Worship Service

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost (August 2, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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“Ruhig bewegt” from Sonata No. 2 (1937)
—Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)

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 Lisecki Family

All who hunger—gather gladly,
We come to feast on the life-giving Word.
Here, love abounds and grace overflows.
Here, blessings multiply as gifts are shared.
Come, let us pour ourselves out in prayer and praise,
and open ourselves to renewal and rest.

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.

All are welcome; all are welcome; all are welcome in this place.

(3) Let us build a house where love is found in water, strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus, is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us.

(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
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

God of abundance, in your hands meager offerings become bread to feed a multitude. Your mercy overflows to fill deserted landscapes with hope and grace. In you there is always more than enough. But we see only scarcity: too few resources to share with our neighbors, too little energy to respond to those who suffer rather than offering compassion and care. Transform us, we pray. Open our hands to share freely and generously and stretch our hearts to new expressions of love. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly (premiere)
—Based on HOLY MANNA (American folk tune)
Arr. and adapted by Steven Seigart (b. 1990)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by Sylvia Dunstan (1955–1993)
James Huchla, tenor solo
Mike Rowan, bass solo
Sarah Gale, clarinet

Scripture Lesson
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Matthew 14:13–21

Time with Children
The Herlin-Staley Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha

“Love in Action”

Our Response to God

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

We believe Christ gives us and demands of us lives that recognize all people in all cultures as our neighbors. Christ teaches us to go beyond the legal requirements in serving and helping our neighbors, to treat their needs as our own, to share what we have. It is part of our discipline to live in simplicity, avoiding the greed and luxury that threaten our neighbor’s survival. We are obligated to speak the truth in love, to listen with patience and openness, to love our enemies, to accept the risk and pain which love involves.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Dr. Robert R. Laha and

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Invitation to the Lord’s Table
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is truly right and our greatest joy …

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Words of Institution
Communion of the People

Hymn 526
Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ

(1) Let us talents and tongues employ,
reaching out with a shout of joy:
bread is broken; the wine is poured;
Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Jesus lives again; earth can breathe again;
pass the Word around: loaves abound!

(2) Christ is able to make us one;
at the table he sets the tone,
teaching people to live to bless,
love in word and in deed express.

(3) Jesus calls us in, sends us out
bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share:
God (Immanuel) everywhere!

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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—Steven Seigart

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