Order of Worship

Sunday, October 4, 2020
8:30 AM: Outdoor Worship
(A limited number of chairs are available. We are broadcasting the service for those who would like to remain in your cars in the parking lot. Just tune in to 96.9 FM. Be sure to bring your smartphone to follow along with this Order of Worship, no bulletins provided.)
9:15 AM: Outdoor Sunday School Options
9:30 AM: Virtual Common Grounds Zoom
10 AM: Zoom Sunday School Classes (click each graphic for zoom link here)
11 AM: Live Stream Worship (watch directly from our website)

We have provided the written copy of the sermon (by clicking the sermon title) for those who would like to follow along during the service. To read past sermons, click here.

Pouring the Water 

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: Cup of Blessing That We Share Richard Gieske

Call to Worship:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone;
              this is the Lord’s doing,
              and it is amazing in our eyes.
The Church will gather at the Table of the Lord,
              from the north, south, east, and west,
              the Church will feast in the kingdom of God.

Prayer of the Day:
Holy God, Maker of heaven and earth,
out of your great love for the world
you sent us your beloved Son.
Renew and restore us in this time of worship,
so that we may be the people of your vineyard
and bear good fruit for your holy kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.       

Hymn 331: God of the Ages (Verses 1 and 4)

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession:
Sovereign God, we confess
that we are not ready for your holy kingdom.
You give us abundant gifts,
but we do not keep your commandments.
You sent your Son to save us,
but we sent him to his death.
Forgive us, merciful God,
and strengthen us to produce good fruit,
for the sake of Jesus Christ. 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hymn of Praise: Glory be to the Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Time with the Young Church: Children's Bulletin

Prayer for Illumination:
Gracious God,
we do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from your mouth.
Make us hungry for this heavenly food,
that it may nourish us today
in the ways of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:33-46

Sermon: The Vineyard of Christ - Chris Joiner

Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Today is World Communion Sunday. On the online giving page, there is a line for Peace and Global Witness Offering under the Missions section. It is an open amount field so you can give whatever amount you choose. Click here to give to the Peace and Global Offering.

Invitation to the Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
              And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
              We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
              It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Breaking of the Bread

Communion of the People
Hymn 265: Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun (Verses 1 and 5)


Postlude: Sent Forth by God’s Blessing David Schack
Prayer Requests: For the full list, click here.

Alex Brydon’s mother, Denise Brydon
Jean Acklin’s nephew, Steve Prouty

Thelma Byrd
Darcie Cross
Stacie Dvorak
Susan Haws
Stephanie Lampley
JR Russell

Joseph Eden Wilson-Patton, son of Jamey and Madalyn Wilson-Patton, grandson of Stuart and Mary Elizabeth Wilson-Patton, born August 23, 2020
Lela Rose Fleming, daughter of Becca and Andrew Fleming, great-granddaughter of Jean Ramsay, born June 20, 2020

Ryoko (Caleb) Joiner’s father, Yasutomo Arai, September 20, 2020

In Memory of:
Mary Ruth Minor, October 7, 2006
Wes Miller, October 7, 2017