A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Online Worship (June 7) Athens First UMC

Welcome to our (June 7) online worship @ Athens First UMC!
2 S. College St., Athens, OH 45701

Greeting From Pastor Robert

Call to Worship 

L: Come and worship God the Father.

P: God is our loving parent.

L: Come and worship God the Son.

P: God is our redeeming Savior.

L: Come and worship God the Spirit.

P: God is our guiding presence.

Hymn       Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

  1. Welcome & Passing the Peace
[Pastor Robert and Penny’s daughter and son-in-law who live in Columbus are “passing the peace” of Christ with their dog, Maggie. On this Trinity Sunday, we too are invited to pass the peace of Christ to each other in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.]

Prayer of Confession & Words of Assurance

Triune God, you have given us everything that we need to fulfill your great commission of making disciples of all nations. You have created us in your image. You have redeemed us through the cross and the empty tomb. You have empowered us through your Spirit. We have everything we need but we are still afraid. We forget that you promise to be with us always even to the end of the age. Lead us to take that first step of faith in offering your healing love to our community and world. Amen.

L: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

P: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God!

New Testament Lesson -  II Corinthians 13:11-13 
Dave Bayless          
[The Apostle Paul concludes this 2nd letter to the Christians in Corinth with a closing benediction by referring to  God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a very appropriate scripture passage for today’s Trinity Sunday.]

Gospel Lesson - Matthew 28:16-20    
Dave Bayless
[Jesus also refers to the Trinity at the end of Matthew’s Gospel. He uses this naming of God in connection with the church’s mission to go and make disciples.]

Special Music Piano Duet, Jeff Daubenmire & Ellen Brown 
(Recorded, April, 2019)

Sermon       Wendy Merby-Brown

Hymn                 A Charge to Keep I Have

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

Special Music    I’m a Young BLACK MAN, Keedron Bryant
[This is a song by 12 year old, Keedron Bryant. The lyrics were written by his mother, Johnetta Bryant. She wrote the words because she heard that George Floyd had called out for his mom as he was dying on the street. “So I went into meditation because I needed understanding, I needed strength, because I also looked at how I need to be able to give my son some wisdom that’s gonna help him to be able to live and to be confident in this world and I knew that it could only come from God.” Keedron recorded the song at the family’s home in Jacksonville, Florida during a daily devotional period.]

Church News
[The following announcement slides below are to help us stay connected as a church especially since we are unable to gather in our church building for weekly worship. Please scroll down through the announcements, and our online service will continue with another video.]

Offering Our Gifts

Thank you for your gifts!!!
“Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.”  1 Chronicles 29:12

The Sacrament of Holy Communion
[Pastor Robert will invite us to partake of the bread and the juice.]

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you, O God for speaking to us today through Word and Sacrament. Our cups are overflowing with your grace. As we begin a brand new week, may we continue to listen to your Word in all that we say and do. In the name of the Word of life, Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn    Go Make of All Disciples


Join us back here next Sunday (June 14) for our online worship service.

[For previous online worship services, click here.]

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