A Simplified Order of Worship September 20, 2020
                                    Season of Creation - Wilderness Sunday

Call to Worship                                                                                                  Mike and Kathy Lindsay    
  L: Let the wilderness lift up its voice and shout for joy,
    P: and the desolate mountain tops echo back God’s praise.
  L: For the empty places are not empty at all –
    P: God’s habitation is in all the earth.
  All: Let everything on earth praise the Lord!

Opening Prayer   
God our Creator, whose glory fills our planet, help us to discern your vibrant presence among us and our kin in creation, especially in the rocks, the deserts, the mountains, forests and jungles and all the wilderness places. Help us empathize with your creatures who are suffering. Lift our spirits to rejoice with the wild world of the wilderness. In the name of Christ, who reconciles and renews all things in creation. Amen.

Hymn                                                     “The Lone Wild Bird”                                                       #2052

Prayer Before the Word                                                                                                          Beth Crizer

First Lesson                                               Romans 12:1-8

Psalm                                                      Psalm 78:1-4; 11-29

Children’s Time                                                                                                              Kasey P. Lindsay

Gospel Lesson:                                        Matthew 3:13-4:3a
                        L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ P: Praise to you, Lord Christ

Message                                             “Pathless Possibilities”                          Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn                                          “Come and Find the Quiet Center”                                           #2128

Pastoral Prayer

Prayer Interlude
 
The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                                   Cheryl Dove
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
    your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who
    sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
    Amen.

Offering   

Offertory                                        “Meditation” from “Thais”                                    Jules Massenet
                                             Tom Tatton - Viola     Barbara Hoff - Piano

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn                                                   “Come Away with Me”                                                       #2202

Benediction
                                         Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. for fellowship.
 
Song of Blessing:                                      “Shalom to You”                                               Jora Landis

Passing the Peace of Christ with phone calls, texts, emails, cards and prayers


Thanks to everyone who made today’s service possible
Barbara Hoff - Organ and Piano

Tom Tatton - Viola
Jora Landis - Vocal
Beth Crizer- Reader
Mike and Kathy Lindsay, Cheryl Dove - Liturgy
Kasey P. Lindsay - Video Editing
Rich Bolin - Music Coordinator and some camera work

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Children's Time

This week's Children's Sermon was inspired by Romans 12:2.

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

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