Order of Worship 07_26_20


8th Sunday of Pentecost


July 26, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

                              Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart                           

Liturgist: Dennis Lauland

Please silence all phones and beepers. 

Bold face indicates congregational participation.



PRELUDE                            “Andante”                                    Mozart                                            


CALL TO WORSHIP   (responsive)  

If God is for us, who can be against us?

Nothing can separate us from God’s love. 


PRAYER OF THE DAY   (responsive) 

Eternal God, protector of all who put their trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Fill us with your mercy and your grace, that, with you to rule and guide, we may so use the good things of this present life that we do not neglect those of eternal worth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 



HYMN 384 v.1,3            “O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go”

 O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow thro’ the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.   
CALL TO CONFESSION                                   


  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 8:26-39
Youth Music       “Kum ba Yah”                      Nina Edgecombe

RESPONSIVE PSALM                                               Psalm 105:1-11, 45

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,

    make known his deeds among the peoples.

Sing to him, sing praises to him;

    tell of all his wonderful works.

Glory in his holy name;

    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Seek the Lord and his strength;

    Seek his presence continually.

Remember the wonderful works he has done,

    his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,

O offspring of his servant Abraham,

    children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

He is the Lord our God;

    his judgments are in all the earth.

He is mindful of his covenant forever,

    of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

the covenant that he made with Abraham,

    his sworn promise to Isaac,

which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,

    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,

    saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

    as your portion for an inheritance.”

    that they might keep his statutes

       and observe his laws.

    Praise the Lord!

SECOND LESSON                                   Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52                                             

 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;  it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”  He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;  on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind;  when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.                          

SERMON                         “Treasures”                            Aaron Ochart


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  (unison)          Scots Confession

  We confess and acknowledge one God alone, to whom alone we must cleave, whom alone we must serve, whom alone we must worship, and in whom alone we must put our trust; who is eternal, infinite, immeasurable, incomprehensible, omnipotent, invisible; one in substance and yet distinct in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; by whom we confess and believe all things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible to have been created, to be retained in their being, and to be ruled and guided by his inscrutable providence for such end as his eternal wisdom, goodness, and justice have appointed, and to the manifestation of his own glory.



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 339 v.1,2            “Be Thou My Vision”

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art–
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.



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      “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”  

 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.