Worship Service

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost (September 27, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Improvisation on NETTLETON
Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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
Monika Klinkman and Billy Vazquez

Listen, O people, to holy teaching; tune your ears to hear God’s word. We gather to proclaim our sacred story, to tell of God’s wondrous deeds. Come, O people, into holy space to worship the Lord, our sustainer and guide. Let us turn to God in prayer and praise!

HYMN 475
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing;
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of God’s unchanging love!

2. Here I raise my Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

3. O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart; O take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Loving Lord, you desire that we have the same mind as Christ and imitate his compassionate service. But our minds are fixed on attitudes and ambitions that draw us away from you. We labor for ourselves and attend to the needs of a precious few before considering how our time and talents could bless the world. We look up to the rich and famous and overlook the lowly rather than affirming the dignity of all. Transform us, we pray. By your grace, give us the same mind and the same love as our Lord Jesus Christ and work within us until our actions bear witness to the faith our tongues confess. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


God Be In My Head
—John Rutter (b. 1945)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from Sarum Primer (1514)

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Matthew 21:23-32

Time with Children
The Kocsis Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“True Authority

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
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 644
Give Thanks O Christian People
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1. Give thanks, O Christian people, for workers of our day
who heed the call to service and make it their life’s way;
to go to feed the hungry, to tend to those in need,
to work for equal justice, till all God’s folks are freed.

2. Give thanks, O Christian people, for leaders of our years
who live to share with others our joy when Christ appears,
to teach the ones who seek light, to guide the faltering feet
to lead the followers forward, our living God to meet.

3. Give thanks, O Christian people, for all who love the Lord,
who live each day believing in God’s eternal Word,
to share Christ’s love in living, to witness with each deed
to use the talents given, to plant the gospel seed.

4. Give thanks, O Christian people, for life in fellowship
with all who trust our Savior their serving to equip
to ease anothers burdens, to cope in joy and stress
to magnify God’s message and Christ’s great love confess.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

An Irish Blessing
—James Moore (b. 1951)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Gigue for Pedals
Benton Blassingame (b. 1989)

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