Sunday, October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020
21st Sunday After Pentecost


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                           John Strawbridge


Choral Introit Hear Our Prayer, O Lord (Whelpton)

Hear our prayer, O Lord; incline Thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace. Amen.


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord of light and hope, be with us this day as we have gathered to hear your word. Help us open our hearts to the commandments to love, even when loving is difficult. Give us the courage to be people who will commit their whole lives in your service. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.


Opening Hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling            UMH 384 Vs. 1-3

1. Love divine, all loves excelling
Joy of Heaven to Earth come down
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling
All Thy faithful mercies crown
Jesus, Thou art all compassion
Pure, unbounded love Thou art
Visit us with Thy salvation
Enter every trembling heart

2. Breathe, O breathe, Thy loving spirit
Into every troubled breast
Let us all in Thee inherit
Let us find that second rest
Take away the love of sinning
Alpha and Omega be
End of faith, as its beginning
Sets our hearts at liberty

3. Come almighty to deliver
Let us all Thy life receive
Suddenly return and never
Never more Thy temples leave
Thee we would be always blessing
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing
Glory in Thy perfect love


Epistle Lesson 1                                                                 Thessalonians 2:1-8 NIV

2 You know, brothers and sisters that our visit to you was not without results. 2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. 7 Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
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                                                                    Matthew 22:34-40 NIV

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “Love Is Something You Do”                              Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory Thy Perfect Love (Rutter)

Jesu, my love, my joy, my rest,
Thy perfect love close in my breast.
That I Thee love and never rest;
And make me love Thee all things best,
And wound my heart in Thy love free,
That I may reign in joy evermore with Thee.


Offering Prayer (All)

Gracious God, we offer these gifts in response to your great love for us. We offer our lives because we love you with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind. As we go from here to love our neighbor as ourselves, may we go in the power of your Spirit to love as Jesus loves and to serve as he served. This we pray in his name. Amen


Closing Hymn Love Lifted Me Songs of Zion 71

1. I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Refrain: 2x
Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!
2. All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.
3. Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves;
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.



Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Go forth into this aching, hurting world with God’s love, offering healing, hope, and peace to all. Go in peace and may God’s peace surround you always. AMEN.


Choral Benediction Hallelujah, Amen (Mason) Hallelujah, Amen.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Food For Thought: C. S. Lewis, 20th century

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket–safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable.


ANNOUNCEMENT: Bishop’s Day on the District – Baltimore Region

Every year the Bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Conference hosts a “Day on the District.” This is a time for the Bishop to hear about what is happening in the District and there is usually a Q&A time when the Bishop will receive and answer questions. This year, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling will virtually be on the region on October 27th. The laity session will be held from 7 pm- 8:30 pm on this day. Please note that the session will not be recorded at this time. However, if the decision is made to record, a link to the recording will be provided once available. Please see below for the Zoom information.


Laity Session 

October 27th, from 7 pm- 8:30 pm

To join via video:

To join via phone: 1-301-715-8592 OR 1-312-626-6799

Meeting ID:965 3081 5530



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