Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 6, 2020

*CALL TO WORSHIP: (Lectern Resource, September 6, 2015)

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. All who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Let us worship God, who by the Spirit so directs our lives.

*HYMN “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” #263

CALL TO CONFESSION: (Book of Common Worship, p. 53) See Heb. 4:14–16

Remember that our Lord Jesus can sympathize with us in our weaknesses, since in every respect he was tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with boldness approach the throne of grace,

that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Let us confess our sins

against God and our neighbor.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION: (Lectern Resource, September 6, 2015)

God of divine wisdom and order, we like order in our lives, but we find that our order and yours are often at variance. We confess that we often do not like our agendas upset; we like to plan our days and see them unfold accordingly. We may say we are flexible until a circumstance requires us to alter or give up our expectations and plans.

We confess that we are not fond of change at any time, and we admit our desire to be in control. We confess our preference for the known way. We confess our failure simply to trust, to give ourselves to the flow of the events in our lives, believing that you are in them ahead of us and with us. Forgive us, we pray.

Silent Prayers of confession

WORDS OF ASSURANCE: (Lectern Resource, September 6, 2015)

It was by the detour of death that Jesus fulfilled God’s desire to prove the eternal nature of life. We who claim this life in Christ by faith may be assured that we are God’s forgiven children, led by the Holy Spirit throughout our human journey. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #579

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.


Lord of light who shines into our lives with your holy word. Open our minds and our hearts that your Word may speak to us and your Holy Spirit may inspire us to be your people, today and forevermore. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Deuteronomy 5: 12-15

*HYMN “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” #172

EPISTLE READING: James 1: 22-25

SERMON: “Labor” Rev. David McDonald


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.

*”catholic” (little c) is translated as “universal” and is not a reference to the Roman Catholic Church.


*HYMN “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing” #538

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Philem. 25



The annual meeting of the congregation/corporation will be held Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11am in the Sanctuary for the purpose of 1) hearing and acting on the report of the PNC 2) hearing and acting on the report of the 2020 Nominating Committee 3) holding the annual meeting of the corporation.

*masks and social distancing with the assistance of ushers will be required.

Rally Day is September 13th and we want to do something really special. The Christian Education and Fellowship and Nurture Committees want to take lunch to our members for Rally Day. Everyone will be mailed a menu to be filled out and an envelope to mail it back in. It will be a boxed lunch from Publix. The church is providing the meals and committee members will be delivering for those who want their food delivered. This is our way of saying we love and miss our church family.

The session has approved to continue with No in person worship through the month of September.

“We will meet when the danger is over…..Until then may we always discover faith and love to determine our way.” Hymn “We Will Meet

Let us continue to remember those on our Prayer List:

Marguerite Hufham, Sarah Melvin, Louise Quick, Ronnie Rush, Juanita McGraw, Betty Johnson, Jane Minard, Bill Jackson, Darrel Melvin, Happy Lashlee, Gerry Carey, Becky Regan, Mary Ward, Tim Tart, Lucille Hood, Amy Johnson, Johnny Gooden, Carlos Smith, Bill Marsh, Esther Collier Madeline NcNeill Long, Shannon Wilcox, Kathy Lashley, Ted Johnson, Clara Wooten Hunsucker

Ernest Ray Long, Jo Campbell, Linda Smith, Susan and David Butler, Doug Bergeron, Margaret Ingram, Bill Greene, Jamie Clark, Judy Elkins, Allison Ward, Richard Bridgers, Tim Crowder, Jimmy Hickman, Holly Eppley, Betty Faircloth, Susan Deans, Carey King, Ray Davis, Sammy Hatcher, Pat Grainger, Ronnel and Ann Burney, Kim Worley Sellers, Larry Thompson, Carmen McQueen, Elaine Jordan, Roy McKeithan, Claudia Hester, Family of Joan McKeithan, Wynn Hair family