"... 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.”
Service of Word, Song and Prayer
June 21, 2020
Welcome to worship! On a hot day, what can be more refreshing than a tall glass of fresh, pure, cold ice water? And in the face of suffering, pain, loss, and grief, what can be more comforting than the presence of someone who reaches out in love? Jesus has called and sent out the disciples into the world not to go to the mighty, the powerful, the influential, but to the little ones - to the needy, the forgotten, the marginalized. Who are the little ones of our world? As followers of Jesus, that is where we are called to go as well. We are called to leave our places of comfort and security, and venture into places of need, of suffering, of pain, so that we too can share a refreshing cup of cold water, or rather, our own acts of love and hope, to a hurting world.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
by J.S. Bach
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ
“Anyone who receives you, receives me,
and anyone who receives me,
receives the Father who sent me.”
Siblings in Christ,
We gather together in the presence of the God
who receives us with open arms,
who loves us unconditionally,
and who bids us do the same to one another.
Let’s worship God together!
Baptized and Set Free
Greeting and Prayer of the Day
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
1God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
2He 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.”
3So 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.
4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away.
5Then 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.”
6Abraham 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.
7Isaac 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?”
8Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
9When 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.
10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.
11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
12[The angel] 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.”
13And 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.
14So 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.”
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart, day after day?
How long shall my enemy triumph over me?
Look upon me and answer me, O Lord my God;
give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
lest my enemy say, “I have defeated you,”
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart is joyful because of your| saving help.
I will sing to the Lord,
who has dealt with me richly.
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said to the twelve:]
40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
41Whoever 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;
42and 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.”
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
1 Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.
2 ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!
3 Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come;
’tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
4 The Lord has promised good to me;
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
Text: John Newton, 1725-1807
Confession and Forgiveness
God is gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Let us confess our sins before God, trusting in God's loving and gracious promise of hope.
Silence for reflection
Lord Jesus Christ,
We call you Lord,
Yet it is too easy for us to worship other things.
Other activities, other relationships, other gods.
You tell us we cannot serve two masters,
Yet we spend more time focusing our energies elsewhere,
Diverting our time, our energy, our money, our attention away from you.
Forgive us, gracious Savior,
When our hearts are led astray
When we serve other gods and worship them.
Strengthen us to set our faces toward Jerusalem,
To take up our cross and follow you.
We pray this, counting on your grace. Amen.
God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin
and made us alive together with Christ.
By grace you have been saved!
In the name of + Jesus Christ,
your sins are forgiven.
Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit,
that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.
You may use this time to make a gift online, or write a check to be mailed in,
to sustain the ministries of the Church.
Take My Life and Let It Be
Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers of Intercession
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
~ Sending ~
All Are Welcome
1 Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
2 Let us build a house where prophets speak,
and words are strong and true,
where all God's children dare to seek
to dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
and as symbol of God's grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
3 Let us build a house where hands will reach
beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
and live the Word they've known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
bear the image of God's face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:
4 Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
Text © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638.
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This prayer was created by both the Episcopal Church and the ELCA
to express our common mission in the world.
It is being shared each week in worship by both Episcopal and ELCA
congregations throughout the country.
God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn, break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me.
Quench our thirst for love,
Satisfy our need to be known,
Assure us that we are indeed prophets of welcome.
Let us go to proclaim this peace in God’s name.
Thanks be to God.
Allegro Maestoso e Vivace from Sonata No. 2
by Felix Mendelssohn
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ
Pastor: Rev. Joanne Groman-Stewart
Assisting Minister: Karen Holroyd
Director of Music Ministry: Josh Ehlebracht
Fellowship Sunday Morning
Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, find a comfy spot, and join in conversation and fellowship with folks from Immanuel for our
Zoom Fellowship Hour, Sundays at 11.
The log-in information is:
Meeting ID: 847 0533 8544
Please make sure to check the latest email for the log-in information for Zoom events as they do change.
Bible Study is moving to Wednesdays at 9!
Join the fun where we gather for lively, thoughtful discussion, and usually a lot of laughter. This week we will be looking at the readings for next Sunday - Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. The log-in info is:
Meeting ID: 868 9194 0468
July 4th Virtual Concert
Be sure to check next Sunday's emailed worship service for a virtual concert of American music, Sousa marches, and wonderful hymns played by our very own Director of Music Ministry, Josh Ehlebracht! Celebrate Fourth of July with Josh and the Immanuel family!
Upstate New York Synod
The Upstate New York Synod has a number of ways to connect with others across the synod from daily devotions at 9 am to book discussions to synod-wide worship Sundays at 4, and many other opportunities. Check out all that they have to offer!
Immanuel's Little Pantry
There are hungry people in our community. And we have a way to help! Please remember the Little Pantry at Immanuel! The coronavirus has been hard on people, and this is a way to help those who need an extra hand. Please feel free to drop off
non-perishable foods. And if you are in need or know someone who is, please take what you need! Jesus calls us to feed his sheep - here is a wonderful opportunity!
When Can We Come Back???
This time apart has been hard on everyone! We miss being together!. We miss communion! We miss singing and praying and eating together! The Genesee Finger Lakes Conference of the Upstate New York Synod has agreed that the earliest we will return to in-person worship is August.
The most important consideration is keeping everyone safe!
The Re-Entry Task Force has been hard at work putting together procedures for properly cleaning our space and preparing safe worship for all of us. Once they and the council feel we can safely open, we will! Unfortunately, churches have become places the virus can widely spread if these safety precautions are not followed. We will keep everyone informed, and we look forward to that time when we can gather in person!
Come Check Out
Veggie Dale at the Church!
Okay... Veggie Dale may not be quite this big, but it is still filled with veggies that when are harvested will be shared with hungry people in our community!
Watch for the opportunity to sign up to be a gardener for a week! It's a wonderful way to connect with nature, provide for those in need, enjoy the outdoors, all while social distancing! Gardeners need only to check on the garden to ensure it is being watered, pull a few stray weeds, and harvest veggies as they become ready. You may either leave the vegetables for someone to deliver them. What a fun way to share a little bit of ourselves with those in need!
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Baptized and Set Free
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Take My Life That I May Be,
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All Are Welcome
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