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Ninth Sunday After Pentecost


August 2, 2020

PREPARATION

LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE

GREETINGS

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: The day breaks

All:      And God does not let us go.

One:     The hour calls

All:      And God does not let us go.

One:   The evening falls

All:      And God holds us fast.

One:     Let us turn to God in worship

All:      God, who never turns from us.

GATHERING PRAYER 

God, you see us.  You see our struggles,

You see our difficulties.  You see our possibilities, You see our promise. 

Connect the dots for us, O God. 

Soften the hard spots with your blessing.

Call us in our wandering to hear you say our names. Satisfy our longings as with loaves and fishes and manna from heaven.

For you are a good God, a God present in the scramble, And in the end, you always, For this and so much more we give you thanks, through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE 

 “Joyful, joyful, We Adore Thee” 

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, 

God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; 

drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, 

fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, 

earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around Thee, 

center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, 

flowery meadow, flashing sea,

Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, 

ever blessing, ever blessed,

Wellspring of the joy of living, 

ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, 

all who live in love are Thine;

Teach us how to love each other, 

lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, 

which the morning stars began;

Father love is reigning o’er us, 

brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, 

victors in the midst of strife,

Joyful music leads us Sunward 

in the triumph song of life.

CALL TO CONFESSION

Leader:  God is present to us, but we don’t always feel it. God is good to us, but we can’t always accept it. Fact is, there are things within and around us that attempt to step between us and our relationship to God’s goodness. There are things that we think, things that we do,  that act to separate us from God.  The church calls that “sin.”   Let us confess our sins to God, in the presence of each other. 

                             Silence

Unison: God of all mercy: We confess that sin grips us and  we cannot break free. The sins in our mind, on our lips, in our acts done or even ignored Stand between us and you. Our  entire heart is not always yours.  Our love of neighbor falls short.  Have mercy on  us. Grant us your renewing forgiveness. Lead us on your paths of righteousness, And we shall delight in you  & follow you Giving glory to your holy name.   In Jesus name we pray.  Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon

Minister:    The God who gives, gives all. The God who loves, loves all. The God who forgives, forgives all.  Through Christ, our sins, every one of them:  the sins of commission,

the sins of omission, the sins we confessed with contrition –all are forgiven.

Response:  By the grace of God, we are forgiven.  Alleluia!

CHURCH CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYER

Response:  “Hear our Prayer O Lord”

SCRIPTURE READING:

ANTHEM:   The JCC Choir

 Ms. Belen T. Kiunisala, conducting 

MESSAGE:

INVITATION TO OFFERING: 

This is the miracle we witness every time we give to the church. God will take what we have, and God will do good things with it. You are invited to give, and even to participate in the miracle of God’s multiplying acts. 

GIVING TO TITHES/PLEDGES & OTHER OFFERING

OFFERTORY SONG

DOXOLOGY

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God of increase and bounty, Source of all good things: we offer these gifts as a portion of that which you have given us. May these gifts be as loaves and fishes for those who find themselves in poverty or hunger. 

May this act of giving bring about change:

change in our lives, change in the lives we touch, change in the systems that harm.

Through Christ, who gave so much to save.  Amen.

THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION

HYMN:  “Break Thou the Bread of Life”

Break Thou the Bread of Life, Dear Lord, to me,

As Thou didst break the loaves, Beside the sea; Beyond the sacred page, I seek Thee, Lord; My spirit pants for Thee, O Living Word.

Thou art the Bread of Life, O Lord, to me,

Thy holy Word the truth, That saveth me;

Give me to eat and live, With Thee above;

Teach me to love Thy truth, For Thou art Love.

CONSECRATION OF THE ELEMENTS

Prayer Before the Distribution of Holy Communion In one hand, we embrace a piece of one common loaf. Sharing one cup, we drink of the Christ’s new covenant of unity.

With one voice, we lift up our prayers 

to you, the one great God, who embraces our differences yet rejoices in our unity in this one communion act. Amen.

SHARING & PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

CLOSING HYMN    

   “Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult”   

Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea;

day by day His sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me.”

Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store,

from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more.”

 In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease,

still He calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these.”

Jesus calls us– by Thy mercies, Savior, may we hear Thy call;

give our hearts to Thine obedience, serve and love Thee best of all.

BENEDICTION 

God’s peace: carry, keep and hold you. 

God’s love: nourish, bless and enfold you.

God’s spirit: inspire, lift and mold you.

Almighty God:  Triune, holy and blessed

Be with you now and forever.  Amen.

Midweek Service


July 29, 2020

MOMENT OF SILENT MEDITATION

LIGHTING OF THE ALTAR CANDLE

GREETINGS

CALL TO WORSHIP & CONFESSION 

One: God is gracious and merciful

All: God’s bounty is love.

One: We are all God’s beloved

All: We listen for God’s voice.

One: Leaping upon mountains, bounding over hills

All: Gazing through the lattice, we look and seek God’s face.

One:    Our God is holy. Let us then present ourselves to God unveiling who we are to God.

Let us confess to God our spoken and unspoken frailties and weaknesses.

