Worship at Home October 25, 2020

Reformation Sunday

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Proper 25, or the 21st Sunday after Pentecost

GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Blessed Be the Lord” p. 15; other requests? Campfire Notebook ~ Pastor Scott on guitar

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Great Is the Lord” by Michael W. Smith

Call to Worship 

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

In you, we come home — to rest, to wrestle, to love, to be loved. We dwell in you.

Before the mountains were born, before you delivered the whole world, from everlasting past to everlasting future, you are God.

In you, we are home — we dream, we flourish, we fade, we rejoice. We dwell in you.

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Loving God, you not only welcome us, you receive us into yourself. Give us courage to be so open to others, to let them become so dear to us, that we might share not only your gospel but also our lives, through Christ, who makes room for us all. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #305 “Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!”

Invitation to Confession

Our spirits are like new grass: at the dawn they spring up fresh, but by sunset they dry up and wither. Let us confess our frailty before our merciful God.

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we struggle to be your instruments. Our motives are sometimes mixed and impure; we find it hard to live as those worthy to be entrusted with the good news of your grace. We relate to others callously, we seek to please and manipulate, using flattery to gain praise and distinction; we use condescension as a mask to cover insecurity or a need for power. Lord, reassure and cleanse us, in Jesus’ name.

             Please continue in silent personal prayer, then sing together:

 Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

 Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!” Chorus only, repeated

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

 Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

 THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Lord Jesus, your understanding of Scripture astonished and humbled all around you. Send your Spirit to illumine this Word that our understanding and wisdom may be increased. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: 90:1-6, 13-17 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:34-46 “The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “The Long and the Short of It” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

 RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 Hymn #203 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpts from A Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. God loves us and makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

 An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Holy God, you have provided all we have needed. You have walked alongside us as we have journeyed through wilderness and valley and climbed to the heights of the mountain. We have glimpsed the promised land, here, but not yet. Bring us closer to that promised land.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We lift up those who live in the shadow of disappointment, having seen the promise but not the realization. We lift up those who live in the no-longer-but-not-yet, having left an arduous past for a future yet unknown.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We lift up those who live with the weight of responsibility, having carried the burden of another person’s pain. We lift up those who live in the obscurity of loneliness, having survived a torment that cannot be explained

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

Lay your holy hands upon us, empowering God, that we may be the church for them, through Christ who sustains us. We pray all this through Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

 SENDING

 Closing Hymn #707 “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord”

Charge and Blessing

Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others. Beloved family of God, be gracious and kind to all, with both the gentle acceptance of a child and the wise maturity of a compassionate parent; in this, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

 For Personal Reflection this Week:

Where has God seemed to lead you to the edge of your “promised land” and then appeared to be holding you back from entering? What could this be saying about God? What effect could this have on your faith?

Morning Prayer: From everlasting to everlasting you are God. Carry me today in your steadfast love that I may rejoice and be glad all my days, living life fully without fear of the end. Amen.

Evening Prayer: Eternal God, a thousand years in your sight are like this day gone by, years swept away like a dream. May I rest in the assurance that even in the sleep of death, I will be awakened to an eternal morning, through the power of Christ, the resurrection. So let it be.

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Worship October 18, 2020

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Proper 24, or the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Sometimes By Step” by Rich Mullins ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude:

Call to Worship 

Sing to the Lord and bless God’s name.

Tell of God’s saving power from day to day.

Worship the Lord in holy splendor.

Radiate joy before God, all the earth.

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Faithful God, you are here. Tuck us into the cleft of the rock; cover us with your hand when we are anxious, that we may be courageous to do your will, through Christ who calls us by name, Amen.

