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Beacon Online Worship Outline 7/5/20 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 45)

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)


Leader: Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.

All: Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity; you love righteousness and hate wickedness.

Leader: I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;

All: Therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.

Leader: Let us worship God.


Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling, 

joy of heaven to earth come down; fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown! 

Jesus thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art; visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast! Let us all in thee inherit; let us find that second rest. Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be; end of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty. Come, Almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive; suddenly return and never, nevermore thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love. Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be. Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee; changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place, till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.


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. 


The Lord Thy God in the Midst of Thee

Refrain based on Zephaniah 3:17


The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty, is mighty

God will sing and rejoice over thee with joy, with joy

God will rest in his love,

God will joy over thee with singing, 

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty, mighty, mighty


Children's Bible Story


Lectio Conversation (Matt. 11:16-19, 25-30)

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

What stands out to you about this text?

How have you experienced burdens and rest in your relationship with God?

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 

‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

    we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Discussion

Lectio Questions:

What stands out to you about this text? 

What does this remind you of in your own life?

Homily


This Road

All heavy laden acquainted with sorrow

May Christ in our marrow carry us home

From alabaster come blessings of laughter

A fragrance of passion and joy from the truth

Grant the unbroken tears ever flowing

From hearts of contrition only for You

May sin never hold true that love never broke through

For God’s mercy holds us and we are His own


This road that we tra----vel

May it be the straight and narrow

God give us peace and grace from You

All the day

Shelter with fi----re

Our voices we raise still higher

God give us peace and grace from You

All the day through


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: 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.

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. 


Carry Me Through

There's a mountain here before me

And I'm going to climb it

With strength not my own

God's gonna lead me

Or the mountain beats me

Carry me through

Carry me through


There's a river here before me

And I'm gonna cross it

with strength not my own

God's gonna save me

Or the river takes me.

Carry me through

Carry me through


Chorus:

Oh Lord be gentle

I'm just human

Please don't crush me 

With your heavenly hand.

Oh Lord remember

I try so hard

I walk and talk

Your kingdom love


There's a sinner 

Here before me

And I'm gonna give them

Strength not my own

God's gonna carry me

when I get weary

Carry me through

Carry me through


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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