Worship Service

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost (September 6, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Improvisation on “Go Down, Moses”
Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

Dr. Robert R. Laha

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

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Cavender Family

Let the people give thanks.
We give thanks to our God who has done great things for us!
Let the people sing praises.
We sing praises to our God who makes our hearts rejoice!
Let the people seek God’s presence.
We worship this day in God’s presence with hope and joy!

When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land

(1) When Israel was in Egypt’s land,
let my people go;
oppressed so hard they could not stand,
let my people go!

Refrain: Go down, Moses,
way down in Egypt’s land;
tell old Pharaoh:
let my people go!

(2) “Thus saith the Lord,” bold Moses said,
“Let my people go!
If not, I’ll smite your firstborn dead.
Let my people go!”

(3) “No more shall they in bondage toil:
let my people go!
Let them come out with Egypt’s spoil:
let my people go!”

(4) O let us all from bondage flee;
let my people go!
And let us all in Christ be free:
let my people go!

Prayer of Confession
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

God of all, forgive us for our failure to turn aside and answer your call, our failure to love our neighbors, our failure to care for your good creation. For all we have done and not done, for the blindness of our eyes, and the hardness of our hearts, have mercy on us. Call us back to you. Forgive what is past. Restore us and guide us into the future freed from sin, open to love, and ready to serve you as your true people. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

God’s Word to Us


Jesus Calls Us
—Gaelic Traditional, arr. Steven Seigart
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by John Bell and Graham Maule

Time with Children and Blessing for the New School Year
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Scripture Lesson
Rev. Ann Herlin

Exodus 3:1–15

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford
“Playing with Fire”

Our Response to God

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

We acknowledge one God alone, whose demands on us are absolute, whose help for us is sufficient. That One is the Lord, whom we worship, serve and love …. We must not set our ultimate reliance on any other help. We must not yield unconditional obedience to any other power. We must not love anyone or anything more than we love God. To worship God is highest joy. To serve God is perfect freedom.

Invitation to Discipleship
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Dr. Robert R. Laha

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 749
Come! Live in the Light! (We Are Called)

(1) Come! Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God.

Refrain: We are called to act with justice;
we are called to love tenderly;
we are called to serve one another,
to walk humbly with God.

(2) Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
so hatred and violence will be no more.

(3) Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other
as sisters and brothers united in love.

Charge and Benediction
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Response 600

—African-American Traditional
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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—André Campra (1660–1744)

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