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 28, 2020

Online Worship (June 28) Athens First UMC

Welcome to our (June 28) online worship @ Athens First UMC!
2 S. College St., Athens, OH 45701

Greeting From Pastor Robert

Call to Worship 

L: We cry out, “How long, O Lord?”

P: How long must we bear the weight of worry, guilt, and sorrow?

L: The Lord answers, “Trust in my steadfast love.”

P: Let us sing to the Lord and rejoice in his salvation.

Hymn       Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

  1. Welcome & Passing the Peace
[Pastor Robert and Penny’s westies, Lulu and Blu are known to attend some of our church events. In this photo taken a couple of years ago, they are welcoming our Kappa Phi college students back to campus. We are invited during this online worship service to welcome each other with the peace of Christ.]

Prayer of Confession & Words of Assurance

Holy One in whom we bear our souls, we take comfort and courage in your presence. We confess those times when we have allowed the past to hold us captive instead of embracing the future you have in mind for us. Help us to lovingly put you before all else as we travel the corridors of uncertainty. Lead us in the way that leads to life. 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!

Old Testament Lesson  Genesis 22:1-14  Rick Seiter            
[God has given Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac. Through him Abraham’s line will continue. But now God seeks proof that Abraham is totally committed to him.]

Psalter - Psalm 13     Rick Seiter
[Psalm 13 is a psalm of lament in which the psalmist shares how he is feeling distant from God.]

Special Music OU School of Music Concert
Recorded October, 2018 at Athens First UMC
[This song reminds us to “reach out” during tough times. This reflects today’s Psalm focus and one of the main points of the sermon.]

Sermon        A Psummer of Psalms: Psalm 13
            Deb Murray

Hymn                 Rock of Ages

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

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

Closing Hymn    Here I Am, Lord


Join us back here next Sunday (July 5) for our online worship service.

[For previous online worship services, click here.]

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