It’s another beautiful day in the Fingerlakes as we celebrate Father’s Day. Enjoy the sun shine and warm temperatures today. This is our virtual service for FPCU. You will see that this post looks similar to a bulletin but with media. Please worship along with Pastor Dan and music from Joe Pepper. We are grateful today and many thanks to our online liturgists: Marvin Pritts and Aidan Russell.
Pastoral Welcome and Church Announcements
*Call to Worship
Leader 1: Beloved God, source of all that is,
Leader Two: In you we live and move and have our being
Leader: Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us
Leader Two: With you, we walk the way of love
Leader: Creator Spirit, fire of our lives,
Leader Two: Through you we are made one
Leader: God, Trinity of love, community of life
Leader Two: We are made in your image
Leader: We are many, we are one
Leader Two: We are made in your image
All: Our hearts seek your face and we praise you.
*HYMN#649 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”
Prayer of Confession
Lord God of Abraham, you call us to journey as your pilgrim people, going where you lead us, sharing your vision that is wide as the sky’s vastness, we balk at what you ask of us. Lord God of Hagar, God of the afflicted who comes to the poor, the despised, and the oppressed, you enter our world and our lives with saving justice, love, and freedom. We confess our unease with today’s expressions of unbridled anger at unfairness and injustice. We are part of the problem. We pray to be part of the solution. Thank you for walking with us always. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
Genesis 18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
18 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 3 He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures[c] of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” 7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
9 They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”
*HYMN #314 “In The Garden”
New Testament Reading
Mark 6:30-37 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
30-36 The apostles returned to Jesus and reported to him every detail of what they had done and taught. “Now come along to some quiet place by yourselves, and rest for a little while,” said Jesus, for their people were coming and going incessantly so that they had not even time for meals. They went off in the boat to a quiet place by themselves.
Pastoral and Silent Prayer
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; 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.
*HYMN #606 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
HYMN#401 “Gather Us In”
Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace”
*Attributions “Call to Worship reprinted from Fire and Bread;