Worship – June 14th – The Genetics of Hope

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:
The “Sunday Paper” – Matthew 9:36

Call to Worship – (based on Psalm 100)
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.
Bring your silence and your shouting,
as introverts and extroverts.

Worship the LORD with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Bring your songs and your stories,
your struggles and your sacrifices.

Know that the LORD is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
He designed and created us,
he understands us and is intensely interested in us.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
Bring your gifts and your personalities,
your strengths and weaknesses.

For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
He is just and wise,
honest and true,
caring and compassionate,
eternal and holy;
he is God. 

Gathering Song – One Thing Remains
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Scripture Readings

Reading – Romans 5:1-8
Text can be found here.
Read by Kathy Barth

Gospel Reading – Matthew 9:35-10:8-23
Text can be found here.
Read by Bev Gibbs-Cassady

Message – Pastor Adam Barnhart

Questions for Reflection
What activities in your past have made you who you are today? Pleasant and unpleasant!

What attributes make up the “genetics” of who you are? What are you defining characteristics?

How can you rely more upon God’s grace and love in your life?

Who is someone you can reach out to in God’s love during this time?

Centering Songs
Traditional Song – I Love to Tell the Story
Lyrics are found here

Contemporary Song – More Than Conquerors
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Affirmation of Faith
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,    
   who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
       to reconcile and make new,
    who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
    to celebrate God’s presence,
    to live with respect in Creation,
    to love and serve others,
    to seek justice and resist evil,
    to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
       our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
    God is with us.

We are not alone.
Thanks be to God! Amen!

Prayer of Intercession – (inspired by Romans 5)
We thank you, O God,
that you have given us an enduring hope
one which cannot disappoint us or mislead us.
That through our struggles and trials,
you are working in us and through us,
building up new lives filled with that hope.
Lord, hear our prayer…..
[Silence for Reflection]
We pray today, O God,
that through our faith in you and in your Son Jesus Christ,
you would enter into hearts that are suffering,
and bring endurance and hope.
We pray especially for those who are wounded by racial relations,
those who strive for justice for all people,
and everyone who wrestles with darkness in this time,
Lord, hear our prayer…..
[Silence for Reflection]

We lift up today, O God,
those who have lost hope in your presence.
Grant to us and to those we lift before you a new sense of endurance,
an understanding of what you have done for us,
what you are doing, and
what you will do,
to pour your love into our hearts and redeem this world. 
Lord, hear our prayer…..
[Silence for Reflection]

We hold before you, O God,
those persons and those places that need our continued care and support
during this time,
for our healthcare workers and their families,
for our law enforcement and their families
for all the essential workers who supply our daily needs, 
Lord, hear our prayer…..
[Silence for Reflection]

We ask all this of you, O God,
knowing that you are our hope and our salvation,
a very present help in times of trouble,
and the One whose purpose is to grant
new and abundant life to us and our world. 

Sending Song – Go My Children, with My Blessing
Lyrics can be found here.
Played by Donna Natseway

Call to Worship written by Dave Hopwood – engageworship.org
Affirmation of Faith from The United Church of Canada