Sunday School, July 5, 2020 5 Pentecost, A proper 9
Discovering that we have help
What do trains and trucks do? They carry heavy loads. Before trains and trucks were invented how did we carry heavy loads? Heavy loads were place on wagons and carts and they were pulled by animals, like horses, donkeys and oxen. A really heavy load needed to be pulled by more than one animal. A yoke was used to keep two animals pulling together.
Jesus used the yoke to talk about getting help in life. Life can be like a heavy load. Life can be difficult. Life can be hard. Life can be like pulling a very heavy load. What did Jesus say about life being a heavy load to pull?
He said, “Take my yoke.” If we can know that someone else is helping us through the difficult and hard times of life then the burden can be easier to bear.
How can we know that we are pulling the hard things of life with Christ? We can know the strength of God within us as the presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Also friends and the church can be in the yoke of our lives. Other people can help us in difficult times so that we never have to feel alone.
Jesus agreed that life can be difficult. Sometimes we can only grow through difficult challenges. Jesus lets us know that the difficulties in life need not destroys, if we discover how we are helped by God and by others.
Jesus said, “Take my yoke.” This means we have to learn to accept help in our lives. It also means that if we are with Christ, in the yoke, it means we are help others to pull the difficult loads of their life.
The yoke is a symbol of how we can be kept together helping each other during the difficult things that we have to face in our lives.
Does anyone know what a yoke is?
The yellow part of an egg right? Egg yolk is spelled different. What about another yoke?
If two horses are pulling a wagon, how do the horses stay even? They wear a harness. A harness is like a yoke.
In the time of Jesus, when two oxen pulled a cart, they wore a large wooden yoke around their necks. This yoke was attached to the cart and it allowed two oxen to pull the cart without one getting ahead of the other.
So, Jesus told his friends, take my yoke upon you and learn from me. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Sometimes life is hard. And since life is sometimes hard, we don’t want to be alone. We want to know that someone else is helping us.
Jesus didn’t promise us an easy life with no work. That would make us lazy. What Jesus promised us is help.
Jesus promised us the yoke of a community. In a community, we live helping each other. Your family is a community. You live together to help each other, so you don’t have to do all the hard things alone.
Jesus also promised that we have the life of God’s Spirit within us, helping us too.
Remember the yoke and the harness. A yoke is used to help two animals pull together to do the hard job of moving a heavy wagon.
Remember that we are not alone in the many jobs that we have to do in our lives. We have family and friends to help us. And remember we are helping our family and friends too. And life is easier when we do things together.
And life is easier when we discover that the life of God is within us helping us to more than we ever thought that we could do.
Let us be thankful today that we are helping each other today in all of the work that we are given to do in our lives.
If we just had an easy life, we would not grow and get strong. In our lives we always have something more difficult to do to help us to grow. And let us always remember that we have the help of Jesus and the help of each other in all of the difficult things in our lives.
Jesus said that we should take his yoke upon us. And he said this as a riddle to let us know that we can find help in life, both within us and from each other. Amen.
Intergeneration Family Service with Holy Eucharist
July 5, 2020: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Gathering Songs: Hallelu, Hallelujah , He’s Got the Whole World, Eat This Bread, May the Lord
Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And Blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Liturgist: Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Song: Hallelu, Hallelujah, (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 84)
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord.
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah.
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord.
Liturgist: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Liturgist: Let us pray
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Litany of Praise: Alleluia (chanted)
O God, you are Great! Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us! Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior! Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family! Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins! Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead! Alleluia
A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Liturgist: Let us read together from Psalm 145
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, * slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is loving to everyone * and his compassion is over all his works.
All your works praise you, O LORD, * and your faithful servants bless you.
They make known the glory of your kingdom * and speak of your power;
Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)
For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
Thanks be to God!
Liturgist: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said to the crowd, "To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, `We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon'; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds." At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Liturgist: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sermon – Father Phil
We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever. Amen.
Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy. (chanted)
For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.
Liturgist: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering
Offertory Song: He’s Got the Whole World (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 90)
1 He’s got the whole world; in his hands he’s got the whole wide world in his hands. He’s got the whole world in his hands; he’s got the whole world in his hands.
2 Little tiny babies.
3 Brother and the sisters
4 Mothers and the fathers
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of heaven.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of our birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might. Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.
(All may gather around the altar)
Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
the bread and drink the wine, we can know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as
this food and drink that becomes a part of us.
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Bless and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbor.
On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.
Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ. May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.
By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,
Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.
Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.
And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.
Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.
Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!
Words of Administration
Communion Song: Eat This Bread (Renew! # 228)
Eat this bread, drink this wine, come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this wine, come to me and you shall not thirst.
Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Closing Song: May the Lord (Sung to the tune of Eidelweiss)
May the Lord, Mighty God, Bless and keep you forever, Grant you peace, perfect peace, Courage in every endeavor. Lift up your eyes and seek His face, Trust His grace forever. May the Lord, Mighty God Bless and keep you for ever.
Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!