Worship Service – August 16, 2020
10:15 Facebook Live Stream/In-person Worship Sunday
Prelude/ Lighting of the Candles
Opening Prayer: Eternal God, part the veil that blinds us to our unity as your beloved children. When those we love hurt and betray us, help us let go of our pain and find the balm of forgiveness. When we feel abandoned by those we trust, help us seek your peace and reconciliation. When our hearts are pierced with anguish, help us find those who will bring us
solace, through your loving Spirit. AMEN.
Passing of the Peace: (L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Songs: Lift HIM up & Above All
CALL TO CONFESSION
Leviticus 5:5 When anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned. Come now to confess all that separates you from others and from God.
Prayer of Confession: Merciful God, we yearn to be like the Joseph who wept with forgiveness on the necks of those who sold him into slavery. But we fear that our anger and resentment would lead us to take retribution on those who have wronged us. We long to see in the Canaanite woman a child of God worthy of mercy and compassion. But we fear that our deep-
seated prejudices might lead us to dismiss her out of hand, as Jesus’ disciples did before us. We want to open our hearts, O God, to those who are different from ourselves. But we fear to expect too much of ourselves. Help us know the joy of living in peace and harmony, even with those we would rather live without. Words of Assurance: The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Rejoice in the knowledge of God’s saving love.
Hymn of Illumination “Spirit Song” (1st Verse only) UMH #347
Offertory call (Liturgist, please call ushers forward at this time)
Remember the words Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. Offertory Music Charles Smith
Offering (click on link to give online)
Offertory Prayer: Bountiful God, when famine threatened the world, you blessed Joseph with dreams that saved children of every nation. Faithful One, when hunger threatens our world, you bless us with dreams that we can save the children of our day. Bless this offering, that your dreams for a world without want may bless the lives of your children. Accept these gifts, as tokens of our dreams and our commitment to make all people one in your holy name. AMEN.
Special Song Pastor Ed
Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response As the Deer The Faith We Sing
Message: His Mercy Endures Forever by Pastor Edward Granadosin
Closing Hymn Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord” (3 verses only) UMH #365