16TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 | 10:00 AM
WELCOME TO ONLINE WORSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH!
Welcome to all who gather to worship online today! We hope you feel the warmth of God’s presence and welcome right where you’re at. If this if your first time joining us online, we are honored by your presence and hope to see you again soon! To stay informed, please subscribe to our weekly email.
First, we’re not just friendly, we’re friends! Our primary belief is that everyone (no exceptions!) is created in the loving image of God, who is love itself.
Second, in everything we do, we strive to live our mission: By the power of Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing!
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP
(the people’s words in bold print)
PRELUDE + CHIMING OF THE HOUR
“Morning Has Broken”
(MUSIC: Jose Martinez-Miranda)
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 105)
O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name!
Sing to the Lord, sing praises to God;
tell of all the Lord’s wonderful works!
Glory in God’s holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and God’s strength;
seek the Lord’s presence continually.
HYMN OF PRAISE
“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Providing God, you know our every need before we can even ask, and you provide for us in your time. As we worship you this day, make us truly thankful, so that we will bless others from the gifts you rain upon us, all for the glory of your name. In Christ we pray, Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God, you offer us grace, and yet we grumble. You hear our grumbling and provide, and yet we want more. Your generosity knows no bounds, and yet we begrudge your goodness to those we deem less than deserving. Forgive our greed and self-reliance, we pray. Humble us so that we may live in peace and joy with ourselves and with all our brothers and sisters. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS (Romans 8)
What then shall we say? Nothing we have done, nothing we will ever do, is enough to separate us from the love God made known in Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
“Seek Ye First/Sing Hallelujah”
(MUSIC: K. Lafferty/L. Stassen)
SCRIPTURE READING - THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”
13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.
"Walking Sightless Among Miracles"
Rev. Lisa Martin, Pastor
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
WE DEPART TO SERVE
“God Will Take Care of You”
BLESSING + BENEDICTION
“His Eye is on the Sparrow”
(MUSIC: C. Gabriel, arr. J. Hammerly)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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