17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SEPTEMBER 27, 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
“Variants on 'St. Anne'”
(MUSIC: R. A. Williamson)
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 95)
Come! Let us sing for joy to the living God!
Let us shout our praise to God,
the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come before God with thanksgiving!
Let us bow down in worship,
kneeling before the Lord our Maker
HYMN OF PRAISE
“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
(LIFT EVERY VOICE)
We lift our voices in praise, Holy God, for you have journeyed with us through all our years, over paths unknown, in places of fear and loss. Yet you are God, and you are with us! We sing your praise and we worship you in spirit and in truth. Through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen!
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Almighty God, it feels as though we are wandering through the wilderness of sin. We complain in the face of your mercy. We are selfish in the face of your sacrifice. We grumble and quarrel, failing to recognize your presence and provision. Forgive us, we pray. Teach us humility and gratitude. Restore to us the joy of being followers of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS (Romans 8)
The Lord is loving, and we are reconciled to God. Let us humble and surrender ourselves to the will of God for the glory of the Lord! People of God, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
“Rock of Ages”
(MUSIC: Traditional, arr. Don Pardoe)
SCRIPTURE READING - THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
1 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
"Is the Lord Among Us? (Spoiler: YES!)"
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
“My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”
BLESSING + BENEDICTION
“I Will Call Upon the Lord”
(MUSIC: Michael O'Shields, arr. B. Thoreson)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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