Order of Worship for
Sunday, September 20
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 16:2-15; Gospel of Matthew 20-1-16
Paige M. Wolfe, Liturgist; Tom Norrell, Preacher
Greeting and Announcements
Call to Worship:
Minister: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
People: This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Minister: The hour is coming, and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.
People: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!
Confession of Faith:
We believe in the one God, creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength.
We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the life of love and prayer, and in grace equal to every need.
We believe in the Word of God found in the scripture, tradition, reason and experience.
We believe in the church, we who are united in the living Lord for the purpose of worship and service.
We believe in the reign of God as the divine will realized in human society, and in the family of God, where we are all brothers and sisters.
We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting. Amen.
Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 16:2-15
*Gospel Lesson: Matthew 20:1-16
Pastoral Prayer: The Lord's Prayer
Sermon: The Worst Story Ever Told by Tom Norrell, Pastor
Response to the Word:
Eternally loving God, we confess that your "judgment calls" regarding acceptance, forgiveness, and love are beyond our understanding. When we examine ourselves, we see there is little grace in our loving, little grace in our dealings with others compared with yours. We accept others limitedly and selectively, and yet you accept them with wild abandon. We have an "us" and "them" in our minds and hearts that is revealed in our prejudices and discrimination, even while your love is inclusive without exception. And we confess we "keep score," holding grudges, looking to "even the score" when we consider we have been wronged. We are guarded, reasonable people who choose who and how much we will love. Such is the poverty of our loving that we wonder about others who treat us with unexpected generosity of spirit, suspecting a hidden motive. Forgive us, we pray. Amen.
Postlude: Brian Dailey, pianist
*Please stand for the reading of the Gospel.
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