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July 5, 2020

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
& Communion Sunday

Guard me against the arrogance of privilege, against the indulgence of feeling that I don’t have enough, and the poverty of spirit that refuses to acknowledge what is daily given me.
Keep me truthful in knowing where I spend, where my values actually are.

~ Gunilla Norris, From Paying Bills

PRELUDE “Lift Every Voice” – J. Johnson/arr. S. Conrady

The Preparation

If you have a candle, let us light our candles together to remind ourselves that there is light in the darkness and that we can share that light with one another in our own times of darkness and we can share that light of love with the world.

A moment of silence

OPENING HYMN “Seek Ye First”

Let us rejoice, for morning has dawned. A new day has been, and we are fully alive to enjoy it.
We know the beauty of God’s creation and the wonder of the human family. We remember those whose love has shaped our lives and whose struggle for justice has set us free.
We gather this morning as a faith community to worship God, to share our prayers and gifts, and to pledge ourselves to the work of Jesus Christ in the world.
May God bless us, so that what we do during this time together may be true, sacred, and filled with hope.
~paraphrased from Maren C. Tirabassi, “Touch Holiness” Resources for Worship

We confess that we have stepped away from Christ’s Path whenever we have failed to practice love of God, neighbor, and self. Forgive us when we size others up and we forget all people are made in your image O’ God.

A moment of silence for personal reflection

God’s grace is given freely. Christ always reaches for us. Nothing can separate us for the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God.

The Message


ANTHEM “Panis Angelicus” (Bread of Angels) – C. Frank

Luke 12:32-40  (NIV)
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

MORNING REFLECTION “Placing First Things First”

COMMUNION HYMN “Just as I Am, Without One Plea”  No.319

  1. Just as I am, without one plea
    But that thy blood was shed for me.
    And that thou bidd’st me come to thee,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
  2. Just as I am, though tossed about
    With many a conflict many a doubt
    Fightings and fears within, without,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

The Communion


O God, in the loving and liberating spirit of Jesus, we gather at this welcoming table open to all, remembering how Jesus gathered people from all the walks of life, stranger and friend and enemies, gave thanks to you, offered all, the bread of life and the cup of blessing and proclaimed a covenant of love for all in your name.

We also remember the wonder of Jesus life, as we remember the wonder of all of Creation given us and how all are One. We remember the agony of his death, and all the terrors and the tyrannies that oppress people today. And we remember the power of resurrection, the mystery of faith in the everlasting Spirit, the triumph over fear. Help us to remember to practice resurrection every day, as we remember all those who have given Love the ultimate trust and the last word and who have worked to create the beloved community of renewed and abundant life.

Help us to remember with this meal especially all those who are hungry, and may we treat all our meals as sacred and to be shared.

Take us, bless us, so that even in and with our brokenness we may serve others, as you, Jesus served us. Amen.

Sharing of the Bread and Cup

COMMUNION MUSIC “Music for a While” – S. Conrady

We thank you, loving God for this meal:
that you never leave us hungry or thirsty.
May we commit ourselves so that living in love
all are invited into the full life of your gracious community. Amen

The Thanksgiving

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Hear our prayer” – D. Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace


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 Thy daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

CHORAL RESPONSE TO PRAYER “Thou will keep Him” – Scottish Psalter, 1615

Thou will keep Him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference!

Bless these gifts, O God, returned to you.
Multiply and use them to bring the word and touch of Jesus to this place and throughout the world. Amen.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

The Departure

Gracious God, your Son Jesus told us that you are pleased to give us your kingdom. May we open our hearts inviting in your love for us and all people. May we allow you, Lord to transform us from self-serving to obedient followers of Jesus Christ, willing to serve as He served.  Amen.

CLOSING HYMN “This Is My Song”

POSTLUDE “Life Every Voice” – J. Johnson/arr. S. Conrady

Music Notes: Two of today’s hymns are in our hymn supplement at the church. We don’t have the license to record and publish these hymns (only photocopy), so we share this recording from another source. The lyrics are shared in the video.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Centering Words
“Hope is a state of mind independent of the state of the world. If your heart’s full of hope, you can be persistent when you can’t be optimistic. You can keep the faith despite the evidence, knowing that only in so doing has the evidence any chance of changing.” -William Sloane Coffin

Prelude “Halifax” – G.F. Handel


Lighting our Candles
If you have a candle, let us light our candles together to remind ourselves that there is light in the darkness and that we can share that light with one another in our own times of darkness and we can share that light of love with the world. Please light your candles if you have one as we enter into our time of worship.

A moment of silence

Welcome and  Announcements

Opening Hymn: Bunessan

This popular Gaelic traditional melody has the lyrics “Morning Has Broken” by Eleanor Farjeon, which were written in 1931 and are not in the public domain. If you know the words, you may sing them aloud or in your head!

Morning Prayer
Startle us, O God, as you startled the prophets and disciples long ago with new ideas, new openness, new acceptance and love, which transcend old traditions and ancient barriers.
Startle us with a love that transcends even our own long-held assumptions.
Startle us, Spirit of the Living God, unpredictable, surprising,
and open us, each one, for the word you have for us today.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen. -Rev. John Buchanan

Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, hear our prayer of confession: We confess that we have put our own pleasure ahead of your purposes. We have preferred our limited wisdom to your limitless revelation.      
We have been more ready to fight with one another than to free the oppressed, more inclined to feed our own egos than to give bread to the hungry. Forgive us, God, and teach us to shine your light of love. Amen.

A moment of silence for personal reflection

Words of Assurance
God stirs our conscience into restlessness and heals our very hearts. Our return to God is a sign of the healing that already has taken place within us. God forgives us right where we are at. Thanks be to God.


A Time for Children of all Ages
Anthem “Prayer of St. Francis” – B. Cabena

Scripture Readings

Romans 5: 1-8 (NIV)
Peace and Hope
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Matthew 9:35-10:8 (NIV)
The Workers Are Few
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Jesus Sends Out The Twelve
10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Morning Reflection  “Making God credible in the world”

Hymn “Christ for the World, We Sing” No. 295

  1. Christ for the world we sing; the world to Christ we bring with loving zeal:
    the poor and them that mourn, the faint and overborne,
    sin-sick and sorrow worn, whom Christ doth heal.
  2. Christ for the world we sing; the world to Christ we bring with joyful song:
    the newborn souls whose days, reclaimed from error’s ways,
    inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns

Choral Call to Prayer “Hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace

Prayers of the People

Lord’s Prayers (trespasses)

Choral Response to Prayer “Thou will keep them in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on Thee

Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference.


Offertory Prayer
This offering is our statement of faith, O God. We give because we believe this congregation is important, our ministry changes lives for the better, and we are part of something much larger than ourselves. Use our time, talents, and treasures in ways that exceed our grandest vision of your church. Amen.


The Franciscan blessing:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.  Amen.

Closing Hymn “Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds”   No. 294

  1. Eternal God, whose power upholds Both flower and flaming star,
    To whom there is no here nor there, No time, no near nor far,
    No alien race, no foreign shore, No child unsought, unknown:
    O send us forth, Thy prophets true, To make all lands Thine own!
  2. O God of love, whose Spirit wakes In every human breast,
    Whom love, and love alone, can know, In whom all hearts find rest
    Help us to spread Thy gracious reign Till greed and hate shall cease,
    And kindness dwell in human hearts, And all the earth find peace!

Postlude “Halifax” (second variation) – G.F. Handel