June 21, 2020: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Welcome and Announcements

Audio: Welcome and Announcements

Introit: “The Eyes of All,” Jean Berger

Video: “The Eyes of All”

The eyes of all wait upon thee;
and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand,
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 145: 15, 16

Call to Worship: Romans 6

Audio: Call to Worship

All of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death.
We know that our old self was crucified with him so that we might no longer be enslaved to sin.
Consider yourselves alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Hymn: “In Christ Called to Baptize,” 297

Video: “In Christ Called to Baptize”
Hymnal page, "In Christ Called to Baptize," 297

Prayer of the Day

Audio: Prayer of the Day and Prayer of Confession

Prayer of Confession

Hear our cries, to you, O God: for our lack of compassion toward the poor, have mercy on us; for our failure to end the destruction of air, water, soil, and creatures of the Earth, have mercy on us; for our disbelief in Your power to make us whole, have mercy on us; for making war, have mercy on us; for mistrusting Your Word, have mercy on us; for all that we have done and have not done out of hardened hearts, have mercy on us. Forgive us and renew us. Guide us into ways that do not deny You but lead to peace. AMEN.

Assurance of Pardon and Commitment to Pass the Peace

Video: Assurance of Pardon and Commitment to Pass the Peace

Prayer for Illumination

Audio: Prayer for Illumination

O God, send now Your Spirit into our midst to entice us and overpower us with the strength of Your Word. We beg for the strength to hear Your call and live according to Your will. AMEN.

Time for Children, Jenny Newman

Video: Time for Children

Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:32-39

Audio: Scripture Reading and Sermon

32 “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33 but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father 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 one’s foes will be members of one’s 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 up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

Sermon: “Hating Your Family the Jesus Way,” Rev. Vincent Kolb

Hymn: “Lord of All Hopefulness,” sung to the tune “Slane”

Video: “Lord of All Hopefulness”

Affirmation of Faith: Confession of 1967, 9.10

Audio: Affirmation of Faith, Pastoral Prayer, and The Lord’s Prayer

The risen Christ is the Savior of all people. Those joined to him by faith are set right with God and commissioned to serve as God’s reconciling community. Christ is head of this community, the church, which began with apostles and continues through all generations.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, 2019 Vatican Update

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;
do not let us fall into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.

Closing Solo: “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” Charles H. Gabriel

Video: “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”

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;

Refrain: 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.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” his tender word I hear,
And resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path he leadeth but one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me; Refrain

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When song gives 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; Refrain

Civilla Durfee Martin


Video: Benediction


We are an open and affirming community of faith in Jesus Christ. At home in an urban neighborhood of many faiths, we acknowledge that we are not alone on the path to understanding God. In worship, study, and fellowship, we celebrate our Presbyterian roots and find joy in our diversity. We strive for the grace to love one another as we seek deeper understanding of life in the Spirit, working for justice and serving as stewards of God’s wondrous creation.

We are a More Light congregation: “Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).”

Inclusive Language: Words matter. Jesus Christ, the living Word, reached out to all people to bring all people into God’s fold. The kingdom of God includes all types of people; therefore our language should reflect the inclusivity and equality among the people of God. To the end, when possible, we seek to eliminate the inherent bias of the English language towards the masculine gender without altering passages that reflect the historical situation of ancient patriarchal culture, out of which the Bible originated.

* The Session has closed the building until further notice to observe the governmental restrictions of social distancing.

* Many thanks to Heather Vallone, Dante McDonald, and Jenny Newman for being part of the service this week!

Image: Dante and Heather

* Connecting our young people! Jenny Newman will be hosting virtual fellowship times for kids.  See the upcoming dates below! Links to the Zoom meetings will be sent out via email. Please email Jenny at [email protected] if you need the link.

Lunchtime with Jenny: Tuesday, June 23 at 12:30 pm  
Grab your lunch and join Jenny to connect with other young people from church. We will share a story, some songs, and have our lunch together!

Breakfast with Jenny:  Sunday, June 28 at 9:30 am  
Get a bowl of cereal and join Jenny to connect with other young people from church. We will share a story, some songs, and have our breakfast together!

* Virtual Potluck: We will be hosting a virtual potluck for those who would like to connect with others. Grab whatever you are having for dinner and join us online Saturday, June 27, from 6 to 7:30 pm. If you are already on our potluck email list, there is no need to respond. If you would like to be added to the potluck email list or need technical assistance please, email Heather Vallone at [email protected]

* Want to join Pastor Vincent’s Wednesday morning Bible study on the lectionary texts? Contact the office to get on the email list for connection to the Zoom meeting.

* Zoom confused? Set up a call with Amy, and we’ll work through it together.

* It’s not the same as the thrill of putting the envelope in the plate, but you can still pay on your pledges either through eGive (click here!) or by mailing your check to the church. We continue to need your support in this challenging time!

* Weekly Sunday school lessons and other resources are on Jenny’s Children and Youth blog (click here!)

* The Sixth Church Mouse Returns! For congregants who would like to participate in an email form of prayers of the people, please contact [email protected] to be added to the list. You can submit prayer requests to the same email address by Thursdays at 5 pm to be included in an email sent each Friday. Please remember that confidentiality still applies; we want this to be a safe place for both participants and those we love.

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