"God's Agenda, God's Business"

  • Date: 06/28/20

Matthew 25:31-40

Worship Online

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


Welcome and Announcements      

Centering Moment                  

“For all that shall be, Yes.”
Dag Hammarskjöld-

Opening Hymn   “Lift Every Voice and Sing”         UMH # 519      
Lisa Corpron, Jayson Coleman & Bob Wuertz

  1.  Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,
    ring with the harmonies of liberty;
    let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies,
    let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
    Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
    sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
    facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
    let us march on till victory is won.


  1. Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,
    felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet
come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;
we have come, treading our path thru the blood of the slaughtered,

out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.


  1. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
    thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
    thou who hast by thy might led us into the light,
    keep us forever in the path, we pray.
    Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
    lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
    shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand,
    true to our God, true to our native land.

Joyce Drozda and Theresa Erb
Our Morning’s Prayer (Unison)                                   


     O Lord, we come this morning knee-bowed and body-bent before thy throne of grace. 
     O Lord  - this morning - bow our hearts beneath our knees, and our knees in some lonesome valley.         
     We come this morning like empty pitchers to a full fountain, with no merits of our own. 
     O Lord,  open up a window of heaven, and lean out far over the battlements of glory, and listen            this morning. 
-James Weldon Johnson-


Joys and Concerns                                                                           
Our Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Joyce Drozda and Theresa Erb       


     O Holy God, open unto me light for my darkness, courage for my fear, hope for my despair. 
     O loving God, open unto me wisdom for my confusion, forgiveness for my sins, love for my hate. 
     O God of peace, open unto me peace for my turmoil, joy for my sorrow, strength for my weakness. 
     O generous God, open my heart to receive all your gifts.  Amen.   -
Howard Thurman-


Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer                    Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood
Lord’s Prayer                                            Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

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.

The Good News of Jesus Christ                                                       

Matthew 25:31-40
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'"

Special Music                                              “The Power of His Touch”
Lisa Corpron & Jayson Coleman              by Colette Call  


Witness                          “God’s Agenda, God’s Business!”

Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

Closing Hymn               “Be Thou My Vision”             UMH #451
Lisa Corpron, Jason Coleman & Bob Wuertz 
  1.  Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
    naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
    Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
    waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


  1. Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
    I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
    thou and thou only, first in my heart,
    great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.


  1. Great God of heaven, my victory won,
    may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
    Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
    still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

An Order of Farewell to a Pastor
Phil:   I thank you, the members and friends of La Jolla United Methodist Church, for the love and support you have shown me while I have ministered among you. I am grateful for the ways my leadership has been accepted. I ask forgiveness for the mistakes I have made. As I leave, I carry with me all that I have learned here.
All:    We receive your thankfulness, offer forgiveness, and accept that you now leave to minister elsewhere in your retirement. We express our gratitude for your time among us. We ask your forgiveness for our mistakes. Your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave us with your departure.
Phil:   I accept your gratitude and forgiveness, and I forgive you, trusting that our time together and our parting are pleasing to God. I release you from turning to me and depending on me. I encourage your continuing ministry here and will pray for you and for your new pastoral team of Bob Rhodes and Lea Booth. Let us pray together:
All:    Eternal God, whose steadfast love for us is from everlasting to everlasting, we give you thanks for cherished memories and commend one another into your care as we move in new directions. Keep us one in your love forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Final Blessing            “Let There Be Peace on Earth”        UMH # 431
Lisa Corpron, Jayson Coleman & Bob Wuertz
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me;
let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God our creator, children all are we.
Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now.
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow:
to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.