Sacred Worship for the UPC Community

June 28, 2020

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Welcome to Virtual Worship for the community of
United Presbyterian Church.

From our various spaces, on our various devices,
we enter sacred time.
God meets us here—in our living rooms and at our tables,
in our beds with coffee, on our porches and in our yards, in our fear, anxiety, and loneliness.
Be here in this sacred moment. God is with you. God is with us.

May this homebound worship of saints be blessed, be nourishing, be comforting, be church.

Begged to Leave (Jesus Heals Legion, A Man Possessed by Demons) by Hannah Garrity | Inspired by Mark 5:1-20

“Failing in love is better than succeeding in pride.”Eugene Peterson

Prelude | Deep River | African American Spiritual | arr. Joel Raney | Nancy Kirkelie

Allow the prelude to help you pause and be still; to breathe slowly and re-center your scattered senses upon the presence of God. Light a candle to remind you of Christ’s resurrection light.

Invitation to Worship          

Don’t hold back. Bring all of yourself.
For God loves us just as we are.
Don’t hold back. Bring all of yourself.
For all of us is welcome— scars and fears, depression and doubt, hope and joy,
    light and laughter.
Don’t hold back. Bring all of yourself.
For God longs to be with us, so let us worship the God of love.

Song 743 | O God, You Are My God | Michelle Mayers, Amy Isted & John Goergen

O God, you are my God,
and I will ever praise you.
O God, you are my God,
and I will ever praise you.
I will seek you in the morning,
and I will learn to walk in your ways.
And step by step you’ll lead me,
and I will follow you all of my days.

Unison Prayer

Gracious God, we admit that there are things we sweep under the rug—shame, self-doubt, judgment of others, and our own insecurities. We know that is not what you want for us, for Jesus loved the healthy and the sick parts of everyone. With Jesus, there was no stigma, fear, or bias. God of creation, help us to love and live in the same way. Forgive us when we hate ourselves or distance ourselves from others, simply for being human. You long for better, and we long for you. Gratefully we pray, Amen.

Scripture Reading | Mark 5:1-20 | Johanna Spencer

Special Music | How Can I Keep from Singing? | UPC Choir
The group includes: Kristen Schuttpelz, Sheri Rogers, Nadia Ilyin, 
Sarah Williams (David Mote’s daughter), Johanna Spencer, Martha Wells, 
Judy Waggle, Bridget Montgomery, David Mote, Mike Rogers

Sermon | Jesus Loves Messing with Us | Brandon Lewis

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Reconciling Christ, bless our efforts to bring about reconciliation.
Give us the strength to persevere without counting the hurts,
and to find within ourselves the capacity to keep on loving.

Give us the grace to be able to stand in the middle of situations,
and to be a conduit for the deep listening
which can lead to healing and forgiveness.

Help us to conduct ourselves with dignity,
giving and expecting respect, moving from prayer to action,
and from action back again into prayer.

Grant that we may be so grounded in your love,
that our security is not threatened if we change our minds,
or begin to see a better way to act.

Bless those who are called to reconcile on a large-scale –
politicians, world leaders, leaders of business,
and those who stand in the midst of bitter conflict.

Reconciling Christ, bless us and bless all who engage
in the sacred work of envisioning new wholeness,
and bringing people and nations together. 

All of our prayers are summed up in the longing for your kingdom, that new reality that is emerging all around us. We join our voices together, praying for the coming of your kingdom…

    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 debts as we forgive
our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Song | Blessed Be Your Name | Michelle Mayers, Amy Isted & John Goergen

1 Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
where your streams of abundance flow
blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
when I’m found in the desert place
though I walk through the wilderness
blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I’ll turn back to praise
when the darkness closes in,
Lord still I will say


Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

2 Blessed be your name
when the sun’s shining down on me
when the world’s ‘all as it should be’
blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
on the road marked with suffering
though there’s pain in the offering
blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out I’ll
turn back to praise
when the darkness closes in, Lord
still I will say (Chorus)

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be your name


Passing of the Peace

We cannot be physically close to one another in this time, but we can be relationally close. You are invited to offer the peace to those you are with or receive it on your own, and take a moment to text or call people and let them know you are thinking about them.

Peace of God be with you.
Peace of God be with you.
Sa – laam, sa – laam.
Peace of God be with you.


Do not be dismayed by the brokenness in the world.
All things break.
And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. 
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
(Source: L.R.Knost)

Postlude | The Kingsfold Trumpet | arr. Alfred Fedak | Amy Isted

Change the Light

As a reminder that the light of Christ goes with us wherever we go, we extinguish the candle and allow the smoke to billow as a reminder of Christ’s abiding presence.

Offering Our Gifts to God

Even though we are not able to pass the offering plate on Sunday mornings, your generosity will continue to be important to United Presbyterian Church. We will continue to pay staff, keep our facilities running, and try our best to creatively live out our ministry and mission. It is important to note that we have halted any spending that isn’t critical during this season apart, and we are continuing to be good stewards of our money as we expect an interruption to normal weekly giving. Please, as you are able, continue to give—either online or you may mail a check to the church (330 5th Ave SW, Albany OR 97321).
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