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Hymn: Jesus Calls Us O'er the Tumult
Call to Worship
When I think of God's presence in the world, I am grateful. Grateful for the presence of hope; grateful for the gift of life. And when I think of the presence of God in my life, I am humbled. Humbled by the gift of grace; humbled by the invitation to begin again each day. And when I think of God's presence in this community, I am glad. Glad to be surrounded by holy people that are worshipping out holy God. On this Sabbath morning in mid-August, we thank you Lord for your presence and your incredible grace that is a free gift to each of us. We ask all these things on this Sunday morning in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
We're so glad you decided to join us today!
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Hymn: My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Call to Worship
God call us to worship and service. We come this day to receive God's good gifts. What is it that we need from God today? We need the wisdom that only God can supply. Why do we seek such wisdom? So that each of us may have the ability to discern what is good and right. Our desire is to please God, who grants us our deepest longings. We will use our gift of wisdom to worship God and serve all humanity.
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Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God
Call to Worship
Jesus calls us to servant ministry.
We must be willing to help others, not counting the cost or rewards.
Pretense, disharmony, greed have no place in discipleship.
Serving God means receiving each person as though they were a beloved child. Lord, help us to truly become your disciples. Create in each of us hearts of ministry and compassion and kindness.
This is our first in-person worship service since March. Due to some technical difficulties (and lack of a good internet connection!), only the audio of the sermon is available for this week. The audio is embedded at the appropriate point of the worship service. Just hit the play button when you get there.
from Nellie Baker as inspired by Dr David Jeremiah
I have found hope and inspiration in the writings of Dr. David Jeremiah and would like to share some of those thoughts.
As our church begins the process of reopening and we learn to live with new guidelines, I think "sheltering in place" should be replaced with a commitment to “Shelter in God." These past four months have been difficult. Moving from red to yellow to the green phase was not easy. The impact and effect of the pandemic has filled us with fear; especially when we come to our own irrational conclusions. How do we pray or worship God in these circumstances? Psalm 71 tells us that worship is not based on circumstances, worship is due God no matter what.
Is my faith strong enough to get me through this? It is too much for my limited and distressed mind. We MUST look to God for guidance.
Scripture gives us hope. God sheltered Noah and his family for one year in the ark. He sheltered Moses for forty years in the dessert before sending him back to Egypt. He sheltered David for fifteen years after he was anointed king of Israel before he came to the throne of Israel. We were sheltered by remaining in place, knowing that God was with us.
Scriptures provide comfort, inspiration and hope as we deal with the unknown. Psalm 121 assures us that God never sleeps or slumbers and watches over us always. There is hope even in the darkest night. God is our shelter and He will NOT fail.
We can find refuge from the threat of any disaster including coronavirus when we turn to God and seek his presence because God is always with us - supporting, equipping and empowering everything we need to endure any situation or circumstance we face.
Don't "shelter in place." Shelter in God. Allow yourself to be surrounded by His presence, His power and His peace. Practice sheltering in God and there is no need to feel frightened, abandoned or uncertain about the future.
Join us in praying: My Lord and my God, my hope is in you.
Good morning! Welcome! We're so glad you could be with us.
Please join us for an opening hymn.
This week's scripture lesson is Psalm 130.
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.