Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, or Proper 18: Revised Common Lectionary
Gathering Music: Hymn #39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Welcome and Announcements:
Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. There is no meeting other than Coffee Hour tomorrow, Labor Day. Our next Bible Study is Monday, September14 at 10 AM.
Prelude: “Jacob’s Ladder” arr. by Kennon d. Renfrow
Call to Worship
Praise the Lord! Sing God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Here, love abounds and grace overflows. Here, blessings multiply as gifts are shared.
Let the faithful become one body, one voice and sing for joy. For the Lord takes pleasure in the people.
Let us pray together:
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, whose ways are far beyond our understanding, help us to trust your judgments so that we may do your will by loving you and one another. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Hymn of Praise #63 “The Lord Is God”
Invitation to Healing
Trusting in God’s love through Jesus Christ, let us humbly admit our need for healing and seek wholeness from the Holy Spirit. Together, let us pray:
Prayer of Wholeness
God of compassion, we have wrestled all night with worry instead of resting in you. We have asserted our own goodness instead of awakening to yours. We have turned away those hungry for your help instead of trusting you and feeding them from your limitless supply of blessings. Forgive us, heal us, and help us to hold on to you. We lift this prayer up to you as we continue in prayerful song, singing:
Kyrie Hymn #551 “Lord, Have Mercy”
Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the 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, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
You are invited to share God’s peace with whom you are worshiping.
Hymn #645 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” (vs. 1&2)
Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response Hymn #645 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” (vs. 3&4)
Prayer of Illumination:
Holy Spirit, as your word is read and preached, pass among your gathered people, opening minds to increase understanding, opening hearts to bind us together in your love. In Jesus’ name we ask it, Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 149:1-9
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 13:8-14
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Bible Story for the Young at Heart based on Gospel Reading Matthew 18:15-20
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Which Way Do I Turn” ~ Pastor Scott
Please spend several moments in silent reflection.
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #377 “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”
Affirmation of Faith: Summary of the Law
Our Lord Jesus Said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
Ending with the Lord’s Prayer, Page 35 (p. 40, Español) in Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer of Thanksgiving with Poetry
Invitation to the Lord’s Table
This is the joyful feast of the people of God!
People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.
According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.
Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
How can we thank you, O God? For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.
In solidarity with all our Southern neighbors suffering in this global pandemic and with the whole of creation, we join to sing:
Hymn #596 “Eres Santo” (You Are Holy)
We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm. With thanksgiving, we remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. He said to them, “I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.
Hymn #570 “Dying You Destroyed Our Death”
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world. Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord.
Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone. Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.
Hymn #571 “Amen”
All has been prepared and the table awaits. These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
Communion of the People
Please break bread within your own household, dip it in the cup, and offer it to one another saying: “This is Christ’s body, broken for you,” “This is Christ’s blood, shed for you,” or similar phrase. We invite all ages to give and receive, for together, all are the body of Christ.
Hymn of Response: #523 “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”
Prayer following Communion
Let us pray together:
We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand. Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory. Amen.
Closing Hymn #539 “We Will Go Out with Joy”
Charge: Go out now and be a witness in all that you say and do, spreading the good news that God’s grace is a free gift that requires no money or price.
Blessing: May God be gracious to you and give you peace, now and forevermore.
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.
Questions for Reflection:
Today’s passage from Matthew’s Gospel (18:15-20) is concerned with church discipline in a time of conflict. The focus, however, is not on punishment or blame, but on listening and talking through what has divided or offended so that forgiveness and reconciliation may be accomplished. Does Trout Lake First Presbyterian have a prescribed way of working through difficulty and division? Has there been a time in our congregation’s life or in your own life when conflict or an offense cause breaks in relationship? How might this reading from Matthew have helped that situation? How does the commandment to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves inform our handling of disagreement and division?
O God of this and every morning, as I begin this day, call my name; as I step into this day, guide my feet; as I live this day, care for those I love; as I learn this day, teach me your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God of stars and planets, the setting sun ends this day for us as it rises on a new day for others. For us and for them, be light in every darkness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.