A Simplified Order of Worship August 16, 2020 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Call to Worship                                                 Josie Main and Debbie Livingston with Oliver Main
    Let us come together and worship the Lord.
        Let us raise our voices as one in praise.
    How good it is to live together in unity!
        The Lord blesses our life for evermore.

Opening Prayer                                                                                                                       Ben Nucum
  O Lord our God, it is by your compassion that we are drawn to love and fear your holy Name:
  Mercifully pour out your grace into our hearts, that we, casting away those things that

    separate us from you, may be united with one another in you with sure devotion;
  Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns in unity with you and the Holy Spirit,

    one God for ever and ever. Amen.                                              [Leonine Sacramentary; alt, TJC]

Hymn                                           “In Christ There Is No East or West”                                         #548

Prayer Before the Word                            Donna McSpadden

First Lesson                                                  Genesis 45:1-15

Second Lesson                                        Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Children’s Time                                                                                                                   Kathy Lindsay

Gospel Lesson:                                      Matthew 15: (10-20) 21-28
                                  L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ P: Praise to you, Lord Christ

Message                            “Blessing, Blessing, Who Gets the Blessing?”    Pastor Gilbert Stones

Music                                                            “Fierce Love”                                             Jim Strathdee*

Pastoral Prayer

Prayer Interlude
The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                            Scott Danielson
    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.

Offering    [Click here to go to online giving]

Offertory                                            “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”                  arr. Douglas E. Wagner

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn                                                “Help Us Accept Each Other”                                               #560

                                           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
Jora Landis - Vocal
Kathy Lindsay - Children’s Time
Donna McSpadden- Reader
Josie and Oliver Main, Debbie Livingston, Scott Danielson, Ben Nucum - Liturgy
Kasey P. Lindsay - Video Editing
Rich Bolin - Music Coordinator and some camera work

* “Fierce Love” by Jim Strathdee, Courtesy Strathdee Music, used by permission.


Children's Time

This week Kathy Lindsay tells us the story of Joseph's reconciliation with his family and the importance of forgiving those you love.