Sunday, August 16, 2020












August 16, 2020

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost



Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                                               John Strawbridge


Choral Introit O come. let us sing unto the Lord (Donald Moore)

O come. let us sing unto the Lord,
To Him our voices raise.
O come; with joyful voices praise.


Call to Worship

L: Let’s worship God who loves us all.
P: Whether we’re old or young, educated or uneducated, healthy or ill, whether we’re dark skinned or light-skinned, rich or poor.
L: Let’s worship God who wants us to . . .
P: Love our neighbor as ourselves;
L: The one who is weak and the one who is strong
P: The one we understand and the one we don’t, the one who is like us and the one who is different.
L: Let’s worship the God who desires our love.

All: Let’s worship God with our thoughts, prayers and songs.


Opening Hymn “How Great Thou Art”                                             UMH 77 vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. O LORD my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made;
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
REFRAIN: Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze: REFRAIN
4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home – what joy shall fill my heart!
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God how great Thou art! REFRAIN


Psalter Reading                                                                                      Psalm 133:1-3 NIV

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

The Word of God….Thanks be to God

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Surely the Presence of the Lord                                   UMH 328

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.
I can feel His mighty power and His grace.
I can hear the brush of angels wings.
I see glory on each face.
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.


Old Testament Lesson “The Message”                                                    Genesis 45:1-15

1-2 Joseph couldn’t hold himself in any longer, keeping up a front before all his attendants. He cried out, “Leave! Clear out—everyone leave!” So there was no one with Joseph when he identified himself to his brothers. But his sobbing was so violent that the Egyptians couldn’t help but hear him. The news was soon reported to Pharaoh’s palace.
3 Joseph spoke to his brothers: “I am Joseph. Is my father really still alive?” But his brothers couldn’t say a word. They were speechless—they couldn’t believe what they were hearing and seeing.
4-8 “Come closer to me,” Joseph said to his brothers. They came closer. “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But don’t feel badly, don’t blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. There has been a famine in the land now for two years; the famine will continue for five more years—neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance. So you see, it wasn’t you who sent me here but God. He set me in place as a father to Pharaoh, put me in charge of his personal affairs, and made me ruler of all Egypt.
9-11 “Hurry back to my father. Tell him, ‘Your son Joseph says: I’m master of all of Egypt. Come as fast as you can and join me here. I’ll give you a place to live in Goshen where you’ll be close to me—you, your children, your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and anything else you can think of. I’ll take care of you there completely. There are still five more years of famine ahead; I’ll make sure all your needs are taken care of, you and everyone connected with you—you won’t want for a thing.’
12-13 “Look at me. You can see for yourselves, and my brother Benjamin can see for himself, that it’s me, my own mouth, telling you all this. Tell my father all about the high position I hold in Egypt, tell him everything you’ve seen here, but don’t take all day—hurry up and get my father down here.”
14-15 Then Joseph threw himself on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. He then kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Only then were his brothers able to talk with him.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon    “We All Have Scars”                                                               Rev. Debbie Scott



Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving



O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
Most beautiful, most bright;
On thee, the high and lowly,
Through ages joined in tune,
Sing “Holy, holy, holy,”
To the great God Triune.

Today on weary nations
The heavenly manna falls;
To holy convocations
The silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing
With pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing
With soul-refreshing streams.

New graces ever gaining
From this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining
To spirits of the blessed;
To Holy Ghost be praises,
To Father, and to Son;
The Church her voice upraises
To Thee, blessed Three in One.



Offering Prayer (All)

May we not offer you the leftovers of our resources and our lives, Blessing God, but let these gifts be but part of what we give back to you, as we seek to serve your people and your creation. Amen.


Closing Hymn “There Is A Balm in Gilead”                                               UMH 375

There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole.
There is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sinsick soul.
1. Sometimes I feel discouraged,
and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again. (Refrain)
2. Don’t ever feel discouraged,
for Jesus is your friend,
and if you look for knowledge,
he’ll n’er refuse to lend. (Refrain)
3. If you can’t preach like Peter,
if you can’t pray like Paul,
just tell the love of Jesus,
and say he died for all. (Refrain)



L: We are commissioned as carriers of love.
The attention we give to others is contagious.
P: We seek to honor all people by listening to them.
We want to provide practical help to those in need.

L: We are sent out to do good and to be merciful.
Our trust is in God, who equips us to serve.
P: We seek to minister impartially.
Both friends and strangers are our concern.
L: Be strong, fear not, for God will save.
Those who trust God will realize God’s blessing.
P: God has blessed us with a good name.
We are heirs of Go’s dominion forever.



Choral Benediction  “Let Us Now Depart In Thy Peace” (Bristol)

Let us now depart in thy peace, blessed Jesus,
Send us to our homes with God’s love in our hearts:
Let not the busy world claim all our loyalties,
Keep us ever mindful, dear Lord, of Thee.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Food For Thought: ‘Jesus of the Scars’:

If we have never sought, we seek thee now;
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-marks on thy brow,
We must have thee, O Jesus of the scars.

The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by thy scars we know thy grace.

If, when the doors are shut, thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of thine;
We know today what wounds are, have no fear;
Show us thy scars, we know the countersign.

The other gods were strong; but thou wast weak;
They rode, but thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but thou alone.


Sunday Flowers

In honor of our choir and the wonderful music they share.


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