Sunday, August 9, 2020










August 9, 2020
Tenth 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 (All)

Perhaps we can best appreciate the wind on a completely calm day when nothing rustles or murmurs. Yet sometimes when we look up, we see clouds silently crossing the sky, subtly changing shapes and patterns.
We wonder why the wind is distant. But if we’re alert, we realize that even that faraway wind touches us as it moves clouds to make new pictures for our eyes. God, too, seems distant and unaffecting at times. In this time of worship may we realize that God’s Spirit touches us always. Amen.


Opening Hymn When Morning Guildes the Skies                                  UMH 185 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking 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 pow’rs of darkness fear
When this sweet chant they hear:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

4. Be this, while life is mine,
My song of love divine:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Sing this eternal song
Through all the ages long:
May Jesus Christ be praised!


Epistle Reading “The Message”                                                                  Romans 10:5-17

4-10 The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying?
The word that saves is right here,
as near as the tongue in your mouth,
as close as the heart in your chest.
It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”
11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.”
14-17 But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims,
A sight to take your breath away!
Grand processions of people
telling all the good things of God!
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.

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.


Gospel Lesson “Jesus Walks on the Water”                                                Matthew 14:22-33

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “When Fear Takes Over”                                                                Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory (Elise Volkmann)

As pants the hart for cooling streams
When heated in the chase,
Ao longs my soul, O God, for thee,
And thy refreshing grace.

For thee, my God, the living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine:
O when shall I behold thy face,
Thou majesty divine?

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and thou shalt sing
The praise of him who is thy God,
Thy health’s eternal spring.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom we adore,
Be glory, as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.


Offering Prayer (All)

O God, it is simple to give money, even when we have little to share. But it’s difficult to put ourselves in the offering plate. That seems to be giving up too much. Is this what you’re really asking for? Is it the only way we can ever claim our true selves and find the fulfillment you intend for us? Help us to know and seek your will. Amen.


Closing Hymn “Stand By Me”                                                                    UMH 512 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship upon the sea
Thou who rulest wind and water,
Stand by me (stand by me).

2. In the midst of tribulation,
Stand by me (stand by me);
In the midst of tribulation,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the hosts of hell assail,
And my strength begins to fail,
Thou who never lost a battle,
Stand by me (stand by me).

4. When I’m growing old and feeble,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When I’m growing old and feeble,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When my life becomes a burden,
And I’m nearing chilly Jordan,
O Thou Lily of the Valley,
Stand by me (stand by me).



L: We are now sent from here in the name of Jesus Christ to serve the God who cherishes us and to trust the Spirit who nurtures us. That you may live with the flair of those who have faith, I bless you!
P: Amen!
L: That you may live with the faith of those who have hope, I bless you!
P: Amen!
L: That you may live with the hope of those who have love, I bless you!
P: Amen!
L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord .in the name of Christ.
P: Amen!


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.


Tower Lighting

In memory of  Don David Conklin by Eleanor Packard


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