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July 5 Virtual Worship
  Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church

  July 5, 2020    5th Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to Worship! We invite you to join with those in your home – or in spirit with others from Shepherd – and worship God this day. You are invited to use as little or as much of these resources as you like. (If you experience any trouble accessing this material, including links, please send feedback to Cathy Lovejoy at children@shepherdpres.org.)

Instrumental Prelude: The Light of the World Is Jesus   click here

Praise Prelude:  Revelation Song   click here

Welcome:   click here

Call to Worship: God calls us by name into the presence of holiness as God’s holy people. We answer this call by the grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Come, let us worship God.

Hymn:  Open the Eyes of My Heart   click here

Call to Confession:  Let us confess our sins to God, whose loving-kindness endures forever.

Prayer of Confession:  O God, on lonely Mount Moriah you put your servant Abraham to the test. We confess that we have failed much lesser tests of our faith. We have allowed sin to run our lives, to shape how we act toward others, and to kill our relationship with you. In your great mercy, forgive us. Change even our bodies from implements of destruction to instruments of your peace; for the sake of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.   (Please take a moment for silent confession.)

Assurance of Forgiveness:  God, whose name is I Am, provides for our weakness. Jesus Christ, I Am in the body, gave himself for our salvation. All who are united to Christ in his death are united to Christ in his resurrection. The end is eternal life.  Friends, believe the Good News! In Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

Sung Response:  Grace Flows Down   click here

Passing of the Peace: Click here for photo greetings from some of our Shepherd friends. Additionally, if you wish to stay connected with others from Shepherd, find us on Facebook here. Or, search for “Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church. “Like” or “Follow” us, or say hello on today’s worship post.

Time with Young Disciples:  After watching the message from Ms. Cathy, talk about stories you know where people must choose between good and evil. When they choose good, how do their actions help other people? What are some of the difficult decisions you've had to make in your own life, where it was sometimes difficult to choose goodness? 

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Click here to access the children's materials for your family, including a Holy Moly video, a family guide, and some worship bulletins. Because these materials are copyrighted, you will need to enter the user ID and password included in the Friday email. After watching the video, talk about what Joseph could have done, and what he actually did. How did Joseph's actions show that he had strong faith in God's ways?    

Scripture and Sermon:   “Sanctification”

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Scripture Prayer:  Loving God, as we hear your Word this day, send your Spirit to equip and inspire us, that your grace-filled hospitality may be the center of our lives. Amen.

Romans 6:12-23   12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  13 No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.  14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?  17 But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted,  18 and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.  19 I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.  20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  21 So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death.  22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life.  23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hymn:  O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing   click here

Offering & Prayer of Dedication:   click here   We invite you to continue to give by mailing a check to the church office, using your online bill pay service, or click here to donate online now.

Sung Response:  Doxology   click here

Prayers of the People / The Lord’s Prayer    
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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.

If you are feeling vulnerable, have a specific need for assistance, or are experiencing financial distress, please reach out to your deacon or Pastor Dave at 916-652-4851. For prayer requests, email pastor@shepherdpres.org.

Hymn:  America the Beautiful   click here

Sending:  Learn the ways of God, for they are the ways of life. Trust in Jesus Christ, the Son, for he is the way to God. Live by the power of the Holy Spirit, who will show you the love of Jesus.

Sending Hymn:  Shalom   click here

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