music & a visit from some friends

Led by Cynthia and Bob & Deb
Sing Praise to the Father


Great is Thy Faithfulness
led by our friends from, AxiomBrass.
Trumpeter Dorival Puccini, Jr., Trumpeter and Bass-Baritone singer Michael Hawes, French Horn player Matthew Bronstein, Trombonist Corey Sansolo, Tuba player Kevin Harrison.

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not:
As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hat provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and spring-time and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Genesis 21:8-21

[Isaac] grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that [he] was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.” 11 The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. 13 As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18 Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.

20 God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Matthew 10:24-31

24 “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25 it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

26 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28 Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Leader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God

Glory be to the Father
And to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World with out end
Amen, Amen

Happy Father’s Day. Abraham!
Pastor Phil

Even though I walk through the valley
Of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle
Of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back, I know You are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Well live to know You here on the earth


Yes, I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

W&M:  Matt Redman;Beth Redman. 2005 Thankyou Music
(admin. worldwide by EMI CMG Publishing, excluding the UK and Europe,
which is admin. by UBP. CCLI#349090

Folks We Are Praying For:

Church family who work in and around hospitals & nursing homes:
Alex A, Kyra A, Hannah A, Sam A, Linda C, Carl G, Katie G, Eric H, Rachel H, Chona I, Abby H, Dana J, Bryan J, Kari J, Neal J, Eric S, Don T.

(If we missed any people’s names above please let us know.)

We continue to pray for: Nikolas Arden, Theresa Bates, the Carlson family, Katie Collier, Dan Erickson, Art Hamilton, Shirley Nicholas, The Morales/Randall family, Esther Stoel, the family of Blanche Swedberg . 

Ministries & Mission
RC4 staff & teachers as they open back up
Becci Swearingen, serving in Kenya
Renee Nicholas, serving local faculty and graduate students with InterVarsity

All:  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 sins as we forgive those who sin 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.  Amen.


led by Cynthia & Janelle
Be Still

Praise God from whom all blessings flow 
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

led by Dana and crew

Who can tell the sun to rise
Who can show the dawn its place
I could spend a thousand years
And only start to know Your ways

Who can measure what You’re worth
Who can fathom what You’ve done
I could write a thousand songs
And never capture Heaven’s love

And O praise the Lord the Holy One
And O praise the King of Perfect Love
A thousand times my soul will sing hallelujah
Yet I will sing a thousand more

Who can heal the hardest heart
Who can hear the softest prayer
I could run a thousand miles
Still I know You’d find me there

Hallelu hallelu hallelu
Yet I will sing a thousand more

I could climb the highest heights
Or I could fall to lowly states
I could live a thousand lives
And never see the end of grace

A thousand more
Yet I will sing a thousand more

CCLI Song # 7127548 CCLI License # 349090 Charmaine Carrasco |
Corbin Phillips |Taylor Gall © 2019 Corbin Phillips


L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
P: Thanks be to God

We’ll be back here next Sunday
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led by Cynthia

The rose at the front of the sanctuary marks the birth of Solveig Sophia Johnson on Monday, June 15. Solveig, who weighed 9 lbs., 2 oz., joins parents Bryan and Stacey, big sister Svea, and big brother Gus. Congratulations!

Zoom Movie Discussion
Just Mercy Movie Discussion On Zoom. Thursday June 25 7:00 pm. A must see movie, Just Mercy is the true story of Bryan Stevenson-a Harvard lawyer who worked with clients on death row and tells the story of Walter McMillian an African Amercian who owned a lumber company who was framed for the murder of a local white girl in 1987. The movie, just released last year is based on the 2015 book by Stevenson who founded the Equal Justice Initiative. During the month of June the full length feature film “Just Mercy” is FREE to watch on Amazon Prime Video, You Tube, and Google Play. (PG13)  We ask that you watch the movie on your own and on Thursday evening June 25th we will discuss the movie on zoom.  We will send out the zoom link closer to the date. The discussion will be led by Pastor Denise and Renee Nicholas. We will use a discussion guide prepared by Covenant minister Dominique Gilliard. Please email Pastor Denise if you plan to join us, if you need help seeing the movie, or with zoom or any other questions.

Zoom Bible Study
Beginning a week from Thursday, RECC will once again offer an adult Bible study. It will meet weekly via Zoom, with day, time, and topic yet to be determined. If you are not conversant with Zoom, don’t let that stop you! We can teach you how to activate Zoom so that you can take part. There are also a limited number of spaces available for those who wish to attend the Bible study in person in the lounge using social-distancing protocols. If you’re interested, please contact Gregory Sager in the church office at or at 773-784-7091.

Prayer requests
A group of women in our church are meeting every night at 7 pm via phone calls and texts in order to keep our various needs before God in prayer. They are asking the congregation to bring their needs to them to be lifted up in prayer as part of this evening prayer time. If you have any needs that you would like to have added to their prayer list, please contact the church office.

Free masks available
The church is offering free masks to anyone in the congregation who is in need of one. If you would like, you may make a donation to our benevolence fund when you come to the church building to pick yours up. Please contact the church office at or 773-396-6175 for more information.

We need your videos and pictures
As part of our ongoing efforts to stay connected with each other during this time of physical separation, we’re asking members and friends of the church to send us pictures of themselves along with a short (one or two sentences) greeting, or a brief video of no more than ten seconds, so that we can share them as a part of Sunday morning worship. Please be aware that they may have to be edited for space reasons. You can send them as downloadable files to

Our response to the current health crisis
As a community of faith we continue to pray for the health and welfare of our church and community as we resist the temptation to fall prey to fear. We do, however, want to continue to look out for the welfare of our friends and neighbors. We are doing our best to stay current with best practices for this unique time — please stay tuned as these may change. Our primary place for timely communication will be our website, We will also offer reminders and notes on our Facebook page and by email. We are livestreaming our Sunday morning worship on Facebook Live so that you may continue to be a part of our worship. Do not, however, become isolated. If you need any help there are folks in our church who can do so. Call the office (773-784-7091) or email the office (

General fund giving:
June 7: $5,870

General fund giving:
June 14: $2,261

Scripture for Sunday, June 28
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10,16-17
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

Art Used in this Bulletin: Steve Erspamer, SM
Clip Art for Year A © 1992, Archdiocese of Chicago.

Our church exists to love and worship God, and love and care for others. By God’s grace, we commit to help people find and follow Jesus Christ through the guidance of his Spirit and his word.

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." (Mark 4:30-32 NRS)