Worship: June 14, 2020

“And as ye go, preach, saying,
The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Matthew 10:7  

Seasonal Theme: Peace with Justice
Hearing God’s Word speak to us about Justice through the Bible Lectionary readings each week through Reign of Christ Sunday (Nov. 22).

View or Print the Bulletin with Song Sheet:
2020-06-14 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Online meeting opens at 10:45 am
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the 11:00 am worship service.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
June 14-20

Birthdays

Anniversaries

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm — Ephesians 1
      • In Person Worship at 11 am Next Sunday, June 21
      • Online Interactive Worship at 9 or 9:30 am

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

HYMN OF PRAISE
His Banner Over Me is Love

1. I am my beloved’s and He is mine
His banner over me is love.

2. He washes me in living water
His banner over me is love

3. He seats me at His banqueting table
His banner over me is love .

4. I Love Him and He loves me
His banner over me is love

5. Now I’m living in The New Creation
His banner over me is love

“His Banner Over Me is Love” Words and Music by Kevin Prosch
© 1991 Mercy Publishing
CCLI License # 1644160

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop McAlilly requests prayer
at noon daily for health care workers.

Additions from Last Week
Rick Blanchard, Dianne Stallion, Mike Henrich, Carolyn Farmer, Shannon Moore, Our Country, Racism, Families of Jeanette Alexander and Dorothy Mason

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop

Homebound
Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis, Will Lawson, Bruce Gillette

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for June 14-20:
Malawi, Zambia

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Free your Church, O Gracious One, from all that oppresses, binds, and divides us, that we may live liberated lives of grace as people who have been justified by faith in your love.

Send out your light and your truth,
that they may lead us!

Transcend the barriers which divide this community, O Holy One, and cast out our fears as we give glory to Christ who makes us one.

Send out your light and your truth,
that they may lead us!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in 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.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

DOXOLOGY

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!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

THE GOSPEL READING
Matthew 9:35-10:8

9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
10:1  And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”

1. ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to know thus saith the Lord

Chorus
Jesus Jesus how I trust Him
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus Jesus precious Jesus
O for grace to trust Him more

2. O how sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to trust His cleansing blood
Just in simple faith to plunge me
‘Neath the healing cleansing flood

Chorus
Jesus Jesus how I trust Him
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus Jesus precious Jesus
O for grace to trust Him more

3. Yes ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus
Just from sin and self to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest and joy and peace

Chorus
Jesus Jesus how I trust Him
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus Jesus precious Jesus
O for grace to trust Him more

4. I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee
Precious Jesus Savior Friend
And I know that Thou art with me
Wilt be with me to the end

Chorus
Jesus Jesus how I trust You
How I’ve proved You o’er and o’er
Jesus Jesus precious Jesus
O for grace to trust You more

CCLI Song # 22609 CCLI License # 3194034
Louisa M. R. Stead | William James Kirkpatrick
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
“JUSTICE: The Kingdom of Heaven”

Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.

Compassion
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
(Matthew 9:34, ESV)

Pray
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  (Matthew 9:37-38, ESV)

Sent with Authority
He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives.   (Matthew 10:1, MSG)

Preach, Heal, and Liberate
Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons.     (Matthew 10:7-8a MSG)

Freely Give
 You have been treated generously, so live generously.  (Matthew 10:8b, MSG)

 

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Jesus, You Once Called Disciples”
To the tune of “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

1. Jesus, you once called disciples, choosing twelve to follow you:
Simon (also known as Peter), Andrew and Bartholomew,
Philip, Thomas, James and Matthew,
Simon, Thaddaeus, John, and James —
Then there was the one called Judas. These were your disciples’ names.

2. Women, too, were your disciples, sitting, learning, at your feet.
Mary knew your word was precious, even more than food to eat.
Martha trusted in your power when her brother Laz’rus died.
Women shared your journey, Lord, and stayed when you were crucified.

3. Lord, so many heard and followed, like the woman at the well.
Meeting you, the living water, she sought others she could tell.
Like the boy with loaves and fishes, like Zacchaeus in the tree,
Many gladly heard your message; many shared your ministry.

4. Jesus, still you call your people, “Come and follow me today!”
Some, like Paul, feel sudden wonder; some are brought up in your way.
Lord, no matter how we meet you, by your Spirit, make us new.
May we know your living presence; may we daily follow you.

Biblical References: Matthew 4:18-22, 10:1-41; Luke 8:1-3, 10:38-42; John 3:1-17, 4:1-42, 6:9, 19:25-27, 11:17-27; Acts 9:1-22; 2 Timothy 1:5
Text: Copyright © 2002 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

 

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

 


FURTHER REFLECTION

 

 

Books About Race: A Place to Start
As United Methodists are being urged to take action against the sin of racism, one place to begin is to educate ourselves by reading books from a variety of perspectives.

Council of Bishops statement on Racism
“For at least the next 30 days, we ask every United Methodist everywhere to join in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and p.m. for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time the officer held his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Do this for at least the next 30 days. Pray for all persons of color who suffer at the hands of injustice and oppression. Pray for our church as we take a stand against racism. Imagine the power of a concert of prayer heard around the world.”

Briensburg UMC Statement of Inclusiveness
We invite everyone to share fully in the worship services, life, ministry, and leadership of Briensburg United Methodist Church inclusive of age, race, nationality, gender, LGBTQ, theology, politics, and legal status.

A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern Jurisdiction
Posted by Bishop McAlilly

The Pandemic of Racism
by Bishop McAlilly

 

Inclusive of Race

“We recognize racism as sin.”
(Social Principles: The Social Community)

– Book of Resolutions: A Charter for Racial Justice Policies in an Interdependent Global Community

– What the Church Says: Racism

– The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) focuses on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in The United Methodist Church. The commission carries out its work through advocacy of the issues and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination.