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Bulletin, August 20, 2023

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

ORDER OF WORSHIP

August 20, 2023 10:30 AM

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST


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 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” Mary Lee Farris, Piano


WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 67)

Leader: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,

PEOPLE: that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.

Leader: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

PEOPLE: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity.

Leader: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

PEOPLE: May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.


INVOCATION

God of all, please welcome us to your house, to your world, indeed to your entire creation as we gather to worship you and to reflect on our lives in you and with you as the Spirit takes us up and the grace of Jesus comforts us in his name, Amen.


**OPENING HYMN: “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” Red # 95


CALL TO CONFESSION

Life is a journey of steps and stumbles, and often our stumbles outnumber our righteous steps. Let us come together as we pray for greater understanding in the eyes of our God.


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Compassionate God, we admit that we do not always model our human relationships after your divine love for humanity and as a result our own lives become a mess. Forgive us, we pray, and empower us with your Spirit to love each other mutually rather than selfishly as we begin to live as never before in understanding with you and at peace with ourselves.

(a moment for silent personal confession)


ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Believe the Good News of Jesus Christ and the unending grasp of God’s love by which we are forgiven. Amen


**HYMN OF PRAISE: “God Moves in Mysterious Ways” Red # 73



PASSING OF THE PEACE


**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

NICENE CREED, (adapted and edited)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Spoken through the Prophets, worshipped and glorified with the Father and the Son. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sin. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the eternal life to come. Amen.


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

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 and surround us with your light, Amen.


SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Genesis 45: 1-15 Theresa Cotanche

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28


SERMON MESSAGE How Quickly Some Things Can Change John Redman, CRE


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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:


LORD’S PRAYER

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


OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

We give freely from the bounty we have been given by our Gracious God. May what we offer in these moments help to become the very blessing and hope that others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


OFFERTORY “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”


**DOXOLOGY (Traditional)


PRAYER OF THANKS

Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


**CLOSING HYMN: “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing” Red # 834


BENEDICTION

May the God of hope fill you with all joy in believing, all comfort in knowing, and all peace in

understanding so that we all may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen


POSTLUDE “Solfeggio in D Major” By JKCF Bach Mary Lee Farris, Piano




John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

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


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