REDEEMER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
June 6, 2021
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Invocation: Good morning and welcome!
Lord, we come this day, having seen the miracles of everyday creation in our world. We have enjoyed both the bright sunshine and the gentle rains. We have marveled over the beauty of flowers and the complexity of your creation. Make our hearts ready to receive your word for us, that we may go forth from this place ready to joyfully serve you all of our days. AMEN.
WHO IS MY FAMILY?
A Call to Worship for Mark 3:31-35 (Safiyah Fosua)
Leader: Who is my mother, and who are my brothers and sisters? Look around you and you will see them. They are not always the people you grew up with. They are the people who have joined the journey to learn more about God and the ways of God’s people.
People: They are the people who abandon houses and land, fame, and fortune — for the sake of the gospel.
Leader: They are the people who pray through the night for the safety of someone else’s child or for the healing of someone else’s loved one.
People: They are the ones who offer a cold cup of water to people considered outcast. They do so in the name of Christ.
Leader: Who are my brothers; who are my sisters; where is my family?
People: Jesus said that: Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.
Leader: Welcome to worship, family!
All: We gather to worship the God who has made us kin!
Words of Welcome and Parish News
ANNOUNCEMENTS June 6, 2021
Redeemer UMC will host a Covid -19 vaccination clinic in connection with the Wayne County Health Department on Wednesday, June 9th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The Pfizer vaccine will be used. Anyone 12 or older (regardless of where you live) can receive their first or second dose during the clinic. On June 30th Redeemer will host another clinic to allow those receiving their first dose to get a second dose. This is a walk-in clinic so no appointments are necessary. Please call the Church at 313.884.2035 with any questions.
It is time to update the prayer lists. All names will be removed (with the exception of those on the homebound list) unless the Church office is notified (313.884.2035) If you have someone you would like to be added to the prayer list please call the Church office.
Prayers of the people and a time for Silent Prayer
Prayer Focus: Family
The New Testament Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 15
13But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
The New Testament Gospel Lesson: Mark 3:20-35
20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. 28“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” 31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
The Message “A House Divided” Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.
Holy and forgiving God, it is easy for our lives to become singularly focused on our families, yet you call us to a broader understanding of family. We prioritize our money around the needs of our families and especially our children, and you challenge us to a global view of family and to look at all children with the love we look on those who live under our roof.
Doxology: UMH 95
*Unison Prayer of Dedication:
As we give to you, open our eyes to see the wider family; our ears to hear the cries of hurting, hungry children; our hearts to experience the extravagantly generous love you pour down on us. We pray in the name of your son, our brother, Jesus. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
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, for ever and ever. Amen.
Go now in peace, knowing the miracles that God has produced in your life. Be assured that there are still more miracles to come. Bear witness to God’s love to all you meet. In the name of the Creator, the Holy One who resides with you always, go in peace. AMEN.
Recessional (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music)