From the Pastor:          “Looking Inward”      Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.


June 13, 2021

Third Sunday after Pentecost




Invocation: Good morning and welcome!                                                                             Lord, what do you see when you look at our hearts? When you are passing through the land, looking for someone fit to serve you, will you stop by here? When the world has broken every heart and you need someone to pour out the balm of Gilead, to shelter the stranger, to declare your peace, would you even consider stopping by here, Lord?


Call to Worship

L: God interrupted Samuel with an unexpected call.
P: “Here I am, Lord. Send me!”
L: God surprised Jesse, choosing his youngest son, David, to be king.
P: “Here I am, Lord. Send me!”
L: We join with Christ and are a part of God’s new creation.
P: O Mighty God, we come to join the harvest.
L: Gather us in, O Holy One, for we would be your people.
All: Amen.


Words of Welcome and Parish News


Gathering song


Prayers of the people and a time for Silent Prayer

Prayer Focus: Reconciliation


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.


The New Testament Lesson:                                                     2 Corinthians 6:16-19     

                             16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.


The New Testament Gospel Lesson:                                                   Mark 4:30-32

                                               30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”




The Message                    “Looking Inward”                  Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.

As the seasons change, we find there are changes in our lives changing as well. What changes would you say God has led you through in your mind, spirit, and heart? Sometimes the changes are small but, they bring forth a significant shift in thinking, how we see others and how we respond to people. But, can we walk by faith and not by sight for a ministry of reconciliation? Paul was bringing encouragement to the people that through God, we can reach out to one another. There has to be a change inside of each of us that will ignite a passion. Look at today’s current events in this world. There’s so much going on that we can lose sight of the vision of a community that supports one another. Verse 19 states a powerful position that Christ took: “ not counting their trespasses against them.” Let’s acknowledge we are not Christ. However, our motivation for reconciliation should not be swayed by the number of trespasses. Looking inward can cause us to evaluate who we are in our relationship with Christ. For example, how would we want to be treated for the wrongs we have done? The reconciliation process is genuinely not an overnight thing people are equipped to implement in their relational approach. This is the challenging part. We need God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to order our steps and not lose sight ofthe power of love. Keep in mind it’s a different timetable for everyone. Maybe the mustard seed is a powerful start to see change. It is one the smallest seeds on this earth, yet it brings one of the most powerful tastes. We have to start with an individualized plan

Page 3 of 3that fits where you are. One concern for people is finding out the truth that has been hidden to perpetuate mistrust, division, and any understanding. How do we plant seeds of knowledge to move forward and not grow apart? When your faith has grown, it will be visible to you and others as a sign and testimony of a change in your heart, spirit, and mind. It takes this mustard seed faith to reconcile with some due to the vast disturbance between two or three people.


Offertory Invitation:

Lord of all bounty and blessing, the gifts we offer to you are like seeds. Some will take root nearby, and we will see them grow and bear fruit. Some will be carried far beyond where we can see, and we have faith that they will find good soil and thrive. We thank you for the privilege of being called to sow.


Doxology:                                                                                                  UMH 95


*Unison Prayer of Dedication:

Bless with the joy of good fruit the seed we will see and the seed we will never see. We pray this in the loving name of Jesus, gardener and savior. Amen.


Closing Music:


Sending Forth:  

Life is a mystery. We walk by faith.
God calls us when we least expect it, inviting us to be in Christ.
Walk out into the world, knowing that you are part of God’s life-giving new creation.

Life is a mystery. We walk by faith.

Recessional (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music)


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