Worship Service for Sunday, July 26, 2020

Please join us at 10:00 AM for our  Zoom Worship Watch Party!

We’ve prepared our YouTube service for this week, and we’re gathering together again for a Zoom meeting to stream the service.  So grab your webcam, laptop or tablet, and join us at the link below to worship and sing together! We’ll get the meeting started at about 9:45 so folks have time to get settled before starting the service.  If you can’t join us, that’s ok, you can still watch the service any time using the videos below.

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Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 146)

Leader: Praise the LORD!

People: Praise the LORD, O my soul!

Leader: I will praise the LORD as long as I live;

People: We will sing praises to God all our life long.

Leader: Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.

People: For we know that when their breath departs, they will return to the earth.

Leader: Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.

People: Yet the LORD will reign forever, our God for all generations. Praise the LORD!

Hymn – #272 God of the Sparrow

Prayer of Confession

O Creator God, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You were the one who laid the foundations of the heavens and the earth, and you have promised that you will be with us to the end of the age. Yet, we place our faith and our hope in others. We raise people on pedestals and worship them like idols, expecting mere mortals to save us. Forgive us for our shortsightedness. Remind us of your eternal power. Send us the savior that we so desperately need. We pray this and so much more in the name of Jesus Christ, your son and our savior. Amen.


Do not be afraid – God’s mercy extends to us all. God’s love embraces each of us. Rejoice and live in peace!

Gloria Patri

Children’s Worship Bulletin

Kidsword Bulletin July 26

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Hymn – #276 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

First Reading: Romans 8:26-39

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s Love in Christ Jesus

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
    we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Second Reading: 1 Kings 3:1-12

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt; he took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David, until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.

Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

Leader: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God.

Sermon – by Rev. Jenna L. Heery

Affirmation of Faith

(words written by the Reverend Margaret Weis)

Leader: The church is not a place.

People: It is a people.

Leader: The church is not only a steeple above the treeline, streets, and cars.

People: It is a people proclaiming that we are here for the work of healing and justice.

Leader: The church is not walls built stone upon stone, held together by mortar

People: but rather person, linked with person, linked with person: a community built on the foundation of reason, faith, and love.

Leader: The church is not just a set of doors open on Sunday morning,

People: but the commitment day after day, and moment after moment, of our hearts creaking open the doors of welcome to the possibility of new experience and radical welcome.

Leader: The church is not simply a building, a steeple, a pew. The church is the gathering together of all the people, and experiences, and fear, and love, and hope in our resilient hearts; gathering, however we can, to say to the world: welcome, come in, lay down your heartache, and pick up hope and love.

People: For the church is us—each and every one of us—together, a beacon of hope to this world that so sorely needs it. Amen.


Please pray for Diane Phillips

The Lord’s Prayer


Hymn – #368 I’ve Got Peace Like a River


Postlude – Hyfrydol – Hal. H. Hopson


Thanks to Rev. Jenna Heery for leading us in Today’s worship service.

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