Oct. 18, 2020 Worship

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

Pastor Karen Crawford

Mark Wagner, Organist

April King and Mason Gano, Liturgists

Prelude. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need setting, Charles Callahan


*Opening Words                                   Liturgist

Lord, you have welcomed us, saying,  

“I know you by name, and you have found favor with me.”

Lord, you have promised us,

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Lord, you have blessed us, saying, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.”

Lord, you have humbled us, saying, “I will proclaim my holy name in your presence.”

 Lord, show us your glory! We worship you!

*Gathering Prayer

*Hymn 307       God of Grace and God of Glory (stanzas 1, 3, 4)

God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power;
crown thine ancient church’s story; bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of this hour, for the facing of this hour.

Cure thy children’s waring madness; bend our pride to thy control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore.
Let the gift of thy salvation be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving thee whom we adore, serving thee whom we adore.

*Call to Confession

*Prayer of Confession

 What a debt we owe to you, O God. You have given us all things in Christ and yet we withhold from you the honor and glory that are yours. Instead, we pay tribute to empire, plot to entrap the innocent, mock your truth with empty praise, and put your patience to the test. Forgive us, O God, and by your grace restore in us the image of your face; through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

*Assurance of Pardon

Time with Children and Youth

Prayer for Illumination


1 Thessalonians 1:1–10.

Matthew 22: 15–22.

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

Exodus 33: 12–23.

Holy wisdom, holy word. Thanks be to God!

Message     Hidden, in a Cleft of The Rock

Hymn 12              Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (stanzas 1 and 4)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light.
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight.
All praise we would render; O help us to see
‘tis only the splendor of light hideth thee!

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Invitation to the Offering


Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

We trust you, Lord God, to multiply the blessings these gifts represent, as we pour out your love and grace on those who long to hear your word to them, to see your power at work within them, to feel your comfort beside them, through the generous gifts of your Spirit. And we continue our prayer as Jesus taught us… Our Father who art in heaven… Amen.

*Hymn 542         God Be With You Till We Meet Again (stanzas 1 and 2)

God be with you till we meet again; loving counsels guide, uphold you,
with a shepherd’s care enfold you: God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; unseen wings protecting hide you,
daily manna still provide you: God be with you 6ll we meet again.



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.

One thought on “Oct. 18, 2020 Worship

  1. Lavish love, abundant beauty, gracious gifts for hearts and hand, Life that fills the soul and senses – all burst forth at Your command. Lord, our Lord, Eternal Father, great Creator, God and Friend: Boundless power gave full expression to Your love which knows no end.


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