Worship – June 28th – Welcoming It All!

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-8-A-Tr1Tr2.pdf


Opening Prayer – Based on Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Holy God,
your faithful love toward us never ends!
It is as sure and dependable as the sky over our heads.
We praise You!

We’ve gathered together in many places, but in one Spirit
to offer you our worship and our thanksgiving;
to declare to any who will listen
that You are our God, and we are Your people.
May Your Spirit be at work among us as we worship,
opening our eyes to the light of Your presence in our world.


To You alone,
Faithful Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,    
be all glory and honor,
now and forever.  
Amen.


Gathering Song – Beautiful Savior
Lyrics can be found here
Played by Donna Natseway


Scripture Readings

Reading – Romans 6:12-23
The reading can be found here
Read below by Noah Barnhart

Gospel Reading – Matthew 10:40-42
The reading can be found here
Read below by Sandy Scott


Message – Pastor Adam

Questions for Discussion
What is the best “welcome” you have experienced? Why?


How do you welcome people into your home? What preparations do you take?


How do you prepare yourself to be welcomed by someone into their home/life?


What does it mean to you to welcome the whole person?



Centering Songs
Contemporary Song – Jesus, Friend of Sinners
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Hymn – We Are Called
Lyrics can be found here


Prayers – One Human Family
Also consider praying a prayer for Fathers’ Day found on this page!

God of Heaven and Earth,
you created the one human family
and endowed each person with great dignity.

Fill our hearts with love for you and our neighbor
so that we may work with you
to welcome all into our lives and into your church.
Lord in your mercy…
Hear our prayer

Aid us, we pray, in overcoming the sin of discrimination.
Grant us your grace in eliminating this blight
from our hearts, our communities,our social and civil institutions.
Lord in your mercy…
Hear our prayer

Give us your eyes to see those around us as you see them.
Deepen our calling into mission
so that we seek those who need you word.
Lord in your mercy…
Hear our prayer

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Blessing
May God,
who comes to us
in the things of this world,
bless your eyes
and be in your seeing.

May Christ,
who looks upon you
with deepest love,
bless your eyes
and widen your gaze.

May the Spirit,
who perceives what is
and what may yet be,
bless your eyes
and sharpen your vision.

May the Sacred Three
bless your eyes
and cause you to see.
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.  


Prayer – One Human Family – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Blessing – Written by Jan Richardson – http://paintedprayerbook.com/