Worship Service

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (August 23, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Improvisation on a Gregorian chant
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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 Surratt Family

As one body we have many members, each uniquely gifted.
We, who are many, are one body in Christ.
Prophets and poets, thinkers and teachers,
artists and advocates, consolers and caregivers.
We, who are many, are one body in Christ.
With thanksgiving we offer our varied gifts in service to Christ, who makes us one.
Let us glorify the Lord!

HYMN 394
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
See #143 in Glory to God for tune

1. Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion’s help forever,
and our confidence alone.

2. To this temple, where we call you,
come, O Lord of hosts, and stay;
come, with all your loving-kindness;
hear your people as we pray,
and your fullest benediction
shed within these walls today.

3. Here bestow on all your servants
what they seek from you to gain;
what they gain from you, forever
with the blessed to retain;
and hereafter in your glory
evermore with you to reign.

4. Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one:
one in might and one in glory
while unending ages run!

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

We call you the Son of the Living God. But we do not trust you to be at work in our world. You are the Messiah, who delivers us from death to life. But we doubt your power to transform our lives. We profess you are the Christ, the Lord of our lives. But our attention often wanders and our loyalty is tested. Forgive us, we pray, and help us not only to proclaim you, but to follow your way of justice and peace. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


All Things Bright and Beautiful
—John Rutter (b. 1945)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Matthew 16:13–20

Time with Children
The Cucinelli Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“A ‘Come to Jesus’ Moment”

Our Response to God

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

God sent Jesus to proclaim release to those who are bound, to announce that God’s promised kingdom is at hand, to urge everyone to repent and believe the good news. The Lord is moving toward the time when the glorious liberty of the children of God will be manifest throughout the whole creation. We testify that God is at work here and now when people obey Christ’s commission to witness to him, when they spread the good news by their words and embody it in their lives.

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 697
Take My Life

1. Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2. Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love;
take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

5. Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6. Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store;
take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Toccata in Seven
—John Rutter

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