Hymn of Praise #388 “Come All You People”

Invitation to Confession

When we seek wholeness and forgiveness, we recognize our mistakes and pray for peace between us.  Together, let us pray:

Prayer of Confession

Living Lord, in you we live and move and have our being. You call us to give all that we are and all that we have in service to You. But often times we hold tightly to our treasure, afraid we will not have enough for ourselves; hold tightly to our talents, afraid these gifts, once given, are gone. God, unclench our hearts, freeing our spirits to embody your sacrificial love. Specifically this week, help me/us to let go of …

                          Please continue in silent prayer, then sing together:

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~ Pastor Scott

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!” Chorus only, repeated

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

O God, fill us with your Spirit and humble our hearts so that we can hear your Word for us today and put it into practice. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:15-22

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “In Search of Comfort” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn #307 “God of Grace and God of Glory”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpts from A Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to – and trust in – God. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. We trust in the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song

Silver Falls Reboot

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Loving God, you are steadfast, forever enfolding even when we cannot accept ourselves. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

May your Spirit empower us to imitate you: by receiving those who feel judged and rejected, by walking alongside those who despair, by encouraging those who tend to the broken, and by affirming those who labor in love. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We lift up to your compassionate grace those whose burdens, guilt, or fears seem too massive to bear. We lift before your expansive mercy those whose hatred, rage, or vengeance cannot be contained. Lift before you the needs of all people in this land, and pray your very real presence come to us and enable all who hear it speak your truth. Guide us all in our deliberations for your people. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

Receive the prayers we have uttered this day aloud or in the silence of our hearts, especially for … Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

Into your hands we place the well-being of all creation, trusting that you see and know the needs of all. We pray all this through Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

SENDING

Closing Hymn #308 “O God in Whom All Life Begins”

Charge and Blessing

Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others. In this, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

For Personal Reflection this Week:

What does it mean to be an “imitator of Christ” (1 Thess. 1:6)? Who has influenced your life by the way that person “imitates” Christ, and how? What needs to happen within you to help you become an imitator of Christ?

Morning Prayer: O Lord, let me enter this time in silence…

I listen quietly, Lord, and the morning sounds of creation draw me to you. It is then that I hear your voice, “I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Sometimes it is difficult to fully receive your pleasure in me, to grasp that you are fond of me, even when I have nothing to show for myself. May I remember that I am yours today. Amen.

Evening Prayer: I fold up this day, O God, with gratitude; holding close to my heart those whose faith helped carry me through this day. Amen.

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Worship October 11, 2020

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Proper 23, or the 19th Sunday after Pentecost

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #300 “We Are One In the Spirit” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: On Eagle’s Wings   arr. by Douglas E. Wagner

Call to Worship 

The Lord is good!

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Ever-present God, you never leave us.  Help us to stay with you when we are tempted to flee, and keep us seeking after that which is true, that all may know that you are the Lord, our God, a tenacious presence in whatever our reality.  Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Hymn of Praise #39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” *Use whatever is most comfortable for you for the text “O God my Father,” i.e. “Sovereign,” “Maker,” etc.

Invitation to Confession

When we seek healing, we recognize our humanity and pray for peace over our brokenness.  Together, let us pray:

Prayer of Confession

You invite us to your feast, O God, and we do not come.  You beg us to give thanks for life, and sometimes we fail in our thanksgiving. You have made for us a wonderful earth, and sometimes we neglect instead of steward the gift. Forgive us for what we have done and for what we have left undone; empower us to turn our feet and hands to your will, that all we do might give glory to you. Specifically this week, help me/us to…

                          Please continue in silent prayer, then sing together:

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!”

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

O God, fill us with your Spirit and humble our hearts so that we can hear your Word for us today and put it into practice. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 32:1-14

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Philippians 4:1-9

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Parabolic Parrot” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn #707 “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpts from A Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to – and trust in – God. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. We trust in the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song

Hymn #721 “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” ~ Tony Fuentes

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Let us pray for the needs of the world, saying, “Hear us, O God;” “Your mercy is great.”

That all in our community may know what is God’s and what is Caesar’s, and may have the courage so to live, hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

That as the Lord guided Cyrus for the sake of Israel, God will guide our country, its leaders, and its citizens; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.

That justice and peace will be the signs of our trust in God; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.

That the church, in the spirit of Paul, may preach the gospel not merely in words but in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.

That each of us, following Jesus, may be truthful, courting no one’s favor, but living with simplicity and honesty; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.

That like the apostle, all the people in the church may live their faith and labor in love for the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned, the persecuted, and the sick, and that by God’s power the suffering of all creation may be relieved; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.

