Sunday June 28, 2020
Fourth 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!
Call To Worship by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Welcome one another into this moment,
for Christ has welcomed us.
When we welcome one another,
we welcome God.
Whenever we extend hospitality to a stranger,
we extend hospitality to God.
Welcome, Creator God, into our lives.
Welcome, Christ our Lord, into our hearts.
Welcome, Holy Spirit, in this place.
Opening Hymn- “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
Prayer of the Day by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Welcoming God, welcome us into Your pace of life.
Guide us to slow down and breathe deep.
Remind us to take off our shoes, to take off what is dragging us or pushing us ahead, for this is holy space that we are in, right now.
Remove the yoke from us and take upon our burdens, so that we might feel the pressure ease from our bodies, minds, and spirits.
Invite us into Your presence that is always with us, into this way of being in which we are completely in touch with You, in which we know Your Spirit is in each breath.
Welcoming God, thank you for welcoming us into Your way of life. In the name of Jesus, who taught us this way, we pray. Amen.
“Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me. Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.”
How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I be left to my own wits,
agony filling my heart? Daily?
How long will my enemy keep defeating me?
Look at me!
Answer me, Lord my God!
Restore sight to my eyes!
Otherwise, I’ll sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, “I won!”
My foes will rejoice over my downfall.
But I have trusted in your faithful love.
My heart will rejoice in your salvation.
Yes, I will sing to the Lord
because he has been good to me.
So then, don’t let sin rule your body, so that you do what it wants. Don’t offer parts of your body to sin, to be used as weapons to do wrong. Instead, present yourselves to God as people who have been brought back to life from the dead, and offer all the parts of your body to God to be used as weapons to do right. Sin will have no power over you, because you aren’t under Law but under grace.
So what? Should we sin because we aren’t under Law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, that you are slaves of the one whom you obey? That’s true whether you serve as slaves of sin, which leads to death, or as slaves of the kind of obedience that leads to righteousness. But thank God that although you used to be slaves of sin, you gave wholehearted obedience to the teaching that was handed down to you, which provides a pattern. Now that you have been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. (I’m speaking with ordinary metaphors because of your limitations.) Once, you offered the parts of your body to be used as slaves to impurity and to lawless behavior that leads to still more lawless behavior. Now, you should present the parts of your body as slaves to righteousness, which makes your lives holy. When you were slaves of sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What consequences did you get from doing things that you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have the consequence of a holy life, and the outcome is eternal life. The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sermon- “A Cool Glass of Water”
Sermon notes: sermon 06-28-2020
Hymn of Reflection “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life”
We are witnesses to the power of the Holy Spirit and the glory of God,
and now we turn in thanksgiving to share the good news of forgiveness and grace to all the world.
Let these our gifts be a living testimony to those who most need the healing grace of Christ this morning,
cornerstones of faith and joy for the entire world.
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Prayers of the People by Rev. Katherine Kussmaul
Holy One, in your love and mercy: hear our prayer.
Holy One, Spark of Life,
creation was envisioned by you and is sustained by you;
in gratitude we pray for the world:
that its riches and resources be used responsibly and fairly;
that its rulers and leaders may govern with justice, compassion and humility;
that humankind may live with understanding and respect,
noticing what unites us;
In your love and mercy: hear our prayer.
Holy One, Prophet of Love,
you lived among us to teach us – to show us – how to love;
in humility we pray for siblings around the globe:
for those dehumanized by their struggle for existence, may we listen;
for those overshadowed by the constancy of death, may we notice;
for those besieged by fear, anger and relentless peril, may we show up;
for those ensnared by systems beyond their control, may we demand change.
In your love and mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy One, Breath of Being,
you are here – in this very moment – as constant presence and insistent voice;
in gratitude we pray…with boldness we pray:
inundate the world with humanity,
overwhelm the world with truth,
flood the world with kindness,
upset our indifference,
accelerate our action,
fortify our resolve,
compel us to authentic discipleship
that nurtures creation, embodies love and breathes life.
In your love and mercy, hear our prayer.
Closing Hymn- “Take My Life and Let It Be”
Go from this place, knowing that God has always loved you, will love you now, and will always love you, no matter what. Amen.
Join us this Sunday at 11 am on Zoom for us to have a virtual coffee hour and share our joys and concerns.
We will also have our weekly Bible study on Tuesday at 10 and Pastor Greg’s Open Office Hours on Wednesdays from10-11 am and 8:30-9:30 pm, both via Zoom.
Check your email for instructions for zoom, or email email@example.com if you’d like to join our discussions. They are truly open to everyone, but we are not posting the link publicly to discourage zoom bombers.