HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR SUNDAY ZOOM CHURCH SERVICE. It is regularly being updated as more information comes in.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 21:23-32
SERMON TITLE: Pop Quiz!
9:45 Fellowship Check-In to see and hear our friends and family. We can chat as if we are in the Narthex until 10:00 when the service begins. Please mute your microphone when you are not participating to reduce noise.
CHECK-IN Please mute unless talking.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Unmute yourself to participate.
WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK? Unmute yourself to participate.
Then please mute yourself until Joys and Concerns.
IN “I breath in joy”
Hold (4 counts)
OUT “Let my life be filled.”
Hold (4 counts)
CALL TO WORSHIP:
L: This week has been filled with joys and sorrows.
P: We have come here this day with burdens on our hearts.
L: God, who hears your cries, will offer you healing love.
P: Thanks be to God for such generous compassion.
L: Open your hearts to God’s infinite mercy.
P: We open our spirits to receive God’s love for us. AMEN.
OPENING HYMN: UMH# Take My Life, and Let It Be UMH# 399 (v.1-3)
Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days,
let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
It shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
Share out Loud Unmute yourself to participate.
Then please mute yourself until the end of the service.
OPENING PRAYER: Melissa Pryor
How quick we are to say yes to you, O Lord, and then we turn around and forget our bold words of commitment. We really want to serve, but we are very weak and are easily drawn away by cares and fears. We pledge ourselves to working for your kingdom but find ourselves pulled this way and that by other demands on our time and energy. Forgive us, O Lord, when we so quickly drop our commitments to serving you. Heal our spirits and give us the bold courage to truly be your disciples. For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
Lord of hope and healing, you have heard the cries of our hearts. You know that we do want to serve you, and yet when things get tough, we buckle and cave in. We lack the courage and strength to work for you. You have reminded us that you will be continually with us and we need to place our trust in that fact. Your love will sustain and heal us. Your mercy and grace will give us courage and strength, joy and peace. As we have come before you this day, offering our prayers for those near and dear to us, let us remember that you constantly lift and carry us in your love. Bring us to the knowledge of your mercy and powerful love that will never leave us. Prepare us for ministry in areas of need and desolation.
We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray:
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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 21:23-32
23 When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”
24 Jesus replied, “I have a question for you. If you tell me the answer, I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. 25 Where did John get his authority to baptize? Did he get it from heaven or from humans?”
They argued among themselves, “If we say ‘from heaven,’ he’ll say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But we can’t say ‘from humans’ because we’re afraid of the crowd, since everyone thinks John was a prophet.” 27 Then they replied, “We don’t know.”
Jesus also said to them, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.
28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. Now he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’
29 “‘No, I don’t want to,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went.
30 “The father said the same thing to the other son, who replied, ‘Yes, sir.’ But he didn’t go.
31 “Which one of these two did his father’s will?”
They said, “The first one.”
Jesus said to them, “I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering God’s kingdom ahead of you. 32 For John came to you on the righteous road, and you didn’t believe him. But tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Yet even after you saw this, you didn’t change your hearts and lives and you didn’t believe him.
SERMON TITLE: Pop Quiz! Rev. Dr. Lynn Reece
GOING FORTH PRAYER:
God knows our hearts and our spirits. God sees our struggles and forgives our weakness. Know that it is in God’s healing love that we live and move and have your being. Rejoice, for Christ is with us always. AMEN
DISMISSAL HYMN: Shalom to You
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all your living and through your loving,
Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom.
Unmute yourself if you would like to say goodbye to everyone.