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August 22 Worship

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, August 22 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections. In-person Fellowship after worship.

HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.

For ALL devices:


Union Church, Newburgh NY

August 22, 2021 10:30 am



We are glad that you are joining us today and hope you feel God’s blessings. If you do not have a church home, we sincerely invite you to be a part of the Union Church fellowship.


MASKS REQUIRED, regardless of vaccination status. In deference to those who are immunocompromised and considering the high transmissibility of the Delta variant, we are asking everyone to wear a mask in worship. The ushers will ask everyone to mask up as they enter.

FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS today are Merle Hennessey and Jeff Bousche

Thank you to all the volunteer hosts. Hosting can be simple with a beverage and a nibble.

Host with a friend! Sing-up board in the entryway or call the office to sign up (845) 562-0954.

USHERS: Thank you to all the volunteer ushers who signed up for September and October. Pastor John suggests signing up for two weeks at a time. If you would like to usher, please contact Dan and Karen Olson.

SESSION Meeting TODAY at 12pm in Fellowship Hall.

BARN SALE Saturday, Oct. 2 from 8-4pm. There is 1 day left to drop off donations, Sept. 14. No longer accepting picture frames, baskets, coffee cups, and Christmas items. Thank you for all the donations. Contact Jeff Bousche for more info.

DEACON Meeting Sunday, Sept. 12 at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary.

OUTREACH Meeting Sunday, Sept. 12 at 12 pm in the Parlor.

CHRISTIAN ED Meeting Sunday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall. We will discuss changes to the CE program and parent input. Contact Yvette Pickard for more info.

HABITAT WALK Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 pm. The Annual Walk for Housing is back and in person to raise critical funds for the program and raise awareness of local families’ struggles. The walk begins at Washington’s Headquarters at 84 Liberty St, Newburgh. Registration begins at 12 pm. For more info, please visit

FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.


PRELUDE As We Come to You in Prayer Played by Kaleb Brasee

CALL TO WORSHIP Adapted from Psalm 34

Leader: The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. PEOPLE: When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. Leader: The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. PEOPLE: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all. Leader: Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. PEOPLE: The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.


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.


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


Compassionate God, we confess 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 sacrificially rather than selfishly as we begin to live as never before in consonance with you and at peace with ourselves. (A moment for silent personal confession)


Our lives are complicated, yet the pathway to God is simple. In the name of our Savior and by the Good News of the Gospel, we are forgiven. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI Traditional, Second Century


HYMN OF PRAISE Great is Thy Faithfulness


Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.


OLD TESTAMENT READING Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Libby Syzmanowicz EPISTLE READING Ephesians 6:10-20


SERMON “Will We Ever Learn?” John Redman, CRE


Eternal God, you redeem us in Jesus, that we can boldly approach you. Sustained by his word, we are enabled to serve you and our fellow creatures. Help us to show by our own example that the pathways to peace and prosperity are paved by the footsteps of Jesus. Teach us to walk in his path, comforting the lonely, the strangers, the hungry, the ill and infirm. And look upon each of us as your children, eager to serve you even as we ask for your healing touch for those we name here:

Gracious God, keep in our hearts all those whose names you already know and who ask for healing in their own quiet ways, and let us join to pray as Jesus taught us, 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.

OFFERTORY ANTHEM All Things Bright and Beautiful


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.




Leader: May the hand of God be upon you as you walk your own path

PEOPLE: May His hand lead you through the days of your week.

Leader: May his face shine upon you and bring you peace.

PEOPLE: And until we meet again, may He hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen.

POSTLUDE Festive Trumpet Tune by David German



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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