The 16th Sunday of Pentecost

The season after Pentecost is characterized by a renewed and deepened discipleship

practiced in and for the life of the world. 

Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning, reflected in the deep green of this season's liturgical color.  

It celebrates the unleashing of the Holy Spirit on the world and the empowering of the church
to reach the world with the gospel.


In celebrating Pentecost, the church expresses its gratitude for the faithfulness of Christ

in fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor” (John 14:16). The work of the Spirit renews
all of creation, of whom we profess in confidence and security knowing the God’s abounding power and abiding love.

Image by Clay Banks
 

Worship with us online via Facebook Live

// Sundays, 9:30 am

 

Opening of Worship

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.
Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way,
until they reached an inhabited town.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
For he satisfies the thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.


—Psalm 107:1-9, NRSV

 

The Old Testament

Amos 6:1a, 4-7 (NRSV)

1a

    Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, 
    and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,

4-7

Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, 
    and lounge on their couches, 
    and eat lambs from the flock, 
    and calves from the stall; 

    who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, 
    and like David improvise on instruments of music; 
     who drink wine from bowls, 
    and anoint themselves with the finest oils, 
    but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! 
Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, 
    and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

 

The Psalm

Psalm 146 (The Message)

Hallelujah!
    O my soul, praise God!
All my life long I’ll praise God,
    singing songs to my God as long as I live.

Don’t put your life in the hands of experts
    who know nothing of life, of salvation life.
Mere humans don’t have what it takes;
    when they die, their projects die with them.
Instead, get help from the God of Jacob,
    put your hope in God and know real blessing!
God made sky and soil,
    sea and all the fish in it.
He always does what he says—
    he defends the wronged,
    he feeds the hungry.
God frees prisoners—
    he gives sight to the blind,
    he lifts up the fallen.
God loves good people, protects strangers,
    takes the side of orphans and widows,
    but makes short work of the wicked.

God’s in charge—always.
    Zion’s God is God for good!
    Hallelujah!

 

Prayer of response

Loving Father, we confess that
sometimes we think we can do things all by ourselves
and sometimes we are worried about things.
We forget that you give us everything we have
and that you make us who we are.
Please forgive us for thinking about ourselves first.
Please forgive us for not trusting you to take care of us.
Thank you for always loving us
even when we forget that we need you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 
Image by Tim Mossholder

Generosity & Giving

The tithes and donations you make to DreamHouse Church make a difference to our church, our community, the people of Newport News, and world missions. There are various ways you can donate. We pass a collection plate during services and electronic giving is available for 24/7 donations. “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9).

 

The Gospel Reading

Luke 16:19-31 (NRSV)

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

 

The SermonProclaiming the Word

Lord God,
you have declared that your kingdom is among us.
Open our eyes to see it,
our ears to hear it,
our hearts to hold it,
our hands to serve it.
This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

 
Image by James Coleman
 

The Lord's Supper // Communion

The Lord’s Supper is also a
celebration and proclamation of
Jesus’ real, spiritual presence with
us, of the forgiveness offered to us
through Christ’s work on the cross,
and of the ongoing spiritual nourishment he provides us.


The Lord’s Supper is a sign of
a covenantal relationship. Our
relationship with God in Christ is
based on promises. That’s why the
celebration of the Lord’s Supper
fittingly begins with a clear statement of God’s invitation and
promises and continues with a
robust prayer of thanksgiving and hope.

It is also a celebration of the unity of Christ’s body,

the church, as well as a meal
of hope, of anticipating the heavenly
feast of Christ’s coming kingdom.
The Lord’s Supper is linked to nearly
every aspect of the gospel!

Invitation

Congregation of Jesus Christ, the Lord has
prepared his table for all who love him and
trust in him alone for their salvation.
All who are truly sorry for their sins, who sincerely believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior,
and who desire to live in obedience to him as
Lord are now invited to come with gladness to
the table of the Lord.
The gifts of God for the people of God.

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Hear the words of the institution of the Holy
Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:


The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took
bread, and after giving thanks to God, he
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,


“Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do
this in remembrance of me.”


In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This
cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed
for you for the forgiveness of sins. When ever you
drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”


Every time you eat this bread and drink this
cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen
Lord until he comes.


With thanksgiving, let us offer God our grateful praise.

—based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

[as the bread is shared]
The body of Christ, given for you.
Thanks be to God.


[as the cup is shared]
The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Thanks be to God.

Response of Praise 

God, who nourishes us for the journey,
it is strengthening to know that
as we have gathered at your table today,
your people throughout the world
are offering praise and thanksgiving
as bread and wine are shared.
May the mystery of your presence, experienced in our worship,
bind us together into one worldwide community. Amen.

 

A Call to Service and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

May the love of God surround you,
the wisdom of Christ guide you,
and the power of the Holy Spirit encourage you
as you joyfully proclaim:
Our world belongs to God!