Sunday, August 23, 2020


12th Sunday after Pentecost

August 23, 2020

11:00 A.M.


Welcome, Announcements & Joys and Concerns


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                                                                                            Psalm 124

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when foes rose up against us:

Then would we have been swallowed up.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.


Opening Hymn “When Morning Gilds the Skies”                                              UMH 185

1.When morning gild the skies my heart awakening cries:  May Jesus Christ be praised!  Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:  May Jesus Christ be praised!

2.The night becomes as day when from the heart we say: May Jesus Christ be praised!  The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear:  May Jesus Christ be praised!

3.Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine: May Jesus Christ be praised!  Be this the eternal song through all the ages long:  May Jesus Christ be praised!


A Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans              12:1-8 NRSV

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  For as in one body we have many members and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.  We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

The Word of God. . . .  Thanks be to God!


Pastoral Prayer

The 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.


Gospel Lesson                                                                          Matthew 16:13-20 NRSV

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of prophets.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

The Word of God for the people of God. . . .   Thanks be to God!


Sermon “Gallup Poll Religion”                                                  Rev. Dr. Emora T. Brannan


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow” (Carol Doran, arr. BSM)

Wind who makes all winds that blow-
Gusts that bend the saplings low,
Gales that heave the sea in waves,
Stirrings in the mind’s deep caves-
Aim your breath with steady power
On your church, this day, this hour.
Raise, renew the life we’ve lost,
Spirit God of Pentecost.

Fire who fuels all fires that burn-
suns around which planets turn,
Beacons marking reefs and shoals,
Shining truth to guide our souls-
Come to us as once you came;
Burst in tongues of sacred flame!
Light and Power, Might and Strength,
Fill your church, its breadth and length.

Holy Spirit, Wind and Flame,
Move within our mortal frame.
Make our hearts an altar pyre.
Kindle them with your own fire.
Breathe and blow upon that blaze
Till our lives, our deeds, and ways
Speak that tongue which every land
By your grace shall understand.


Offering Prayer (All)

Almighty God, the source of all our comfort and joy: Receive us as we dedicate ourselves anew to you.  Bless for us the experience and resolves of this day, and lead us in the way of true understanding and fruitful service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Closing Hymn “Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know”                                           UMH 163

1. Ask ye what great thing I know, that delights and stirs me so? What the high reward I win?  Whose the name I glory in?   Jesus Christ, the crucified.

2. Who defeats my fiercest foes?  Who consoles my saddest woes?  Who revives my fainting heart, healing all its hidden smart?  Jesus Christ, the crucified.

3. Who is life in life to me?  Who the death of death will be?  Who will place me on his right, with the countless hosts of light?  Jesus Christ, the crucified.



Go out into the world in peace.

We go determined to love one another as Christ has loved us.

And the blessing of God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day, and all the days to come.



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 of the Bicentennial Bell




Food for Thought:

Jesus is both a mirror to our humanity and a window to divinity, a window revealing as much of God as is given mortal eyes to see.  When Christians see Christ empowering the weak, scorning the powerful, healing the wounded, and judging their tormentors, we are seeing transparently the power of God at work.  What is finally important is not that Christ is Godlike, but that God is Christ-like.  God is like Christ.  That’s what we need to know, isn’t it?  Then we know how to pray–”through Jesus Christ, our Lord,” who gives us the right and confidence to pray the way we do.

William Sloane Coffin – in CREDO



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