A Service of Worship for Sunday, June 14, 2020 —
Old First Church, Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Michael Caine, pastor; Holly Phares, music director; William Lowden, organist
Reminder: The Zoom 5 minute grace period that we have been observing is over! And we have gone to our early summer hours. Michael will begin worship with the Welcome at 10 o’clock on the dot.
Prelude We Are All Mortal
Words of Gathering (adapted from Dom Helder Camara, the Brazilian Catholic Archbishop)
One: Let every word be the fruit of action and reflection.
Many: Reflection alone without action — or tending toward it — is mere theory, adding its weight when we are overloaded with it already.
One: Action alone without reflection is being busy pointlessly.
Many: Honor the Word eternal and speak to make a new world possible.
Of course, we will do everything you ask, God, even as we cross our fingers behind our backs.
Yes, we go where people are suffering, but we like the comfort of our homes.
Yes, we stay with others as they seek to endure life, but compassion is often hard to share.
Yes, we offer hope to the hungry and homeless, but we barely have enough for ourselves.
Forgive us, Steadfast Love, and have mercy on us.
Remind us that it was when we were most foolish, that you became fallible;
it was when we were vile, that you became so vulnerable;
when the world would not welcome us, that Jesus came –
to listen to our emptiness,
to comfort our grieving hearts, and
to cast out death’s power over us.
The Passing of the Peace — do you have a sentence or promise of God’s peace to share?
A Time with the Children Sandcastles
The Scripture Matthew 7 : 21-29
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ love and righteousness;
I dare not trust this earthly frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When shadows veil my Savior’s face,
I rest upon unchanging grace;
In every high and story gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
When Christ shall come with trumpet sound,
oh, may I then in Love be found,
Dressed in God’s righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand.
The Sermon This Season’s Choreography:
A lot of movement to get everyone in the right places,
And doing the right step for what God means to be a long dance
Sermon 1: We See God when we Look at Jesus
Sermon 2: God in Us
Sermon 3: Missing All That’s Around Us Because We’re Waiting on Heaven
Sermon 4: The Power to Reconceive
Sermon 5: Different Ways of God-Relating
Sermon 6: Now We’re Ready for…
Affirmation of Faith — adapted from the Belhar Confession of the World Communion of Reformed Churches
Let us say together what we believe:
We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ. We believe the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We believe the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker. We believe the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells.
The Blanket Sunday Dedications
Offertory My Shelter and My Home
Wm. Lowden (music & lyrics by Wm. Lowden)
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (using sins, debts or trespasses as you wish)
- Children’s Bible Storytime
- Adult Bible Study
- Prayer Group
- Shawl Ministry Team
Postlude God’s Will Be Done
(Verse 2 of Luther’s “Lord’s Prayer” setting)