Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost--September 6, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 6, 2020

Prelude  

Announcements

Call to Worship 

One: Lord Christ, open our eyes

All: to see clearly the light of the world.

One: Holy Spirit, illumine our minds

All: to perceive God’s glory shining among us.

One: Almighty God, prepare our hearts

All: to see, to trust, to worship the Messiah.

Opening Prayer

Hymn                                            Be Thou My Vision                          450 purple (vs. 1 & 4) 382 green (vs. 1 &4)

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Wonder-working God, forgive us when preconceived notions cloud our vision and blind us to your activity in our lives. We watch for signs of your glory in the successful and strong, in pious acts and answered prayers, in favorable outcomes and dreams fulfilled. But you make yourself known in unexpected ways: through water and mud, and a table prepared with sacrificial love. We long for a salve that relieves our stubborn focus on trivial questions, and for water that heals our blindness to revelations of your love. Open our eyes, illumine our minds, and prepare our hearts, to receive your amazing grace.

Assurance of Pardon

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen, Amen.

Passing the Peace of Christ 

ONE: Since Christ has extended to us the peace of God, let us, as his disciples, spread his peace to others. The peace of Christ be with you.

ALL: And also with you.

ONE: We are now going to check to see who is with us this morning as our way of sharing Christ’s peace.

Prayer for Illumination

Gospel Lesson John 9:1-22  

Special Music                           What a Friend We Have in Jesus                                        

Gospel Lesson John 9:23-41

Message                                     Now I See

Hymn of Response               Open My Eyes                                   451 purple (vs. 1) 381 green (vs. 1)

THE EUCHARIST

Invitation to the Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer (Debts)

 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. 

The Communion of the People

Prayer After Communion               

Communion Hymn               Amazing Grace                     649 purple (vs. 1 & 2) 202 green (vs. 1 & 2)

Affirmation of Faith             Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand Of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Stewardship Moment

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Closing Hymn                         Amazing Grace        649 purple (vs. 4,3, & 5) 202 green (vs. 3,4, & 5)

Benediction