Worship Service

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost (July 26, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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—Antonio Pampani (c. 1705–1775)
Played on the Erben organ

Rev. Ann Herlin

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
Nancy Cooper and Bob Phillips

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good!
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
If God is for each and every one of us, who can be against us?
Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
So let us praise the Lord, our God.

Hymn 22
God of the Sparrow


(1) God of the sparrow
God of the whale
God of the swirling stars
How does the creature say Awe
How does the creature say Praise

(2) God of the earthquake
God of the storm
God of the trumpet blast
How does the creature cry Woe
How does the creature cry Save

(3) God of the rainbow
God of the cross
God of the empty grave
How does the creature say Grace
How does the creature say Thanks

(4) God of the hungry
God of the sick
God of the prodigal
How does the creature say Care
How does the creature say Life

(5) God of the neighbor
God of the foe
God of the pruning hook
How does the creature say Love
How does the creature say Peace

(6) God of the ages
God near at hand
God of the loving heart
How do your children say Joy
How do your children say Home

Prayer of Confession
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

God in the midst, come close to us, and help us come close to you. Help us to treasure this time with you: moments when we can find new meaning and strength in our everyday encounters, and moments when we can recall how we are meeting you already, living into you. Forgive us when we forget you; move us with your compassion, and inspire us into action. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

God’s Word to Us


Be Thou My Vision
—Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text attributed to Saint Dallan (6th century), translated by Eleanor Hull
Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano

Scripture Lesson
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52

Time with Children
The Vetrini Family

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

“Tiny Things”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs Mary Pratt Perry
rom the Iona Community, 2002

We are not alone; we live in God’s world.
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God. We are called to be the church:
to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others,
to seek justice, and proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope. In life, in death,
in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

Invitation to Discipleship
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Moment for Mission
Morgan Jones
Dismantling Racism Team

Prayers of the People and
The Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Ann Herlin

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.

Hymn 771
What is the World Like

(1) What is the world like when God’s will is done?
Mustard seeds grow more than we can conceive;
roots thread the soil; branches reach for the sun.
This is how God moves us each to believe.

(3) What is the world like when God’s will is done?
No more is neighbor just ally or friend;
peace thrives in places where once there was none.
This is how God works when rivalries end.

(5) These are the stories that Jesus imparts,
filled with the Spirit who joins us as one.
Born through our voices, our hands, and our hearts,
this is a new world where God’s will is done.

Charge and Benediction
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Response 600

—African-American Traditional
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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March from Athalia, op. 74
—Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847), transcribed by Wilbur Held (1914–2015)

To learn more about today’s choir and organ music, click here for detailed notes from Dr. Steven Seigart.