21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
OCTOBER 25, 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
“Processional for Organ”
(Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb)
Kathy McCurdy, piper
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 65)
Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds
are awed by God’s goodness and signs of mercy.
God makes the gateways of morning and evening
sing and shout for joy!
God crowns the year with bounty,
with overflowing riches of grace and goodness.
All creation shouts and sings together,
for God is great, and greatly to be praised!
HYMN OF PRAISE
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
(EIN' FESTE BURG)
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Adapted from the Reformed Church of Zurich, 1525)
Merciful God, we confess before your divine majesty that we are poor sinners, ever failing short of goodness. We have transgressed your commandments, and are worthy of your anger. But, O Lord, we repent and are sorry that we have displeased you. Be pleased, therefore, to have mercy upon us. Forgive us our sins, through the holy sufferings of Jesus Christ, and grant us the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that we may bring forth the fruits of righteousness and a pure life that are pleasing to you, through Jesus Christ. Amen
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
God’s mercies are new every morning. Let us be awake and alert to forgiveness in Jesus Christ!
Thanks be to God!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
SCRIPTURE READING - THE PSALTER
Elsbeth Jackson, Lossiemouth, Scotland
Psalm 65 (Revised English Bible)
1 It is fitting to praise you in Zion, God;
vows should be paid to you.
2 Hearer of prayer,
to you everyone should come.
3 Evil deeds are too heavy for me;
only you can wipe out our offences.
4 Happy are those whom you choose
and bring near to remain in your courts.
Grant us in abundance the bounty of your house,
of your holy temple.
5 Through dread deeds you answer us with victory,
God our deliverer,
in whom all put their trust
at the ends of the earth and on distant seas.
6 By your might you fix the mountains in place;
you are girded with strength;
7 you calm the seas and their raging waves,
and the tumult of the nations.
8 The dwellers at the ends of the earth
are overawed by your signs;
you make east and west sing aloud in triumph.
9 You care for the earth and make it fruitful;
you enrich it greatly,
filling its great channels with rain.
In this way you prepare the earth
and provide grain for its people.
10 You water its furrows, level its ridges,
soften it with showers, and bless its growth.
11 You crown the year with your good gifts;
places where you have passed drip with plenty;
12 the open pastures are lush
and the hills wreathed in happiness;
13the meadows are clothed with sheep
and the valleys decked with grain,
so that with shouts of joy they break into song.
SCRIPTURE READING - THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (NRSV)
1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. 4 The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” 5 Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6 He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. 7 Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. 8 The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.
9 Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 11 He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, 12 and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
"Endings and Beginnings"
Rev. Lisa Martin, Pastor
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR OUR HERITAGE & 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.
Kathy McCurdy, piper
WE DEPART TO SERVE
“Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”
“Lead On, O King Eternal”
(Henry Smart, arr. John Turner)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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On this Reformation Sunday, we express great thanks to Kathy McCurdy for piping our service today!
The Psalm was read by Ruling Elder Elsbeth Jackson, former clerk of session of St. Giles and St. Columba’s South Church of Scotland congregations, where Pastor Lisa served during sabbatical 10 years ago. Elsbeth resides in Lossiemouth, Scotland.