3rd Sunday after Pentecost: 25 June – Matthew 10:26-33 ~ choose faith over fear

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Implant in my heart the love of your Name, increase in me true faith and life, nourish me with all goodness, and bring forth in me the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ my Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“God You are My God” – Desperation Band


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Reading: Matthew 10:26-33 (NLT)

“Don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
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Prayer:

Sovereign Lord: In these troubled times, fill my heart with strong love and firm faith, that I may choose to trust you in every circumstance – even when I’m afraid.

+ Deliver me from the fear of losing my security, my comfort, or my well-being.
+ Deliver me from the fear of losing my money, my friends, or even my family.
+ Deliver me from the fear of ridicule, of criticism, or the opinion of others.
+ Deliver me from the fear of uncertainty, of losing control, or the unknown.

Sovereign Lord: In these troubled times, fill my heart with strong love and firm faith, that I may confess my true convictions and bear witness to my faith.

+ Give me the faith to live confidently and freely as your beloved child.
+ Give me the faith to face problems, to address conflicts, and to live responsibly.
+ Give me the faith to live bravely, strengthened by your power at work within me.
+ Give me the faith to be a credible example of the transforming power of your love.

Sovereign Lord: In these troubled times, I place my trust in you – your reign and your justice – whether I understand what you are doing or not, through Jesus Christ my Lord, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Trust In You” – Lauren Daigle


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Concluding Prayer – Psalm 56:3, 12-13 (NLT)

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
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I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help. For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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