9th Sunday After Pentecost – 8/2/20

Everything Happens – Romans 8.28, 31-39
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Story of the pastor who died of COVID19

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 mid-week prayers, 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, you find us gathered here in this way to hear your Word, call on you, praise you, and ask for your will to be done. But how should that happen? You know just what sort of people we all are, and we know it too. Before you, we cannot deny it anyway: our hard hearts, impure thoughts, disordered desires, our errors and transgressions, and so many words and deeds that only make things worse. Who are we to call upon you? Things do not work out without your speaking and working among us. We hold solely to the promise of your grace and mercy, that Jesus Christ, your Son, has come to bring good news to us, to rescue us, to resurrect us. This is that to which we we hold on to – knowing that you can do what we cannot – that you can make something of our nothing – that you will not abandon us, even in our suffering.

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 – Romans 8.28, 31-39:
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hymn 77 – How Great Thou Art:
V1. O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee;
How great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee;
How great thou art, how great thou art!
V2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;
V3. And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin;
V4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

Sermon: Everything Happens


Lord, we thank you for the gift of prayer – a time of silence to listen, a time of reflection to speak, a time of purpose to be transformed. What an extraordinary thing that we can pray to you, unburden ourselves before you, place our cares, woes, and joys before you. Prayer can certainly be strange, and yet to know that you listen, even to us, is nothing but grace. So we pray, today, a prayer of joy in prayer, asking that we become your prayers for one another. Amen.

Offering – Reminder for online giving, through the mail, or the drop slot at the church.

Apostles’ Creed:
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.

A Covenant Prayer:
In 1755 John Wesley led the Methodists in what became known as the Covenant Prayer. It is, above all things, a prayer of surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
Though God does not will suffering, in the Covenant Prayer we yield ourselves, our entire beings, to be used by God, even if it does lead to suffering. For, to suffer for others is to
know the love of God.
The Covenant Prayer has been used by the church since 1755 and we are going to use it today as well. I encourage you to join me in making the prayer right now, you can find the words
in the online bulletin, and additionally I urge you to think about offering this prayer to God every morning this week as a way to set your day in motion.

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.


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