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Worship Service Sunday, September 20, 2020

Prelude:  Tina Andersen

Lighting the Path & Ringing of the Bells

Welcome & Greeting - Pastor

*Call to Worship

Leader:        In prayers and praise, in words and wonder
People:         we are given enough joy for the day.
Leader:        In justice for the oppressed

        and generosity for the lost

People:        we are given enough compassion for the day.
Leader:        In God’s presence of mercy for all people        
People:        we are given enough grace for the day.

Leader:        We worship the generous God of

        wonder and justice.
People:        We worship the generous God of

        mercy and grace.

*Prayer of Praise and Adoration

O God, from your providing hand,

even the dissatisfied and grumbling,
receive what we need for our lives.
Teach us your ways of justice
and lead us to practice your generosity
so we may live a holy and gracious life
that honors the ministry of Jesus. Amen

*Opening Hymn: Open the Eyes of My Heart

        Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, open the eyes of my heart.

        I want to see You,  I want to see You.

        To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory.

        Pour out your pow’r and love

        as we sing holy, holy, holy,

        holy, holy, holy,

*Passing the Peace

Announcements, Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer 

Offering Music – Just As I Am/I Am Broken

        Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me;

And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come.

2.) Just as I am, though tossed about, with many a conflict, many a doubt;

Fighting and fears within without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

*Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self

May our gifts commit us to minister with God and

bless the lives of neighbors and strangers.  Amen

Scripture Background

Scripture Lesson:        Matthew 20:1-16 (NRSV) - Pastor


Message:         Dividing Worms                Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

*Closing Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness

        Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,

        there is no shadow of turning with thee;

        thou changest not, the compassions, they fail not;

        as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

        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!

*Carrying the Light into the World: The Blessing, Alleluia & Benediction

Postlude:        Tina Andersen

*Designates Congregation Stands


Matthew 20:1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”