Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 15, or the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A
GATHERING BEFORE THE WORD
Gathering Music: “We Are the Family of God” Campfire Songbook p. 34 ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
Zoom Coffee Fellowship following Sunday worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Our next Zoom Bible Study will be August 17, 2020; we will look at next week’s lectionary passage, Romans 12:1-8.
Prelude: “How Can I Keep from Singing?” arr. by John Carter
Call to Worship
God has forgiven us and drawn us close,
Reconciling us through Jesus Christ.
Christ has lavished upon us the fullness of the blessed Holy Spirit.
With glad and grateful hearts, let us praise the Lord
Let us worship God in prayer:
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, whose compassion embraces everyone, gather the outcast and the lost, heal the wounds of fear and distrust, and make us a community of reconciliation that we may embody your merciful love and rejoice in your astounding grace in Jesus Christ, Amen.
Hymn #399 “God Welcomes All”
Invitation to Healing
Let us offer our broken selves to the Lord, that healing may enter in and fill us with God’s peace.
Prayer Seeking Wholeness
Holy One, there is much in us which needs wholeness: When we discount another’s pain or overlook neighbors in distress, forgive us. When we choose callous words over compassionate impulses, forgive us. When we think others less deserving of grace and ration kindness as if it could be exhausted, forgive us. Have mercy upon us, Lord, and heal our brokenness so that every word and deed that proceeds from our hearts might glorify you. To further healing in my life, I wish to give to you …
After a moment of silent personal confession, 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!” (Chorus 2x)
Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”
HEARING THE WORD
Prayer of Illumination:
Lord, by the power of your Spirit, give us your words of life that our faith may increase and our hearts be made whole. Amen.
Bible Story for the Young at Heart based on: Genesis 45:1-15
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 11: 1-5, 13-32
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Old Stories, Modern Times” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection.
RESPONDING TO THE WORD
Hymn #300 “We Are One In the Spirit” ~ Pastor Scott
Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of Belhar:
We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ. We believe that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We believe that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker. We believe that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells.
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.
BEARING THE WORD INTO THE WORLD
Closing Hymn: #754 “Help Us Accept Each Other”
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
Paul declares: “The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” How do the gifts and calling of God support us? How might they support us when we are not aware of them or even when we reject them?
Household Prayer: Morning
Gracious Lord bless me and make your face clear to me that I may see your will for my life and know the power of your salvation. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Merciful God, if I have disobeyed your will, show me my fault, that I may repent of my offense and receive your forgiveness. Grant me rest, secure in the irrevocable gift of your grace; and let me arise for the new day alert to your call to follow and embody Christ. Amen.