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Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost (October 25, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

Today is Stewardship Dedication Sunday. If you have already made a pledge for 2021, thank you. If not, you are invited to join us to pledge online or send a pledge to the church office.

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Prelude

“Menuet” from Suite Gothique
Léon Boëllmann (1862–1897)

Welcome
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 Campbell-Johnson Family

Come, let us worship the Lord our God.
We worship God with our hearts, souls, and minds.
Come, let us share our love with our neighbors.
Drawn by love, we come to offer ourselves in service.
Let us worship the Lord our God!

HYMN 63
The Lord is God
AZMON

(1) The Lord is God, the Lord alone! Give honor, thanks, and praise
to God, the maker of all things and giver of our days.

(2) With all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and might,
O people, love the Lord your God, the source of truth and light.

(3) At night or day, at home, away, together and apart,
O children, take these holy words and keep them in your heart.

(4) The Lord is God, the Lord alone! Give honor, thanks, and praise
to God, the maker of all things and giver of our days.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

God, Jesus taught us to love you with our hearts, souls, and minds. And yet, we are slow to do so. When we encounter neighbors in need, we are quick to pass judgment, even though love demands empathy. We see your children suffering, but we are too busy, too weary, to respond, even though love demands compassion. We see unjust systems that strip others of dignity, but we believe we are too powerless to effect change, even though love demands action. And whenever we do not treat our neighbors as we ourselves hope to be treated, we do not love you fully. Forgive us, Lord. Transform our hearts, restore our souls, and renew our minds, so that we might be faithful to your commandments. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us

Anthem

Give me your hand
—Spiritual, arr. Joseph Joubert (b. 1958)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Matthew 22:34–46

Time with Children
The Ulrick Family

Sermon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

“The Cruciform Nature of Love”

Our Response to God

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

God created human beings with a need for community and with freedom to enter into it by responding to their Maker with grateful obedience and to one another with love and helpfulness. We believe that we have been created to relate to God and each other in freedom and responsibility. We may misuse our freedom and deny our responsibility by trying to live without God and other people or against God and other people. Yet we are still bound to them for our life and well-being, and intended for free and responsible fellowship with them. Since every human being is made for communion with God and others, we must treat no one with contempt. We are to respect and love all other people and ourselves as well.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

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.

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Dedication of Pledges

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty.
Blessed are you, O Lord.

All that is in heaven and earth is yours.
Blessed are you, O Lord.

Riches and honor come from you; you rule over all.
Blessed are you, O Lord.

In your hands are power and might; you alone can give us the strength we need.
We thank you, God, and praise your glorious name.

Because you have dealt bountifully and mercifully with us,
because you have made us your children and continually love us,
We dedicate ourselves to you, O Lord.

Because you have been good to us, and because you would do good through us,
We dedicate ourselves to you, O Lord.

Because we would have our gratitude to you be as great as our need for your grace,
We dedicate ourselves to you, O Lord.

Because you have promised to keep forever what we commit to your care,
We dedicate ourselves to you, O Lord.

Take our lives, our talents, our gifts and pledges,
and use them for the work of your kingdom.
Now unto you who alone is able to do more than we can ask or think,
to you be the glory, now and forever. Amen.

HYMN 766
Lord of All Good
MC KEE

1. The church of Christ cannot be bound by walls of wood or stone.
Where charity and love are found, there can the church be known.

2. True faith will open up the door and step into the street.
True service will seek out the poor and ask to wash their feet.

3. True love will not sit idly by when justice is denied.
True mercy hears the homeless cry and welcomes them inside.

4. If what we have we freely share to meet our neighbor’s need,
then we extend the Spirit’s care through every selfless deed.

5. The church of Christ cannot be bound by walls of wood or stone.
Where charity and love are found, there can the church be known.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

An Irish Blessing
—James Moore (b. 1951)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir

Postlude

“Toccata” from Suite Gothique
—Léon Boëllmann

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