TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
August 23, 2020
Seek the living God, who rescues and saves us in times of trial. Seek the living God,
who renews, transforms, and strengthens us in our hour of need.
PRELUDE “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation” arr., A. L. Page
©2000 Van Ness Press CCLI #1049296
OPENING PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER Rev. Aho
(to be read in unison)
Gracious God, we come this day, to present our minds and bodies to you
as a holy and living sacrifice. We seek the blessings that come from
the renewal of our minds. May we discern your will and come to know
what is good and acceptable and perfect in your sight.
And now we lift our voices to pray as you taught us…
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 trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Elizabeth Watts, Hattie Jean & Leonard Overton,
Jeannette Carey, Marsha & John Currin
HYMN OF PRAISE “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” NETTLETON
Come, Thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of Thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I’m come.
And I hope by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wondering from the fold of God.
He, to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy grace, Lord, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.
~Words by R. Robinson, Public Domain
WELCOME TO WORSHIP Rev. Aho
Beth Gray, Tracy Watkins, Frankie Marks
OLD TESTAMENT READING Mr. Walter Wilson
PASTORAL PRAYER Rev. Aho
MUSIC MEDITATION arr., C. Berry
“It is Good to Sing Your Praises”
Ron Bullock, Arthur Marks, Lynn Patiky, Donna Perkins, Tracy Watkins
It is good to sing your praises and to thank You, O Most High,
Showing forth Your loving kindness when the morning lights the sky.
It is good when night is falling of Your faithfulness to tell,
While with sweet, melodious praises songs of adoration swell.
You have filled my heart with gladness through the works Your hands have wrought.
You have made my life victorious, great Your works and deep Your thought.
You, O Lord, on high exalted, reigning evermore in might.
All Your enemies shall perish, sin be banished from Your sight.
But the good shall live before You, planted in Your dwelling place.
Fruitful trees and ever verdant, nourished by Your boundless grace.
In His goodness to the righteous God His righteousness displays.
God, my Rock, my Strength, my Refuge, just and true are all Your ways.
~Text based on Psalm 92
©2011, Alfred Music Publishing Co. CCLI #1049296
MESSAGE “Against Oppression” Rev. Aho
Exodus 1:8 – 2:10
(sermon text located at end of document)
OUR OFFERINGS Rev. Aho
Taking an offering is an act of worship and a part of our service each week.
It is important to remember at our offering not only supports the ministry of the church but is an expression of our thankfulness for all God has given us.
We give today because God first gave to us.
POSTLUDE “Festive Postlude on Holy Manna” arr., D. Wagner
©2016, Lorenz Publishing Co. CCLI #1049296