Worship at Home for Sunday, June 7

Trinity Sunday

Centering Moment

Scripture Readings

Ezekiel 31: 3-7 

Matthew 28:16-20

 

Sermon: Why Pray?

This past week has seen joy, sorrow, fear, violence and hope. Last Sunday was Pentecost when we remember how the Holy Spirit filled the followers of Jesus so that they were empowered to speak to the crowd. They spoke so well that each person heard the Good News of Jesus in their own language. 3000 people were inspired to join with Peter and the others as followers of Christ. Therefore, Pentecost is seen as the birthday of the Church. To celebrate the church’s birthday, we welcomed six confirmands into membership at St. Peter’s. It was a joyful day!

Last week the news had joyful moments such as the successful Space X launch of two astronauts and another successful rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Sadly, much of the news was not hopeful. It was troubling.

People continue to die from Covid-19. Many have lost their jobs due shutdowns and other economic complexities related to the pandemic. In larger cities, people have been confined to their homes. Many people worry about paying their bills, rent and more. Stress is building worldwide.

The death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being restrained by a white. police officer in Minneapolis reverberated worldwide. Non-violent protests in response to his death happened across the nation. Some people chose to riot during these protests, and violence begat violence. People are frightened, frustrated and afraid. My heart aches. I pray for healing from racism and all that hurts and divides us as people.

I give thanks for the kind officers of the Owensville Police Department. When Luis shared with them his stories of racist bullying, they responded with sympathy and support. For this I am truly grateful. Racism concerns me deeply. Sadly, hurtful acts of racism have been going on for centuries. Let us pray to God for healing.

On May 27, our Conference Minister the Rev. Ginny Brown Daniel sent out a Pastoral Letter about her anguish pain racism has caused our nation. She speaks of her concern and calls on us to examine ourselves and change. Click here to read her letter.

Life is stressful. It is hard to sleep. We must pray and take time to be with God. That is why our worship for the next six weeks will focus on Contemplative Prayer. You may ask why prayer in this time? Contemplative prayer is not a retreat from the world but seeks the beauty and goodness of God. Once we are filled with God’s goodness and love, we will be empowered by God to live in love and compassion. Theologian Wendy Farley puts it this way:

A contemplative way of life is motivated by a devotion to the welfare of others. …The difficulty and crisis of the world is overwhelming. It is virtually impossible to bear it without very deep resources. Without watering our roots in deep and life-giving waters, awareness of radical suffering, injustice, and turmoil is likely to distort our capacities for care and responsibility. © Wendy Farley 2020

We must be rooted in the love of God. In troubled times we will need our roots to stretch deeply into the well of God’s love. We need to be like a tree planted by the water of God. Without this deep-rooted relationship with God we may find ourselves feeling dried up and brittle. We might confuse panic filled action with faithful living. Humans have tried to fix the world on their own with mixed results. We need to appreciate the love and beauty of God. Strengthened by God’s love and goodness, we will be empowered to reach out to others in compassion.

Jesus calls us to reach out in love to the whole world. We are to share Jesus’ teaching and way with the world. Jesus has love for all people. We are called to live lives that are filled with the Good News of our savior who was willing to give up his own life so that we might truly live. We need Jesus. The world needs Jesus.

Take a moment to look at something beautiful. Appreciate that this is a beautiful world that God has given us. We need to fill ourselves with God’s love so that we can live with compassion. We need to pray and trust God to guide us in times of trouble Let us be beguiled by God’s beauty and goodness. May that goodness shine in our lives.

 

Moment of Quiet Contemplation

 

Prayer:
Based on 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Good and loving God, thank you for the beauty of this world. Thank you for the love which you have for all of us. Guide our lives and put things in order as you would have them, open our hearts to listen to one another and live in peace. Heal our nation of racism, anger and all that creates divisions among us. May we trust in your guidance, always.

We lift up in prayer those on our prayer list and in our hearts.

We pray these prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen:

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:

  • Legend who broke his leg 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

Gracious God, Holy Trinity,

We give of our offerings and ourselves to you this day

To be signs of your love and care in this world. Amen.

 

Communion

If you cannot join us via Facebook Live, I invite you to take time to break bread with God.

 

Divine Goodness and Love is with you!

And also with you!

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to our God.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

            always and everywhere to give thanks to you,

Beguiled Creator of heaven and earth,

            your love so desired a response

            that you formed us in your image

            and breathed into us your breath of life,

            filling us with your essence of goodness.

We sometimes lose sight of this connection to you,

            yet still your love remains steadfast and compassionate.

You deliver us from the captivity of our forgetfulness,

            reminding us of your eternal covenant of presence,

and you continue to speak to us through prophetic voices of hope.

 

And so,

with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 

Holy , holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,

            Divine Goodness in the flesh come to love our flesh.

Your Spirit anointed him for that love in the form of

            preaching good news to the poor,

            proclaiming release to the captives

            recovering of sight to the blind,

            setting at liberty those who are oppressed,

            and announcing that the time had come

            when you would save your people.

He healed the sick,

            fed the hungry,

            and ate with those cut off from fullness of life and love.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection

            you gave birth to a new path of faithful life,

            delivered us from our death-dealing preoccupations

            and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

 

When Jesus breathed Spirit upon his beloveds,

            he promised to be with us always.

Each breath we take, each movement of breeze,

            reminds us of this beautiful truth,

            that by the power of your Word and Holy Spirit,

            we are not alone.

 

On the night in which he gave himself up for us,

he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,

gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

 

“Drink from this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.”

 

And so,

in remembrance of your beautiful acts in Jesus Christ,

            we offer ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice,

            in union with Christ’s offering for us,

            as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

 

Christ has died; Christ is risen;  Christ will come again.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

            and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the beauty of life through Christ,

            so that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

            offering the life-blood of compassion.

 

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

            one with each other,

            and one in ministry to all the world,

            until Christ comes in final victory

            and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

 

Through your Son Jesus Christ

            with the Holy Spirit in your holy church,

            all honor and glory is yours, Beloved and Beloving God,

            now and forever. Amen.

 

 

Benediction:

 

 

 

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