Oct. 11, 2020 Worship

The Presbyterian Church, 142 N. 4th Street, Coshocton, OH

Rev. Chris Stewart, Guest Preacher and Worship Leader

Sarah Swigert, Liturgist

Alice Hoover, Organist

Prelude Where’er You Walk G. F. Handel/Parks

Greeting/Announcements Pastor Chris Stewart

Opening Words Sarah Swigert
Come, all who hunger for good news.
We thirst for words of hope and healing.
Come, from rural road and city street.
We gather at the King’s invitation.
Come, join the celebration.
Let us worship the Lord!

Hymn Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above Johann Jacob Schütz

Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation, the
God of power, the God of love, the God of our salvation. With
healing balm my soul is filled, and every faithless murmur stilled:
to God all praise and glory.

What God’s almighty power has made God’s gracious mercy keepeth;
by morning glow or evening shade God’s watchful eye ne’er sleepeth.
Within the kingdom of God’s might, lo! all is just and all is right:
to God all praise and glory!

The Lord is never far away, but, through all grief distressing,
an ever present help and stay, our peace and joy and blessing,
as with a mother’s tender hand God gently leads the chosen band:
to God all praise and glory

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession
Extravagant God, you invite us to your table in the kingdom of heaven. But we do not take our place at the feast. We say, “We have more important things to do,” and turn back to labors that threaten to consume us. Beckon us again, we pray, that we may respond with gratitude. In your mercy, gather us in that we might experience the joy of your kingdom and taste the abundance of your grace. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Prayer for Illumination

Readings: Exodus 32:1-14 and Philippians 4:4-7
Holy wisdom, holy word. Thanks be to God!

Reading Mathew 22:1-14
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Message A Guidepost to Faith Formation

Hymn I Want Jesus to Walk with Me African American spiritual

I want Jesus to walk with me;
I want Jesus to walk with me;
all along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

In my trials, Lord, walk with me;
in my trials, Lord, walk with me;
when my heart is almost breaking,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;
When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;
when my head is bowed in sorrow,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Affirmation of Faith (Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32-33)
The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people. His service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well-being. His suffering makes the church sensitive to all human suffering so that it sees the face of Christ in the faces of persons in every kind of need. His crucifixion discloses to
the church God’s judgment on the inhumanity that marks human relations, and the awful consequences of the church’s own complicity in injustice. In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of his coming, the church sees the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all wrong. The church follows this pattern in the form of its life and in the method of its acon. So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord.

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory God Walks Beside Me Lani Smith

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication/Lord’s Prayer
God of harvest, you are continually planning the seeds of your love in our world and in our lives. As we bring our gifts to you, may they be seeds of your grace, peace, and hope, planted deeply in our community. 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 Go with Us, Lord Mary Jackson Cathey

Charge and Benediction

Postlude Rejoice You Pure in Heart arranged, Franklin Ritter

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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