Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 14, or the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A
Gathering Music: Hymn #71 “Surely, It Is God Who Saves Me”
Welcome and Announcements
Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Session will meet August 10th at 10 AM. Our next Zoom Bible Study will be August 17, 2020.
Prelude: “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” arr. by Mark Hayes
Call to Worship
God lifts us from death to life,
And preserves us for God’s purposes through the compassion of Jesus Christ our Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
With thanksgiving, praise the Lord!
Let us worship God.
Let us pray:
Prayer of the Day
Son of God, you walk on the waters of turmoil to meet us in the midst of your purposed journey for our lives. Help us to recognize your presence, remember your promise, rely on your power, and receive your peace through every storm. And Lord, there are many storms these days; come quickly and stir your peace and love in us.
Hymn #8 “Eternal [Maker], Strong to Save” (Feel free to use either this adaptation, “Maker” or the original text, “Father,” as you are led.)
Invitation to Healing
Sisters and brothers, Let us confess our sins to the Maker of us all, who is generous to all who call for healing.
Prayer Seeking Wholeness
Lord Jesus, we all upon you. Save us! We are intimidated by our circumstances, distracted from your purposes, presumptuous about your will, and full of ourselves. We have hardened our hearts to the suffering of others, feeding instead ourselves in the face of the injustice that holds them captive. Lord Jesus, who searches our hearts, lift us and help us to walk with you in faith, humility, and the love of others. Transform our withered imaginations until we yield, and trust to a love we barely understand. Specifically, help me to let go of…
After a moment of personal confession, we continue in prayerful song:
Kyrie: Hymn #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy!”
Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you! Please share a sign of peace.
Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!”
Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”
Prayer of Illumination:
God of our present trouble and promised deliverance, open our eyes to see you in the midst of our struggles. Open our ears to hear your words of invitation and assurance. Open our minds to recall your wonderful works and miracles. Open our hearts to glory in your name and seek strength in. your Word. Open our hands to do the work of yours, for indeed you have made us the Body of Christ together. Amen.
Bible Story for the Young at Heart based on: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 10:5-15
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “When the Waves are Just Too Much” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection.
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn #39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32:
The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people. His service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well-being.
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
The Lord’s Prayer
Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Freely we have been given, let us freely give.
Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Membership supports our ministry with a monthly tithe. For membership inquiries, the church email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Mission Statement:
Living our faith dedicated to all God’s people through worship and action.
Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Vision Statement:
To provide a place for people of faith to be enlightened, renewed and challenged to go into the community and world to serve others by meeting physical and spiritual needs.
An Offering of Prayerful Poetry in Song: “The Lighthouse Song“ ~ Pastor Scott
Closing Hymn: #741 “Guide My Feet”
The word of faith is near you, on your lips and in your heart. How shall others hear unless you proclaim it? Go now in the generous grace and favor of God.
May the generous blessing and favor of our loving, abundant God lift you, sustain you, and send you to the world with the gift of life!
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Questions for Reflection
Why did Jesus send the disciples ahead while he stayed to pray alone? How do times of turmoil and anxiety affect our trust in God?
Household Prayer: Morning
God of my destiny, thank you for a new day in which your purpose will unfold. Send me now as your servant to succor the suffering and as your disciple to declare the goodness of your Son. Help me to remember during times of testing that your word goes ahead of me and upholds me. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Son of God, this day has been crowded with work and service. Bring me alone with you to the mountain this evening to pray. Help me to know your reassuring presence with me through the night hours. May I come to you and rest in you. Amen.