HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR SUNDAY ZOOM CHURCH SERVICE.  It is regularly being updated as more information comes in. 


Sunday, August 16, 2020

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 15:10-28



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      “How Good it is …”

Hold   (4 counts)

OUT    “To be in your presence.”

Hold  (4 counts)



L: Welcome today to a celebration of God’s love!
P: We are grateful for this welcome.
L: Feel the loving power of God flow into your lives.
P: We open our hearts and lives to receive God’s blessings.
L: Come, let us worship God who is always with us.
P: Lord, be with us today as we listen for your words of hope. AMEN


OPENING HYMN: O Fort a Thousand Tongues to Sing       UMH #57 (v.1-3)



Share out Loud  Unmute yourself to participate.

Then please mute yourself until the end of the service.



You have drawn us together this day from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, hopes, and dreams, Lord. Be with us as together we experience your presence and your healing love. Open our hearts and our spirits to receive strength, encouragement, and peace. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.



Lord, you have blessed us with such variety in this gathering. You have not demanded that everyone be the same, have the same degree of faith, offer the same service. You have given freely of your healing love to each one of us. Today we have offered many names in prayer for healing, restoration, hope, and peace. Some of these names have been spoken aloud in this gathering, while others remain in our hearts and our minds. Yet you have heard each cry for healing. You have heard all the prayers we have offered. Now let us place our trust in your compassion. Let us remember that your blessings extend to all people. Strengthen us in this time to be witnesses to your love and servants in ministry to all your people. For we offer this 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.


CENTERING HYMN:Something Beautiful        UMH #394 (2X)


SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 15:10-28

10 Jesus called the crowd near and said to them, “Listen and understand. 11 It’s not what goes into the mouth that contaminates a person in God’s sight. It’s what comes out of the mouth that contaminates the person.”

12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended by what you just said?”

13 Jesus replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be pulled up. 14 Leave the Pharisees alone. They are blind people who are guides to blind people. But if a blind person leads another blind person, they will both fall into a ditch.”

15 Then Peter spoke up, “Explain this riddle to us.”

16 Jesus said, “Don’t you understand yet? 17 Don’t you know that everything that goes into the mouth enters the stomach and goes out into the sewer? 18 But what goes out of the mouth comes from the heart. And that’s what contaminates a person in God’s sight. 19 Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adultery, sexual sins, thefts, false testimonies, and insults. 20 These contaminate a person in God’s sight. But eating without washing hands doesn’t contaminate in God’s sight.”

21 From there, Jesus went to the regions of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from those territories came out and shouted, “Show me mercy, Son of David. My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.” 23 But he didn’t respond to her at all.

His disciples came and urged him, “Send her away; she keeps shouting out after us.”

24 Jesus replied, “I’ve been sent only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.”

25 But she knelt before him and said, “Lord, help me.”

26 He replied, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to dogs.”

27 She said, “Yes, Lord. But even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall off their masters’ table.”

28 Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith. It will be just as you wish.” And right then her daughter was healed.





Jesus’ love and compassion has been poured out for us today. Let us go into the world in confidence, bearing forgiveness and love for all God’s people. Let us go in peace. AMEN.


DISMISSAL HYMN:  Shalom to You UMH #666

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.