Community and St Mark United Methodist Church
Phase 2 in-person worship
June 28th, 2020
Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and only speak with those around you and with social distancing.
Welcome and announcements
Leader: How long, O Lord?
People: How long must we hold onto this pain?
Leader: How long will the aches of our souls have power over our hearts?
People: How long must we bear the weights of worry, of guilt, of sorrow?
Leader: Move beyond the past that holds us captive.
People: We will move forward, despite the scars.
Leader: May God’s steadfast love heal our spirits.
People: May God’s steadfast love help us discover the road to salvation.
Leader: Let us sing with renewed voices.
People: Let us sing of divine generosity.
Joys and Concerns of the People
Prayers for Life Leader
The 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 Amen.
Hymn “Here I Am Lord” Meditation/Reflection
*Affirmation of Faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*Gloria Patri “Glory Be to the Father” Instrumental only
Offertory Prayer Leader
*“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” Instrumental only
Prayer of illumination
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 22:1-14
New Testament Reading: Romans 6:12-23
Reader: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God
Prayer of Confession: Spirit of Creation, whose steadfast love drapes the earth, our human limitations shroud us from you, prodding us to unhealthy tendencies. We choose discordant noises, instead of the melodious sounds of your call. We would rather abide in the vapors of worry, and the smog of self-interest, rather than breathe the refreshing mist of your grace. May the toxic clouds that confine our spirits dissipate, and may we perceive the light of your grace. Amen.
Words of Assurance: God releases creation from the haze of separation—the division separating us from God and our neighbors from ourselves. In the spirit of God’s freedom, let us delight in the refreshing winds of God’s grace, renewing us all. Amen.
(*) Please stand if able, (UMH) The United Methodist Hymnal, (FWS) The Faith We Sing, (CBY) Cokesbury, (FOG) Blue Hymnal