June 6, 2021

The Harvest is Plentiful but the Workers are Few - Training Authors with CJ  and Shelley Hitz
Prelude - Psalm 62
Call to Worship

God of love, plant us in the soil of your grace.  Nurture us with the strength of Christ, the vine of everlasting life.  Enlighten us with the wisdom of your Spirit, which flows through us today and all days.  Abide in us, that we may abide in you and live in your love.  In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

Hymn - Joyful, Joyful. We Adore Thee
Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Almighty God, you are worthy of worship for You guide us by your presence and bring us to peace when we are weary.  You prepare for us a table, overflow our cup with grace, and call us your people.  As your people, we lift up the words Jesus taught us as a prayer of blessing, by saying in one voice: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture Readings - Matthew 9:35-38 and 10:1-15
 

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.  These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.  These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.  “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Joys and Concerns

We thank you, gracious God, for Jesus Christ the true vine, with his roots eternally grounded in you. We rejoice that by grace we have been grafted into him, to be branches on a vine which bears the loveliest of all the fruits of earth.  May we remain in Christ and he in us, through all the changing seasons of life. Let us delight in bearing the fruits of love which are our true purpose and joy. For your Name’s sake.  Amen!

Youth Message - Sharing the Gospel
Hymn - In My Heart There Rings a Melody
Sermon - Spiritual Harvest
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Hymn - People Need the Lord
Lord's Supper

Each time we eat the bread and drink the cup with do so remembering Jesus.  We do so remembering that Jesus calls each of us to come into a peace giving and eternal relationship with God.  Jesus has invited us to this table to share in the harvest by taking the bread and cup. This is not a Baptist table. This is the Lord ’s Table and is offer freely to all who love Him and seek to remember Him. 

Jesus used the bread as a symbol of His body that he gave for us.  Jesus used the cup a symbol for His blood that was shed for us.  Jesus made these offerings first available on the evening before his death.  He took the bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.”  Let’s thank God for Jesus’ body, represented in the bread.  

Loving God, thank you for offering us Jesus Christ, like the simple gifts of bread and grape juice, to satisfy our deepest hunger
and quench our deepest thirst.  Please come into our heart, and mind and soul and show us the things we are to say and do. Amen,

Jesus said, “This is my body, given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  Join me in eating the bread.

In the same way, after the supper Jesus took the cup, gave thanks, and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”  Let's offer a prayer of thanks for the cup. 

God of bread and wine, we sense your presence among us in grace-filled moments of sharing and in carefully created communities of loving solidarity.  We delight in the moving of your steadfast Spirit demanding that we find water for the thirsty, demanding that we prepare meals for all who hunger, and encouraging us to welcome all in our midst.  As we share this cup, may be reminded of the harvest to which you call us.  Amen.

Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  Join me in drinking from the cup.

Let us pray.

Benediction

Let us go now with our first and ultimate loyalty to God and remember to share, heal, and have compassion in Jesus Name.  Amen.

Postlude - Be Exalted, O God

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May 30, 2021

What does it mean to be Salt of the Earth? — Salt&Light
Prelude - The Beatitudes
Call to Worship

Come, Holy Spirit, come!  Restore and refresh me, and my friends, in the joy of your salvation for us in the gospel. Don’t let us lose our saltiness but make us strong together in worship, fellowship, and serving one another.  Amen.

Hymn - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 
Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Most Gracious Father, we praise You for extending your great love to us.  We worship You alone for You are the Creator and Sustainer of life.  We pray to You because You answer prayer as Your Son taught us.  Therefore, we join Him and praying: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Scripture Readings - Matthew 5:1-16

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.  10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  13 “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.  14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Joys and Concerns

God enlarge our hearts by Your grace through prayer to manifest Your passion for people. Help us to decrease so You may increase and so we can influence others relationally with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Increase the fire of Your word through us by prayer to influence and impact the destinies of the people we serve and come in contact with.  Increase Your transforming love in us through prayer to break generational patterns in family church relationships and a dying lost world.  Increase our capacity to carry Calvary’s love to the hurting and the wounded so we won’t be offended with the cross you called us to bear for others.  Amen.

Youth Message - What Does This Mean: To Bless?

 

Hymn - Just a Closer Walk with Thee

 

Sermon - Spiritual Empowerment
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Hymn - The Church's One Foundation
Benediction

Let us go now complete in the blessings of God that we may be salt and light into the world.  Amen.

Postlude - Seek Ye First

 

 

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