Today’s Passage: Psalm 66
Opening Prayer: Father God, worship is not about us; it is about You. It is not just a personal thing. It is about the whole town, the whole community, the whole nation, and the whole global community. It is for, and about, all people. May we see worship in a much broader way. May we see worshiping You as something that is a part of everything we do. May we bless and worship You with, and through, our lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Casting Crowns – Only Jesus (Official Music Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Going Global – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost by Will Willimon, a bishop in the United Methodist Church and Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School.
You would expect Psalm 66 to invite Israel, God’s chosen people, to praise the Lord, but in a surprisingly magnanimous gesture the psalmist invites the whole earth to praise the God of Israel. Listen as Will Willimon reflects on the generosity of the psalmist, and the God he praises.
Closing Song: Tauren Wells – When We Pray (Official Music Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, we know You have chosen the Church, Christ’s Church, as the way to present You to the whole world. We, as Christians and members of Christ’s Church, are often awed by that reality. Sometimes we might even question the wisdom of You using us, as flawed, weak and lacking as we may be. However, we know that is Your plan. May we, through Christ and with the power of the Holy Spirit, step up to that call. May we join You wherever You are and wherever You have called us to, to do Your will in that place. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: We Are Messengers – “Magnify” (Official Music Video)