Welcome to ICYMI Worship! ICYMI stands for In Case You Missed It; our ICYMI series gives a brief snapshot of worship each week so that you can worship in your home, on the road, or wherever life takes you.
At Cross of Christ, our basic worship order is based on worship patterns from Hebrew traditions and biblical accounts of the earliest Christians:
We GATHER with songs and prayer,
We HEAR God’s word,
We SHARE a meal of bread and wine,
We are SENT into the world to love and serve.
Let us know how this format works for you.
TODAY IS THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
“Glorious Things of You Are Spoken”
An old favorite to a different tune.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Gracious God, liberated and inspired by your Son, teach us to be kind to one another and to all people, forgiving as we have been forgiven, and living in love as Christ loves us, that we may shine your glorious light of grace into our sometimes dark world. This we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Ephesians 4:25–5:2 Christians are called to be imitators of God. This does not mean Christians are perfect. Rather, the Spirit is at work in our lives so that our actions and attitudes genuinely reflect the love and forgiveness we have received through Christ and his death.
Psalm 34:1-8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Ps. 34:8)
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL
John 6:35, 41-51 After feeding more than five thousand people in the wilderness, Jesus teaches them regarding the true significance of this remarkable sign.
PASTOR DAVE’S SERMON SNAPSHOT: “The Highest Form of Flattery”
Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in
baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other.
SONG OF THE DAY
“All My Hope on God Is Founded”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
“My Song Is Love Unknown”
On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
All are welcome to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist.
“The Church’s One Foundation”
Sometimes it’s hard to pick a specific version of a hymn to add to our post. Today we offer you three different versions of the same hymn; a nice chance to see the difference an arrangement can make in an old standard.
By God’s grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to
Grow in Faith
Share the Gospel
Serve others, and
Thanks be to God!