Order of Worship 07_19_20

7th Sunday of Pentecost


July 19, 2020
Ten Thirty in the morning
Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart
Liturgist: Margaret Corcoran
Please silence all phones and beepers. Bold face indicates congregational participation.
PRELUDE            “Of Foreign Lands and People”      from ​Scenes From Childhood Schumann
CALL TO WORSHIP ​(responsive)
Surely the Lord is in this place!
This is the house of God.
PRAYER OF THE DAY ​(responsive)
Eternal God, Author of our life and End of our pilgrimage: Guide us by your Word and Spirit amid all perils and temptations, that we may not wander from your way, nor stumble in the darkness; but may finish our course in safety, and come to our eternal rest in you; through the grace and merit of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
HYMN ​ “When Peace Like a River”


Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen


KYRIE 572 ​John Merbecke
FIRST LESSON                                                                                             Romans 8:12-25


RESPONSIVE PSALM                                                                           Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
O L​ORD​, you have searched me and known me. 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts  from far away. 
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all  my ways. 
Even before a word is on my tongue, O L​ORD​, you know it completely. 
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. 
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? 
If I ascend to heaven, you are there​ ​if I make my bed in Sheol, you are  there. 
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. 
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me  become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day,  for darkness is as light to you. 
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. 
See if there is any wicked​ ​way in me, and lead me in the way  everlasting.
SECOND LESSON                                                                           Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!
L: The Word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
SERMON                                          “An Election of Grace”​                              Aaron Ochart
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ​(unison)                                                                   Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
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 415 “Come, Labor On” Ora Labora
God most compassionate and merciful, we thank you that you have come to us in Jesus Christ, whose disciples we are. Make us strong in your strength; make us wise in your wisdom; and make us gentle in your compassion. May we be signs of the human unity you seek to accomplish through the cross of Jesus Christ, that your name may be glorified in all the earth. Amen
POSTLUDE                               “ Bourree”                                                               Handel

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor, Julie Hebert, CE Leader, and Robert Edgecombe, guest pianist/organist. Appreciation to David Garland and Dennis Lauland for the video production of today’s service.