Worship Service

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost (August 16, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Prelude in C minor, WAB 131/i
—Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
Played on the Erben organ

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

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

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Williams Family

How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.
A family formed by faith, we gather to worship the Living Lord.
Lifelong followers seeking sustenance, new disciples searching for grace—
A family fashioned by faith, we gather in thanks before the Giver of Mercy.
Let us come together in spirit to worship the Lord, our God!

HYMN 301
Let Us Build a House (All Are Welcome)

1. Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions.
Refrain: All are welcome; all are welcome; all are welcome in this place.

2. Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek to dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God’s grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

4. Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known.
Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger.

5. Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace;
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Holy One, there is much we must confess: When we discount another’s pain or overlook our neighbors in distress, forgive us. When we choose callous words over compassionate impulses, forgive us. When we think others less deserving of grace and ration kindness as if it could be exhausted, forgive us. Have mercy on us, Lord, and heal our brokenness so that every word and deed that proceeds from our hearts might glorify you. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


Locus iste, WAB 23
—Anton Bruckner
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Translation: This place is the house of God, profoundly sacred; it is without reproach.
Text from the gradual for the dedication of a church

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Matthew 15:21–28

Time with Children
The Simmons Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“A Timely Lession”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford
Adapted from
A Declaration of Faith, 1977

Jesus was what we are. He grew up in a family and a society troubled by the common problems of the world. Jesus prayed, struggled with temptation, knew anger, and was subject to suffering and death. He was like us in every way except sin. Jesus was what we should be. He served God with complete trust and unwavering obedience. He loved all kinds of people and accepted their love. In constant dependence on the Holy Spirit, Jesus allowed no temptation or threat to keep him from loving God and his neighbor.

We recognize in Jesus what God created us to be. He exposes our failure to live as he lived. He demonstrates the new humanity God promises to give us through him.

Invitation to Discipleship
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

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 649
Amazing Grace, How Sweet The Sound

1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come.
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

5. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Fugue in C minor, WAB 131/ii
—Anton Bruckner

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