Sunday, August 23, 2020

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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“It is love’s nature to be expressed.”Steve Maraboli

The Preparation

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

PRELUDE “For George” – S. Conrady

We climb up through Scripture so we can see God’s Presence.
We climb down in prayer so we can meet God’s love.
We ask for forgiveness, so we can entertain God’s forgiveness.
We come out in offering so we can give ourselves to others in repentance and joy.
Seeking God, call us from where we wander or hide, and choose us to welcome you and turn our lives upside down. Amen.
-Paraphrase from Maren C. Tirabassi & Joan Jordan Grant, An Improbable Gift of Blessing

OPENING HYMN “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” No. 4

On your feet now (everyone stand up) – applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: God is God. He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him.  Worship him.
For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
Let us worship God with joy!
-Psalm 100 from Eugene Peterson’s The Message © 2003 Eugene Peterson

O God, we have come gladly this morning to worship you with spoken words and songs, but we bring with us many “ought-to-have-dones” we have neglected, and so many “ought-not-to have-dones” we have done! Forgive our failings and frailties. Enable us to discover moments of holy laughter in our lives and to recognize through them the surprising power of your grace. Amen.

A moment of silence for personal reflection

It is God’s joy to forgive. It is our joy to offer thanks in response.
Thanks be to God.

The Message

SPECIAL MUSIC Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ‘Choral’, Op. 125: “Ode to Joy”

Matthew 12:1-14
John 4:19-24    

“The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.”  
-Jesus, Mark 2:27

Reflective Hymn      There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”   No. 101 RH

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


A moment of personal 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 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.

Creative God, through these gifts, bring a more complete awareness of the wonder that is your love for us; and through each of us allow the love we have for others to come to expression. Fill us with Christ-like generosity of Spirit. Amen.


“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 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”   No. 8 RH

Loving God, give us faith to follow in the Path of Jesus Christ and the strength to stand the test of life.  Allow your voice to call us back whenever we go astray. 
We leave in peace, knowing we are loved beyond our wildest imagination –- for eternity. Amen.

POSTLUDE “For George” – S. Conrady

Music Notes: Our Special Music for online is a bit of a treat, in my eyes. We sing the famous “Ode to Joy” all the time, but have you ever heard where it came from? Beethoven’s final (9th) symphony included a choir and soloists in the last (fourth) movement. This is it! You can hear how he weaves the melody all throughout the choir and soloists parts, and in and out of the orchestra. I’ll tell you, even when you know the melody, this is not music for the faint of heart, the chorus part is a very difficult sing!