Worship Service – Sept. 6, 2020
10:15 Facebook Live Stream Worship Sunday
Prelude/ Lighting of the Candles
Opening Prayer: God of love and judgment, when the Egyptians enslaved your people, your love set them free; when rulers oppress the poor and powerless, your judgment brings peace and justice to the land. Reach our minds, O God, that we may fulfill your law of love. Touch our hearts, Holy One, that we may love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Amen.
Passing of the Peace: (L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Songs: Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord & Breathe
CALL TO CONFESSION
We are the people of God, but Scripture reminds us that we still sin. We need to confess our failures, knowing that the Lord Jesus intercedes for us with the Father, who freely forgives us, through his infinite goodness and mercy. So let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence,
and pray together.
Prayer of Confession: Merciful God, help us become the people you have created us to be. We yearn to build communities of love, but it is easier to tear down than to build up. We long for the healing of the nations, but it is easier to harm than to heal. We want to bear our grief with dignity, but it is satisfying to parade our wounds for all to see. Bind up our spirits, Gracious One, that we might reconcile with those who have caused us pain. Help us cast aside the things that chain our spirits, that we might be free to care for one another and fulfill your law of love. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE: Hear the words of Jesus: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” As we gather to fulfill the law of love, Christ is here to make us whole.
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
Offertory Prayer: In celebration of their deliverance from slavery, the Hebrew people offered you their worship and their praise. May the offering we bring before you this day be a sign of our celebration of your saving love and your never-failing grace. Just as Passover stands as a perpetual observance of your love and care, so may our weekly offering be a perpetual observance of your love in our lives. Amen.
Special Song Pastor Ed
L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response As the Deer The Faith we Sing
Message I Did My Best, Now Let God Do the Rest by Shelly Harvey
Closing Hymn Amazing Grace (3 verses only) UMH #378