Bishop Frank Beard Sermon 04/04/20: Hope in the Present (Lent V)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 4/04/20. If illness, travel or the Coronavirus prevents you from attending a local church this weekend, or if you would like to experience the worship again, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click and select “Open link in new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a new tab, and close that tab when finished. If there is an advertisement, a button that will allow you to skip ahead to the music usually appears in the lower right of the screen after 4 seconds.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Our call to worship is to pray the Wesley Covenant Prayer:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

WHAT HAPPENED ON PALM SUNDAY?
Luke 19:35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on the colt they set Jesus upon it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their garments on the road. 37 As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” 41 And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace!

Today’s worship includes two songs, praising Jesus and sung loudly by crowds of believers in the streets … like they sang on the first Palm Sunday. We are worshiping in our homes today, but we will be back!

HYMN Hosanna – From HOLY LAND in Jerusalem – Hillsong United
This concert was recorded on the Jerusalem Temple Steps on May 27, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqF1EhsBz0A
(After each video concludes, you will need to go back to this window.)

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)
Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer. (Prayer requests can be found on the Kinmundy United Methodist Church Facebook page.)

The Bishop’s Prayer:  “Lord, send the gentle wind of your Holy Spirit to blow upon the embers of my heart and fan me into flames for Jesus”

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, forever. Amen.

HYMN Bless the Lord (w/ Lyrics) (Time Square, New York City, May 5, 2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZd-tuztjc8

MESSAGE:
Bishop Frank Beard
Hope in the Present — Mark 1:35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.
Some Good News Worship Series – Bishop Frank J. Beard – April 4, 2020

HYMN “Sometimes He Calms the Storm” – Scott Krippayne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BMIJHZSavo

BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

Image by Nina Garman from Pixabay.

Additional Resources – after this season of social distancing concludes.
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Raod, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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