Sunday, June 28, 2020
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Thank you for joining us for this special hour.

The Order of Worship is below.

We hope you will participate in this service by reading the scriptures,
praying earnestly, singing along with the hymns,
and listening for God's word to you today.

You may watch this service on our website or on Facebook .

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The Order of Worship 

Preparing Our Hearts and Minds


Chiming of the Hour


Prelude
Ms. Eileen S. Crowell, Pianist

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Tune FAITHFULNESS by William M. Runyan (1870-1957)
This arrangement by Mark Hayes (b. 1954)

Abraham and Isaac Before the Sacrifice
Jan Victors (1619-1676), Tel Aviv, Israel


Gathering for Worship


Welcome to Worship
Mr. Edward Crowell, Director of Music


Reading of the Gospel
Matthew 10:40-42 ( NRSV )

[Jesus said] "Whoever welcomes you welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple - truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."

This is the Word of the Lord.
"Thanks be to God!"


Opening Hymn of Praise

Reflection and Prayer

“If thou art willing to suffer no adversity, how wilt thou be the friend of Christ?” 

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Sermon, Part I
A Test of Faith
Rev. Kelly K. Burkhart, Pastor


Reading of the Old Testament
Genesis 22:1-14 ( NRSV )

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you."

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you."

Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.Isaac said to his father Abraham, "Father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." He said, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

Abraham said, "God Himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.

So Abraham called that place "The LORD will provide" ; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."

This is the Word of the Lord.
"Thanks be to God!"


Pastoral Prayer


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, which 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.


Prayer Response

Reflection and Stewardship

“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will.” 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

Sermon, Part II
Abraham's Obedience


Offertory Hymn

Offertory Prayer

Almighty God,
Friend of those in need,
Your Son Jesus Christ has untied our burdens and healed our spirits.
We lift up the prayers of our hearts for those who are burdened,
Those who seek healing,
And those in need within our church and in our world.
Life-giving God,
Heal our hearts, heal our bodies, and heal our lives,
That we may acknowledge Your wonderful deeds
And offer You thanks from generation to generation
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
The One whom we praise and adore,
And in whose precious and most holy name we pray,
Amen.


Offertory Statement

We remember that all we have is God's.

It is as an act of worship, with joyful hearts, and out of an abundance of riches that we
return to God a portion of that with which He has blessed us.

Although we are not meeting together in the Temple, the church's operating expenses continue.

You can be part of this ongoing ministry by giving your tax-deductible contribution.

Give cheerfully, thanking God for His blessings of life.

During the Offertory, devote yourselves to God in heart, and in mind, and in spirit.



Or mail a check to:
230 West 20th Street, Houston, TX 77008


Offertory
Mr. Walter LaForge, Organist

The Lord Is My Shepherd
Gordon Young (1919-1998)

Reflection and Commitment

“Christ never coerces us but waits for our consent. When we give it, no matter how tentative or faulty, He communicates and communes with us in very personal yet profound ways, coming to us with love, acceptance, grace, and goodness.” 

Rev. Daniel G. Vestal, ThD (b. 1944)

Sermon, Part III
God Provides the Lamb


Hymn of Commitment

Dismissed to Lives Devoted to God


Benediction

Now may the Lord bless you and keep you
and make His face to shine upon you,
and grant you peace.

May the Lord give you the grace to never sell yourself short.
May the Lord give you the grace to risk something big for something good.
May the Lord give you the grace to remember
that this world is now dangerous for anything but truth,
and too small for anything but love.

Now may He take your minds and think through them,
may He take your lips and speak through them,
and may He take your hearts and set them on fire,
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.


Postlude
Mr. LaForge

God of Grace and God of Glory
Tune CWM RHONDDA by John Hughes (1873-1932)
This arrangement by Paul T. Langston (1928-2012)


Important Reminders:

  • We will continue offering worship services for the foreseeable future. We will send a Worship Guide by email each Saturday evening.

  • We invite you to join us online for a video of each service by visiting our website: www.baptisttemple.org. Click "Video Services" and select the video of the service. You may also watch on this email through our YouTube channel (link at the top), or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/baptisttemplechurch)

  • All activities in our building are cancelled until further notice.

  • We will continue to update you via email, the church's Facebook page, and the church's website on our plans forward.


  • Please remember to give your tithes and offerings. If you are able to do so, please give above and beyond your regular tithe, in order that we may be better prepared to meet the challenges ahead. Give online at www.baptisttemple.org, or mail a check to 230 West 20th Street, Houston, Texas 77008.

  • If you do not regularly attend Baptist Temple, but would like to contribute to our church's missions and ministries, we sincerely welcome your gift.

  • Stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected, and pray for each other.
Est. 1908 AD
230 West 20th Street, Houston, TX 77008 | 713.862.6655
Worship Leadership
Rev. Kelly K. Burkhart , Pastor | Mr. Edward Crowell , Director of Music
Mr. Walter LaForge , Church Organist | Ms. Eileen S. Crowell , Guest Pianist
Artwork used by special permission from Art in the Christian Tradition , Vanderbilt Divinity Library
Other images are Public Domain
Some prayers by permission of Revised Common Lectionary Prayers , Augsburg Fortress
Hymn scores from Celebrating Grace Hymnal , Macon, Georgia, 2010 (our adopted hymnal)
Music by permission of CCLI License 3199510
Hymn Orchestrations by permission of  Celebrating Grace, Inc.