The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 28 Jun 2020
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
All-powerful God, your incarnate Word commands our obedience and offers us true life. Make our ears attentive to the voice of your Son and our hearts generous in answering his call,that we may take up the cross with trust in his promises. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.Amen.
“You are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation.
God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Now you must tell all the wonderful things that he has done.”
O Word of God Incarnate – Jeff Pardo
Collect for Purity
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Reading from the Epistles: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 (CEV)
Don’t you know that all who share in Christ Jesus by being baptized also share in his death? When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father.
As surely as we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him. We know that death no longer has any power over Christ. He died and was raised to life, never again to die. When Christ died, he died for sin once and for all. But now he is alive, and he lives only for God. In the same way, you must think of yourselves as dead to the power of sin. But Christ Jesus has given life to you, and you live for God.
Christ Be All Around Me – Leeland
A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 10:37-42 (CEV)
If you love your father or mother or even your sons and daughters more than me, you are not fit to be my disciples. And unless you are willing to take up your cross and come with me, you are not fit to be my disciples. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.
Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me. Anyone who welcomes a prophet, just because that person is a prophet, will be given the same reward as a prophet. Anyone who welcomes a good person, just because that person is good, will be given the same reward as a good person. And anyone who gives one of my most humble followers a cup of cool water, just because that person is my follower, will surely be rewarded.
Follow You – Leeland
Pastoral Prayer: Mennonite Worship Resources (Rev. Abi’s Long and Winding Road blog)
Oh, God of love, power and faithfulness,
We journey with your son,
ever closer to Jerusalem,
to his cross his true destiny.
We hear his words
“Take up your cross and follow me,”
but we aren’t sure if it’s the crosses of this life,
or the actual cross of death.
We hear his words,
“deny your self,”
and wonder which self it is;
the self we put on for others,
or the self centered self
that wants it all for ourselves?
Whichever it is,
it seems like Jesus
sure is asking a lot of us
and we aren’t sure we can do this.
God, we will need your holy spirit
to be able to do this.
God, we will need your grace and mercy
to be able to do this.
We remember that you empowered your disciples,
the early Christians,
and others who decided to follow you,
we believe that you will do likewise for us.
“Take Up Your Cross” – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Closing – 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)
“You are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things that he has done.”
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen