Welcome to Worship!
Today is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost–when we continue to look at the life and work of the Church in the world around us. It also Father’s Day. But, nobody told Jesus–His words to us in the gospel pack a punch. They are hard to hear and surprising. Perhaps some tough love from Jesus is appropriate. Welcome to Worship! Even though we are not together–it is good to be together in spirit as we worship our Holy Father in Heaven.
Gather with loved ones, in the same room or on the phone, and participate in worship. As you do, even if these words are on a big tv, a computer screen, or a tablet, remember this. This is worship. It is not something you watch. Worship is participatory in nature. Certainly it is different than if we were in the same room singing and praying together. But, I encourage you to engage your hearts, sing and say the words, give of your heart and mind to this time as we encounter the risen Lord Jesus together.
Order of Worship
A Prelude to center our hearts in Christ
We call on the Name of the Triune God. We gather in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
An Opening Song
I was Glad When the said unto me
In Peace, Let us pray to the Lord
Lord, Have Mercy
For the Peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy
For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.
For those who love you, O God, you have chosen and prepared what no eye has seen nor ear heard. Pour into our hearts a loving affection for you, that we may choose you in and above all things. For only then shall we have what you promise, which far exceeds all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Here is a version of Psalm 91 in song
The opening declaration of Psalm 91 says this:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Sharing Option: How does these words of promise bring you comfort and hope these days?
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Another Song for Worship
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
Today’s Gospel and Sermon
Some Discussion Questions:
- Share a lesson you learned from Dad
- Name a time when a relationship was a blessing to you.
- Share a time when an important relationship was really hard for you.
- We all have different core motivations that drive us. For example: doing the right thing; fairness; connection; relationships; being needed; recognition; goals; titles; unique; purpose; knowledge; security; fear; variety; creativity; adventure; challenges; authority; justice; harmony. Name one of your core motivations and how it plays out in your life.
- Thinking of the Sword, name a way that you have grown in Christ and how the sword has helped to cut out the decay of the old Adam.
- What is something that you can do today, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to become a better disciple?
We Profess our Faith
Using the words of the Apostles’ Creed–the words declared at our baptisms
I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
As a part of our prayers today, we give thanks to all the Fathers–and those who are like Fathers to us!
I invite you into a time of prayer. Together as a family. Together in silence. Together–although gathered apart.
For these things we pray:
- Praise and adoration of the Holy Trinity
- Awe and wonder at the gift of Jesus for our sake
- For forgiveness and reconciliation for our brokenness
- For the outcries across our nation, that justice, peace, and hope might be manifested among us.
- For our community that we would find common and fair ground and that all voices might be heard.
- For the health of our nation and the world and a speedy resolution to Covid19.
- For the cares and concerns of our own hearts and our community of faith that is Prince of Peace.
Follow the Button to Worship with your Offering and Tithes
Pray together the Lord’s Prayer
Every Wednesday night in the Youth Zone, as the youth gather to pray at the end of the time, our dear brother Jeffery leads the youth and leaders in the Lord’s Prayer. We miss many things about not being together. Thanks to this video, we can have a taste of the faithfulness of Jeffery as he leads us in the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our 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 and the power and the glory
Forever and ever. Amen.
A Closing Song:
How Great Thou Art
May you be blessed. Today. Tomorrow. and Forever. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.