That wherever there is violence, especially within a family, we may be enabled to confess our part in allowing this darkness to continue. We have shut our eyes to the bruises and shut our ears to the cries of fear and pain. That your healing may come to all homes; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.

That we may remember with gratitude the witness of those who have kept faith in your triune name; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.

Into your hands we place the well-being of all creation, trusting that you see and know the needs of all. We pray all this through Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

SENDING

Closing Hymn #804 “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!”

Charge

Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others for the glory of God.

Blessing

Beloved, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

For Personal Reflection this Week:

Each day, ponder the attributes in Philippians 4:8 and make your own list of what to set your mind on toward living in thanksgiving. On Monday, meditate on whatever is true; Tuesday, whatever is honorable, Wednesday, just, Thursday, pure; Friday, pleasing; Saturday, commendable. On Sunday, consider what is excellent and worthy of praise.

Morning Prayer: On this new day, O God, I thank you for clean air that fills my lungs, for water to drink and stream over the rocks, for light that creates life and shines on my path, for soil that grows fruits and vegetables, fashions hills and valleys, and makes homes for creatures in burrows and trees. Let me see Earth today with gratitude and feast my senses on its beauty, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Evening Prayer: As this day is ending and I lie down to sleep, gracious God, I thank you for this day. I am mindful of the work I have done, the tasks I have not yet accomplished, the moments of blessing between me and those with whom I shared some hours, the joys of friendship and family, and all the hopes I have for tomorrow. An’ it please Thee, Lord, grant good sleep and keep me safe, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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World Communion Sunday TL FPC October 4, 2020

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time or Proper 22, October 4, 2020

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music Hymn #409 “God Is Here!”          

Welcome and Announcements:

Please join us for Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship, again Monday morning at 8:00 AM and Friday morning at 8:00 AM. Session will not meet tomorrow. Our Next Zoom Bible Study will be Monday, October 12th, 2020 10 AM.

Prelude: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”  arr. by Jane Holstein

Call to Worship 

The heavens are telling the glory of God;

The skies proclaim the Creator’s handiwork.

They have no speech, they use no words,

Yet their witness goes out through all the earth.

Let us join the chorus of creation; let us raise our voices in resounding praise.

Let everything that breathes worship and praise the Lord!

In this we pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Creator God, the heavens radiate your glory! You have set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a joyful bridegroom from his wedding canopy. May we emerge from night’s waiting with such rampant joy that we too radiate your glory throughout this day. In the name of the Son of righteousness who has risen with healing in his wings, Amen.

Hymn of Praise #331 “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”

Invitation to Healing

When we admit our need for healing, we offer ourselves as vessels for God’s infilling. Therefore, let us empty ourselves of what is harmful, that God might heal and save…

Prayer of Wholeness

Loving God, you have planted us like a vineyard on a fertile hill. You cleared away the stones, planted us with choice vines, and kept watch over us by night and day. Yet even in your vineyard, O Gardener, weeds grow and pruning is necessary for bearing fruit that will last. Therefore shower upon us the gift of your grace and tending, through Christ we pray….  Specifically in my life, help to prune from me…

Please continue in silent prayer, followed by prayerful song:

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~ Pastor Scott, guitar

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response #507 “Come to the Table of Grace(verses 1, 5) ~ Pastor Scott, guitar

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response #507 “Come to the Table of Grace(verses 3, 4) ~ Pastor Scott, guitar

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

God of all wisdom, give us your Word and send us your Spirit so that we may know – nay, so we may become – Christ in the world today.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-46

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Unpacking the Parable of the Vineyard” ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response and Affirmation of Faith: #481 “I Believe in God the …”

Feel free to change the text for more inclusive language, i.e.: “Maker” for “Father”

Intercessory Prayers of the People followed by the Lord’s Prayer

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Text for the Lord’s Prayer p. 35 (p.40, Español) “…debts…debtors…” in Hymnal

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

In this day of World Communion, O God, whether we have much or only a little, we are grateful we can share our daily bread in ways that all might be fed. As we have received, so now we give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Contact troutlakechurch@gmail.com for Membership inquiries.

