Sunday 7th June 2020

Welcome

Call to Worship – psalm 8 (NIV)

1Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants

    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Hymn 161 – Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

Scripture Sentence – Ephesians 2:18

Through Christ we have access to the Father in the one Spirit.

Collect for Trinity Sunday

Almighty and eternal God,
through your Word and Spirit
you created all things.
In Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh,
you reveal your salvation
in all the world.
Through your Holy Spirit,
you give us a share
in your life and love.
Keep us firm in this faith,
and fill us with the vision of your glory,
that we may serve and praise you all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Children’s Talk – Where to Put MY Lamp?

Children’s Praise – This Little Light of Mine

Reading – Matthew 5:1-16 (NIV)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Sermon – A Hunger for Justice

Prayer

Father, Lord,
you are good, you are gracious,
you are kind, you are holy.
You are an amazing God!

Lord, right now, we just turn to you.
We look to you to provide
wisdom and guidance,
as we navigate through
some very pressing and trying times.
Lord, we take confidence in the fact
that you are never off the throne.
You hold all things in your hands.
You are aware of what’s going on
in our country and in our world,
and you are not blind to it.

Lord, we pray that you will open up minds
and soften hearts to receive you in this time.
Help those who are angry,
help those who feel oppressed,
help those who feel lost.
Lord, help those who just don’t know what to say.
Father, we are looking to you
to lead and to guide us in all things,
and through all things.

Lord, give us the boldness
to stand on your word;
to proclaim your glory;
to share the gospel throughout the land,
over and over and over again.
Lord, let us not be selfish,
thinking of our own interests,
but let us think of others better than ourselves.
Let us not be partial to others, Lord,
but let us remember that every person
is an image-bearer of you.
Let us treat people with dignity and respect,
regardless of their race,
regardless of their socioeconomic status,
regardless of anything else, Lord.
Let us remember that every person
is unique and special in your eyes. 

God, we love you. We need you.
We repent of all the ways
that we have sinned against you.
And we pray that you will purge us
and clean us up and make us new,
so that we will be able to continue
the good works that you have set before us.
And we will be forever careful to give you all the praise,
all the glory, and all the honor,
forever and ever. 

It is in Jesus Christ’s name that we pray.
Amen

by Portia Collins, ‘LET US PRAY: Prayers From Women of Color’

Hymn – Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Benediction (Romans 15:13)

May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing
so that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen


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