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September 20 Worship

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, September 20 will be hosted on Zoom. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.

Full service video:

The Zoom meeting will open at 9:45 am to allow folks to connect and greet each other. If you have a camera, you will have the option to share your face and smile—be prepared. You can also have a cup of your favorite morning beverage at hand.

The worship will include familiar elements (although recorded rather than live) as well as live leadership of prayers, scripture reading, and the sermon.


Union Church, Newburgh NY

September 20, 2020 10:00 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.


Food Pantry open every other week. Next: Mon. Sept. 28 and Wed. Sept. 30 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.

VIRTUAL Coffee Hour: Begins immediately after worship. If you have joined worship on Zoom you don’t need to do anything more. If you are joining us for fellowship time only, use the same Zoom instructions for Worship. Check email or website for access instructions.

Choral Music will precede the worship service beginning at 9:45 as people ‘tune in’ to the zoom service.


PRELUDE Grand Triumphal Chorus Guilant


CALL TO WORSHIP Robert Ferguson Leader: I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. People: Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever. Leader: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. People: The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.

Leader: They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. People: The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Leader: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. People: The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. Leader: The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. People: My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

OPENING PRAYER Church of Scotland

Leader: God of transition and change throughout all history All: You have led Your people on challenging journeys Leader: God of transition and change across all times and cultures All: You have called Your people to discomforting tasks Leader: God of transition and change within all systems of human value All: You have asked Your people to look and question Leader: God of transition and change meet with us now through word and music

All: Challenge our thinking and deepen our understanding that we may be ready to follow You into the challenges of this time.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Church of Scotland Robert Ferguson

God of challenge and change, the stories from Your word show us how great the gap can sometimes be between divine and human economies. God of compassion and concern, the stories from Your word show us how great the gap can sometimes be between divine and human tenderness. God of generosity and grace the stories of Your Word show us how great the gap can sometimes be between divine and human understanding. Forgive us when we have let attachment to our own sense of hierarchy and entitlement deter us from making the difficult shifts necessary for the wellbeing of our planet and the flourishing of all its inhabitants.

Please take some moments to lift up your own thoughts of confession. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON Church of Scotland

God Your compassion for our weakness and concern for our well being give us confidence in the generosity of Your forgiveness. Out of the liberality of Your grace help us, as we begin again, to grow into the courage, love, and understanding which are the hallmarks of Your Kingdom, and to live in ways which will help to make this world a place where all life can flourish. Amen


HYMN Morning Has Broken First Methodist, Houston


Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word.

Silence in us any voice but your own,

that, hearing, we may also obey your will;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Old Testament Matthew 20:1-16 Robert Ferguson

New Testament Exodus 20:2-15 Rev. Peter Surgenor

SERMON “Look for the Resources” Rev. Peter Surgenor


You can support the work of Union Church by mailing donations to 44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550 or visit to donate online.






CHORAL BENEDICTION The Lord Bless You and Keep You



Rev. Cathy Surgenor Rev. Peter Surgenor (845) 216-4328 (914) 907-9685

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550 Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955

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