An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song: “The Thank You God Song”

“Thank you, God for giving us Church…” Others: Zoom….Kids….School….etc.

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.

Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

This is the Lord’s table.  Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Lift up your hearts.  We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

How can we thank you, O God?  For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.

With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm.  With thanksgiving, we remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles.  He said to them, I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.  After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.

Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen”

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world.  Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord.

Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone.  Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.

Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.

Communion of the People

Please break bread with whom you are worshiping; offer one another Christ in bread and cup.

Prayer following Communion 

Let us pray together:

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand.  Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #458 “Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet” ~ Pastor Scott on guitar

Blessing and Charge

Beloved: May God  bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.” 

“Deep Peace be with you, Light Eternal shine upon you. Like clear flowing springs within you, may the Breath of the Wind stir your souls. May love hold you; may Spirit guide you, all the days of your life.” ~stc

Congregational Song Hymn #188 “Jesus Loves Me!” 

Questions for Reflection

What has been holding you captive? What would you lose if you claimed Sabbath rest? What would you gain? Study the parable of the landowner and the vineyard. What are the “fruits of the kingdom” to which Jesus alludes in Matthew 21:43? How does your life bear fruit for God’s realm? What do you contribute to the harvest of God that Jesus describes?

Household Prayer: Morning

God of Hosts, at the dawning of this day, let your face shine upon me. Restore me and be my salvation; through Jesus the Lord Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Christ Jesus my Lord, as you have lived with me this day, let me rest with you this night. Amen.

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Trout Lake FPC Zoom Worship September 27, 2020

 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Proper 21, or the 17th Sunday after Pentecost

 Gathering Music: Hymn #475: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Amazing Grace!  How Sweet the Sound”  arr. by Mark Hayes

Call to Worship 

Praise the Lord who is our provider.

The Lord is our hope. Our trust is in God.

God brought us out of bondage and has made us free.

The Lord is our hope. Our trust is in God.

Glorious are the deeds of our God, and mighty are God’s acts.

Let everything that breathes worship and praise God!

Prayer of the Day    

Gracious God, we thank you for being ever present with us. We know that we are never alone. Your mercies have been faithful and rich. Pour out your Spirit upon us, that we might do the work of your will. In the name of our Triune God, Amen.

Hymn of Praise #81 “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”

Invitation to Confession

When we come together and confess, we recognize our humanity and pray for peace over our brokenness.  Together, let us pray the prayer of confession:

Prayer of Confession

Loving Lord, we have been wandering in the wilderness of COVID-19, national systemic injustices, and new home/work balance challenges.  We are distracted and distraught; yet you desire that we have the same mind as Christ and imitate his compassionate service. Please help unstick our minds from being fixed on attitudes and ambitions that draw us away from you. Help us consider how best our time and talents could bless one another, our families, and the world. Help us affirm the dignity of all. Transform us, we pray. By your grace, give us the same mind and the same love as Christ, and work within us until our actions bear witness to the faith our tongues confess.

                                                     Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you! Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!” ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

O God, fill us with your Spirit and humble our hearts so that we can hear your Word.

Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Philippians 2:1-13

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:23-32

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Participatory Reflection: “Becoming a Womb for God” ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn #644 “Give Thanks, O Christian People”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ A Brief Statement of Faith, sections 1-2 ~ Hymnal p.37

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.  

An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song

Hymn #626 “As the Deer” ~ Pastor Scott

SENDING

Closing Hymn #263 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”

Charge

Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others for the glory of God.

Blessing

Beloved, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Questions for Reflection: What does it mean to do the will of God? Has God ever shown up in the middle of your complaining? When have you been wandering in a “wilderness of sin?”

Morning Prayer: Dear God, thank you for this day. Guide my mind in your way and help me to do your will. All praise, honor, and glory is yours. Amen.

