Sunday June 7, 2020
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 email@example.com Ok, let us begin!
Welcome – Rev. Greg Briggs
Introit “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go”
Call To Worship – Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Please read aloud. If you are worshiping with someone else, alternate readings.
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
You have set Your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
You have laid a strong foundation.
O Lord, our Sovereign,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Opening Hymn – “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!”
click on the link above for a Singable version of the hymn with accompaniment. The link will open in a new window. Push the play button on the bottom of the screen when you are ready.
Prayer of the Day – Thom Shuman
Like creation on that first morning, may we tingle with anticipation of your goodness and wonder flowing into our lives, God who shapes all things.
May we join all creation in worshiping you, who is as close as a heartbeat.
As God whispered into the silence, you ran forth with creatures of every size and shape at your side, Word of wonder, as river filled the valleys and ran to seas, as flowers sprang forth in meadows, as grace unfathomable sprang forth.
May we join all creation in emulating you, who is as close as our flesh which you wore.
As God’s mind overflowed with dreams, you brooded over the waters, stirred the clouds with your wind,
breathed life into all that is, Spirit of fanciful faith, planting the seeds of peace.
May we join all creation in dancing with you, who is as close to us as every breath we take.
May we join all creation in worshiping, emulating, dancing as we offer our prayer to you,
God in Community, Holy in One, Amen.
Anthem – “the Neighbor Song”
First Reading – Genesis 1:1-2:4a
When God began to create the heavens and the earth— the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night.
There was evening and there was morning: the first day.
God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters to separate the waters from each other.” God made the dome and separated the waters under the dome from the waters above the dome. And it happened in that way. God named the dome Sky.
There was evening and there was morning: the second day.
God said, “Let the waters under the sky come together into one place so that the dry land can appear.” And that’s what happened. God named the dry land Earth, and he named the gathered waters Seas. God saw how good it was. God said, “Let the earth grow plant life: plants yielding seeds and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind throughout the earth.” And that’s what happened. The earth produced plant life: plants yielding seeds, each according to its kind, and trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was.
There was evening and there was morning: the third day.
God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will mark events, sacred seasons, days, and years. They will be lights in the dome of the sky to shine on the earth.” And that’s what happened. God made the stars and two great lights: the larger light to rule over the day and the smaller light to rule over the night. God put them in the dome of the sky to shine on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was.
There was evening and there was morning: the fourth day.
God said, “Let the waters swarm with living things, and let birds fly above the earth up in the dome of the sky.” God created the great sea animals and all the tiny living things that swarm in the waters, each according to its kind, and all the winged birds, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was. Then God blessed them: “Be fertile and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
There was evening and there was morning: the fifth day.
God said, “Let the earth produce every kind of living thing: livestock, crawling things, and wildlife.” And that’s what happened. God made every kind of wildlife, every kind of livestock, and every kind of creature that crawls on the ground. God saw how good it was. Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.”
God created humanity in God’s own image,
in the divine image God created them,
male and female God created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.” Then God said, “I now give to you all the plants on the earth that yield seeds and all the trees whose fruit produces its seeds within it. These will be your food. To all wildlife, to all the birds in the sky, and to everything crawling on the ground—to everything that breathes—I give all the green grasses for food.” And that’s what happened. God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.
There was evening and there was morning: the sixth day.
The heavens and the earth and all who live in them were completed. On the sixth day God completed all the work that he had done, and on the seventh day God rested from all the work that he had done. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work of creation. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
Gospel Reading – Matthew 28:16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
All scripture is taken from the Common English Bible translation
Sermon “Back to Basics and Eat Your Vegetables”
Sermon Notes – sermon 06 07 20
Spiritual Types Quiz referenced in the Sermon, from the Upper Room – Spiritual Types Quiz
Hymn – “Lord, You Give the Great Commission”
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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Jesus, God has made you both Sovereign and Christ.
Therefore we pray your blessing upon these gifts, upon us, and those whose lives will benefit from them.
May your victory over death empower all whom you call to trust in God.
In faith and hope we pray. Amen.
Prayer of St. Francis
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
All are welcome to join us via zoom for our prayer time and communion at 11 am EST on Sunday, June 6, 2020. Please provide your own bread and wine. Take a picture of your communion setting and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not able to join us for communion, Please accept this Blessing and Postlude.
Otherwise, continue on with our worship below.
Go forth, knowing God has always loved you, loves you now, and will always love you.
No matter what.
Invitation to the Table
Nothing can separate us from the Love of God. Not even this time of self quarantine.
Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance by Thom Shuman
Call to Reconciliation
We know too well our foolishness, our brokenness, our human ways of doing things. But God knows our hearts, our hopes, our desire to be made new. As we offer our prayers of confession, let us open ourselves to God, who will forgive us and give us new life.
Prayer for Forgiveness – read together, with microphones muted
We have been created for goodness by you, Artist of all things, but we continue to be filled with bitterness. Your Word would enable us to speak of joy to others, but we offer only judgment. The Spirit which breathes hope into us could be shared with everyone we meet, but we are tempted to hold our breath until we turn blue, rather than giving peace to those around us.
But you have said that everything created is good, even we foolish children of yours, God of wonder and grace. With the Spirit as our sister, we know we can bring healing and hope to those who need it most. With your Word, Jesus Christ, as our brother, we know we can tell others of your mercy and of our love for them in every moment.
Silence is kept for a moment of silent reflection and confession.
Assurance of Pardon
By God’s grace, our chaotic choices become creative grace for others; our foolishness can be transformed by God’s goodness; our lives can become new by the Spirit of our God.
The good news is as true as it was on creation’s first morning:
Creator God is the redeeming Word who is the Breath of life for all people, even us.
Thanks be to God for forgiveness and grace in our lives. Amen.
Now, let us pray the words Jesus taught us:
- 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.
Words of Institution
Sharing the Bread and Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving by Thom Shuman
Like a storm, you blew over creation’s oceans;
with a gust, you blow open our shuttered souls;
with a light breath, you give us life, so now,
Breath of God, Spirit of all that exists,
thank you for touching the simple gifts of the bread and the cup
with the sacredness of your peace,
and stirring us all from our fear and apathy.
The bread which is broken is filled with your strength,
so that we can go and offer freedom to the prisoner,
so that we can breathe hope into our dying neighborhoods,
so that we can be peace for an angry world.
The cup is never drained of your grace,
so that we may silence all hatred,
so that we might put evil in the past,
so that we might renew your fragile creation.
And when we are gathered in that place
to which you will direct us at the end of time,
we will join with our sisters and brothers
in forever praising your glory, your love,
God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.
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.
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.