Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, August 29 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Union Church, Newburgh NY
August 29, 2021 10:30 am
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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 HOST today is Donna Trafagander.
Thank you to all the volunteer hosts. Hosting can be simple. Host with a friend! Use the signup chart in the entryway or call the office (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, contact Dan and Karen Olson.
FUNERAL FOR ROBERT KHARE
Visitation for Robert Khare will be Monday, Aug 30 at Union Church at 12:30 pm with the funeral to follow at 3 pm, and interment at Calvary Cemetery. Cards may be sent to the family at 21 Crescent Ave., Newburgh NY 12550.
OFFICE CLOSED Monday, Sept 6 for Labor Day.
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. Volunteers needed, 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. The walk begins at Washington’s Headquarters at 84 Liberty St, Newburgh. Registration begins at 12 pm. For more info, please visit https://bit.ly/walk4Habitat.
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.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
PRELUDE Be Thou My Vision played by Joseph Bush
on the Union Church Organ
CALL TO WORSHIP Adapted from Psalm 15
Leader: My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. PEOPLE: Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity; LEADER: you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
PEOPLE: Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; Leader: your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
PEOPLE: From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad.
Gracious God, welcome us into your house that we may come closer to you as we seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as we ask you to guide us on our way, and help us in bringing others to meet you in the name of Jesus, Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Our pathways of life are paved with temptation, mistakes, and wrong turns. Help turn us into your pathway, dear God, as we confess our sins together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of mercy, we confess that we have hopelessly complicated the faith that you have given us in Christ, making rules upon rules that belie the simplicity of your salvation by grace through faith. Forgive us, we pray. Give us the ability and the courage to use the truth, faith, and Word that you have given us against the evil powers that threaten us all.
(A moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Since the days that Jesus walked with his followers from Galilee to Jerusalem, to our time today, we know that by the grace of Jesus we are forgiven. Amen.
GLORIA PATRI Traditional, Second Century
PASSING OF THE PEACE
HYMN OF PRAISE Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Gracious God, as we turn to your Word for us, may your spirit rest upon us. Help us to be steadfast in our hearing, in our speaking, in our believing, and in our living Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Dan Olson EPISTLE James 1:17-27
GOSPEL Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
SERMON “Symbols are not just symbolic” John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Dearest Lord, even as we lament the divisions that afflict our nation, let us labor to heal them by your example. Let us not forget those in lands of persecution and poverty, especially by us, those who live in peace and plenty. Give to your church a mind quick to sense the needs of all its members; a heart able to feel their pain; and a hand ready to offer help as needed. And we ask for your healing touch on 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 Change My Heart, O God
OFFERING OF TITHES AND GIFTS
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.
PRAYER OF THANKS
POSTLUDE By J.S. Bach played by Joseph Bush
on the Union Church Piano
INVITATION TO FELLOWSHIP TIME
John Redman, CRE
Mobile: (914) 474-0722
44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550
Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955