Evening Prayer: Dear God, thank you for providing for my needs. Thank you for always being with me. Keep me through the night and put a song of praise on my lips when I rise again. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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Trout Lake FPC Zoom Worship 9/20/2020

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 20, or the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #664 “Morning Has Broken” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements

Please join us for Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship, again Monday morning at 8:00 AM and Friday morning at 8:00 AM. Session will meet at 10 AM via Zoom Monday September 21st. Our Next Zoom Bible Study will be Monday, September 28th, 2020 10 AM.

Prelude: “Ave Verum, Jesu, Word of God” by Mozart

Call to Worship 

O Give thanks to the Lord! The Lord hears the cries of the people.

Give thanks to the Lord.

The works of the Lord are great. Remember what God has done.

Give thanks to the Lord.

God has done miracles, and the Lord always remembers God’s covenant.

Give thanks to the Lord. Glory and praise is due to the Lord!

Prayer of the Day    

O God who knows our every need before we can even ask, you provide all our needs and some of our want. You bless us all. Make us truly thankful and empower us to bless others from the gifts you have given us, for the glory of your name. Amen.

Hymn #396 “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”

Invitation to Healing

Trusting in God’s mercy, let us confess our sins against God and neighbor.

Prayer Seeking Wholeness

Lord, your generosity surprises us. For you do not mete out grace according to how hard we work, or how often we worship, or how closely we follow the rules. No, you lavish grace upon us according to your own desire. But we insist on deciding who is deserving and who is not. We grumble that some receive too little while others have more than they deserve. Forgive us, we pray. Help us to live with humility and gratitude so that our words and deeds might embody your grace. Specifically, I pray for healing in …

Please spend some time in silent personal prayer before singing together:

Kyrie: Hymn #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy!”

Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you! Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!”

Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Let the wisdom of your Word rain down on us like manna and feed us, that we may be strengthened to do the work to which we are called, for the glory and honor of your name. Amen.

Hebrew Prophet: Exodus 16:2-15

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Philippians 1:21-30

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Heaven’s Gift, Revisited” By Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection.

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Song: “Simple Gifts” ~ Pastor Scott

‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free,

‘Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right

‘Twill be in the Valley of Love and Delight.

When true simplicity is gained

To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed;

To turn, turn will be our delight, ‘Till by turning

Turning, we come ‘round right.

Affirmation of Faith: Summary of the Law:

Our Lord Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication with Poetry

SENDING

Closing Hymn: #716 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”

Charge:

Rest in the knowledge that God always provides. Therefore give and love with a generous heart, as befits hearts made of God.

Blessing:

Beloved, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

In Matthew 20:1-16, what is the landowner’s motivation for paying the workers the same wages? When has God provided for you?

Household Prayer: Morning

Dear God, thank you for this day. Help me hear others as I know that you always hear me. Open my heart and help me give myself with grateful praise to things you have set for me today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Dear God, thank you for always being with me. Rest now in me, God, so that I will wake in the morning with praise and thanksgiving on my lips. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Worship from Home September 13, 2020

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 19, or the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #69: “Here I Am, Lord” ~Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements:

Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Our next Zoom Bible Study will be tomorrow, September 14, 2020. We will take a look at Philippians 1:21-30 one of the Revised Common Lectionary texts for next week’s worship, September 20.

 Prelude:Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” arr. by John Purifoy       

Call to Worship 

Our God is majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, and worthy of our highest praise.

Who is like the Lord?

Our God blew back the waters, prepared a path through the sea, and appeared as a pillar of fire to light the pilgrim way.

Who is like the Lord?

The Lord is our strength and our salvation.

Let us sing to the Lord!

Prayer of the Day    

God of mystery and might, whose wonderful works are to be remembered, move in our lives, change our minds, soften our hearts, direct our feet, that we may follow you more faithfully. Yes, Lord, we seek to follow Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #35 “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”

Invitation to Confession

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Since it is Christ who fills us, let us first empty ourselves of unrighteousness – so as the body of Christ we might be filled by the Holy Spirit and moved at the impulse of God’s love.

