September 5 Worship
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, September 5 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections. We will be celebrating Communion this Sunday.
HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.
For ALL devices: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
IN PERSON FELLOWSHIP TODAY after worship
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Union Church, Newburgh NY
September 5, 2021 10:30 am
FIFTEENTH 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 Theresa Cotanche
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.
OFFICE CLOSED TOMORROW Sept 6 for Labor Day.
WELCOME our new Music Director, Benjamin Vise to Union Church. He starts next Sunday.
FILM CREW: September 13-20, a film production has reserved the Fellowship Hall and parking lot.
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. NOTE: After Sept 25, the barn will be off limits for early purchases.
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, Sept. 13 and Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
PRELUDE Fairest Lord Jesus Played by Joseph Bush
on the Union Church Piano
CALL TO WORSHIP Adapted from Psalm 146
Leader: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! PEOPLE: I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Leader: Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. PEOPLE: When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. Leader: Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, PEOPLE: who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; Leader: The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. PEOPLE: The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!
Dear Lord, as we come before you in worship, clear our minds of distraction and open our hearts to your message of love and grace and deliverance. Give us peace in your eyes as we look to new days of peace, in the name of Jesus, Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Try as we may, we still fail, we still fall. But God always lifts us up again and points us on our way to a better pathway in life. Let us confess our sins together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of active love, we confess our tendency to pay lip-service to your Gospel to be hearers of your word but only reluctantly doers. Forgive us our o0wn lethargy and sow in us a deep discontent with a faith that is all talk and no action. Empower us, oh Lord, to put our efforts where our claims are, after the model and message of Jesus, in whose name we pray.
(A moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Friends in faith, know that by our collective and personal confessions that God hears us and listens to us, and by the grace of Jesus we are forgiven. Amen.
PASSING OF THE PEACE
HYMN OF PRAISE I Will Call upon the Lord
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Since we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth, make us hunger for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 35:4-7a. Cathy McCarty EPISTLE James 2:1-10, 14-17
GOSPEL Mark 7:31-37
SERMON SONG You’ve Got to Be Taught
SERMON Teaching Prejudice John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Father of us all, we come to you today to seek your holy wisdom in watching over those in tremendous need. To those on the Gulf Coast struggling to recover from the latest hurricane. For those ravaged by Covid and trying to recover, even after dreadful side effects will plague them for a lifetime. We pray for those who have passed from us from this pandemic disease and from the countless other maladies that hover over us. 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.
COMMUNION HYMN Bread of Heaven
Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Words of Institution
Prayer after Communion
OFFERTORY ANTHEM Offering Prayer
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
May the strength of God sustain us; may the power of God preserve us; may the hands of God protect us; may the way of God direct us; may the love of God go with us this day and forever. Amen.
POSTLUDE The Lord Bless You and Keep You Acapeldridge
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