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Sunday, June 14, 2020 Worship Service

Second Sunday after Pentecost
The Original Congregational Church

 

Order of Worship

PRELUDE “Still I’ll Rise” – Maya Angelou (1978);
Ben Harper, music (2013); Friends of the OCC
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ggjj-AWE_dAsGbg4kuPaJQRma9eEJ5VF/view?usp=sharing

 

 

 

OPENING HYMN No. 202 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross on which the King of Glory Did Die
Please rise, turn up your speaker, and sing along. There are two verses
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Teuv2rbCVGVF9Mleeav4mE0LNQnfBnGF/view?usp=sharing

READING OF PSALM 116: (vs.1-2, 12-16, 19-19) “I Love the Lord”     Friends of the OCC
https://drive.google.com/file/d/10D5sFNaL3gY7TVjJqyYY0DUGlHRxD5nC/view?usp=sharing

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE “Hope In A Hot Dog?”
https://drive.google.com/file/d/17qNaDSJSe3fg4VydmYHzFilx8Dc8tzWm/view?usp=sharing
Hey everybody,
PK here.

Today we are talking about hope.

Hope is when you expect something great to happen.

Take this hot dog for example.

I hope for a hot dog.

I need a hot dog.

I want a hot dog.

So do we place our hope in a hot dog?

No, that’s silly.

We place our hope in God who gives us good things like a hot dog.

So, I need a hot dog, please!

But, far more than that I hope God will give you one too!

May God bless you and everyone with hope, and love, and good things!

Oooo, mustard!

ANTHEM   “We Are”    Ysaye Barnwell & Sweet Honey in the Rock;
Lorri Cetto & Gabrielle Dietrich, soprani
https://drive.google.com/file/d/13XRThlQ-ftUnPbBK9nlyJ9dmP61675q4/view?usp=sharing

SCRIPTURE
Romans 5:2-3 “We boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Matthew 9:35-36 “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

SERMON/PRAYER “In Hope We Rise”
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zq5XH93gK9Ptrui-MFHpQBtocFWpK2BG/view?usp=sharing

There’s a song being sung in the city. It is the song of sorrow. It is the song of hope.
In sorrow we have been hurting each other for far too long. In hope we rise to higher ground.

The Gospel tells us that Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching and proclaiming the good news of God’s city, curing every disease and every sickness.

When he saw the crowds in sorrow, he stopped. He listened. He cried. He prayed.
Here in the human city he saw the broken, the beaten, the lost, and the alone.

Jesus didn’t get lost in the human city. Wherever he went he brought with him the way to enter God’s city. The city of God is whenever your heart opens to the hurting of the other.

The city of God is whenever you speak mercy and share justice with all. The city of God is whenever you relate to each other with love, because God is love, and you love God and you love your neighbor.

The power of God’s love is not lost in the city streets. No. It is exactly in the city streets swirling with the dust of human history that you will find the way to rise to the city of God. Christ rises exactly where the greatest suffering is being experienced.

The Apostle Paul asks, how do we share in the glory of God’s city? Look at where you are suffering, for suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint.

The city of God is in the human city. It is rising. Maya Angelou writes, “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

We love the Lord because God listens. We love the Lord because God cares. Precious in the sight of the Lord is everyone. What did Jesus tell us to do in the human city? “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.”

Augustine taught us to place all our hope in the heavenly city. Where there is no justice there can be no commonwealth. Moving to higher ground happens when well-being is common to all without exception. People who are sick from disease and discrimination and the demons of destruction—are all healed.

In hope we rise. In our city we rise. In the heavenly city we rise. In our cries we rise. In our grief we rise.

Let us all rise to God in prayer. Dear God may our love for you be so passionate, may our care for each other be so true, may our desire for peace be so enduring, that the character of your city becomes the hope of our city. Cure the sick. Heal the wounded. Protect the poor. Bless all with love. Let us all rise to higher ground. Amen.

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 and ever. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN No. 604  My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Please rise, turn up your speaker, and sing along. There are two verses
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JumbeGQ53gTP-CGX-skonUb70rNSKSWB/view?usp=sharing

POSTLUDE   “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”
Billy Taylor (1921-2013) by way of Nina Simone (1933-2003)
“Freedom is Coming!”   South African Folk Song Chancel Choir
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16UhOflBMJxe4rZDXK9cbWcD4dXUOzvF8/view?usp=sharing