Sept. 20, 2020 Virtual Worship

The Presbyterian Church, 142 N. 4th St., Coshocton, OH 43812

Rev. Karen Crawford, Pastor

Mark Wagner, Organist

Jim Arganbright, Liturgist

September 20, 2020                                                                                                   10 a.m.

Prelude Prelude and Fugue in G Johann Sebastian Bach


Opening Words

O give thanks to the Lord! The Lord hears the cries of the people.

Give thanks to the Lord.

The works of the Lord are great.

Remember what God has done.

God has done miracles, and the Lord always remembers God’s covenant.

Glory and praise is due to the Lord!

Gathering Prayer

Hymn Fairest Lord Jesus Anonymous
Fairest Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all nature,
O thou of God to earth come down,
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be thine.

Call to Confession/Prayer of Confession/Assurance of Pardon
Gracious God, we have sought a(er things, but we have not sought a(er you. We have expected generosity, but we have not shown generosity. We have not been gracious or grateful. We have failed to remember all that you have done. Forgive us and fill our hearts with gratitude. Help us to share our gifts and strengthen our legs so that we can run after you, O God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Time with Children and Youth

Prayer for Illumination

Exodus 16:2-15 and Philippians 1:21-30

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

Matthew 20:1-16

The is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ!

Message So the Last Will Be First

HYMN   God Whose Giving Knows No Ending                   Robert L. Edwards

God, whose giving knows no ending,
From Your rich and endless store:
Nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom,
Costly cross, grave’s shattered door.
Gifted by You, we turn to You,
Off’ring up ourselves in praise:
Thankful song shall rise forever,
Gracious donor of our days.

Skills and time are ours for pressing
Toward the goals of Christ, Your Son:
All at peace in health and freedom,
Races joined, the church made one.
Now direct our daily labor,
Lest we strive for self alone:
Born with talents, make us servants
Fit to answer at Your throne.

Treasure, too, You have entrusted,
Gain through pow’rs Your grace conferred:
Ours to use for home and kindred,
And to spread the Gospel Word.
Open wide our hands in sharing,
As we heed Christ’s ageless call.
Healing, teaching, and reclaiming,
Serving You by loving all.

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: How Dear to Me Is Your Dwelling Robert J. Powell

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication/Lord’s Prayer

Lord, giver of all good gifts, thank you for the resources gathered here. Use these gifts for the advancement of your kingdom; and hear us as we continue our prayer saying: 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 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian African American Spiritual
Lord, I want to be a Christian
In my heart, in my heart;
Lord, I want to be a Christian
In my heart.

In my heart, in my heart;
Lord, I want to be a Christian
In my heart.

Lord, I want to be more loving
In my heart, in my heart;
Lord, I want to be more loving
In my heart.


Lord, I want to be like Jesus
In my heart, in my heart;
Lord, I want to be like Jesus
In my heart.



Postlude Baroque Tune Giovanni Coperario (1575-1626)

Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

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