Worship for June 28, 2020

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
June 28, 2020

As we enter this time of worship, may we exhale our worries and inhale the Spirit of God that surrounds us. May we find here a space for release and reflection – a space to empty our souls and create a refuge for Sabbath rest.

PRELUDE – “Here I Am, Lord”  arr., M. Hayes
©2013, Hope Publishing Co.   CCLI #1049296
During the Prelude, we have chosen to share pictures from youth mission trips for the past several years. This is the time we would have shared about this year’s return mission trip to Owsley County, Kentucky, where we have served twice before.  
Since we were unable to go, we celebrate today all the
opportunities we’ve had to serve on behalf of Oxford Baptist Church. 

OPENING PRAYER – Cecily Claiborne
Holy One, in whom we bear our souls, we take comfort and courage in your presence.
Through your love and light, we are able to explore what it takes
to place our trust entirely in you.
Help us lovingly put you before all else, as we journey the corridors of uncertainty,
knowing that your steadfast love shepherds us on paths unknown. Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE – “O Worship the King”  LYONS
O worship the King, all glorious above,
and gratefully sing His wonderful love.
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite!
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light,
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail.
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
~Text by R. Grant, Public Domain

WELCOME TO WORSHIP – Rev. Aho

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
We encourage you to share the peace of Christ with those around you.

CHILDREN’S TIME – Mrs. Tracy Lumpkins

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 13 – Mr. Benny Overton

PASTORAL PRAYER – Rev. Aho
Eternal God, whose provision for us is generous and compassionate, and whose will for us is total commitment in love of you, of neighbor, and of self, keep us from withholding any part of ourselves from obedience and loyalty to you, so we may be free to give genuine welcome to all people, to your honor and glory. Amen.

MUSIC MEDITATION – “Be Not Afraid” – C. Courtney
Tim Cottrell, solo
Be not afraid, for I have redeemed you. Be not afraid, I have called you by name.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you pass through the floods,
they will not sweep o’er you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be consumed.
You are mine, you are precious in my sight.
My love for you is everlasting, my love for you shall have no end.
You are mine, you are precious in my sight.
~based on Isaiah 43:1-4
©1992, Beckenhorst Press CCLI #1049296

MESSAGE – “Entertaining Unaware” Rev. Aho
Matthew 10:40-42

OUR OFFERINGS
Taking an offering is an act of worship and a part of our service each week.  It is important to remember that our offering not only supports the ministry of the church but is an expression of our thankfulness for all God has given us. WE give today because God first gave to us.

BENEDICTION
God’s steadfast love is etched into our souls.
May we carry it with us always.
Whether welcoming the stranger,
whether risking all we have,
whether facing the cross, whether wrestling with God’s call,
whether freeing ourselves from our past,
God is our constant companion on this journey. Amen.

POSTLUDE – “Lead On, O King Eternal”  arr., J. Payne
©2015, Lorenz Publishing Co.
CCLI #1049296
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Next Sunday, July 5, we will share in The Lord’s Supper during our worship.

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