Worship for Sunday October 25th, 2020
Celebrating the Lord’s Day from our homes
As a PC(USA) congregation, we believe the worship of the triune God is the center of our common life and our primary way of witness to the faith, hope, and love of Jesus Christ. Worship binds us together as a congregation and equips us to know, love, and serve God in every aspect of our lives. Thankfully, we also believe worship has never been confined to a particular space or building. In these days when staying away from large physical gatherings is an important way we love our neighbor, we are grateful for the ways we are still gathered across boundaries as we worship together on Sunday mornings. May this service glorify God, unite our congregation, and center your soul this day.
Join us—light a candle, turn up the volume on your computer or device, and remember who and whose you are! Let us worship God, together.
WE GATHER AS GOD'S PEOPLE
Welcome & Announcements
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Call to Worship
We are here!
We are here to worship the Lord of heaven and earth,
the Maker of the universe and all it contains;
who gives life and breath to all things,
and satisfies every need.
Let us worship God!
Here I am to Worship
Call to Confession
As those called to a journey of faith, we know we have strayed.
As those called to a journey of faith, we know we have dug in our heels, and chosen to be stuck in place.
God calls us forward, by forgiving every sin that holds us back.
Let us seek God’s mercy, that gift that helps us move on.
Prayer of Confession
Your Spirit breathed life and power into believers once upon a time, and still today.
You inspire a variety of gifts,
but we are too quick to deny them in ourselves, or to see them in others.
You call us to go and share the good news,
but we resist unfamiliar territory, and unfamiliar faces.
We hold on to what has worked for us,
when you seek to work a new thing through us.
We withhold from others the grace you freely offer us,
and are quicker to offer criticism than compassion.
You show no partiality,
yet we are content with our privilege.
We choose silence when we are called to speak,
and let fear weaken our stand against all that denies the justice you call for.
Forgive us, O God, for not seeking or sensing your Spirit’s presence on every step of our journey as your church. Guide our feet, guide our faith, that we would trust your leading, even in the detours along the way. Grateful for your mercy that moves us on, hear our prayers…
Assurance of Forgiveness
“As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is God’s love toward those who fear God; and as far as the east is from the west, so far does God remove our sin from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)
There is nowhere we can go, there is nothing we can go through, where God’s loving mercy doesn’t meet us. Believe and receive that good news – in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God!
WE LISTEN FOR GOD'S WORD
Time with the Children
Prayer for Illumination
Lord, open our ears that we might hear your word.
Open our eyes that we might see your grace.
Open our hearts that we might receive your love.
Open our arms that we might embrace your world.
Acts 17: 1-15
WE ARE SENT INTO GOD'S WORLD
The Go Forth to Be the Church Challenge
As you go into the world this week, remember who and whose you are! Work toward creating a world guided less by competition and filled instead with the compassion we learn from Christ.
The Lord bless and keep you.
The Lord make God’s face to shine upon you and give you peace this day and every day. Amen.