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September 20, 2020

Sixthteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                                           John Strawbridge


Choral Introit May the Words of our Mouths (Donald Moore)

May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight. Amen.


Call to Worship (All)

As we gather for worship amazing God, no matter the troubles, no matter the tests, keep us close to you. Help us choose you. You give us breath, hope and life. Make us grateful and generous. Make us partners in your work of compassion, inclusion and justice. Amen.


Opening Hymn Amazing Grace                                                         UMH 378 Vs. 1, 2 & 3

1. Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
2. ‘Twas grace that taught
My heart to fear
And grace my Fears relieved
How precious did
That grace appear
The hour I first believed
3. Through many dangers
Toils and snares
We have already come
‘Twas grace hath brought
Us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home


Old Testament Lesson                                                                        Exodus 16:2-15 NIV

2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” 8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”
9 Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”

10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.
11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.
The Word of God….Thanks be to God


Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                           TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson “The Message”                                                           Matthew 20:1-16

1-2 “God’s kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work.
3-5 “Later, about nine o’clock, the manager saw some other men hanging around the town square unemployed. He told them to go to work in his vineyard and he would pay them a fair wage. They went.
5-6 “He did the same thing at noon, and again at three o’clock. At five o’clock he went back and found still others standing around. He said, ‘Why are you standing around all day doing nothing?’
7 “They said, ‘Because no one hired us.’ “He told them to go to work in his vineyard.
8 “When the day’s work was over, the owner of the vineyard instructed his foreman, ‘Call the workers in and pay them their wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.’
9-12 “Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.’
13-15 “He replied to the one speaking for the rest, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn’t we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?’
16 “Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “Who Said Life is Fair”                                                         Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving



I will rejoice! I will lift my voice, forever sing of Christ my King! Let the mountains break forth into singing, let the rocks and the trees clap their hands. Let the heavens ring, let creation sing praise from every living thing.


Offering Prayer (All)

We are being overwhelmed by people this week, God. People who have lost so very much. People who have lost homes and jobs and loved ones. Let my hands and my offerings show your love to them. Let my gifts that I give bless them a little. Amen.


Closing Hymn We Are Called                                                            TFWS 2172

1. Come, live in the light
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord
We are called to be light for the kingdom
To live in the freedom of the city of God!
Refrain: We are called to act with justice
We are called to love tenderly
We are called to serve one another
To walk humbly with God!
2. Come, open your heart
Show your mercy to all those in fear
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
So all hatred and blindness will be no more!
Sing, sing a new song
Sing of that great day when all will be one
God will reign and we’ll walk with each other
As sisters and brothers united in love!



L: Help us to keep on moving forward — in our lives, in our faith, and in our hopes.
P: Keep us on the path, moving with forward momentum. Show us the way before us so that we can move with confidence and with faithfulness.
L: Gracious and generous God, you’ve given us the opportunity to be prophets leading our church beyond where we currently are.
P: Help us to be visionary leaders, help us to be prophetic followers, and help us to go where we need to be.
L: We ask these things in the name of the One who looked beyond the here and now, while at the same time holding the hands of those in need right next to him. Amen and Amen.


Choral Benediction For Your Gracious Blessing (Trad, arr. BSM)

For Your gracious blessing, for Your wondrous Word, for Your loving kindness, we give thanks O Lord.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude



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