September 20th, 2020 10:00 AM
4th Sunday of Kingdomtide*
*Call to Worship: adapted from Psalm 145
Leader: We will praise you, our God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
People: Every day we 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: One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
All: On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, we will meditate.
*Centering Hymn: #110 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Call to Confession (Pastor)
Silent Confession (Pastor)
Words of Assurance (Pastor)
Affirmation of Faith: (Unison)
We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come as the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, to reconcile and make new, who lives and breathes in us through the Holy Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.
Gloria: #102 (v.3) Now Thank We All Our God
Gospel Reading: John 18:33-38 (Liturgist)
Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”
Meditation: Family Ties
Hymn of Response: 557 Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Prayers of the People: (Pastor)
Doxology: #95 Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
Prayer of Dedication: (Unison)
All that we have, all that we give, becomes the prayer through which we live. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done. Amen.
Departing Hymn: #89 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee