The 10th 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

Welcome!

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hid:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you
Amen.

As part of our worship this morning,

let us bring our whole selves before God

making confession of our dependency and God's perfect provision 

just as the Psalmist often did. 


God invites us into his healing presence with these words:
“I am the Lord, who heals you.”
Diseased, depressed, dysfunctional, defeated,
we come hungering for health that only God can provide.

God calls us to bring open eyes, hearing ears,
and tender hearts turned toward him, the Great Physician.
We bow before him in faith and expectancy!

—based on Exodus 15:26; Isaiah 6:10

 

First Reading

Jeremiah 23:23-29 (CEB)

The Lord declares, Am I a God
    who is only nearby and not far off?
Can people hide themselves in secret places
    so I might not see them?
        Don’t I fill heaven and earth?

I have heard the prophets prophesying lies in my name. They claim, “I’ve had a dream; I’ve had a dream!” How long will deceitful prophecies dominate the minds of the prophets? Those prophets are treacherous. They scheme to make my people forget me by their dreams that people tell each other, just as their ancestors forgot me because of Baal. Let the prophet who has a dream declare it, but let the one who has my word proclaim it faithfully.

What a difference between straw and wheat!
        declares the Lord.
Isn’t my word like fire
    and like a hammer that shatters rock?
        declares the Lord.

 

The Psalm | A Sacred Song

Psalm 82, a psalm of Asaph (CEB)

God takes his stand in the divine council;
    he gives judgment among the gods:
“How long will you judge unjustly
    by granting favor to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the lowly and the orphan;
    maintain the right of the poor and the destitute!
Rescue the lowly and the needy.
    Deliver them from the power of the wicked!


They don’t know; they don’t understand;
    they wander around in the dark.
    All the earth’s foundations shake.

  

  I hereby declare, “You are gods,
    children of the Most High—all of you!
But you will die like mortals;
    you will fall down like any prince.”


Rise up, God! Judge the earth
    because you hold all nations in your possession!

 
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 Epistle

Hebrews 11:29-12:2 (NIV)

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.


By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.


By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.


And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.


These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

The Gospel Reading

Luke 12:49-56 (NIV)

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

 

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.


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!