Worship at Home for Sunday, June 14, 2020

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Moment of Silence

 

 

Opening Prayer

Divine Goodness, Holy One,

Pause us for this moment,

bear us up in this time,

hold us for eternity.

We open to your warming presence.

We remember we came from you.

We affirm all beings are your beloveds.

And all the people say, “Amen.”

 

Scripture Readings

Psalm 16: 7-11 (Inclusive Bible)

 

I praise YHWH, who guides me;

            even at night my heart teaches me.

Im always aware of your presence;

            you are right by my side,

            and nothing can shake me.

My heart is happy and my tongue sings for joy;

I feel completely safe with you,

            because you wont abandon me to the Grave;

            you wont let your loved one see decay

You show me the path to Life;

            your presence fills me with joy.

[Beautiful things are always in your right hand.] (a)

  1. Ref: CEB

 

 

 

Matthew 9:35-10:8

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for 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 laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

1 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim the good news, "The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

 

Sermon: God Sends Us

The verses which we read in Psalm 16 remind us that God is with us. This is important to remember in both good times and in bad. Suffering is harder when we feel alone. Suffering is endurable when we remember that God is with us. The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible translates verse 8 as, “I keep the Lord always before me.” In the notes on the page for Psalm 16:8-11, it suggests that the psalmist used his imagination to make the presence of God more real. Perhaps the psalmist is seeing God as a guide leading a person through a difficult time. God is a guide we can talk to for help. Take time each day to imagine Jesus sitting in your home before you go to sleep at night. Tell Jesus about the events of your day. This can make you feel secure and closer to God even in the most troubling of times.

Jesus had compassion for the crowds of people following him. These people were feeling lost. They sought Jesus to guide them and to fill the emptiness in their lives. Jesus was God in real live human form. But when Jesus was in human form, it was hard for him to be with all the people who needed his healing and loving compassion. So, Jesus selected his disciples to help with his work.

The twelve disciples who were chosen are listed in these verses of Matthew. They are commissioned and given the power to do what Jesus could. They were not sent to the ends of the earth at this time but instructed to care for those around them. To gather and heal the lost sheep of their community and to serve as a reminder of God’s presence in their lives.

As followers of Jesus we are treated to the loving compassion of our savior and sent out to share that compassion with others. We may or may not be sent to the ends of the earth, but we can always share God’s love with someone nearby. The Dorcas prayer shawl and Pocket Pals ministries are ways that our church gives a physical presence of God’s love to people in our community. Helping Hands and the Ministerial Alliance give food, financial assistance and a listening ear to those who need it. Many times, people who have been helped in turn find themselves sent out to offer hope and help to others. We are both sheep and under shepherds in this world. We look for Jesus to guide us with compassion and are asked to guide others to God’s love and compassion.

Contemplative Prayer invites us to slow down our anxious minds so that we can recognize the presence of our beautiful and compassionate God. So much can fill us with suffering, if we do not look for God’s beauty and compassion. Once our hearts sense the beauty of God, we realize just how much we are loved. God has created a beautiful world for us. We just need to slow down and enjoy it.

There is enough beauty to go around. One person or group cannot and should never try to keep it all for themselves. Jesus sent out the twelve to make sure that all of those who sought God’s compassion would have it. Never ever think that you are not deserving of the beauty of God. God loves you very much. God loves all of us even when we are unlovable. God even loves those we might find difficult.

The last is important to remember. When I am upset with a person or a group of people, I need to remind myself that God loves them too. God has compassion for them, because God loves me even when I am at my most unlovable. Remember, that no matter how great your suffering, how great your pain that God is there, and that God loves you and everyone else very much.

Prayer:
Our prayers in this series invite us to an open-eyed/open-eared/open hearted experience of “looking around”. So, find something to focus on. It may be something that often reminds you of your connection to God. Or you may let your gaze wander during prayers as a way of giving thanks for your surroundings. Look around with your eyes or other senses and notice the beauty in the world and in the people, we encounter, but also how we notice the suffering and are called to intercede in prayer for healing of all. Then read these words as your prayer:

“Look Around” by Marsha Jean Moors-Charles

Verse 1: When you’re tired and feel you can’t get through

Uncertainty comes over you

Just Look Around

When your problems seem too much to bear

Unsure if there’s someone who cares

Just Look Around

Chorus: Look Around – kindness, love is ours to share

We can see it everywhere

Though it might seem like forever

Look Around – for even in the darkest night

Things are gonna be alright

We’ll get through this together

Just Look Around!

Lord’s Prayer

 

Prayer list:

Simon, Howard, Julia, Ahna, Mike, Josh, Priscilla, Duane, Janet, Grandpa David, Dorothy, Jacob, Jenny, Ann, Dale, Gayle, Don, Cheryl, Dustin, Pat, Student with eating disorder, Tate, Patricia, Roland, aryann, Amanda, Virginia, Matthew, Tom, Naomi, Vic, Jennelle, Charlie, James, Rick, Christy, Reagan, Kim, Lee, Kevin, Gaylynn, Liz’s sister in law, Naomi, Nathan, Jason, Cheryl, Daniel, Betty, Dax, Carter, Laurie’s mom, Jock, Nancy, Pat, Malachi and Karen, Carolyn, Ellen, Shirley, Mary, Karen, Paul, Hal, Richard, Crystal, Edie, Paula, Jim, Truett, Brett and Danielle, Judy, Laura F, Shirley, Butch, Joyce., Macie, Michel, Dorothy L, family of child who donated a heart to Truett, Corey, Lauren, Anonymous Cancer Patient, Luis, Bernice, Mike, Clyde, Gary S., Linda, Pat, Gary, Dave, Laurie Lee, Gail, Brenda, Breana, Dean, Corey, Jeff, Nancy, Terry, Rev. Cantrell.

 

Special prayers:

  • The family of Iline L. Garver who passed last week.
  • The family of Garrett Braun who passed last week.
  • For our nation and God’s healing from racism and violence.
  • Prayer request for all the people who have been affected by the Coronavirus.
  • Those members of our church and wider community who have been serving others at this time: Senior Center, Helping Hands, Gasconade R-2 Schools, Nursing Homes, Pharmacies, Medical Offices, Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, 911 and more.

Goodwill/Offering

  • Take time to create a box to put food in to give to Helping Hands. Decorate the box with loving messages.
  • Write your troubles on a piece of paper. Place that paper in a box or an envelope. Give that box and your troubles of
  • Paint a prayer/worry rock to place somewhere that someone will find it and be inspired.
  • Donate via PayPal on our website or write a check.
  • Send a loving note to someone.

 

Prayer of Dedication

Compassionate God may these gifts and our lives be used for healing and hope in this world. Amen.

 

The world is so varied and beautiful.

Seek wisdom wherever it is to be found.

And may the goodness of the Creator,

the companionship of the Christ,

and the insight of the Spirit,

infuse your life now and always.

Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “Now Thank We All Our God,”

Parts of this worship come from www.worshipdesignstudio.com/Beguiled. Used with permission.

 

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