Outdoor Service June 14

Outdoor Service June 14

Welcome to St. John’s! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing health and safety concerns in Pennsylvania, St. John’s will hold Worship at 9:30 AM in the parking lot with the following guidelines:

  • No bulletins will be handed out, but the service is available on Facebook and below.
  • Even as restrictions are being lifted and you are welcome to leave your car to participate in outdoor worship, please remember to keep social distancing and wear masks for your and others’ protection

We will continue to respect our leaders’ directives and conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner. If you choose to worship with us please stay in your cars and distance from others. Despite these dark days, we will keep turning toward the light. May our Lord Jesus have mercy on us and the whole world. Contact Pastor Jody at godtalk@ptd.net for more information! Please note that the Sunday School building and its bathrooms will remain closed to protect the health and safety of all.

WORSHIP SERVICE: June 14, 2020 at 9:30 AM “The 2 nd Sunday after Pentecost
CALL TO WORSHIP:

Leader: This is the day that the Lord has made!
People: We rejoice in it and give God the praise and glory!
OPENING SONG: “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
1) What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Chorus: Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; leaning, leaning, leaning on the
everlasting arms.
2) Oh, how sweet to walk in the pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
3) What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.

GREETING AND KYRIE:
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lord Jesus, pour out your mercy on us.
People: Lord Jesus, have mercy on us.
Leader: Christ Jesus, pour out your mercy on this fallen world.
People: Christ Jesus, have mercy on us.
Leader: Lord Jesus, pour out your mercy on all people and the whole world.
People: Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us and the whole world and grant us peace.

SONG OF HOPE IN GOD’S GUIDANCE: “Be Not Afraid” (based on Isaiah 43 & Luke 6)
1) You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety, though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.
Chorus: Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest.
2) If you pass through raging waters, in the sea you shall not drown.
If you walk among the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the power of hell, and death is at your side,
Know that I am with you through it all.
3) Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs,
Blessed are you who weep and morn, for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you, all because of me,
Blessed-blessed are you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY:
Leader: Pray together with me as His people,
People: God of compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself. Pour your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share the blessings of your realm and faithfully proclaim the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

LESSON FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 19:2-8
2  They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.  3  Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites:  4  You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  5  Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured
possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine,  6  but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.” 7  So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.  8  The people all answered as one: “Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do.”

DIALOGUE: (based on Deuteronomy 26, 11, 8)
Leader: You are the treasured people of the Lord,
People: A people holy to the Lord God.
Leader: Keep the words of the Lord in your heart; teach them to your children.
People: Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.
Leader: One does not live by bread alone,
People: But by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

HOLY GOSPEL: St. Matthew 9:35-10:23 (unprinted)
MESSAGE
SONG: “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”

1) Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me.
See on the portals he’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me.
Refrain: “Come home (come home), come home! You who are weary come home.”
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, “O sinner, come home!”
2) Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies, mercies for you and for me?
3) Oh, for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me.

CONFESSING OUR FAITH: Apostle’s Creed
Leader: God has made us his people through our baptism into Christ, living together in trust and hope we confess our faith:
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived of the Holy
Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the
forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
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.

BENEDICTION
CLOSING SONG: “Precious Lord”

1) Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am
worn. Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light, take my hand,
precious Lord, lead me home.
2) When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near, when my life is almost gone, hear my cry, hear my call, hold me hand lest I fall. Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
3) When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand. Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.


I’ve had some requests for the words to On the Lot Again so I will engage this
frivolity:
On the lot again, I just can’t wait to get on the lot again. Honkin’ horns and praisin’ Jesus with my friends, I just can’t wait to get on the lot again.

On the lot again, a band of Christians by the highway. We’re the best of friends, we’re always praying that it’s thy way, not my way!

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