Theme: God’s Will
Lectionary Citations: 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20 with Psalm 138, Genesis 3:8-15 with Psalm 130 , 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35
What a mess this world would be in if we got our way all of the time. Even when we really know better, we let peer pressure and the desire to be like everyone else gets the best of us sometimes. Just like the Israelites (1 Samuel 8: 4 – 11) we often turn from the will of God to our will and our needs. We don’t see beyond the immediate.
God’s will is for us to be forgiven of our sins. God’s will is for us to see the error of our ways. God’s will is for us to acknowledge our shortcomings and turn to God for guidance and forgiveness. God’s will is for us to rethink what we are doing so that our churches can reach out to more people and bring the Gospel and salvation of Christ to our communities.
Christians are renewed each day with the knowledge of the promises of God and the hope that Christ gave us. Even though we face difficult situations in our lives, we know that what we are facing is temporary. With Christ there is eternal life and peace. With each new day and with each new outreach ministry we live our faith in Christ Jesus.
Oh how thankful we are for God’s will and nor our own. Let us give thanks to God for allowing us to see clearly the chosen path and submit and do God’s will so that the glory of heaven can be seen and felt here on earth.
Call to Worship
Come, let us worship our God with joy and thanksgiving:
Everything in us says
At worship in this sacred place we say it again:
For your love, for your faithfulness;
When earth’s rulers hear what you have to say, O God,
They’ll sing of what you’ve done:
How great the glory of God!
Finish what you started in us, God.
Your love is eternal—stay with us, now, that we may say
Based on Psalm 138, The Message.
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Call to Confession (from 1 Samuel 8: 4-11Leadership and governance is on everyone’s mind these days.
Competing visions of the common good strive for our attention.
Like the people of Israel in today’s text, we may be tempted to seek rulers
whose ways are not the ways of God.
Litany of Confession
When we forget that God’s ways lead all to the blessings of justice and mercy: Lord have mercy.
When we forget that God’s ways lead all, especially the most vulnerable, to blessings of safety, health, meaningful work:
Christ have mercy.
When we forget that God’s ways lead all to the blessings of the shared abundance
of God’s beloved creation:
Lord have mercy.
Assurance of Pardon (from Mark 3: 34-35)
Jesus reminds us: “Who is my mother, and who are my sisters and brothers?
All those who do the will of God are my brother and sister and mother.”
In Christ we are forgiven all our failed efforts at community,
and invited afresh to rejoin the family of God, seeking blessing for all.
Call to Offering (from 2 Corinthians 4: 13-15)
St Paul writes of confidence in the power of God
revealed in the resurrection of Jesus
that must underlie a life of faithfulness and generosity:
“I believed, and so I spoke”.
Today, let us believe, and give with generosity
that God’s goodness may be known in the world.
Generous God, take our gifts this day and use them
so that we may be part of your great work in this world.
Through our giving, bring justice and love closer to all,
not just in our community but in the world beyond these walls.
Strengthen our church and the whole United Church of Christ
so that we grow together each day
into a powerful voice for healing and peace. Amen.
Finish what you started in us, God.
Your love is eternal—go with us, now, into the world,
that we may say
Music suggestions The New Century Hymnal
Spirit of the Living God # 283
Come Teach Us Spirit of Our God # 287
Renew Your Church # 311
That We May Say “Thank You”: Service Prayers for the Second Sunday after Pentecost was written by the Rev. Susan A. Blain, Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation, LCM.
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