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we are quick to ask for grace when we have fallen short, for patience when we have stubbornly turned away from you. Why are we slow to show the same mercy to others? We keep track of wrongs and cling to old hurts, rather than offering the forgiveness that could free others and ourselves. We strive to be more faithful, Lord; we want to be more loving.  So, we kneel before you once again to ask for patience and grace.  Transform us, we pray. Pour out your mercy upon us, until it flows forth from us through acts of love. Specifically, help me to let go of…

Please continue in silent personal prayer before singing together

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy” ~Pastor Scott

Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace       

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you!  Please share a sign of peace.

Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …” ~Pastor Scott, chorus twice

Celebrating Joys – Where We Have Seen God at Work

Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, who spoke to Moses from the burning bush and led Israel through the desert of wandering and purification, speak to us now in the reading and proclaiming of your word.  Amen.

Bible story for the young at heart based on: Exodus 14:19-31

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Romans 14:1-12

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Parameters of Grace” ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #435 “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of Belhar

We believe that God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry. We believe that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind. We believe that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows, and blocks the path of the ungodly.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

From generation to generation, God calls us to participate in healing the world by sharing God’s redeeming love. Let us offer God our gifts this day as tokens of that love.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Prayerful Poetry:

When the mountains and valleys are silent,

When the waters before you lay still,

The Voice of Creation will whisper:

“Listen with all of your will.”  

Around you the wind will murmur,

A freshness from silvery air.

The Breath of the Wind is an answer,

To long unspoken prayer.    

~ stc

SENDING

*Closing Hymn #815 “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”

Charge:

Walk in the strength and confidence that God guides your feet. Therefore live for God – show mercy and love one another

Blessing:

May the God who protects and defends keep you and your families in safety, mercy, and love.

*Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Questions for Reflection

Forgiveness is a hard thing. When has someone forgiven you? Is there someone you need to forgive or ask forgiveness?

Household Prayer: Morning

Gracious and loving God, thank you for this day. Strengthen my resolve to love and show mercy throughout the day. Lead my feet to your holy dwelling place and guide the work I have to do for today. In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Merciful God, thank you for keeping me in the safety of your arms and for new mercies and the glory you showed through the day. Keep my family and me through the night. I thank and praise you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Worship from Home with Communion September 6, 2020

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, or Proper 18: Revised Common Lectionary

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Welcome and Announcements:

 Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. There is no meeting other than Coffee Hour tomorrow, Labor Day. Our next Bible Study is Monday, September14 at 10 AM.

Prelude: “Jacob’s Ladder” arr. by Kennon d. Renfrow

Call to Worship

Praise the Lord!  Sing God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Here, love abounds and grace overflows. Here, blessings multiply as gifts are shared.

Let the faithful become one body, one voice and sing for joy.  For the Lord takes pleasure in the people.

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Almighty God, whose ways are far beyond our understanding, help us to trust your judgments so that we may do your will by loving you and one another. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Hymn of Praise #63 “The Lord Is God”

Invitation to Healing

Trusting in God’s love through Jesus Christ, let us humbly admit our need for healing and seek wholeness from the Holy Spirit. Together, let us pray:

Prayer of Wholeness

God of compassion, we have wrestled all night with worry instead of resting in you. We have asserted our own goodness instead of awakening to yours. We have turned away those hungry for your help instead of trusting you and feeding them from your limitless supply of blessings. Forgive us, heal us, and help us to hold on to you. We lift this prayer up to you as we continue in prayerful song, singing:

Kyrie Hymn #551 “Lord, Have Mercy”

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

You are invited to share God’s peace with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn #645 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” (vs. 1&2)

Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response Hymn #645 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” (vs. 3&4)

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, as your word is read and preached, pass among your gathered people, opening minds to increase understanding, opening hearts to bind us together in your love.  In Jesus’ name we ask it, Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 149:1-9

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Romans 13:8-14

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Bible Story for the Young at Heart based on Gospel Reading Matthew 18:15-20

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Which Way Do I Turn?” ~ Pastor Scott

Please spend several moments in silent reflection.

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #377 “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”

Affirmation of Faith: Summary of the Law

Our Lord Jesus Said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Ending with the Lord’s Prayer, Page 35 (p. 40, Español) in Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…” 

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Membership supports our ministry with a monthly tithe. For membership inquiries, the church email address is: troutlakechurch@gmail.com.

