Worship – The Infernal Creak – July 5th

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team and our traditional service pianist. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.

Our kids’ bulletin, “The Sunday Paper,” can be found at the link below. It is based off of our Gospel reading for the week:
http://www.sothflagstaff.org/WP/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SPJR-Pr-9-A-Tr1Tr2.pdf


Call to Confession – Based on Matthew 11:28
Jesus said,
Come to me, all you who are tired,
who are worn out from carrying heavy burdens.
Put down the heavy load that you are carrying,
and you will find rest for your souls.


Prayer of Confession – Based on Romans 7
God,
we confess that we don’t always understand our own actions.
We clearly know what is right—what you expect of us—
but we don’t always do it.
We also clearly know what is wrong—
the thoughts and actions that hurt others and offend you—
but we do these things anyway.
Forgive us!
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
set us free from the sin that controls us.


[Silence for Reflection]

Words of Assurance – Based on Psalm 145:8, 14
People of God, know this:
Our God is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry, and filled with unfailing love.
When we stumble, he is there to catch us;
when we are weighed down, he is there to lift us up.
So be at peace: your sins are forgiven.
Amen! Thanks be to God!


Gathering Song – Forever
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team


Scripture Readings

Reading – Romans 7:15-25a
The reading can be found here.
Read by Mike Scott

Gospel Reading – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The reading can be found here.
Read by Peggy Lairmore


Message – Pastor Adam

Questions for Reflection
Do you talk/think about “sin?” (That term specifically)


If not, how do you talk/think about our brokenness? What terms do you use?


If so, how do you understand “sin” working in our lives?


Without an understanding of sin, how would grace work?


What part of Pastor Adam’s bike was making the creak? (He did find it)


Centering Songs

Contemporary Song – Lord I Need You
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Traditional Song What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Played by Donna Natseway
Lyrics can be found here.


Prayers for our Nation
As we remember the birth of our nation, and the blessings we have living within it
let us offer our thanks and prayers to God, the giver of all good gifts.

For the tribes and nations who inhabited this land
for generation upon generation,
We thank you Lord.

For the men and women who laid the foundation of our democracy,
and who pledged liberty and justice for all,
We thank you Lord.

For the brave soldiers who have fought for our country,
for all who paid for our freedom by their service,
and those who paid by their sacrifice,
We thank you Lord.

For the innovators and artists, poets and teachers,
farmers and factory workers,
healthcare workers and first responders;
for all who work for the well-being and safety of the common good,
We thank you Lord.

For this land, with its peaks and valleys,
coasts and deserts, fields and meadows,
We thank you Lord.

For our own community,
for those who came before us in this place,
and for our neighbors near and far,
We thank you Lord.

Lord, we pray for The United States,
that we might always be a nation which defends and promotes
liberty and freedom, truth and justice.
We pray to you Lord.

That we might always be a nation where all are free to worship and pray,
We pray to you Lord.

That we might be a beacon of freedom
to all those who live under the shadow of terror and hopelessness,
We pray to you Lord.

That those who are elected to govern and lead
would be guided by you,
and be ever aware of the trust that has been given them,
We pray to you Lord.

That we would be a people who repent of our sins,
and who always return to you and to your grace,
We pray to you Lord.

Gracious God, Father of all nations,
bless and defend us and our land;
prosper the work of our hands,
and increase in us your grace and compassion,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.


Sending Song – Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Lyrics can be found here.
Performed by Donna Natseway


Blessing – Based on Psalm 145:13-14
As you enter back into life, remember:
God always keeps his promises.
He is unfailingly gracious toward us.
When we stumble, he is there to catch us;
when we are weighed down by grief or trouble,
he is there to strengthen and encourage us.
So go from here in the knowledge
that the love and mercy of God goes with you.
Amen!


Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.