Worship from Home September 13, 2020

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A


Gathering Music: Hymn #69: “Here I Am, Lord” ~Pastor Scott

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, September 14, 2020. We will take a look at Philippians 1:21-30 one of the Revised Common Lectionary texts for next week’s worship, September 20.

 Prelude:Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” arr. by John Purifoy

 Call to Worship 

Our God is majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, and worthy of our highest praise.

Who is like the Lord?

Our God blew back the waters, prepared a path through the sea, and appeared as a pillar of fire to light the pilgrim way.

Who is like the Lord?

The Lord is our strength and our salvation.

Let us sing to the Lord!

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 #35 “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”

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 filled by the Holy Spirit and moved at the impulse of God’s love.

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we are quick to ask for grace when we have fallen short, for patience when we have stubbornly turned away from you. Why are we slow to show the same mercy to others? We keep track of wrongs and cling to old hurts, rather than offering the forgiveness that could free others and ourselves. We strive to be more faithful, Lord; we want to be more loving.  So, we kneel before you once again to ask for patience and grace.  Transform us, we pray. Pour out your mercy upon us, until it flows forth from us through acts of love. Specifically, help me to let go of…

Please continue in silent personal prayer before singing together

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~Pastor Scott

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, …~Pastor Scott, chorus twice

Celebrating Joys – Where We Have Seen God at Work

Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~Pastor Scott


Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, who spoke to Moses from the burning bush and led Israel through the desert of wandering and purification, speak to us now in the reading and proclaiming of your word.  Amen.

Bible story for the young at heart based on: Exodus 14:19-31

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Romans 14:1-12

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: Parameters of Grace~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection 


Hymn of Response: #435 “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of Belhar

We believe that Godbrings justice to the oppressedand gives bread to the hungry. We believe that Godfrees the prisonerand restores sight to the blind.We believe that Godsupports the downtrodden, protects the stranger,helps orphans and widows,and blocks the path of the ungodly.

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

From generation to generation, God calls us to participate in healing the world by sharing God’s redeeming love. Let us offer God our gifts this day as tokens of that love.

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.

An Offering of Prayerful Poetry:

When the mountains and valleys are silent,

When the waters before you lay still,

The Voice of Creation will whisper:

“Listen with all of your will.”

Around you the wind will murmur,

A freshness from silvery air.

The Breath of the Wind is an answer,

To long unspoken prayer.

~ stc


*Closing Hymn #815 “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”


Walk in the strength and confidence that God guides your feet. Therefore live for God – show mercy and love one another


May the God who protects and defends keep you and your families in safety, mercy, and love.

*Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Questions for Reflection

Forgiveness is a hard thing. When has someone forgiven you? Is there someone you need to forgive or ask forgiveness?

Household Prayer: Morning

Gracious and loving God, thank you for this day. Strengthen my resolve to love and show mercy throughout the day. Lead my feet to your holy dwelling place and guide the work I have to do for today. In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Merciful God, thank you for keeping me in the safety of your arms and for new mercies and the glory you showed through the day. Keep my family and me through the night. I thank and praise you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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