Service for the Lord’s Day

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 20, 2020 – 10:00 AM


Gathering around the Word


Welcome and Announcements



Call to Worship (WWG)                    from Psalm 25                               

We lift up our souls to you, Holy God.

We trust the Lord with our past, present, and future.

Teach us, Lord, that we may know your ways.

Guide our every move, Holy One,

that we may walk in your paths of love and mercy.

Let us worship the One who leads us in what is right.

Together, let us worship God!


Gathering Hymn #681                     “In His Time”


In His time, in His time,
he makes all thing beautiful in His time.
Lord, my life to you I bring,
may each song I have to sing,
be to you a lovely thing, in your time.

In your time, in your time,
you make all thing beautiful in your time.
Lord, my life to you I bring,
may each song I have to sing,
be to you a lovely thing, in your time.


Call to Confession


Prayer of Confession

God of mercy, hear the prayers of your thirsting people. For every time we have attributed your miracles in our lives to our own hands alone, forgive us, we pray. For every time we promised to trust you but turned to our own way when your response did not come soon enough or in the way we expected, grant us mercy, O God. For the many opportunities to extend forgiveness that we have refused, show us what it means to love, again, dear Lord. For each way we put our own understandings above your wisdom and for each time we resist your command to be reconciled with those who believe differently from us, direct us in the way of peace, we pray. For our silent sins, our quiet acts of violence, and our indifference to the suffering around us, forgive us, Loving One, and quench our thirst with your grace.  (Silent prayer)  In faith we pray.      Amen.


Assurance of Pardon


Gloria Patri (Hymn #812)    


The Peace

Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us forgive one another.

The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

Proclaiming the Word

The Prayer for Illumination


The Word Read

                                   Epistle:                    Philippians 2:1-13 (Page)                     

                     Hebrew Scripture:                     Exodus 17:1-7 (Page)


The Word of the Lord   

Thanks be to God  


Word Proclaimed                                      “Quarreling After God”


The Invitation

Responding to the Word

Sermon Hymn #563               “Open My Eyes, That I May See”


Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!


Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!


Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!

 Affirmation of Faith                from The Declaration of Barmen (1934)

The Christian Church is the community of believers in which, in Word and Sacrament, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ acts in the present as Lord. With both its faith and its obedience, with both its message and its order, it has to testify in the midst of the sinful world, as the Church of pardoned sinners, that it belongs to him alone and lives and may live by his comfort and under his direction alone, in expectation of his appearing. Amen.


  The Sealing of the Word

Prayers of the People and 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.


Bearing and Following the Word into the World


Hymn #475                         “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”


Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

Hitherto Thy love has blest me;

Thou hast bro’t me to this place;

And I know Thy hand will bring me

Safely home by Thy good grace.

Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wand’ring from the fold of God;

He, to rescue me from danger,

B’ot me with His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.






O God, your grandeur towers above the highest peaks; your strength can make them tremble and fall. Your love is deeper than the valleys of the oceans, and as encompassing as the water that covers the earth. In Christ Jesus you call us your children and through him your word is forever made known. Be with us now as in Christ’s name we gather. Accept our praises as we confess him Redeemer and Lord.. Amen


Let us remember these who need comfort, strength and healing:


Don Hubbard                                      Angie Forni (Toni Maio)

Savannah Hargarten (Conrad Rockey)    Greg Gambrel (Gary Straber)

Chad Murphy (Branden Freeman)      Janet (Veal) (Kris Wilcher)                                          

Michaela Myers (Chris Myers)              Sam Bishop (uncle of Chris Myers)

Mitzi Miner                                            Dottie Smith

Heather Gallagher (Kevin Hulsman)  Lincoln Downing (Chris Myers)

Steve Pfendler                                    Don Rockey                           

Don Dickerson                                 Janet Coons

Avis Woods                                         Fran Brower               

Candy Kennedy                                  Tom Hulse (Lisa Schnepp’s father)

Family of Cary Hanni                         Adam Stucky (Marilyn Hanni)

Peggy Smith (Sharon Davis)              Steve Urich—surgery
Louis & Phyllis Rockey


Persecuted Christians around the world  The Democratic Republic of Congo


Please be in prayer for our nation to heal hardened hearts and live with Christ’s love.


Also remember our members who are in care facilities and can no longer worship with us: Bob Lowes, Betty Plummer, Mary Cummings.