Prayer of Thanksgiving with Poetry

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.

Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

How can we thank you, O God?  For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.

In solidarity with all our Southern neighbors suffering in this global pandemic and with the whole of creation, we join to sing:

Hymn #596 “Eres Santo” (You Are Holy)

We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm.  With thanksgiving, we remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles.  He said to them, “I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.  After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.

Hymn #570 “Dying You Destroyed Our Death”

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world.  Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord.

Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone.  Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.

Hymn #571 “Amen”

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.

Communion of the People

Please break bread within your own household, dip it in the cup, and offer it to one another saying: “This is Christ’s body, broken for you,” “This is Christ’s blood, shed for you,” or similar phrase. We invite all ages to give and receive, for together, all are the body of Christ.

Hymn of Response: #523 “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”

Prayer following Communion 

Let us pray together:

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand.  Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory.  Amen. 

SENDING

Closing Hymn #539 “We Will Go Out with Joy”

Charge: Go out now and be a witness in all that you say and do, spreading the good news that God’s grace is a free gift that requires no money or price.

Blessing: May God be gracious to you and give you peace, now and forevermore.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.

Postlude

Questions for Reflection:

Today’s passage from Matthew’s Gospel (18:15-20) is concerned with church discipline in a time of conflict. The focus, however, is not on punishment or blame, but on listening and talking through what has divided or offended so that forgiveness and reconciliation may be accomplished. Does Trout Lake First Presbyterian have a prescribed way of working through difficulty and division? Has there been a time in our congregation’s life or in your own life when conflict or an offense cause breaks in relationship? How might this reading from Matthew have helped that situation? How does the commandment to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves inform our handling of disagreement and division?

Morning Prayer:

O God of this and every morning, as I begin this day, call my name; as I step into this day, guide my feet; as I live this day, care for those I love; as I learn this day, teach me your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Evening Prayer:

God of stars and planets, the setting sun ends this day for us as it rises on a new day for others.  For us and for them, be light in every darkness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Worship from Home August 30, 2020

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 17, or the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “I Am the Light of the World” Campfire book p. 30

Welcome and Announcements:

Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Our next Zoom Bible Study will be tomorrow, August 31, 2020. We will take a look at Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20, two of the Revised Common Lectionary texts for next week’s worship, September 6.

 Prelude: “Be Thou My Vision” arr. by Larry Shackley

Call to Worship 

The God of our ancestors calls us to worship.                        

Praise the Lord!                                                                     

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day    

God of mystery and might, whose wonderful works are to be remembered, move in our lives, change our minds, soften our hearts, direct our feet, that we may follow you more faithfully. Yes, Lord, we seek to follow Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #49 “The God of Abraham Praise”

Invitation to Confession

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Since it is Christ who fills us, let us first empty ourselves of unrighteousness – so as the body of Christ we might be moved at the impulse of God’s love.

God of mercy, we confess that, like the disciples, we set our minds not on divine things but on human things.  Doubting your loving care, we grab for more than we need.  Doubting your loving purposes, we shrink from living as your followers. Doubting your loving plan, we sometimes stumble through your creation. Forgive us that we may gain new life in you, for it is in Christ we pray.

                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”

Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace       

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you!  Please share a sign of peace.

Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …” (chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys – Where We Have Seen God at Work

Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, who spoke to Moses from the burning bush, speak to us now in the reading and proclaiming of your word.  Amen.

Bible story for the young at heart based on: Exodus 3:1-15 (Moses and the Burning Bush)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Romans 12:9-21

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:21-28

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Becoming Christlike“ ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #718 “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ from A Brief Statement of Faith, section 4

“In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.”

Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Membership supports our ministry with a monthly tithe. For membership inquiries, the church email address is: troutlakechurch@gmail.com.

Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Mission Statement:

Living our faith dedicated to all God’s people through worship and action.

Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Vision Statement:

To provide a place for people of faith to be enlightened, renewed and challenged to go into the community and world to serve others by meeting physical and spiritual needs.

