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Worship June 21, 2020- 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Happy Father's Day for the Dads this morning...

Call to Worship: LBW #390 I Love to Tell the Story

1 I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story, because I know it’s true;

it satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.


I love to tell the story; I’ll sing this theme in glory

and tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

2 I love to tell the story: how pleasant to repeat

what seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet!

I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

the message of salvation from God’s own holy word. Refrain

3 I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

I’ll sing the old, old story that I have loved so long. Refrain

Text: Katherine Hankey, 1834-1911


God does not promise that the path of the

disciple will be easy. Jeremiah feels the pain of rejection from those who do not want to hear what he has to say. Jesus declares that his words may bring stark division. Even so, we need not be afraid for God accounts for each hair on our heads. Though we may experience rejection, frustration, division, and death, God’s grace and love make us a new creation each day. Marked with the cross and filled with holy food, we are sent from worship to witness to Christ in the world.

Confession and Forgiveness

Dear Heavenly Father, we confess that we have too often forgotten that we are yours. Sometimes we carry on our lives as if there was no God and we fall short of being a credible witness to You. For these things & for all the sins we have committed, we ask your forgiveness and we also ask for your strength to live the life you have in mind for us. Give us clear minds and open hearts so we may witness to You in our world. Remind us to be who You would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to You and build our relationship with You and with those You have given us on earth.

Pastor: Christ died for our sins. He made a full atonement for us. We are forgiven and we have the promise of eternal life. Receive that forgiveness in your heart, mind & soul. We are His children. We’ve been forgiven!


Prayer of the Day

The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, And the Lord's glory covers the earth as the waters over the sea. The trees of the field clap their hands, the birds of the air sing songs of praise And if we should fail to express our worship, even the rocks and stones would cry out! And so, we lift up our hearts, and we lift up our voice. And we offer thanksgiving and adoration to YOU-- Lord the Creator of all.

Readings and Psalm

First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-13 The prophet must speak despite opposition

Jeremiah accuses God of forcing him into a ministry that brings him only contempt and persecution. Yet Jeremiah is confident that God will be a strong protector against his enemies and commits his life into God’s hands.

O Lord, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. 8 For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. 9 If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. 10 For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” say all my close friends, watching for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we can overcome him and take our revenge on him.” 11 But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. 12 O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.

13 Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.

Psalm: Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18

Answer me, O Lord, for your love is good. (Ps. 69:16)

  For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonor has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother's sons.

9 For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. 10 When I wept and humbled[a] my soul with fasting, it became my reproach.

16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. 17 Hide not your face from your servant, for I am in distress; make haste to answer me. 18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies!

Second Reading: Romans 6:1-11 Dead to Sin, Alive to God

In baptism we were incorporated into the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. We have been made new in Christ through his death and resurrection to live freed from sin.

6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self[a] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free[b] from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

Response: Trust and Obey (verse 1)

Verse 1

When we walk with the Lord

In the light of His Word

What a glory He sheds on our way

While we do His good will

He abides with us still

And with all who will trust and obey


Trust and obey

For there's no other way

To be happy in Jesus

But to trust and obey

CCLI Song # 7056336 Daniel Brink Towner | John Henry Sammis | Russell Mauldin

© Words: Public Domain Music: 2010 Belden Street Music Publishing (Admin. by ClearBox Rights, LLC) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 11430998

Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39 The cost of discipleship

Jesus warns his disciples that their ministry in his name will meet with opposition. However, he assures them that they need not fear for the truth will come to light. Life is found in Christ.

[Jesus said to the twelve:] “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant[a] above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign[b] those of his household.

26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[c] 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[d] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life

Sermon: What is your priority? Pastor Jill

Jesus is a wonderful teacher—He starts out with words of encouragement—assurance—the value of even a sparrow & how He cares for each one—and that we are of much more value than the sparrow. Then He goes on to deeper stuff.

When doing pre-marital or marriage counseling, I usually ask the person to create a list of the relationships in their lives ranking the most important relationship at the top of the list. The results of doing that exercise are telling & opens all sorts of windows into what is going on. If a person’s fiancé or spouse isn’t high on the list it can open eyes to see what the problems are creeping around in the couple’s relationship. More importantly, I wait to see if God is on the list.

Jesus reminds us that there is one priority in our lives that should be number 1: our relationship with Him. But how often is he? Jesus is restating the First Commandment today: you shall have no other gods before me.

So we can ask ourselves today--Who is our priority? Our gut reaction might be, “My spouse! My children! My parents! My friends!” Those are clearly all very important relationships in our lives. It would be a struggle to function without them, and we reap tremendous blessings from them. But Jesus’ words are startling. He asks the question, “If push came to shove, who would win? Me or them?” But He said: “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Let‘s now talk about PEACE. Doesn’t the Bible say that Jesus is a peace-bringer—the Prince of Peace? YES! Then why does Jesus say he has come to bring a sword, not peace? The difference is where you’re looking for that peace. The angels at Christmas proclaimed to the shepherds that their message was one that would bring peace on earth and goodwill to men (Luke 2:8-14). But that peace was not between human beings on this earth. No, as Jesus makes plain, his work actually will do more to spark controversy and conflict that it will ever do to bring about peace.

We don’t have to spend too much time studying history to see this come out. People have responded poorly, murderously to the message of Jesus. Even worse, people have used Jesus as an excuse to behave poorly and murderously. From the early church to the crusades to the Reformation, Christianity has been at the center of conflict practically from the moment Jesus ascended into heaven.

I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Perhaps you were blessed to grow up in a household that was totally committed to living out the Bible and sharing Jesus with the world—I sure wasn’t. It was something we kept secret. So many do not have that blessing of a God fearing home. We likely all have people, at least in our extended families, who recoil at the very mention of “Jesus” or “religion.” They just don’t want to hear it, and because they don’t want to hear it, they lash out at us.

