or similar phrase. We invite all ages to give and receive, for together, all are the body of Christ.
Hymn of Reflection: #525 “Let Us Break Bread Together”
Prayer following Communion
Let us pray together:
We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand. Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory. Amen.
Closing Hymn #432 “How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord”
Blessing and Charge
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.
Questions for Reflection:
What misplaced burdens are you carrying? Where might God be offering you a more well-fitted yoke? Where are your expectations of God and the church unmet? Where do you sense God moving in hidden ways?
Write your own Morning and Evening prayers for this week, including prayerful journaling thoughts about the questions above.