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*Outdoor worship service September 27, 5 p.m.

*Zoom Bible Study Thursdays at 2 p.m.

*Worship Committee meetings held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

*The Centering Prayer Group, led by Ren and Judy Adams, meets every Monday from 6-6:30 p.m. on Zoom to check in with each other.  Contact Ren or Judy if you are interested in joining.

Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It presents ancient Christian wisdom teachings in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with him.

Worship Bulletin

Sunday, September 27, 2020

17th Sunday After Pentecost

“Come, Now Is the Time to Worship”

Come, now is the time to worship; come, now is the time to give your heart

Come, just as you are to worship; come, just as you are before your God, come

(Repeat)

One day every tongue will confess you are God; one day every knee will bow

Still the greatest treasure remains for those who gladly choose you now

(Repeat)

Come, now is the time to worship; come, now is the time to give your heart

Come, just as you are to worship; come, just as you are before your God

Come, come, come

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CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:                                                             “Rejoice, the Lord Is King”

Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore!

Rejoice, give thanks, and sing, And triumph evermore:

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

God’s kingdom cannot fail, Christ rules o’er earth and heaven;

The keys of death and hell Are to our Jesus given:

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope! For Christ, the Judge, shall come

To glorify the saints For their eternal home:

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

(THE PRESBYTERIAN HYMNAL #155)

OPENING PRAYER AND CONFESSION

How quick we are to say yes to you, O Lord, and then we turn around and forget our bold words of commitment. We pledge ourselves to working for your kingdom but find ourselves pulled away by other demands on our time and energy. Forgive us, O Lord, when we so quickly drop our commitments to serving you. Fill our minds with the presence of your Spirit, as we follow Jesus Christ, who is Lord….. (silent confessions). Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

PASSING OF THE PEACE

May the peace of the Lord be with you.

And also with you.

“I Love You, Lord”

I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you, O my soul rejoice.

Take joy, my King, in what you hear, may it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

(SING THE FAITH Hymnal #2068)

“All Hail King Jesus”

All hail King Jesus! All hail Emmanuel, King of kings, Lord of lords, bright Morning Star.

And throughout eternity, I’ll sing Your praises; and I’ll reign with You throughout eternity.

(SING THE FAITH Hymnal #2069)

“He Is Exalted”

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high; I will praise him. He is exalted, forever exalted and I will praise his name!

He is the Lord, forever his truth shall reign; heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name.

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high.

(SING THE FAITH Hymnal #2070)

“Jesus, Name above All Names”

Jesus, name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord. Emmanuel, God is with us, blessed Redeemer, living Word.

(SING THE FAITH Hymnal #2071)

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Exodus 17:1-7

17 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us.

We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation

the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

12 In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap.
14 In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all night long with a fiery light.

15 He split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16 He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Philippians 2:1-13

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Matthew 21:23-32

23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

SERMON

HYMN:                                                                            “Jude Doxology”

And now all glory to Him who alone is God

Who saves us through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord

For He is able to keep us from falling away

He brings us into His presence with love and joy

All power and authority; all splendor and majesty

Are His from the beginning and evermore and evermore

And now all glory to You, You alone are God

You save us through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord

For You are able to keep us from falling away

You bring us into Your presence with love and joy

All power and authority; all splendor and majesty

Are Yours from the beginning and evermore and evermore

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THE APOSTLES’ CREED (Ecumenical)       

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

JOYS AND CONCERNS/PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

OFFERING

“Wonderful, Merciful, Savior”

Wonderful, merciful Savior; precious Redeemer and friend

Who would have thought that a lamb could rescue the souls of men, oh, rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper; Spirit we long to embrace

You offer hope when our hearts have hopelessly lost the way, oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way

CHORUS

You are the one that we praise, You are the one we adore

You give the healing and grace our hearts always hunger for, oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty Infinite Father, faithfully loving Your own

Here in our weakness You find us falling before Your throne, oh, we’re falling before Your throne

(Chorus)

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BENEDICTION