Worship Service

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost (August 9, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Improvisation on “Sweet Hour of Prayer”
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

Mrs. Noelle Castin

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

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Church Family

Children of God, come to the waters.
We come to be restored and renewed.
Come, with your faith and your doubt.
We come to respond to the one who claims and calls us.
Come, Christ is calling us to draw near.
We come to worship God with joy and thanksgiving!

HYMN 410
God Is Calling through the Whisper

(1) God is calling through the whisper of the Spirit’s deepest sighs,
through the thrill of sudden beauties that can catch us by surprise.
Flash of lightning, crash of thunder; hush of stillness, rush of wonder:
God is calling—can you hear? God is calling—can you hear?

(2) God is calling through the voices of our neighbors’ urgent prayers,
through their longing for redemption and for rescue from despair.
Place of hurt or face of needing; strident cry or silent pleading:
God is calling—can you hear? God is calling—can you hear?

(3) God is calling through the music of sublime and human arts,
through the hymns of earth and angels, and the carols of our hearts.
Lift of joy and gift of singing; days and nights our praises bringing.
God is calling—and we hear! God is calling—and we hear!

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Lord, we long to draw near to you, but we are afraid. We are afraid to heed your summons for we do not know what awaits us when we step out in faith. We are wary of taking risks for your sake because the forces of chaos seem stronger than your assurances to us. We worry that we will not have enough faith in you or in the gifts you’ve given us to do the things you ask. Forgive us Lord, and save us. Reach out your hand and lift us from our fear, that we might follow you faithfully. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


Stand By Me (“When the storms of life are raging”)
—Charles Albert Tindley (1851–1933), arr. by Jack Fascinato (1915–1994)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Elise Jenkins, alto solo

Scripture Lesson
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Matthew 14:22–33

Time with Children
The Seifert Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“A Ghostly Affair”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Noelle Castin
Adapted from
A Declaration of Faith, 1977

We believe Christ gives us and demands of us lives that reflect God’s kingdom. Like Christ, we may enjoy all that sustains life and makes it beautiful. No more than Christ are we spared the darkness, ambiguity, and threat of life in the world. Our confidence and hope for ourselves and other people do not rest in the powers of this world, but in the coming and hidden presence of God’s kingdom. Christ calls each of us to a life appropriate to that kingdom: to serve as he has served us; to take up our cross, risking the consequences of faithful discipleship; to walk by faith, not by sight; and to hope for what we have not seen.

Invitation to Discipleship
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and 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.

HYMN 834
Precious Lord, Take My Hand

(1) Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand;
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light;
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

(2) When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near;
when my life is almost gone,
hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall;
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Just A Closer Walk With Thee
—Larry Dalton (1949–2009)

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