Sunday, September 6, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

September 6, 2020
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Labor Day Weekend
11:00A.M.

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

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)

Spirit of new life: you bring us together that we might learn to live together, to love together, to serve together, so that those around us would know you are in our midst. Be with us this day as we worship and praise you! Amen.

 

Opening Hymn “The Servant Song”                                                  TFWS 2222 Vs. 1-4

1. Brother, sister, let me be your servant,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant, too.

2. We are pilgrims on a journey,
We’re together on this road;
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

3. I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
Speak the peace you long to hear.

4. I will weep when you are weeping;
When you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
‘Til we’ve seen this journey through.

 

Psalter Reading “The Message”                                                           Psalm 119:33-40

God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,
and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me—
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways!

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 18:15-20

15-17 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.
18-20 “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God

 

Sermon “Living in Community”                                                         Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Lord, Whose Way is Perfect” (Kevin Mayhew)

Lord, Whose way is perfect, help me always to trust in Your goodness, that walking with You and following You in all simplicity, I may possess a quiet and contented mind and may cast all care on You, for You care for me.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Your love, O God, binds us together in ways we could never achieve on our own. We give thanks for all your gracious activities in people’s lives over the centuries and we offer these gifts and the service of our lives as signs of our gratitude and willingness to make your love known through our witness to, and love for, neighbors nearby and far away. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “Help Us Accept Each Other” UMH 560 Vs. 1, 2, & 4

1. Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us and Bring us to believe:
we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

 

2. Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life
we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all – not just for some,
to love them as we find them or as they may become.

 

4. Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need,
who hunger for acceptance, for justice and for bread,
we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on:
renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!

 

Benediction

L: May you who are strong go out into the world with gentleness, and you who are weak go on your way with new strength.
P: May we who are confident by nature, walk now with humility, and we who are anxious step out with more certainty.
L: Get on with life, knowing that you are the sisters and brothers of Jesus,
P: The children of the Most High God.
L: May the grace of Christ Jesus redeem you from all evil,
the love of God hold you fast when all else fails,
the friendship of the Spirit keep you in perfect peace, now and evermore.
P: 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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