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The Golden Rule

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Wesley United Methodist Church – Bloomington, IL

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.... Sort Of?

June 20th, 2021


Organ Prelude

Toccata in D minor (Nevin)

Craig Deets, Organist

Call to Worship

(based on Matthew 22.36-40)

When Jesus’ disciples gathered together, they asked him a question:
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He answered them, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
This is the greatest and first commandment.
And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
May we continue to listen and learn what the Lord says to us today.

Opening Hymn

UMH #549 Where Charity and Love Prevail vs. 1-4

Opening Prayer

Led by Jefferson Dhas

pray with wesley umc bloomington


Just a Closer Walk with Thee (traditional, arr. Stokes)

Charlie and Elaine Stokes, piano duet

Children's Time


Call to Prayer

UMH #454 Open My Eyes, That I May See vs. 1

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.


Prayer Response

UMH #454 Open My Eyes, That I May See vs. 2


Scripture Luke 6:27-36 (NRSV)

27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.

30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.


Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.... Sort Of?

Reverend Sara L. Isbell

The Golden Rule

Offering and Call to Action


Chant de paix (Song of Peace) (Penefield)

Craig Deets, Organist


UMH #94 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

Blessing of the Offering

Closing Hymn

Closing Hymn UMH #568 Christ for the World We Sing

Announcements and Benediction


Postlude on "Joyful Song" (Lasky)

Craig Deets, Organist

Worship Participants:

Senior Pastor
Reverend Sara L. Isbell

Jefferson Dhas

Craig Deets

Children’s Time
Kathi Pritts

Hymn Singer
Brenna Martin

Photography, video and editing

Ben Lash

Thank you for all you do at Wesley United Methodist Church Bloomington. We love seeing you every week and look forward to joining together again next week. God Bless!