Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 18, 2020

CALL TO WORSHIP (Lectern Resource, October 16, 2011)

This day is like no other. God, who is present in this moment, invites us all to share with joy the gift of time, which we cannot manufacture and which we dare not ignore. Today we praise God!

*HYMN “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty” #482

CALL TO CONFESSION (Book of Common Worship, p. 52) Rom. 5:8; Heb. 4:16

The proof of God’s amazing love is this: While we were sinners Christ died for us. Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God with confidence. In faith and penitence, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Lectern Resource, October 16, 2011)

Answering God, we confess that we have not always been willing to hear what you have told us, nor to act in what you have commanded. We have forgotten that we are all your children, and we have questioned in a hostile and unfeeling manner, concerned more with an imagined victory rather than mutual illumination. May we cast aside all vanity and humbly give you thanks for the gift of your presence in the least of your children. Bless us as we have never been blessed before as we give you thanks for the gift of humanity through humane living. With open hearts we pray. Amen.

Silent Prayers of confession

WORDS OF ASSURANCE (Lectern Resource, October 16, 2011)

People of God, never forget what our God has said to us: “For I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.”

*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 LESSON: Exodus 33: 12-23

*HYMN “Here I Am, Lord” #525

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Matthew 22: 15-22

SERMON: “What’s the Question?” 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 “Take My Life” #391

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

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, Sammy Hatcher, Pat Grainger, Kim Worley Sellers, Larry Thompson, Carmen McQueen, Elaine Jordan, Roy McKeithan, Claudia Hester, Wynn Hair family, Jeff Rogers, Lin Weeks, George Thompson, Billy Hester, Randall Collins, Nellie Macon, Richard and Mary Jane Howell, Reverend David McDonald, Family of Billy Fisher, Family of Robert Mckeithan


The crib for Boys and Girls Home is filling up fast. You can bring items

for The Lake House which are diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets,

bottles, pacifiers, and other general supplies through the month of


*****We are ready for Operation Christmas Child and The Shoebox Ministry. Boxes, labels, and instructions are available in the fellowship hall if you want to get started now. Stop by the church Sunday, October 18, between 2:00 and 4:00, to pick up your shoebox!! Make a child smile and spread the love of Christ. If you are not comfortable shopping right now and would still like to participate, you can make a monetary donation to the church and the supplies will be purchased for your box. Remember to mark your contribution shoeboxes.

You have been invited to participate in REMEMBERING AND HONORING OUR VETERANS - Wreaths Across America was founded to honor the services of our Veterans—both living and deceased. They may have served during peace time or a time of conflict, active or Reserves. Living Veterans can be honored by purchasing a wreath and placing it on the grave of a deceased Veteran. They are $15.00 each and will be delivered in early December for pick-up and placing on chosen graves. Forms for ordering a wreath are on the hall table at the office doors. Any questions contact Linda Rivenbark at lindaandmo@embarqmail.com or call 910-234-0979. This is a project of DAR and you may remember it from last year.