Sunday, August 9, 2020

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Homeless Jesus by Timothy P. Schmalz -2012

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Preparation

The beginning of the prelude is a call to silence to  enter into the spirit of prayer and community.

PRELUDE “Kites” – S. Conrady

This is the day that you have made, Lord.
Help us to rejoice in it and be glad!
Remind us of the privileges we enjoy as your people:
to come to you in these moments, to confess our sins,
to receive forgiveness and give it, to pray, to listen with
our hearts the beautiful music, to renew our fainting spirits,
to rest in all your promises.
Open our eyes to see you, Lord.
Open our ears to hear your Word O Lord.
Visit us through your Holy Spirit,
and help us to celebrate our faith. Amen.

OPENING HYMN “This Is My Father’s World” No. 485

  1. This is my Father’s world; And to my listening ears
    All nature sings, and round me rings The music of the spheres.
    This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas– His hand the wonders wrought.
  2. This is my Father’s world; The birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white, Declare their Maker’s praise.
    This is my Father’s world:He shines in all that’s fair;
    In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.
  3. This is my Father’s world: Oh, let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father’s world; Why should my heart be sad?
    The Lord is king; let the heavens ring. God reigns; let the earth be glad.

Gracious God, meet us here in your presence this morning as we advocate and care for those who experience oppression and poverty, either physically or spiritually, within our faith communities, our country, and the world. Strengthen our hearts and our hands to work within the building of a world filled with justice and peace. Amen.

Creator God, you made us to be neighbors, members of one family blessed with great diversity. You created us to be helpers and friends to one another, entrusting to us your justice and your joy. Yet we have denied justice and joy to many, creating worlds of poverty, pain, lost opportunities, and absence of hope. In so many ways, we break each other’s hearts. Still, you do not reject us. We ask your forgiveness and pray for a change of heart .

A moment of silence for personal reflection

Beloved of God, forgiven we are restored to each other and to    God. Through the Holy Spirit, we are shaped to be for others what Christ is for us: pardon and peace, new life, and blessing. Thanks be to God.

The Message

SPECIAL MUSIC “Rejoice in the Lord Always” – Anonymous

Amos 2:6-8   (NIV)
This is what the Lord says: “For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals. They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name. They lie down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge. In the house of their god they drink wine taken as fines.

John 12:8
You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

MORNING REFLECTION   “Social Systems 101”

The Thanksgiving

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Hear our prayer” – D. Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace


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 Thy daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

CHORAL RESPONSE TO PRAYER “Thou will keep Him” – Scottish Psalter, 1615

Thou will keep Him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

Sharing of Our Gifts

Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference.


“Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen“.

The Departure

CLOSING HYMN “O Word of God Incarnate” No. 252

1. O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky,
we praise you for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
a lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.

2. The church from you,  dear Savior, received this gift divine,
and still that light is lifted on all the earth to shine.
It is the chart and compass, that all life’s voyage through,
amid the rocks and quicksands, still guides, O Christ, to you.

3.  O make your church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold,
to bear before the nations your true light, as of old.
O teach your wand’ring pilgrims by this our path to trace,
Till clouds and storms thus ended, we see you face to face.

Loving God, cleanse our hearts and renew our spirits that we hear your call to stand as Jesus does, with the outcast, oppressed, the marginalized, afflicted, seeking justice and peace, and building community. May your words guide and equip us as we seek to rebuild the ruins of broken relationships caused by oppressive attitudes, behaviors, and environments. Teach us how to be a caring community, despite hurtful histories and experiences. In the name of Jesus, our liberator, we pray. Amen. 

POSTLUDE “Kites” – S. Conrady

Music Notes: I thought you might enjoy a choral rendering of our closing hymn! It feels good to feel like you’re singing with a gang of people again.