Worship – June 21st – Away from Fear

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:

Responsive Litany – Based upon Psalm 46:1-3, 6-11
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Though the earth trembles,
and mountains slide into the sea,
we will not fear.

Waters may rise and roar,
and mountains shake at their surging;
but the God of hosts is with us–our stronghold,
the God of Israel.
Even if nations are in chaos, and kingdoms fall,
God’s voice resounds; the earth melts away.

Yahweh is with us;
the God of Israel is our stronghold.

Come!  See the deeds of the Most High,
the marvelous things God has done on earth;
all over the world, God has stopped wars–
breaking bows, splintering spears,
burning the shields with fire.
“Be still! and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted upon the earth.”

The Most High is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Israel.

Gathering Song – Take My Life, That I May Be
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Scripture Readings

Romans 6:1b-11
The text can be found here
Read below by Art Matthias

Matthew 10:24-39
The text can be found here.
Read below by Sandy Swaby

Message – Pastor Adam

Questions for Discussion
What are some fears in your life that you see as helpful?

What are some fears in your life that are harmful?

What fears do you have about the present time?

How is God calling you into the world beyond those fears?

Centering Songs
Traditional SongLift High the Cross
Lyrics can be found here

Contemporary Song – Psalm 46

Centering Prayer – Inspired by Psalm 46:1
God you are our safe place to hide.
You are our mighty fortress.
You are our ever present help in time of need.
We can and do turn to you in the midst of our troubles.
And Lord our world is full of difficulties.
Lord we may feel afraid, but it does not overcome us
Because we know we can put our trust in you.

Your love and grace are like streams of water in the desert.
Your joy comes splashing down upon us.
Your refresh and renew us like rain coming down on the earth.
Bring your water of life to those who are thirsty and living in a dry and weary land.

Where there are wars, bring your peace.
Where there is starvation, fill the empty bellies.
Where there is despair, bring your hope.
Where there is animosity, bring your reconciliation.
Where there is abuse, bring your tender mercies.
Where there is poverty, bring your charity.
Where there is illness, bring your healing.
Where there is grief, bring your gentleness.
Where there is injustice, bring your justice.

Lord you are mighty fortress, our strong deliverer.
In you we put our trust and release ourselves into your hands.

Sending – Based upon Matthew 9:35-10:23
As Jesus sent the disciples out into the communities,
so we are sent to proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.
We are eager to share your love, without expecting a reward.
We realize your love will not always be welcome.
When that happens,let us move on with faith and without fear
because there are many more places that need to receive your grace.
May your Spirit speak through us in truth.
Lord Jesus, equip us for the journey, we pray. 

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.  

Centering Prayer written by Reverend Abi – http://preaching-to-the-choir.blogspot.com/
Sending written by Reverend Pam Ekay – Thayer, MO.