For Sunday June 29, 2014
Year A, Third Sunday After Pentecost
Call to Worship (Responsive)
Adapted from Psalm 13
L: We cry out from our despair: “How long, O LORD? Will you forget us?
P: How long will you hide your face from us?
L: How long, must we bear pain in our souls?
P: How long shall we have sorrow in our hearts?
L: Consider and answer us, O LORD our God!
P: Give light to our eyes.
L: We trust in your steadfast love;
P: And we will sing to the LORD!
Sometimes O God, it seems as though we are on a long journey through the wilderness, awaiting your providence. We come together O God, on a quest: to seek, to share, and to know your love and grace. Be with us on our journey, O God, provide for our needs. We will honor and worship you, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
In the tenth Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says “Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
When we bring together our tithes and offerings, one of the many things we do together as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is provide water. It is one of the most frequently funded projects by week of compassion, and by congregations all over North America. We do it, because we know that clean safe water brings life, and with life comes the chance to claim abundant and everlasting life. As we bring our gifts before God, let us do so generously, knowing that through our gifts we are offering a cup of cold water in the name of our Lord.
Bless these gifts O God, and use them in your service. We offer them out of love for you and a passion for the mission on which you have sent us. Use these gifts, and each of us the givers, to further your reign, so others may come to know the joy of your salvation.
Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we confessed our faith in Christ and were baptized, we died with Christ and were raised to new life. This table reminds us of the gift of God we celebrate at baptism each week. Come and receive the gifts of God, as a reminder of God’s ultimate gift.
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