Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 27, 2020
Order of Worship
FOR PRECAUTIONS, PLEASE NO SINGING at the in-person service

*stand with your heart or with your posture
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
Racism: Where Do We Stand?

Gathering as the Body of Christ

Prelude
(in-person service only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

*Call to Worship  
Liturgist: Something new is stirring in our church, O Lord.
People : A different voice comes to us.
Liturgist: Make us ready to receive this new Word
People: Open our hearts and renew our spirits.
Liturgist: Let us be the voice of welcome, the spirit of joy.
People: Let us be those who bring the life-giving waters to others.
AMEN.
Worship Connection by Nancy C. Townley

*Opening Prayer
Living God, When we find ourselves struggling, in fear or pain or worry, help us to feel You close by, sharing our warm and fragile flesh. And when we see you striving on the Cross, help us to join with you, to take the pain, to cry for just, to work for peace, and share your victory of love. We thank you for your call to us. We praise you for your sustaining love for us. We honor you with our lives and our service to you; for it is in Christ’s Name, we offer this prayer.
AMEN.
Bob Warwicker, Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change compiled by Hannah Ward and Jenniffer Wild

Opening Hymn
“All People That On Earth Do Dwell”
UMH #75  

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer 

Prayer Response
“All I Need Is You”
TFWS #2080
My only hope is you, Lord, my only hope is you.
You are the source of all I need. My only hope is you.

Scripture Readings

Genesis 1:26-28  
26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them;[f] male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

Matthew 10:34-42
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 40 “Whoever welcomes you welcome me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
NRSV

Message
"Racism: Where Do We Stand?"
 Pastor Seok-Hwan

Message in Music
“Who You Say I Am”
by Reuben Morgan & Ben Fielding
Youth Choir, June 9, 2019
(online service only) 
 
*Offertory Prayer 
Bless our gifts and bless us with your miraculous love, that our gifts may nurture your creation with abundance and hope. Bless our offerings this day, that all who are hungry may be fed, and all who yearn for love may experience love living in and through us. With thanksgiving and hope, we pray. Amen. 
The Abingdon Worship Annual 2018

Closing Hymn
“Many Gifts, One Spirit”
UMH #114

The Blessing and Sending Forth 
May God bless your eyes with sight, that you may see her face in every living being. May God strengthen your soul with courage, that you may never fear the forces of hatred and division. May God fill your heart with his love, that you may go forth to do her work of peace and reconciliation. And may the God of neighbor and stranger, Who was and is and always shall be, Who is Mother and Father of us all, be with you and bless you and bring you joy all the days of your life. Amen.
by Kellyann Wolfe

Postlude
(in-person service only)

In-Person Servers
Organist: Matt Cron
Usher: Roy Higgins
Greeter: Sharon Lipp
Liturgist: Melva-Jean Shephard

Online Servers
Liturgist: Pete Seymour
Video: Mark Beatty

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