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Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost (September 13, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Prelude

Prelude on LOBE DEN HERREN
Luigi Mengoni (b. 1970)

Welcome
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
Roger and Claire Pratt
Adapted from Psalm 103:8–13

The Lord is merciful and gracious, and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord does not deal with us according to sins.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far the Lord removes our transgressions from us.
As parents have compassion for their children,
so the Lord has compassion for us.
Let us praise the Lord!

HYMN 35
Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
LOBE DEN HERREN

(1) Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
now to his temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration!

(2) Praise ye the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen
how thy desires e’er have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

(3) Praise ye the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen
sound from his people again;
gladly for aye we adore him.

Prayer of Confession
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Merciful God, we are quick to ask for grace when we have fallen short, for patience when we have stubbornly turned away from you. Why are we slow to show the same mercy to others? We keep track of wrongs and cling to old hurts, rather than offering the forgiveness that could free others and ourselves. We strive to be more faithful, Lord; we want to be more loving. So, we kneel before you once again to ask for patience and grace. Transform us, we pray. Pour out your mercy upon us, until it flows forth from us through acts of love. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us

Anthem

A Gaelic Blessing
—John Rutter (b. 1945)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by John Rutter, based on an ancient Gaelic prayer

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Matthew 18:21–35

Time with Children
The Harrison-Ochoa Family

Sermon
Dr. Robert R. Laha
“More Than a Numbers Game”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Noelle Castin
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
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

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 363
Rejoice, the Lord Is King!
DARWELL’S 148TH

(1) Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing,
and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

(2) Our Savior, Jesus, reigns,
the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains,
he took his seat above.
Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

(3) His kingdom cannot fail;
he rules o’er earth and heaven;
the keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus given.
Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

(4) Rejoice in glorious hope!
For Christ, the Judge, shall come
and gather all the saints
to their eternal home.
Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

Amen
—African-American Traditional
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Want to add to our virtual “amen” video? Go to
opmh.org/amen.

Postlude

Toccata (Improvisation)
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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