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October 18, 2020–Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude             Air (from Suite No. 1)               Florence Price
                                                                                     (1887-1953)

Welcome                      Rev. Christopher A. Henry

* Call to Worship            Rev. David A. Berry and Rev. Christopher G. Palmer

Leader One:     Arise! Shine! The light you have been waiting for is here!

Leader Two:    The chaos has been banished!

Leader One:   God's light of hope floods the earth

Leader Two:   God's light comes to us all.

Leader One:   Lord, make us ready to journey to this light.

Leader Two:    Prepare our hearts to receive this light.

Leader One:   With joyful hearts, let us worship God!

* Prayer of Adoration

* Opening Hymn #455        All Creatures of Our God and King       LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Those present in the sanctuary are invited to remain silent, singing and speaking fervently with heart and mind.
Those attending worship online, please raise your voices aloud in singing and speaking on behalf of our whole congregation.

Call to Confession         We Are One in the Spirit           THEY’LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS

Those present in the sanctuary are invited to remain silent, singing and speaking fervently with heart and mind.
Those attending worship online, please raise your voices aloud in singing and speaking on behalf of our whole congregation.

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession                Rev. David A. Berry

Leader One:      God of light and darkness,
                          we have seen the glimmer of your starlight beckoning to us,
                          but we have turned away and followed other paths.
                          We confess that we have not loved you with all our heart,
                          with all our soul,
                          with all our mind,
                          and with all our strength.
                          We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

Leader Two:      Forgive us, Holy One.
                          Strengthen our faltering steps and guide us in your holy way of peace.
                         Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

* Response of Praise                        THEY’LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS

All praise to our Maker, from whom all things come,
And all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son,
And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

* Passing of the Peace

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination             Deacon Kathy Hallett

First Scripture Lesson               Genesis 1:1-5

Anthem      Pilgrim’s Hymn (from the opera The Three Hermits)        Stephan Paulus
[recorded in service February 24, 2019]

Even before we call on Your name
To ask You, O God,
When we seek for the words to glorify You,
You hear our prayer;
Unceasing love, O unceasing love,
Surpassing all we know.

Glory to the Father,
and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.

Even with darkness sealing us in,
We breathe Your name,
And through all the days that follow so fast,
We trust in You;
Endless Your grace, O endless Your grace,
Beyond all mortal dream.

Both now and forever,
And unto ages and ages,
Amen.

—Michael Dennis Browne

Second Scripture Lesson            Isaiah 43:16-21

Sermon         Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“Begin, Again.”
"I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

(Isaiah 43:19)

We Give Thanks to God

Moment of Silent Meditation

Giving Testimony            Jim and Ina Van Duyn

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity          Rev. Christopher G. Palmer

Offertory       Praise to the Lord Who Reigns Above           Glenn Rudolph
                           Jesse Warren, bass                                       (b. 1951)

Praise to the Lord who reigns above, And keeps his court below;
Praise to the holy God of love, And all his greatness show;
Praise him for his noble deeds, Praise him for his matchless power;
Him from whom all good proceeds Let earth and heaven adore.

Celebrate the eternal God With harp and psaltery,
Timbrels soft and cymbals loud In this high praise agree;
Praise with every tuneful string; All the reach of heavenly art,
All the powers of music bring, The music of the heart.

Him, in whom they move and live, Let every creature sing,
Glory to their Maker give, And homage to their King.
Hallowed be his name beneath, As in heaven on earth adored;
Praise the Lord in every breath, Let all things praise the Lord.

—Text: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Prayers of the People                  Lex M. Allum

We Go Forth to Serve

* Closing Hymn #285         God, You Spin the Whirling Planets         AUSTRIAN HYMN

Those present in the sanctuary are invited to remain silent, singing and speaking fervently with heart and mind.
Those attending worship online, please raise your voices aloud in singing and speaking on behalf of our whole congregation.

* Charge and Benediction

After the postlude our ushers will release all sections from the back to the front.
Please wait for an usher to release your pew before leaving the sanctuary. Thank you!

Postlude        Postlude on Austrian Hymn            John Knowles Paine
                                                                                          (1839-1906)