Bulletin for August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

*Indicates the time you are to stand in body or spirit. Bold indicates congregational participation.

GATHERING IN GOD’S PRESENCE

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRELUDE

Amy Alley

GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


*CALL TO WORSHIP

Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,

they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.

We need this kind of hope.

Come; worship the Holy One who meets you where you are.

Come; open yourselves to the God who lifts us up.

We are here to worship.

We are here to surrender to God.

We are here to give ourselves to God.

Opening Prayer

God of Presence,

as you walked upon the water to meet the disciples,

meet us in the midst of the storms in our lives.

God of Renewal,

as you lifted Peter from the water,

lift us from despair to hope,

from distraction to focus,

from death to life.

God of the Journey,

direct us in your way,

work out your purpose in and through our lives.

We pray in the name of Christ

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

*OPENING HYMN Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken

Like the first morning,

Blackbird has spoken

Like the first bird.

Praise for the singing!

Praise for the morning!

Praise for them, springing

Fresh from the Word!


Sweet the rain’s new fall

Sunlit from Heaven,

Like the first dewfall

On the first grass.

Praise for the sweetness

Of the wet garden,

Sprung in completeness

Where his feet pass.


Mine is the sunlight,

Mine is the morning,

Born of the one light

Eden saw play.

Praise with elation,

Praise every morning,

God’s re-creation


CALL TO CONFESSION

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

CORPORATE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious, inviting God,

you continually provide us with opportunities

to practice generous hospitality.

But our fear of difference, reluctance to share,

and desire to be in control

make our welcome appear weak and insincere.

We have difficulty honoring the stranger as a sacred guest

who bears the face of Christ.

We miss opportunities to receive the gifts that such guests offer us.

Forgive us, O God, for focusing on the wrong things.

Show us how to do what is right. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

(Worshipers are invited to share the peace of Christ.)

The peace of the risen Christ be with you.

And also with you.

GLORIA PATRI (remember masks)

THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word.

Silence in us any voice but your own,

that, hearing, we may also embrace your will;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

For the Word of God in Scripture,

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God.

SCRIPTURE LESSON Matthew 14:22-33

For the Word of God in Scripture,

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God.

SERMON The Rev. Leslie Traylor

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

Declaration of our Christian Faith Traditional Apostles' Creed

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/PASTORAL PRAYER

Lord, in your steadfast love,

Hear our prayer.

*THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERTORY

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God of all goodness and grace,

receive the gifts we offer;

and grant that our whole life

may give you glory and praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore

Lord, You have come to the lakeshore

Looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones

You only asked me to follow humbly


O Lord, with Your eyes You have searched me

And while smiling have spoken my name

Now my boat's left on the shoreline behind me

By Your side I will seek other seas


You know so well my possessions

My boat carries no gold and no weapons

You will find there, my nets and labor


You need my hands full of caring

Through my labors to give others rest

And constant love that keeps on loving


O Lord, with Your eyes You have searched me

And while smiling have spoken my name

Now my boat's left on the shoreline behind me

By Your side I will seek other seas


You, who have fished other oceans

Ever longed for by souls who are waiting

My loving friend, as thus You call me



*CHARGE & BENEDICTION

*TAKING THE LIGHT INTO THE WORLD

*POSTLUDE Amy Alley


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