Reconciliation on God's terms

Social Distance Worship. Trinity Sunday. June 7, 2020. Matthew 9:9-13


Today’s Social Distance Worship is dedicated to the life and memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and is in solidarity with the current calls for justice and peace around the world.


Meditation

(Listen in silence and reflect upon the words)

Hold on just a little while longer.
Hold on just a little while longer.
Hold on just a little while longer.

Everything will be alright.
Everything will be alright.


Opening Prayer

O Gracious Triune God, I come to You this day with my brothers and sisters around the world, and not just in the faith of Christ, but also in humanity. At the moment our thanks and praise are mingled with lament and fear, and some of us are angry from fruits of great injustices. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our laments and calm our fears, and sate our anger not by revenge, but by Your justice, peace, mercy, and love. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.


Opening Song

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.

O, what peace we often forfeit
O, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior still our refuge,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms, He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.


Bible Passage

The Wickedness of Judah

Isaiah 1:2-4;16-18

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against Me. 3 The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, My people do not understand.” 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.

16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before My eyes; cease to do evil, 17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. 18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Jesus Calls Matthew

Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, Follow Me. And he rose and followed Him.

10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when He heard it, he said, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.


Message

Reconciliation On God's Terms

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


Closing Prayer

O Precious Lord, I thank You for the gift of reconciliation, and not just with You in heaven above, but with people living here on earth. May You take all our hands and lead us in this troubled time, and bring us from the darkness to the light of justice, peace, and truth. I ask all this through Jesus Christ, Your loving Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit as one God, both now and forever. Amen.


Closing  Song

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light,
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

 

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall.
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

 

When darkness appears,
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide me feet, hold my hand.
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

 

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light,
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.


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