Lord, our God, you know who we are: People with good and bad consciences; satisfied and dissatisfied, sure and unsure people; Christians out of conviction and Christians out of habit; believers, half-believers, and unbelievers. But now we are before you: in all our inequality equal in this, that we are all in the wrong before you and against each other; that we all must die some day; that we all would be lost without your grace; but also in that your grace is promised to and turn toward all of us through your beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Most of Virginia is now in Phase III of reopening. However, the number of COVID19 cases in our immediate area is such that we will continue to only offer worship online until it is reasonably safe for us to reopen. To that end, we are in the midst of putting together a group with the responsibility of creating a plan for reopening such that it is safe, healthy, and faithful. If that is something you are interested in, please let me know.
Until that time, we will continue to offer Sunday worship online, in addition to Wednesday Bible Studies and email devotionals. Online giving can be made on our About page on the church website, cokesburyumc.church which will be linked in the video description for live worship as well as checks through the mail.
Hymn 249 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.
Lord, thank you for making us your thankful people. We thank you for life itself; for the energy your passion for your creation gives us; for friendships through which we discover our lives; for love and lust that reminds us we are bodies; for that body called the church, where our bodies are forever transformed. It is your good work that has made us part of you redeeming work. For all of this we are thankful.
And as you taught us, so now we pray… Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Scripture – Matthew 13.44-46:
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Hymn 585 – This Little Light off Mine:
V1. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine;
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
V2. Everywhere I go…
V3. All through the night…
V4. This little light of mine…
Sermon: Buying The Farm
Lord, it is a great mystery that we are your body. But we praise you for it, for otherwise we would be so alone – condemned to live alone, to die alone. But you have given us one another in all shapes and sizes. You have given us the church. We confess that we do not fit together all that well, but we pray that the puzzles of our lives may please you and entertain you, so that in the end we add up to be your kingdom. Help us to live with the confidence of that kingdom, in the light of your Son’s resurrection, so that when all is said and done, this may be said: “They were a strange lot, but look how they loved one another.”. Amen.
Offering – Reminder for online giving, through the mail, or the drop slot at the church.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Blessing and Benediction