THE SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
June 14, 2020

First Presbyterian Church, Fargo
The Session and members of First Presbyterian Church, extend a sincere welcome to you! We welcome all persons regardless of race, nationality, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. This includes an open invitation to membership, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, marriage, funerals, memorial services, and to serve as an officer of the church.

Prelude and Preparation for Worship

Prayer of the Day
God of wonder, you appeared to Abraham as three persons; you reveal your fullness in your Son Jesus Christ. Your Spirit fills your people with hope through the peacemaking cross of Jesus. Gather us as Christ’s faithful disciples and empower us with his good news, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Gathering in Christ’s Presence

Welcome and Concerns of the Church
Opening Sentences
Jesus Christ summons us to answer God’s call of mercy. Christ gathers us and gives u power to be healed and to heal, to be forgiven and to forgive, to be freed from sin and to set others free, to tell one another and the world: God’s presence is at hand.  
Let us worship God!
Hymn — Praise Ye the Lord, The Almighty
Singers: Penny Andrist, Pam Burns, Erik Hagfors, Paul Lang, Erynn Millard Accompanist: Sally Harmon
1 Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
now to his temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration!

2 Praise ye the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen
how thy desires e'er have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

3 Praise ye the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen
sound from his people again;
gladly for aye we adore him.
Call to Confession
The mystery of God brings the promise of life, but we doubt the Spirit’s power to overcome death. The resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son, reveals that nothing is impossible with God. Let us confess our sin and receive new life.  

Prayer of Confession
Triune God, Holy Three, Holy One, we confess that we do not know how to look for you. We do not sense your nearness, and if there are angels among us, we are unaware. We do not show the hospitality to strangers that Abraham showed to you. We do not trust that our hardships can be transformed by your Spirit. O Covenant-keeper, forgive us. Let us laugh with joy because your grace has made peace among us. Send us out with this good news so that others will also receive your blessing, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Assurance of God’s Forgiveness

Hearing God’s Word

Children’s Message
Prayer for Illumination
Lesson Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  
   Worship the Lord with gladness;
   come into his presence with singing.  
Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he that made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
   and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him, bless his name.  
For the Lord is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.

Lesson Matthew 9:35-10:8
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

Sermon                   The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Hymn — Will You Come and Follow Me
1 “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown; will you let me name be known;
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?”

2 “Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care of cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?”

3 “Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,  
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?”

4 “Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?”

5 Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.  
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.  
In your company I’ll go where you love and footsteps show.  
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

Responding to God’s Word

Statement of Faith                                       The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Prayers of the People, ending with 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 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.

Call for the Offering, ending with the Prayer of Dedication

Bearing the Word into the World

Hymn — Go to the World
1 Go to the world! Go into all the earth.  
Go preach the cross where Christ renews life’s worth,  
Baptizing as the sign of our rebirth.  
Alleluia. Alleluia.  

2 Go to the world! Go into every place.
Go live the word of God’s redeeming grace.
God seek God’s presence in each time and space.  
Alleluia. Alleluia.

3 Go to the world! Go struggle, bless and pray;
The nights of tears give way to joyous day.  
As servant church, you follow Christ’s own way.  
Alleluia. Alleluia.

4 Go to the world! Go as the ones I send,  
For I am with you till the age shall end,  
When all the hosts of glory cry “Amen!”
Alleluia. Alleluia.

Charge and Benediction
POSTLUDE