Silent Confession…

Minister: Friends in Christ, there is Good News for us all to hear – news so good that we should rise to hear it.  The God made known to us in Jesus Christ, the God to whom the Psalmist sings, the God whom generations praise and in whom the Spirit dwells is a good God, a gentle God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. God sees it all, 

and God loves us anyway.  God knows it all, and God forgives, anyway.  

All: Through Christ, our sins are forgiven.  Thanks be to God.

OPENING HYMN:  

“Savior, Like A Shepherd, Lead Us”  [hfj207]

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, 

much we need Thy tender care;

In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, 

for our use Thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 

Thou hast bought us , Thine we are.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast  bought us Thine we are.

Thou hast promised to receive us, 

poor and sinful though we be;

Thou has mercy to relieve us, 

grace to cleanse and power to free.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 

We will early turn to Thee.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 

We will early turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor, 

early let us do Thy will;

Blessed Lord and only Savior, 

with Thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel

    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—

    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,

    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—

    he will watch over your life;

8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYER 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION (All)

Loving God, prepare the soil of our hearts 

so that as your Word is sown through reading and preaching, it may take root, mature and come to harvest in the life of the world. 

Through Jesus Christ, the Sower of the Seed. Amen. 

READING OF THE SCRIPTURE:  

WORD:    

CALL TO OFFERING:   

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

GIVING OF TITHES, PLEDGES AND OTHER OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY HYMN:  

“Take My Life and Let It Be”  [#175 HY]

Take my silver and my gold, 

not a mite would I withhold                                                                                                  Take my intellect and use Every power 

as Thou shalt choose                                                                         Every power as Thou shalt choose.

THANKSGIVING PRAYER 

Gracious God, We thank You  for Your blessings that you bestow upon us all.  

We  pray for our congregation today.  

Lord, may we all give with gladness and sincerity and that  no one ever gives a present to someone with reluctance and we should never give You what already belongs to You with reluctance either.  Bless these tithes and offerings this day. In Jesus name.   Amen

CLOSING HYMN: 

“Ang Hingpit Nga Paglaum Ko” [HE 116]       

Ang hingpit nga paglaum ko,

Sa katarungan ni Jesus;

Tanang lawasnon nga kusog 

Gawas Niya, walay pulos.

Koro:  

Si Kristo mao ang Bato, 

Lig-on nga tindugan ko;

Gawas ‘Niya maunlod ko. Amen. 

Bisan kangitngit moabot, 

Sa grasya N’ya mosalig ‘ko;

Bisan ang bagyo mohuros, 

Sinipit ko di’ matarug.

Ang saad ug ang dugo 

N’ya Sa bagyo man akong taming;

Ug kung maluya king kalag, 

Mosangpit ‘ko Kaniya lang.

Itugot na Ginoo ko, 

Maako ang kaligdong Mo;

Aron kung magabalik Ka, 

Andam ako sa pag-uban.

CLOSING PRAYER 

BENEDICTION          

May the grace of God empower us to live by faith, to walk in hope And to be renewed in love, until the whole world reflects the glory 

And majesty of God, now and forever more. 

In the name of God our Creator, The Son Jesus Christ our Savior and the Holy Spirit .  Amen.

Eight Sunday Of Pentecost


July 25, 2020

PRELUDE

LIGTHING OF CHRIST CANDLE

GREETINGS

CALL TO WORSHIP  Mt 13: 31-33; 44-52

Leader: The kin-dom of heaven is like

Response: A tiny mustard seed that carries the life of a tree

Leader: The kin-dom of heaven is like:

Response: A tiny portion of yeast that makes bread rise

Leader: The kin-dom of heaven is like

Response: A tiny pearl of great price  that we would give  all our “stuff” to have

Leader: The kin-dom of heaven is like

Response: A fishing boat filled with catch—good and bad together With fisherfolk wise to recognize the good.

INVOCATION

Holy One,

you call us to find your kin-dom already hidden in our world—in tiny, transforming possibilities; in beauty that calls us to surrender all;

in complicated choices that call for wisdom.

Reveal yourself here in this moment

And heighten our senses that we may  find you

And join you in building this kin-dom of love, and hope, and peace. In the name of the One who calls us to seek ,Jesus, the Christ.  Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE:  “Praise to the Lord”

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,  

the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him, 

for He is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;

Sing now in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, 

who o’er all  things so wondrously reigneth,

Who, as on wings of an eagle, 

up lifteth, sustaineth.

Hast thou not seen  

How thy desires all have been

Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee!

Health hath vouchsafed and, 

when  heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.

What need or grief Ever hath failed of relief?

Wings of His mercy did shade thee

Praise to the Lord! Oh, 

let all that  is in me adore Him!

All that hath life and breath, 

come  now with praises before Him!

Let the Amen  Sound from His people again;

Gladly for aye we adore Him.

