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Beacon Online Worship Outline 7/19/20 Ordinary Time


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We hope you join us for worship, either live-streaming on our Youtube Channel or via zoom. Email info@thewordatbeacon.org for zoom info.

Gathering Time (unmuted)

Feel free to say hi and check in with others before the service begins!

Welcome/Announcements


Facing God (from Psalm 139)

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)


Leader: O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

All: You search out my path and my lying down. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.

Leader: Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

All: If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me.

Leader: Search me, O God, and know my heart. Let us worship God.


The Lord is My Light

The Lord is my light and my salvation

The Lord is my light and my salvation

The Lord is my light and my salvation

Whom shall I fear?

Chorus:

Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life

Whom shall I fear?

In the time of trouble God shall hide me

In the time of trouble God shall hide me

In the time of trouble God shall hide me

Whom shall I fear?

Chorus

Wait on the Lord and be of good courage

Wait on the Lord and be of good courage

Wait on the Lord and be of good courage

Whom shall I fear?

Chorus


Prayer of Confession & Assurance

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)

All: Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you by what we have done and what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your name. Amen.


Leader: The Good News is that Christ has come and Christ will come again. 

All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God. 


Seek Ye First

Refrain based on Matthew 6:33


Seek ye first the kingdom of God

And God’s righteousness

And all these things shall be added unto you

Allelu, alleluia


Ask and it shall be given unto you

Seek and ye shall find

Knock and the door shall be opened unto you

Allelu, alleluia


Children's Bible Story


Lectio Conversation (Genesis 28:10-19a)

(Hold onto these questions while we read our scripture.)

What stands out to you about this text? Where have you encountered God in an unexpected place?


Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

And the Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel.


Discussion

Lectio Questions:

What stands out to you about this text?

Where have you encountered God in an unexpected place?


Homily


Be and Be Not Afraid

I believe in mistakes and accidents

That the nature of life is chaos and confusion

That man's rules of law and order may not stand

I should be and be not afraid to reach for heaven


I may think that I know the true hearts needs

My pride may bring me low, unable to see

No closer than yesterday, but tomorrow I may stand

Be and be not afraid to reach for heaven


I'll see the black eyed cavalcade, lights on in the morn

I'll run fast and far away, I'll run without stopping

Till heart and feet fail or until I can stand


Be and be not afraid

Be and be not afraid

Be and be not afraid to reach for heaven


Prayers of the People

Now is the time when we share the prayers on our hearts and minds. If you have a private prayer, you can email them to us throughout the week and the pastoral team will pray over them. 

If you have a prayer, please unmute your mic to share. 

After each prayer, I will lead our response on mute:

Lord in your mercy // hear our prayers

Now I will offer a prayer for the greater community and world. We will end by saying the Lord’s Prayer together in whatever language you prefer. Let us pray.

(muted)

Leader: As Christ taught us to pray...

All: 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.

Offering

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To give your prayers, email us at info@thewordatbeacon.org

God of provision, we thank you for the opportunities we have to participate in your work in the world. We offer up to you the gifts of our prayers, our presence in gatherings like this one, our financial resources, our time and energy in service to you and to others. Bless these efforts, multiply them, so that all our neighbors would know the depths of your love for them. Amen. 


How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.


Then sings my soul, my savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, my savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!


When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.


Chorus


And when I think, that God, the Son not sparing;

Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.


Chorus


When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,

And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"


Chorus

Sending/Blessing (from Psalm 139:13-15)

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)

As we close this time together, let us read this word from the psalmist:

All: O Lord, it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Leader: The steadfast love of God goes with you, the deep and abiding peace of Christ goes with you, and the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit goes with you, now and always. Amen.

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