2nd Sunday after Pentecost – 6/19/22

Welcome

Call to Worship
L: As a shepherd seeks a lost sheep
All: So God seeks and saves the lost.
L: Like a woman who searches for a lost coin until it is found
All: So God rejoices over one soul restored to wholeness
L: As a father receives a returning wayward son
All: So God welcomes us, and lets the past be the past.
L: Therefore let us praise God in thanksgiving that we are received.
All: Let us receive and welcome and rejoice over one another in the name of Jesus Christ
(Ruth Duck, BOW)

Song – He Has Made Me Glad – TFWS 2270
Leona Von Brethorst CCLI 1493
I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter his courts with praise.
I will say, “This is the day that the Lord has made.” I will rejoice, for he has made me glad.
He has made me glad, he has made me glad. I will rejoice, for he has made me glad.
He has made me glad, he has made me glad. I will rejoice, for he has made me glad.

Prayer:
(All) O God, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty. We thank you that you do not leave us alone but labor to make us whole. Help us to perceive your unseen hand in the unfolding of our lives, and to attend to the gentle guidance of your Spirit, that we may know the joy you give your people. Amen.
(Ruth Duck, BOW)

Scripture Reading – Luke 15:11-32
Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the wealth that will belong to me.’ So he divided his assets between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant region, and there he squandered his wealth in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that region, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that region, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to his senses he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” ’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate, for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his elder son was in the field, and as he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command, yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’ ”

Song – Be Thou My Vision – UMH 451
trans. Mary E. Byrne CCLI# 30639
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou and thou only, first in my heart, great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.
Great God of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my visions, O Ruler of all.

Message – Rose Powers, Executive Director Streetlight Ministries

Prayer of Intercession

Offering Prayer
L: Because of your gracious love for us, O Lord.
All: We offer our love to you.
L: You loved us so much that you willingly laid down your life for us.
All: With thankful hearts we come before you.
L: In gratitude we offer ourselves and our gifts to bring about your kingdom of love, justice, mercy and peace.
All: We offer our time, energy, talents, abilities, prayers, presence and resources to you, O Lord.
L: We ask your blessings upon the gifts we bring before you. May your kingdom come and your will be done, Almighty God. Amen

Announcements

Song – Just a Closer Walk with Thee – TFWS 2158
Refrain:
Just a closer walk with thee, grant it Jesus, is my plea,
daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

I am weak, but thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to thee.
Refrain
Through this world of toil and snares, if I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee.
Refrain
When my feeble life is o’er, time for me will be no more;
guide me gently, safely o’er to thy shore, dear Lord, to thy shore.
Refrain

Benediction

Please keep in prayer: Blanche Lowery, Millie, Mary Baker, Eunice Bonner, Donna and Roshier Bailey, Tom Fabricus, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Marian Benson, Ellen Kuvasko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Willis family, Bagby family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona, people living with cancer, battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord. The ministry and vision of Cokesbury.

The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly Mondays at 6pm on Zoom – all are invited to join and participate! Please send or share all prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle so we may give each concern prayerful attention.
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Serve
Welcome Table Every Second Sunday 11:30 am

A.C.T.S Food Pantry:
Canned Vegetables, especially peas, 15 oz size, Low sodium canned vegetables, Snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, Single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Cleaning Supplies in general, Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items, Size 4T pull-ups, Size 6 diapers.

Ushers for Sunday worship. Please call Gordon Freeman at 703-680-4629 for information and to volunteer.

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