Worship at Home October 25, 2020

Reformation Sunday

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Proper 25, or the 21st Sunday after Pentecost

GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Blessed Be the Lord” p. 15; other requests? Campfire Notebook ~ Pastor Scott on guitar

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Great Is the Lord” by Michael W. Smith

Call to Worship 

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

In you, we come home — to rest, to wrestle, to love, to be loved. We dwell in you.

Before the mountains were born, before you delivered the whole world, from everlasting past to everlasting future, you are God.

In you, we are home — we dream, we flourish, we fade, we rejoice. We dwell in you.

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Loving God, you not only welcome us, you receive us into yourself. Give us courage to be so open to others, to let them become so dear to us, that we might share not only your gospel but also our lives, through Christ, who makes room for us all. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #305 “Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!”

Invitation to Confession

Our spirits are like new grass: at the dawn they spring up fresh, but by sunset they dry up and wither. Let us confess our frailty before our merciful God.

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we struggle to be your instruments. Our motives are sometimes mixed and impure; we find it hard to live as those worthy to be entrusted with the good news of your grace. We relate to others callously, we seek to please and manipulate, using flattery to gain praise and distinction; we use condescension as a mask to cover insecurity or a need for power. Lord, reassure and cleanse us, in Jesus’ name.

             Please continue in silent personal prayer, then sing together:

 Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of 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 through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!” Chorus only, repeated

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

 Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

 THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Lord Jesus, your understanding of Scripture astonished and humbled all around you. Send your Spirit to illumine this Word that our understanding and wisdom may be increased. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: 90:1-6, 13-17 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:34-46 “The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection:The Long and the Short of It~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

 RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 Hymn #203 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpts from A Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. God loves us and makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we 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.

 An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Holy God, you have provided all we have needed. You have walked alongside us as we have journeyed through wilderness and valley and climbed to the heights of the mountain. We have glimpsed the promised land, here, but not yet. Bring us closer to that promised land.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We lift up those who live in the shadow of disappointment, having seen the promise but not the realization. We lift up those who live in the no-longer-but-not-yet, having left an arduous past for a future yet unknown.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We lift up those who live with the weight of responsibility, having carried the burden of another person’s pain. We lift up those who live in the obscurity of loneliness, having survived a torment that cannot be explained

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

Lay your holy hands upon us, empowering God, that we may be the church for them, through Christ who sustains us. We pray all this through Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

 SENDING

 Closing Hymn #707 “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord”

Charge and Blessing

Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others. Beloved family of God, be gracious and kind to all, with both the gentle acceptance of a child and the wise maturity of a compassionate parent; in this, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

 For Personal Reflection this Week:

Where has God seemed to lead you to the edge of your “promised land” and then appeared to be holding you back from entering? What could this be saying about God? What effect could this have on your faith?

Morning Prayer: From everlasting to everlasting you are God. Carry me today in your steadfast love that I may rejoice and be glad all my days, living life fully without fear of the end. Amen.

Evening Prayer: Eternal God, a thousand years in your sight are like this day gone by, years swept away like a dream. May I rest in the assurance that even in the sleep of death, I will be awakened to an eternal morning, through the power of Christ, the resurrection. So let it be.

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Parent ~ Pastor ~ Poet ~ Author
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