And so often we find ourselves being quiet; we find ourselves avoiding religion at the dinner table to not start any conflict. We try to keep the peace at all costs. Yet, in reality -- ignoring a problem is not fixing it. Being quiet only brings a surface level of peace.

If we shy away from religious conflict in our family, is it about our family members or is it about ourselves? Are we really worried that what we think or say might hurt someone else, or are we mostly worried that they might say or do something that would hurt us? Is our family really the priority over (and sometimes against) Jesus? If we’re honest, we’ll admit that often we shy away from this conflict & here we see that Jesus predicted this would happen.

We don’t make him the priority because we want to protect ourselves by avoiding conflict. We avoid sharing our faith & experiences with God because we’re scared of the fallout. We avoid living our faith because we don’t want to be mocked or told to SHUT UP or GET OUT. We try to keep that fake peace around as much as possible, all the while knocking Jesus down the priority list. I know, because I did this for years myself.

Jesus has always made us his number one priority. He made his Father’s will more important than his own, even when it meant pain, misery, and death. In fact, his priority was to go to his death because we had so messed up our priorities. So he goes, not caring about the torment that would befall him if it meant rescuing us from hell, which it did. Jesus’ work may have brought conflict to our personal, human relationships, but it also brought peace between us and God, a relationship that is far more important.

Now, because we were and are his priority, because he’s made peace between himself and us, Jesus has enabled us to have him be our priority. We are free to give God the highest priority in our lives; & as a result---we are free to put other’s needs ahead of our own.

Along with that comes some trouble. Jesus talks about us “taking up our cross” and following him. The cross at that time had no positive connotation. There was no message of joy in the cross. The cross was an implement of torture and death. There was nothing good about the cross, and yet Jesus tells us that we need to take up our cross, embrace the hardship in our lives and follow him.

But in following him, we may have a difficult go of it, yet eternally speaking it is nothing but joy. Jesus says, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” If our focus is on our life and what can make us happy, we toss our cross away and ignore the way that Jesus is walking. But, if we count this life as being worth very little when compared to eternity, if we embrace suffering that we endure as a Christian as a natural consequence of our faith, if we seek to follow Jesus no matter what the cost, we have found real life.

Cherishing that life means having different priorities. You’re no longer only concerned about yourself and what will happen to you. You’re concerned about staying devoted to Jesus, helping others, and sharing that message. And having our relationship with Jesus as number one priority--& not being scared or ashamed to share it with others—we will have actually found OUR LIFE…The life Jesus died so we could live.

You are his and he is yours. His eye is definitely on the sparrow--& that sparrow is you! Thank the Lord and sing his praise! Tell everyone what he has done! Alleluia! Amen.


Hymn of the Day: His Eye is on the Sparrow CH #624

Verse 1

Why should I feel discouraged

Why should the shadows come

Why should my heart be lonely

And long for heaven and home

When Jesus is my portion my constant friend is He

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me


I sing because I'm happy I sing because I'm free

For His eye is on the sparrow

And I know He watches me

Verse 2

Let not your heart be troubled

His tender words I hear

And resting on His goodness

I lose my doubt and fear

Tho' by the path He leadeth but one step I may see

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me

Verse 3

Whenever I am tempted whenever clouds arise

When songs give place to sighing

When hope within me dies

I draw the closer to Him from care He sets me free

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me

CCLI Song # 2922487 Andy Griffith | Charles Hutchinson Gabriel | Civilla Durfee Martin | David Huntsinger | Steve Tyrell © Words: Public Domain Music: 1997 Manteo Enterprises, Inc. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Sparrow Song (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (MAIN) (Admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 11430998



Holy Lord, you both give and sustain life. You understand better than we can about the state of the world at this time. We pray for your guidance and wisdom as we navigate new paths. We ask for your healing power and peace in this country and around the world. You alone are our refuge and you alone are our hope. All glory to the name of Jesus! Amen.

Father, we pray today for India : Almost 70% of India’s 1.4 billion residents live on less that $2.00/day. Amid the national lockdown and inability to work starvation is threatening millions. New Hope Mission Society is providing nutritious meals and sanitation items where they can. Please bless this ministry and the people served by it.**

**(If you’d like to contribute financially contact or for more information:

Lord of all, Our nation is divided. Our hearts are heavy with grief, fear, righteous anger and confusion. We pray for justice where inequities persist. We pray for a peace that passes our understanding and our emotions. We pray for all who all affected by the recent and current violence and the senseless loss of life. We lift up the leaders who are trying to bring peace and calm. We pray for those sent to protect, and for business owners who work to rebuild their lives. Call the body of Christ forth, as your salt and light. Lord, heal this hurting nation. Make us instruments of your peace. In Jesus’ Name We Pray

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In Jesus’ Name We Pray


Lord’s Prayer

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 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,

forever and ever. Amen.


Offering Prayer

God of goodness and growth,

all creation is yours,

and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

Water and word, wine and bread:

these are signs of your abundant grace.

Nourish us through these gifts,

that we might proclaim your steadfast love

in our communities and in the world,

through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song.




Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,

nor things present, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ,

and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,

bless you and keep you in eternal love.



Sending Hymn: The Trees of the Field CH #764


You shall go out with joy

And be led forth with peace

The mountains and the hills

Will break forth before you

There'll be shouts of joy

And all the trees of the field

Will clap will clap their hands


And all the trees of the field

Will clap their hands

The trees of the field

Will clap their hands

The trees of the field

Will clap their hands

While you go out with joy

CCLI Song # 20546 Steffi Geiser Rubin | Stuart Dauermann © 1975 Lillenas Publishing Company (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 11430998



Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.



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