PLUMSTED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
September 6, 2020— 14th Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements
* Call to Worship
The dark night is gone forever,
the new day blooms all around us.
Sing to our God a new song,
let the assembly of believers sing praises.
Throw away all that belongs to darkness,
clothe yourself with garments of light.
Rejoice in the Creator who shaped you,
celebrate the One whose realm is light and love.
Wrap yourselves in the mind of Christ,
for Christ’s love fulfils the law of God.
The Lord enjoys the fellowship of the Lord’s people,
and beautifies them with the Lord’s presence.
Confession and Pardon
God is ready to deal with our pressing needs, our frustrations and our sin.
Merciful God, for some of us it is one of those days
when we do not feel so much ashamed of our sins as thwarted by them; when we are feeling more weary than contrite and more frustrated than guilty. In all honesty we must admit to you that this is truly how it often is with us.
Therefore. we pray for whatever form your saving love must take to rehabilitate us and put things right. Utterly discomfort us, if that is the best way to go. Lead and encourage us, if that is what we truly need. Give us your stinging rebuke, if that will get us in the right frame of mind. Soothe and tutor us, if that is the remedy best suited to our situation. Please give each of us that particular spiritual make-over which will restore the defaced divine likeness within us all.
We place ourselves at your mercy, praying for the forgiving and renewing and disciplining love of Christ Jesus to redeem us from all evil. In Jesus’ name we so pray.
Fellow stumblers on the path of Christ, lift up your hearts. God is faithful and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Get rid of every weight that hinders you, every fear that limits you, and embrace the new day of God’s love, mercy and truth. Amen!
Prayer of illumination
Sometimes, O God, Your Word is hard for us. Sometimes, O God, we don’t want to hear You. Sometimes, O God, we’d rather pray our comforting prayers, and turn away from what You require. Send Your Holy Spirit, that we may turn to You,
in the Word read and proclaimed, that we may listen, understand, change and obey.
Romans 13: 8-14
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Matthew 18: 15-20
“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed
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.
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Lord in your mercy, or Lord, in thanksgiving,
Hear our prayer.
Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
God, who has given us food in due season, calls us to share our bread with the hungry. In the name of the one who lived God’s truth among us, we commit ourselves anew to bearing witness. The Holy Spirit, whose winds restore our breath, sends us forth as life-givers. Celebrate this opportunity to give.
May our gifts go forth into our world, so that where people hunger, they may be fed; where there is war, peace might be welcomed; where families are broken, they made be made whole. Then others will be as blessed as we have been by your love, grace, and compassion. In Jesus' name, we offer our gifts and this prayer of gratitude. Amen.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
The table is ready.
It is the table of company with Jesus and all who love him.
It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world, with whom Jesus identified himself.
It is the table of communion with the earth, in which Christ became incarnate.
So come to this table, you who have much faith and you who would like to have more; you who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time; and you who have tried to follow Jesus, and you who have failed; come.
It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.
Loving God, through your goodness we have this bread and this cup to offer, which has come forth from the earth and human hands have made.
May we know your presence in the sharing, so that we may know your touch and presence in all things.
We celebrate the life that Jesus has shared among his community through the centuries, and shares with us now.
Made one in Christ and one with each other, we offer these gifts and with them ourselves, a single, living act of praise.
This is the body of Christ, the bread of heaven.
This is the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.
Prayer after Communion
Thank you, gracious God, for giving us bread for the journey. As we travel on through the wilderness, help us to share your grace with others and draw us ever closer to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* Charge and Benediction
May you who are strong go out into the world with gentleness, and you who are weak go on your way with new strength.
May you who are confident by nature walk now with humility, and you who are anxious step out with more certainty.
Get on with life, knowing that you are the sisters and brothers of Jesus, and the children of the Most High God.
The love of Christ Jesus redeem you from all evil, the love of God hold your fast when all else fails, the friendship of the Spirit keep you in perfect peace, now and evermore.
* Please stand if you’re able.