PRAYER FOR GRACE AND WISDOM  ( 1 Kings 3:5-12)

In today’s reading from 1 Kings 3, The Holy One asks Solomon, newly come to the throne, to ask for any gift. Solomon ponders,  and asks for the gift that will enable him to serve the people of God best: an understanding heart, to know good from evil, and to lead the people in wisdom.There were other reasonable gifts that Solomon could have chosen; But he put the needs of the people at the center of his desire.

Let’s take a moment in silence to consider our lives, the many competing needs that confront us; Let’s ask for the discernment and wisdom that Solomon longed for, that our choices may reflect generosity and the common good.

Silence

ASSURANCE OF GRACE  (Psalm 119:129-136) 

Holy One,  your word gives light and understanding to all; we open ourselves to you in prayer  and find you already in our hearts,

leading us in the way of justice, compassion, and peace; calling us to find you in our neighbors’ need as well We give thanks.

Response:   “Whisper a Prayer”

Whisper a prayer in the morning, 

Whisper a prayer at noon, 

whisper a prayer in the evening, 

so keep your heart in tune

CHURCH CONCERNS

COMMUNITY PRAYER

RESPONSE:  

God answers prayer in the morning, 

God answers prayer at noon.   

God answers prayer in the evening, 

so keep your heart in tune

SCRIPTURE READING:  

Lamentations 3:22-23; Titus 2:14

ANTHEM Chorister

MESSAGE:   “Grasyang Walay Paghubas”

INVITATION TO OFFERING

Our God calls us to seek and find the hints of the Kin-dom in our world, and to nurture its growth among us. We will use our gifts, tithes and offerings to rebuild the body of Christ.

OFFERTORY SONG

GIVING OF TITHES, PLEDGES & OTHER OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Grow these gifts in your love,

Bless our offerings, our hearts and our hopes in your love To make us worthy of your work for your Kin-dom in heaven, And among us here, even now. Fill these gifts and each of us with your goodness. Amen.

HYMN OF COMMITMENT: 

“Great is Thy faithfulness,”

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions,they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus:

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” 

“Great is Thy faithfulness!”

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

CLOSING PRAYER

BENEDICTION 

Go forth in Wisdom, in hope, in courage

With hearts open to recognize the signs of the reign of God in our midst, and courage to create more space for grace in our lives and our world.

Midweek Service


July 22, 2020

PRELUDE   

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE

GREETINGS & CHURCH CONCERNS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  Dear God, open our ears to hear 

 what You are saying to us today.

People:  Open our eyes, to see where Jesus’ healing love is needed in our world.

Leader:  Open our hands, to do Your work and help where is needed.

People: Open our lips, to bring comfort, joy and laughter to Your people.

Leader:  Open our minds, to hear new truths and how You work in our world.

People:  Open our hearts, to love You, our neighbors and ourselves as You love us.

Leader:  With our whole being open to the leading and the presence of God. 

 Let us now declare our praises to God.

HYMN OF PRAISE: “To God be the glory”

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life our redemption to win,

And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Chorus:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the people rejoice;

Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

INVOCATION:  

O God, who has called us to come part and rest awhile; who can give refreshment of body and soul through your presence, be with us here. Open our minds and enlarge our spirits, 

that we may be able to receive the inflowing of your grace. Quite our thoughts and calm our anxiety, that in this hour we may find new purpose. Build in us a firm confidence, that despite all; we may mount up into your mighty fortress. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

CALL TO CONFESSION 

We have sinned against God and against each other and these sins caused broken relationship and fellowship. So in silence let us confess our sins and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness.

MOMENT OF SILENT CONFESSION 

SONG OF CONFESSION: “Search Me, O God” 

Search me, O God, and know my heart today;

Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray.

See if there be some wicked ways in me;

Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;

Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.

Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;

I now surrender, Lord in me abide. 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARDON:     

RESPONSE: “Search Me, O God” 

I praise Thee Lord for cleansing me from sin

Fulfill Thy Word and make me pure within

Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.

SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 8:26-28

MESSAGE:   

THE CALL TO OFFERING: Hebrews 13:15-16

Offering Of Lives, Tithes, Pledges & Other Offerings

DOXOLOGY

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING: 

Almighty God and Loving Father, as we offer to You our gifts, we commit to You our lives as well. Open the eyes of our hearts, especially those who have come forward with special prayers, that we may see that true treasures  are those that moth and rust cannot destroy nor the thieves cannot steal. Teach us to value Your transforming work in our lives more than anything that our hearts may be directed to Your eternal treasures. Amen  

HYMN:  “Sweet hour of prayer!”

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at my Father’s throne

Make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief,

My soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,

By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

Thy wings shall my petition bear

To Him whose truth and faithfulness

Engage the waiting soul to bless.

And since He bids me seek His face,

Believe His Word and trust His grace,

I’ll cast on Him my every care,

And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

May I thy consolation share,

Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,

I view my home and take my flight.

This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise

To seize the everlasting prize,

And shout, while passing through the air,

“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

CLOSING PRAYER & BENEDICTION

HYMN OF PRAISE: “To God be the glory”

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,Who yielded His life our redemption to win, And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Chorus:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the people rejoice;

Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

CLOSING PRAYER & BENEDICTION