Worship for June 21, 2020

A Prayer for Preparing to Worship:

God of mercy, grant that the Word you speak this day may take root in our hearts.

May it bear fruit in our lives, and may our lives be turned to service and love in your name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

Welcome Video - Jeff Foels

Passing of the Peace

We encourage you to contact others in the church,

to reach out and connect, to check in on those that might need help,

and to let others know the help you need, in mind, body, and spirit, in this uncertain time. 

Prayer of the Day

God of the covenant, your compassion reaches beyond the mere making and keeping of promises.

Teach us to listen to one another with your heart, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

1Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;3be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all day long.
4Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my cry of supplication.
7In the day of my trouble I call on you,
for you will answer me.
8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9All the nations you have made shall come
and bow down before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
16Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the child of your serving girl.
17Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Second Reading: Luke 19: 1-10

1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it.

A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.

3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.

4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.

5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”

6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.

7All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”

8Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything,

I will pay back four times as much.” 9Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.

10For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Sermon: Luke Roske-Metcalfe - Luke 19: 1-10

Our guest preacher this week is the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe, a member of Presbytery awaiting the time when he and spouse Andrea can travel to Nepal to assume their new ministry there as mission co-workers and coordinators of an ELCA program of Youth in Global Mission. This ELCA program, and its PC(USA) sister program, Young Adult Volunteers, are vital and dynamic programs that engage young adults in a year of service and vocational reflection, while partnering with local churches to walk in mission together. For Luke and Andrea in Nepal, under their guidance and supervision, young adults age 21-29 serve a transformative, year-long journey in international service. These young adults will be living in small-town and village settings, engaged in disaster relief following the 2015 earthquake, as well as participating in the daily work and life of the Nepali people in informal education, vocational training, subsistence agriculture and activities that recognize the dignity of all people. We are glad to welcome Luke’s voice with us in worship, and grateful for his preaching today.

Music: Blessed Assurance

Text: Crosby 

Music: Knapp 

Arr. & Perf. by Jusun Kim

Closing Video - Jeff Foels

Prayers of the People and The 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 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.


Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:

Be in the world in peace;

Have courage;

Hold onto what is good;

Return no one evil for evil;

Support the weak;

Help the suffering;

Honor all God’s children;

Love and serve the Lord, 

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith,

buoyant in hope, and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son,

and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Alelluia! Amen. 

God Bless and keep you all in His care!

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