Good morning, everyone!
Welcome to our 28th online service.
We hope and pray that it is a blessing to you!
We are now worshiping both at home and in person. We will continue to post Sunday services indefinitely and want you to stay safe! Mary and Joanna are working mostly from home. Tanae is updating our Facebook page, while Rebecca is in charge of our Instagram page and Jack has adopted our Twitter account. Every day we add a new post right here on the website that automatically pops up on Facebook and Twitter as well. If you missed any of this week’s posts, just scroll down to see them!
On our Sunday School page is a brand new study from Tammy, plus instructions for the Fall Fun Jars that will be distributed this week to families whose elementary-aged children were attending Sunday School regularly before the pandemic. On our Bible Study page is a new study from Steve on the 27th Psalm!
Our Thrift Shop is open Saturdays only this summer; please contact Tracy to help on Saturdays or anytime during the week. Thank you to everyone who helped with this weekend’s outdoor inventory clearance sale! Wednesday morning Bible study (led by Rich) meets at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evening Bible study (led by Steve) at 7 p.m.; if the weather is nice we will meet outside.
CALL TO WORSHIP
God is with us in every season, through every change in our lives.
AS THE AIR GROWS COLDER, AND THE NIGHT GROWS LONGER,
GOD STAYS NEAR; HIS HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR BLANKET.
LORD JESUS, AS THE SUMMER BEGINS TO FADE,
THE AUTUMN EMERGES WITH COLOR AND CRISPNESS.
HELP US TO MOVE FROM ONE BLESSING TO ANOTHER,
KNOWING THAT YOU MAKE ALL THINGS NEW. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE (from “Be Still My Soul”)
In every change, God faithful will remain.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
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 trespasses,
As we forgive those
Who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power,
And the glory forever.
OPENING SONG: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Veritas
Here’s another wonderful a cappella group, with some astonishing voices. This song was recorded in a resonant cathedral. The hymn is perfect for the changing of the seasons, thanks to the line, “Summer and winter and springtime and harvest.” As one of the viewers comments, “This is why humans were given voices!”
(Note: Add your own prayers at the beginning or end)
Lord God, when we think of all that is going on around us, it is easy to be overwhelmed. We are worried about the pandemic, the election, the wildfires, the floods, the economy, racism and a seemingly never-ending stream of bad news. And yet, you continue to send a stream of life-giving water. May we connect to your goodness and your grace in order to have the energy to live with hope.
Be with the Wilkens family as they mourn the passing of John’s mother Monika. Thank you for her life here on earth and her new life in heaven. Console those who are missing her by providing your encouragement and hope.
Be with Terry V., who is hospitalized this weekend. Clear her of her infection and help her to return home soon. We ask your blessing on our missionary Jeff Parrett as he deals with amnesia. Guide the doctors to the proper diagnosis and treatment, and keep his spirit calm.
Bless Tanae’s father Tadao with awareness and good days; be with Tanae and her mother as they care for him, and for Anthony, who is working in New York. Continue to help Joanna as she recovers from diverticulitis. Bless Janet H. with patience and ease her pain as she awaits shoulder surgery.
Watch over Liz S. and Barbara G. as they go through chemotherapy. Guide this process so that it is not too much to bear. Provide daily reminders of your love, your presence and your kindness.
We pray for others in our church family who are going through times of need: for Amy, Pat, Jim, Sue, Janet, Joan, Stephan, Lois, Dannie, Kathleen, Ken, Bunny & Marty, Dawn, Harriet, Diane, Laurie & Steve, Paul, and Ruth; for all members of our extended family who are suffering; for this nation and for the world.
We come to you now in silent prayer …
Lord, as you know what is written in our hearts,
Attend now to our spirits, we pray in your name, Amen.
SONG: “Seasons Change” by United Pursuit feat. Michael Ketterer
I think of this song whenever the summer begins to turn to fall. The chorus: “When the seasons change, your love remains.” May you be blessed by this live rendition!
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11; Genesis 8:22, KJV
To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven.
God has made everything beautiful in its time.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest,
and cold and heat, and summer and winter,
and day and night shall not cease.
Note: The video is sideways but will turn right-side up when you press Play.
Please use this time to make out a check to the church.
Thank you to all who have been contributing during this time, and helping the church to pay its bills!
As you write, please enjoy “Seasons” by Kristin Horne.
Lord of seasons and time, we lift our gifts to you with thankful hearts. Be with us in the changing of the seasons; reveal to us new blessings. Thank you for being our God! Amen.
As summer turns to fall, may we see God’s mercies renewed every morning. Great is His faithfulness! As He has led us to where we are right now, He will continue to lead us until one day we arrive at our eternal home. Amen.
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Thank you to Kaitlyn for helping with today’s online service!
And thank you for worshiping with us! We wish you God’s healing and hope!