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Beacon Online Worship Outline 7/26/20 Ordinary Time

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

Gathering Time (unmuted)

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


Facing God (from Psalm 105)

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)

Leader: O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name, make known God’s deeds among the peoples.

All: Glory in God’s holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Leader: Seek the Lord and his strength; seek God’s presence continually.

All: Remember the wonderful works God has done, O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

Leader: God is mindful of God’s covenant forever. Let us worship God.

We’ll Understand It Better By and By


By and by, when the morning comes,

when the saints of God are gathered home,

we'll tell the story of how we've overcome,

for we'll understand it better by and by.

We are tossed and driven

on the restless sea of time;

somber skies and howling tempests

oft succeed a bright sunshine;

in that land of perfect day,

when the mists are rolled away,

we will understand it better by and by.


We are often destitute

of the things that life demands,

want of food and want of shelter,

thirsty hills and barren lands;

we are trusting in the Lord,

and according to God's word,

we will understand it better by and by.


Trials dark on every hand,

and we cannot understand

all the ways of God would lead us

to that blessed promised land;

but God guides us with God’s eye,

and we'll follow till we die,

for we'll understand it better by and by.


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 29: 15-28)

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

What stands out to you about this text? Is there a time when you have felt entitled to something, from God or others?

Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

Laban said, “This is not done in our country—giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.


Lectio Questions:

What stands out to you about this text?

Is there a time when you have felt entitled to something, from God or others?


For You, My God, I’ll Wait

For you, my God, I wait

With hope born of the Word.

Like sleepless ones who long to dream

I wait and call my Lord.

Lord, hear my pleading voice,

And let me know you hear!

As sleepless ones feel rest approach,

I know my God is near.

If you should list my faults,

The sins of heart and hand,

Like sleepless ones who groan at dawn

I know I could not stand!

O God, you are my hope;

I know that you forgive.

Your love redeems me from the depths

So I may rise and live.

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.


Leader: Just as God/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.


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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. 

Wherever Is Your Heart

I think it's time we found a way back home

You lose so many things you love as you grow

I missed the days when I was just a kid

My fear became my shadow, I swear it did


Wherever is your heart I call home

Wherever is your heart I call home

Though your feet may take you far from me, I know

Wherever is your heart I call home

You made me feel like I was always falling

Always falling down without a place to land

Somewhere in the distance I heard you calling

Oh it hurts so bad to let go of your hand


Even when you're high, you can get low

Even with your friends you love, you're still alone

We always find the darkest place to go

God forgive our minds, we were born to roam


Oh God forgive my mind, oh God forgive my mind

When I come home, when I come home

Oh God forgive my mind, there's a road that's long and winding,

it hollers home, I'm calling home

Oh God forgive my mind, oh God forgive my mind

When I come home, when I come home

Oh God forgive my mind, oh God forgive my mind

When I come home, when I come home


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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