Worship Service

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost (July 19, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Prelude on CAPEL
—Leo Sowerby (1895–1968)

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
The Hendy Family
Adapted from Psalm 86

We come to learn from God and to walk in God’s truth.
Teach your way, O God.
We come to give thanks to God with our whole hearts,
for God’s love is steadfast.
We come seeking to experience God’s grace.
Give us strength, O God, to be your servants.

Hymn 386
Come, Worship God (Psalm 95)


(1) Come, worship God, who is worthy of honor;
enter God’s presence with thanks and a song!
You are the rock of your people’s salvation
to whom our jubilant praises belong.

(2) Ruled by your might are the heights of the mountains;
held in your hands are the depths of the earth.
Yours is the sea, yours the land, for you made them,
God above all gods, who gave us our birth.

(3) We are your people, the sheep of your pasture;
you are our Maker, and to you we pray.
Gladly we kneel in obedience before you;
great is the one whom we worship this day!

(4) Now let us listen, for you speak among us;
open our hearts to receive what you say.
Peace be to all who remember your goodness,
trust in your word, and rejoice in your way!

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

O Lord, you have searched us and known us. You know when we cultivate kindness and our lives bear fruit that blesses the world. You know, too, when our words sow seeds of discord and our actions choke out generosity and grace. When we produce more weed than wheat, forgive us. As we wait with eager longing for your reign to be revealed in our midst, plant within us gifts of love and mercy, so that we might live as children of the kingdom and bear fruit that enriches your harvest. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


Praise the Lord
—Florence B. Price (1887–1953)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from Psalm 117

Scripture Lessons
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Psalm 86:11–17; Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

Time with Children
The Murphy Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha

“A Cautionary Tale”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

We are persuaded God is at work here and now when people deal fairly with each other and labor to change customs and structures that enslave and oppress human beings.

We believe God sends us to work with others to correct the growing disparity between rich and poor, and to achieve fair legislation justly administered and enforced. We are charged to root out prejudice and racism from our hearts and institutions. We are commissioned to stand with women and men of all ages, races, and classes as they struggle for dignity and respect and the chance to exercise power for the common good. We must be willing to make such amends as we can for centuries of injustice which the church condoned.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and
The Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

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 547
Go, My Children, with My Blessing


(1) “Go, my children, with my blessing, never alone.
Waking, sleeping, I am with you; you are my own.
In my love’s baptismal river, I have made you mine forever.
Go, my children, with my blessing—you are my own.”

(2) “Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.
Here you learned how much I love you, what I can cure.
Here you heard my dear Son’s story; here you touched him, saw his glory,
Go my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.”

(3) “Go, my children, fed and nourished, closer to me;
Grow in love and love by serving, joyful and free.
Here my Spirit’s power filled you; here his tender comfort stilled you.
Go, my children, fed and nourished, joyful and free.”

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional

Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Improvisation on a Welsh Tune
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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