August 16 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: “A New Definition”
August 16, 2020 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Words of Welcome and Announcements
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Call to Worship
Let us gather our hearts and minds from busy-ness and bothering, from worry and weariness, from distraction and despair. Let us gather our hearts and minds for prayer and praising, for singing and for wonderment and joy. Let us worship God in the beauty of holiness.
Enduring One who offers grace to all who come to you, we come this day, glad of this sacred time to be “especially” with you; glad of this sacred time when we can set aside, for a while, that which would distract us or drag us down, or keep us from hearing you; and glad to draw near to your high place of the heart, where you help us to see more clearly. In our spaces of rest and reflection, of nurture and quenching, and of peace and healing, may we see your kingdom so clearly that we are filled with overwhelming joy. Amen.
Hymn: #224 – “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”
1st Scripture: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 (NRSV)
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.
Litany of Praise (based on Psalm 67):
May God be merciful to us and bless us; may God smile with kindness upon us. Then everyone on earth will learn to follow God, and all nations will see God’s power to save. Let the people praise You, O God—let all the people everywhere praise You! May the whole world celebrate and sing for joy, because You judge fairly and with integrity, and guide all people, near and far. Let the people praise You, O God—let all the people everywhere praise You! Our God has richly blessed us, providing abundantly for all our needs. May God continue to bless us, and may the whole world come to know and worship our God. Amen.
Hymn: #619 – “Healer of Every Ill”
2nd Scripture: Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 (NRSV)
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.
Sermon: “A New Definition”
Hymn: #358 – “When Jesus The Healer”
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
For two great gifts of life we are deeply grateful, O God, the gift of faith that has been shared with us by others, and the opportunity for our own sharing, by which we ourselves can become instruments in the ongoing stream of faith. Through these gifts are kept alive, from one generation to another, the knowledge of your love for us, and our place in your plan for the redemption of the world. Touch us with your grace, that our sharing of our faith may not be arrogantly offensive with an attitude of superiority, but sensitive and perceptive, caring for the feelings of others who follow their own vision of truth. Equip us with imagination and love, that we may share our faith as gift rather than obligation, remaining open to the insights and to the faith gifts we can receive from those whose perspective is different from our own. So may our understanding of your will, and of our place within it, continue to grow through faithful witness, and through openness to one another. We ask this is the name of Jesus Christ who taught us to pray together: 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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Hymn: #650 – “O God of Bethel”
Commissioning and Benediction
Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak, and help the suffering; honour all people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May God look upon you with kindness and give you peace. Amen.
Choral Closing: “Go Now In Peace”
Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know he will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith and in love.
August 9 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: “Daring Attempts”
August 9, 2020 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost
August 2 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: “Given All We Need”
July 26 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: “We Don’t Know How To Pray?”
July 26, 2020 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost