Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost--August 30, 2020

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 30, 2020



Call to Worship 

One: From whirlwind and burning bush, in still of night and in sheer silence—

All :God calls the faithful to sacred work.

One: Beckoning us to turn aside, inviting us to stand on holy ground—

All: God welcomes the faithful into sacred space.

One: Come, God is calling.

All: Let us worship the Lord!

Opening Prayer

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

Hymn                                                       Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise                  12 purple (vs. 1 & 4) 25 green (vs.  1 & 4)    

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

Lord, perhaps your voice issuing forth from a burning bush is what we need to shake us from our complacency. We have a hard time understanding your call to us because we feel so inadequate to respond in faithful service. So, we look to others to do the work. Now, Lord, we need to take the next step into actual service to you. Quicken our spirits to accept the call you have for us. Give us courage and strength to do your will and help others in need.

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

New Testament Lesson Romans 12:9-21

Special Music                                     Change My Heart O God

Hebrews Scriptures Exodus 3:1-15 

Message                                                Holy Ground

Hymn of Response                           Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah             65 purple (vs. 1 & 2) 51 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.

Prayers of the People 

Stewardship Moment 

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings


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                               O God, Our Help in Ages Past                    687 green (vs. 1 & 2) 52 green (vs. 1 & 2)