Sunday July 12, 2020
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome to First Congregational, United Church of Christ in Charlevoix’s online worship experience. Though we are separated physically for one another’s physical health, we still join together to worship God, be inspired, and care for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
You are invited to find a comfortable place in your house and set aside a time for worship and prayer. This could be your usual Sunday morning time, or at sunset. Light a candle if you wish, or get a cup of tea.
Take your time as you read, listen, watch, sing, pray, and share in this worship of God. Whether you worshiping on Sunday morning or whenever you have time, we are glad you are a part of our community.
As always, we want your feedback on how we can worship better with you in this time of physical distancing. Feel free to give feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org Ok, let us begin!
Introit “Day By Day” performed by Shelley Fisher
1 Day by day and with each passing moment,
strength I find to meet my trials here;
trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
gives unto each day what he deems best–
lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
mingling toil with peace and rest.
2 Ev’ry day the Lord himself is near me
with a special mercy for each hour;
all my cares he fain would bear, and cheer me,
he whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of his child and treasure
is a charge that on himself he laid;
“As your days, your strength shall be in measure,”
this the pledge to me he made.
3 Help me then in ev’ry tribulation
so to trust your promises, O Lord,
that I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
offered me within your holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
e’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
one by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
’til I reach the promised land.
Call To Worship by Presbyterian Church USA
We worship the God who inhabits our world and indwells our lives.
We need not look up to find God, we need only to look around:
into the eyes of another.
We need not listen for a distant thunder to find God, we need only listen to the music of life,
the words of children,
the questions of the curious,
the rhythm of a heartbeat.
We worship the God who inhabits our world and who indwells our lives.
Opening Hymn- “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah“
click the link below to be taken to a sing-a-long version of the opening hymn
Prayer of the Day by Rev. Thom Shuman
you sing a song of silence to our noisy hearts,
inviting us to still our fidgeting souls,
and find our peace in your cupped hands which cradle us.
Jesus Christ, Wanderer of the kingdom:
you are called to reveal God to us and do so in
the tenderness of your touch,
the gentleness of your words,
the goodness of your heart,
the peace of your shared yoke.
Spirit of Rest:
your childlike presence opens our eyes to the wonders of the world.
As we hand you our anger, our hurt, our sin,
may our burdens become our songs of joy.
May we find our rest, our hope, in you,
God in Community, Holy in One
even as we pray as Jesus 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 debts,
- as we forgive our debtors,
- and lead us not into temptation,
- but deliver us from evil
- For thine is the kingdom,
- and the power, and the glory,
- for ever and ever.
Anthem “Give me Jesus” performed by Nancy MacArthur-Smith
These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean and the sister of Laban the Aramean, from Paddan-aram. Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, since she was unable to have children. The Lord was moved by his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the boys pushed against each other inside of her, and she said, “If this is what it’s like, why did it happen to me?”
So she went to ask the Lord. And the Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb;
two different peoples will emerge from your body.
One people will be stronger than the other;
the older will serve the younger.”
When she reached the end of her pregnancy, she discovered that she had twins. The first came out red all over, clothed with hair, and she named him Esau. Immediately afterward, his brother came out gripping Esau’s heel, and she named him Jacob. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.
When the young men grew up, Esau became an outdoorsman who knew how to hunt, and Jacob became a quiet man who stayed at home. Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Once when Jacob was boiling stew, Esau came in from the field hungry and said to Jacob, “I’m starving! Let me devour some of this red stuff.” That’s why his name is Edom.
Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright today.”
Esau said, “Since I’m going to die anyway, what good is my birthright to me?”
Jacob said, “Give me your word today.” And he did. He sold his birthright to Jacob. So Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew. He ate, drank, got up, and left, showing just how little he thought of his birthright.
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field. While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.
“The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’
“‘An enemy has done this,’ he answered.
“The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’
“But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvesttime I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.”’” …
Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
Jesus replied, “The one who plants the good seed is the Human One. The field is the world. And the good seeds are the followers of the kingdom. But the weeds are the followers of the evil one. The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the present age. The harvesters are the angels. Just as people gather weeds and burn them in the fire, so it will be at the end of the present age. The Human One will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause people to fall away and all people who sin. He will throw them into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Those who have ears should hear.”
Sermon notes : sermon 07 2020
Hymn of Reflection “O Where Are the Reapers?”
The treasure of God’s glory is Jesus, shining in our hearts.
We hold this treasure in the earthen vessels of our lives.
Let us share freely of the gifts we have been given,
that the glory of God may be known
in the works of community, justice and peace.
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Offertory “Thy Word” performed by Brian Eades
People: Out loud, but muted
Take and receive these gifts dear God,
bless and multiply them
that they may show the world your glory,
shining through our lives.
Prayer of Intercession (inspired by Psalm 145) by Thomas Turner
Closing Hymn- “You Will Reap Whatever You Sow”
Sow flowers, and flowers will blossom Around you wherever you go;
Sow weeds, and of weeds reap the harvest, You’ll reap whatsoever you sow
You’ll reap whatsoever you sow, You’ll reap whatsoever you sow,
The harvest is certainly coming, You’ll reap whatsoever you sow
Sow blessings, and blessings will ripen, Sow hatred, and hatred will grow;
Sow mercy and reap sweet compassion, You’ll reap whatsoever you sow
Sow love, and its sweetness uprising Shall fill all your heart with its glow;
Sow hope, and receive its fruition, You’ll reap whatsoever you sow
In faith sow the word of the Master, A blessing He’ll surely bestow;
And souls shine like stars for your crowning, You’ll reap whatsoever you sow
Preach Christ in His wonderful fullness, That all His salvation may know;
Reap life thro’ the ages eternal, You’ll reap whatsoever you sow
Go forth, knowing God has always loved you, loves you now, and will always love you.
No matter what.
Postlude “Crown him with Many Crowns” Traditional
Jameson Thompson – Organ *Many of you may remember Jameson from several years ago when he served as our “winter time” organist.
Another Easter Sunday gem
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Thank you for joining us this Sunday.
Join us every Sunday at 11 am on Zoom to have a virtual coffee hour and share our joys and concerns.
We also host via zoom:
our weekly Bible study on Tuesday at 10 am
and Pastor Greg’s Check In Time on Wednesdays from 10-11 am and 8:30-9:30 pm.
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