An Offering of Prayerful Poetry ~ Judy Skelton

SENDING

*Closing Hymn #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”

Charge:

Hold fast to what is good; repay no one evil for evil. Rejoice in hope; be patient in suffering; persevere in prayer.

Blessing:

May Almighty God, who creates all good, redeems from all evil, and hears all prayer, be with you and all people in suffering and in hope.

*Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

How can your life include a faithful response to Christ’s charge that followers must “deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)?

Household Prayer: Morning

God of love, today help us to live peaceably with all.  Help us live in genuine love: to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to love you, O God, with our whole heart, mind, and strength.  In the loving name of Jesus, Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Holy God, because you have been with us this day, we have stood on holy ground. Thank you. We know that you will remain with us through this night. Thank you.  We know that you will be with us again tomorrow.  Thank you.  In Christ we pray, Amen.

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Worship from Home August 23, 2020

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 16, or the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

GATHERING BEFORE THE WORD

Gathering Music: “Jesus is the Rock” Campfire Songbook p. 10 ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements

Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Session meets August 24th at 10 AM. Our next Zoom Bible Study will be August 31, 2020.

Prelude: “I Hear Thy Welcome Voice” by John Purifoy 

Call to Worship 

You, who are many, are transformed to become one in Christ.

We, who are many, are called to worship God, the Three in One.

With glad and grateful hearts,

Let us worship God:

Prayer of the Day    

Ever-present God, who is at the side of every creature in creation, renew our lives so that we may discern and do your will, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise #363 “Rejoice, the Lord is King”

Invitation to Healing

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Confident in this ever-gracious, never-failing help, we come before the Lord, seeking our wholeness, that we might heal others, too.

Prayer Seeking Wholeness

Forgiving God, we confess that we are conformed to this world.  We conform to this world’s frantic pace, too hectic to notice all the blessings you provide.  We conform to this world’s reckless waste, exploiting what you entrust to our care.  We conform to this world’s shallow values, oblivious to the giftedness of people different from us.  We conform to the world’s impatient attitudes, preferring the latest instead of the lasting.  Forgive our conformity and transform us, O God.  We pray in Jesus’ name.   Please continue in silent prayer.

After a moment of silent personal confession, continue in prayerful song:

Kyrie: Hymn #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy!”

Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you!  Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!” (Chorus 2x)

Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

HEARING THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

God of revelation, mere flesh and blood cannot reveal divine truth; only your Spirit can give that gift.  Be in my breath and voice, be in our ears and understanding, that through these words your Word may be known.  Amen.

Bible Story for the Young at Heart based on: Exodus 1:8-2:10

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Romans 12:1-8

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “At the Crossroads Again” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection.

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

Hymn #322 “We Are One in Christ Jesus” (“Somos uno en Cristo”)

Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of Belhar:

We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ.We believe that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.We believe that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker.We believe that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Freely we have been given, let us freely give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Membership supports our ministry with a monthly tithe. For membership inquiries, the church email address is: troutlakechurch@gmail.com.

Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Mission Statement:

Living our faith dedicated to all God’s people through worship and action.

Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Vision Statement:

To provide a place for people of faith to be enlightened, renewed and challenged to go into the community and world to serve others by meeting physical and spiritual needs.

An Offering of Prayerful Poetry: “The gratitude we intend” ~ Walter Brueggemann

BEARING THE WORD INTO THE WORLD

Closing Hymn: #700 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

Charge:

The word of faith is near you, on your lips and in your heart.  How shall others hear unless you proclaim it? Go now in the generous grace and favor of God.

Blessing:

May the generous blessing and favor of our loving, abundant God lift you, sustain you, and send you to the world with the gift of life!

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

When have you succeeded in resisting the forces that seek to conform us to the world?  How has that felt like “spiritual worship?”  What are the ways you most readily answer Jesus’ question: “Who do you say that I am?”

Household Prayer: Morning

Today, O God, help me receive your revelation that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.  It is in his name I pray.  Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Holy God, for anything I did this day that was pleasing to you, I give you thanks and pray that you use me to your glory; for anything I did this day that was displeasing to you, I beg your forgiveness and pray that you redeem me for your glory.  Amen.

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