22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A
Gathering Music: “I Am the Light of the World” Campfire book p. 30
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. Our next Zoom Bible Study will be tomorrow, August 31, 2020. We will take a look at Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20, two of the Revised Common Lectionary texts for next week’s worship, September 6.
Prelude: “Be Thou My Vision” arr. by Larry Shackley
Call to Worship
The God of our ancestors calls us to worship.
Praise the Lord!
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Let us worship God!
Prayer of the Day
God of mystery and might, whose wonderful works are to be remembered, move in our lives, change our minds, soften our hearts, direct our feet, that we may follow you more faithfully. Yes, Lord, we seek to follow Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Hymn of Praise #49 “The God of Abraham Praise”
Invitation to Confession
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Since it is Christ who fills us, let us first empty ourselves of unrighteousness – so as the body of Christ we might be moved at the impulse of God’s love.
Prayer of Confession
God of mercy, we confess that, like the disciples, we set our minds not on divine things but on human things. Doubting your loving care, we grab for more than we need. Doubting your loving purposes, we shrink from living as your followers. Doubting your loving plan, we sometimes stumble through your creation. Forgive us that we may gain new life in you, for it is in Christ we pray.
Please continue in silent prayer
Kyrie #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.
Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …” (chorus twice)
Celebrating Joys – Where We Have Seen God at Work
Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”
Prayer of Illumination:
Holy Spirit, who spoke to Moses from the burning bush, speak to us now in the reading and proclaiming of your word. Amen.
Bible story for the young at heart based on: Exodus 3:1-15
(Moses and the Burning Bush)
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 12:9-21
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:21-28
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Becoming Christlike“ ~ Pastor Scott Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #718 “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”
Affirmation of Faith: ~ from A Brief Statement of Faith, section 4
“In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.”
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
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: email@example.com.
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 ~ Judy Skelton
*Closing Hymn #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”
Hold fast to what is good; repay no one evil for evil. Rejoice in hope; be patient in suffering; persevere in prayer.
May Almighty God, who creates all good, redeems from all evil, and hears all prayer, be with you and all people in suffering and in hope.
*Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.
Questions for Reflection
How can your life include a faithful response to Christ’s charge that followers must “deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)?
Household Prayer: Morning
God of love, today help us to live peaceably with all. Help us live in genuine love: to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to love you, O God, with our whole heart, mind, and strength. In the loving name of Jesus, Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Holy God, because you have been with us this day, we have stood on holy ground. Thank you. We know that you will remain with us through this night. Thank you. We know that you will be with us again tomorrow. Thank you. In Christ we pray, Amen.