September 27, 2020

 

 

Prelude - Who Am I

Call to Worship

Today, Lord, we choose to listen to Your voice, to respond to Your desires, to follow Your highest path for us.  Strengthen each of us to choose the high road, to live up to the greatness you placed within us, and to honor You in all our ways.  Lord, we are here and will listen for Your voice.  Amen.

Hymn - Breathe on Me Breath of God

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Father God, in you there is life eternal.  In your service there is perfect freedom.  Help us this morning to dedicate all of our life and activities to you. Send the Holy Spirit to bring to our minds  your truth and make strong our voices as we pray as your Son taught us saying: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture Reading

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Isaiah 55:1-3

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.

NEW TESTAMENT READING - Matthew 3:1-6 and 3:13-16

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

 

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.  16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Joys and Concerns

As we gather today to celebrate the baptism of our Lord, set your seal upon our hearts, wash and make us righteous, and cool our tempers and angers while fueling our desire for justice. Make us be living water and living flames to give relief to those who thirst and to bring light to those who sit in darkness. We ask this in Jesus' name.  Amen.

Youth Message
 

Hymn - I Surrender All

Sermon - Baptism for Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Hymn - Baptized in Water

Benediction

Let us go now and say to ourselves and others, "I am baptized."  Amen.

Postlude - Come to the Water

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September 20, 2020

 

Prelude - Change My Heart, Oh God

Call to Worship

Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. With my whole heart, I sought the.  O let me not wander from they commandments.

Hymn - God of Grace and God of Glory

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Gracious God, we come humbly before you and we rejoice to be in Your presence.  We seek Your Spirit and Your grace as we come as one to pray:  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Deuteronomy 18:17-19 

17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.

NEW TESTAMENT READING - John 1:43-46

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

Joys and Concerns

It is times like these that we need you Lord,
We need to commune with you, to become centered and whole.
We need to draw close to you, to experience your healing touch.
We need the support of one other, the love of one another,
the encouragement of one another to remind us of your presence.

Bless us Lord with your peace, Amen.
 

Hymn - We Have Heard the Joyful Sound

Sermon - Philip – Come and See                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Hymn - Shine, Jesus, Shine

Benediction

Let us go now and see what our Lord has in store for us.  Amen.

Postlude - Because He Lives

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September 13, 2020

 

 

Prelude - Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

Call to Worship

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I love you, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.  I come now to worship You.  Amen.

Hymn - O God, Our Help In Ages Past

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

O God of the ages, you lift us up.  You are the source of all hope and are the rock of salvation.  We come this day to share our love for one another and our love for You as we join Your Son in prayer, saying:  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading

OLD TESTAMENT READING - 1 Samuel 3:1-10 

The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.  One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.  Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”  But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.  Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”  “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”  Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.  A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”  Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

NEW TESTAMENT READING - John 1:35-42 

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”  37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”  They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”  39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”  So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.  40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.  Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

Joys and Concerns

Lord Jesus, the one true leader of every church, we choose to stand as one church – your church – and to lift our focus from our differences and divides.  We will leave our own ways and follow you together; support each other as we seek to be your disciples; and work together to focus on being fishers of men once more. In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.
 

Hymn - What A Friend We Have in Jesus

Sermon - Andrew: A Character of Sharing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Hymn - Make Me a Blessing

Benediction

Let us go now answering Jesus' call on our life and sharing the good news as we go  Amen.

Postlude - We Walk By Faith

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