Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 30, 2020
Order of Worship
The Way of Blessedness: The Beatitude

Gathering as the Body of Christ

Prelude
(in-person service only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

Call to Worship 
Liturgist: Friends, let us worship God today, for God is great –
People: God has blessed us with life, with faith, and with community.
Liturgist: Let us worship God today, for God is good –
People: God forgives us, and encourages us, and loves us.
Liturgist: Let us worship God today –
People: Because we are God’s people.
Liturgist: Let us worship God. 

Opening Prayer
In the quiet, in the calm, in the stillness, we are seeking your comforting presence. In the clamor, in the cry, in the grief, we long for you, Lord. In this time, in this place, with each other, we are waiting for you earnestly. Right now, right here we worship with truth and spirit. Amen.

Opening Hymn
“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”
 TFWS #2171

Back to School Blessing
Courtney Till (online only) and Pastor Seok-Hwan
The Bible tells us that Jesus learned and studied, just as you do. And Jesus grew in wisdom. We ask God’s blessing on this new school year, that it may be a time when we appreciate and fully use God’s gift of learning. We give thanks to God for the gift of learning!

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
 
Prayer Response  
“Loving Spirit”
TFWS # 2123 (2 times)
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be, 
You have drawn me to your wonders,
You have set your sign on me.

Scripture Readings

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Luke 12: 49-53 
“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53 they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
NRSV

Message
"Making Peace, an Offering of Love"
Pastor Seok-Hwan

Message in Music
“We Shall Overcome”
Afro-American Spiritual
Matthew Cron, organist
(online service only)

Offertory Prayer 
Bless these gifts, that they may serve your world with power. Bless our lives, that we may serve your world with love. Bless each of us, that we may answer your call to lead and to serve where we are needed most. Amen.
The Abingdon Worship Annual, 2018

Closing Hymn
"Shalom to You"
UMH #666

The Blessing and Sending Forth
 Jesus taught us, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” May God grant you the vision, strength, and courage to proclaim God’s message of peace whether welcome or unwelcome, for the sake of God’s beloved children. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christian Worship Resources for the Children’s Sabbath

In-Person Servers
Organist: Matt Cron
Usher: Roy Higgins
Greeter: Sharon Lipp
Liturgist: Nancy Keelan

Online Servers
Liturgist: Bev Welsh

To access our online worship service, please visit our website at www.umcw.org/sermons
(The service has been pre-recorded.)
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