Worship – June 13th – Where does it hurt?

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 around the internet. 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.

Call to Worship
Here in this place,
we wear our hearts on our sleeves.
There is no use in filters or walls.
This space is an authentic space.
This space is a brave space.

For when it comes to God,
we are always invited to bring our full selves into the room.
So come into this space with your hurt and your joy,
your prayers and your dreams.
All of God’s children are welcome here.
We are welcome here.
Our joys.
Our hurts.
Our dreams.
Our prayers.
We are welcome.

Gathering Song – Gather Us In
Performed by First United Church of Arvada

Poem – When It Hurts

I can tell that you’re hurting.
It’s the way your eyes cast down,
the way you shuffle through the house,
distractedly bumping into things.
It’s the restless sleep and
the quiet space between us which
turns us into icebergs.
We float by, silent in the night,
most everything existing
under the surface.

I can tell that you’re hurting.
It’s the way your prayers were quick
at first, and then—none at all;
your silence challenging God,
daring God to say something to the void.
I can tell that you’re hurting,
but I don’t know what that feels like.

Tell me—
where does it hurt?
I’m not offering to fix the pain,
I’m not that powerful.
However, I am offering to see it.
Show me your scars,
and I’ll show you that
you’re not alone.

Reading – Job 1:13-22
13 One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the eldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was still speaking, another came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was still speaking, another came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.” 

18 While he was still speaking, another came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.”

20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing.

Responsive Reading – Based upon Psalm 13 – The Message Translation

Long enough, God—
    you’ve ignored me long enough.
Long enough. Long enough

I’ve looked at the back of your head
Long enough. Long enough

I’ve carried this ton of trouble,
    lived with a stomach full of pain.
Long enough. Long enough

Long enough my arrogant enemies
    have looked down their noses at me.
Long enough. Long enough

Take a good look at me, God, my God;
    I want to look life in the eye,
So no enemy can get the best of me
    or laugh when I fall on my face.

Gospel Reading – Mark 5:24-34

A large crowd followed Jesus and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 

30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Pastor Adam’s Message – Where Does It Hurt?

Questions for Reflection:
Who is someone that you trust with all your pain/hurts?

Describe a situation that has made you hesitant to trust others…

Describe a pain that you carry with you right now…

Centering Song – Healer of Our Every Ill
Performed by D. Rolas

Affirmation of faith

We believe that goodness can come from the dirt,
that faith can come from doubt,
that minds can be changed,
that justice can begin with us,
and that something good can come from Nazareth.

We believe all these things, because we believe that God is
more expansive than we have words for—
showing up in the corners of our world so often
ignored and denied.

We believe that from this place of holy surprise,
God invites us forward—
beckoning hope, bravery, and curiosity from each of us.
“Come and see,” God says.
We believe.
Help our unbelief.

Now go from this house today with your hearts and bellies full. And by that feeling remember, we are communion people. When we ask someone “where are you from?” may we ask it as though we are sitting across from them at Christ’s everlasting banquet table.

Brothers and sisters, go into this day letting the light see where you have been hurt
And witnessing to the injuries of others.
May we not be afraid to sit with pain,
Both our pain and our neighbors’ pain.
May we not be afraid because 
we know that our Lord joins us in our pain.
Our Lord, who himself suffered beatings and whippings and death
knows our pain and knows our neighbors’ pain.

May we not run from pain, 
but sit with it and know it.
May you never be alone in your pain,
May your neighbors never be alone in their pain 
because you are there with them.
The blessing of our Lord is unconditional love and salvation.
Go into this day knowing that you and your scars are beloved by your Creator.

Go in peace to love your neighbors and serve the Lord,
Thanks be to God!  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.  

Original Editions of Call to Worship, Poem, and Affirmation of Faith Copyrighted by A Sanctified Art