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August 14 Worship

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, August 14 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.

YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 AM,


August 14, 2022 10:30 AM


USHERS today are Jim Alber and Dan Olson. If you would like to usher, contact Dan Olson.

FELLOWSHIP HOST today is Donna Trafagander. Hosts needed for August and September. Signup chart in the Fellowship Hall.


FALL FAIR drop-off every other Monday & Wednesday corresponding with Food Pantry and Sunday from 10-12PM. NO clothes, NO electronics, and only small furniture.

FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Aug 15 Wednesday, Aug 17 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.


If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.

**Kindly stand if you are able

PRELUDE “All My Hope on God is Founded” setting by Robert Hobby


CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 33)

Leader: God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: PEOPLE: Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Leader: Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." PEOPLE: They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. Leader: I say, "You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you; PEOPLE: nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince." ALL: Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!


Generous God who overwhelms us with goodness and mercy, we thank you for waking us up this day, giving us the gift of this life, calling us to be your people. Look upon us today as you do every day, with love and grace. Amen.

**OPENING HYMN “How Great Thou Art!” Red #21


We read in Romans that all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Even before a word is on our tongues, God knows it, and welcomes our honest confession and repentance. Let us then with the confidence of the children of God confess our sins.


Lord of all, we are quick to judge others, certain we know what is weed and what is wheat around us, even as we fail to see within us that which does not bear good fruit. We listen only to those who agree with us and assume your will equates with our own. We confess the many ways we fail to follow your commandment to love you and our neighbors. Forgive us, we pray, for forgetting that everyone is worthy of our compassion. In your mercy, amend what we are and shape us into the people you call us to be. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. (a moment for silent personal confession)


Friends, the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. We need not fear God’s judgment but rather rejoice in the Lord’s saving grace that frees and transforms us.

**HYMN OF PRAISE “God Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” Red #54


**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (adapted by John Redman)

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was born of a young peasant woman, trained as a carpenter, and baptized by His cousin John. He taught many, He healed many, and He angered many. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He defeated death and He offers us grace and love in the name of God the Father Almighty; from that time through all time to come. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit; the universal Church of Christ; the Communion of sharing our gifts with others; the forgiveness of our sins; the Grace of God’s love, and that each soul may have life everlasting. Amen.


God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Pour out on us the spirit of wisdom and understanding that our hearts and minds may be opened. Amen.


OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 28: 10-18 Dan Olson

NEW TESTAMENT Romans 8: 12-25

GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

SERMON “Of Weeds and Wheat” John Redman, CRE


And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, 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.


Let us all consider what we have been blessed with and how we can best share it with those in greater need, even as we gift our church for its greater work to the Glory of God and the undying love of Jesus.

OFFERTORY “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” arr. by Herbert Colvin

**DOXOLOGY Traditional, Red #808


We thank you, our Lord for those gifts to us that we send to you for your work and ours in congregation, community, and culture. Guide us in good use as we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

**HYMN OF PARTING “Lord, Let Us Now Depart in Peace” Red #842


POSTLUDE “Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us” Tune: Ebenezer

Follow along in the Blue hymnal #129 verses 1 and 3


John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

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44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955

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