July 19, 2020                                                     Seventh Sunday after Pentecost


Call to Worship

One:    Today may the faithful find fulfillment – and the careless be awakened.

All:      May the doubting find faith – and the strong, humility.

One:    May the tempted find courage – and the joy-filled, kindness.

All:      May the weary find rest – and the wandering, vision.

One:    May the aging find assurance – and the young be inspired.

All:      May all come to know a loving God, to whom they belong, now and forever.  Let us worship the Lord!

Opening Prayer

We come here this morning, as generations of people before, and as countless millions will come this day, into Your presence, O God.  We bring our lives into the context of Your love and Your will.  We bring the contents of our hearts, our joys and fears, our questions and doubts and dreams.  As You have done down through the centuries, startle us with Your presence, Your love, Your grace that includes and gathers all into Your embrace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Message in Music    Ave Maria    J.S. Bach

Scripture         Genesis 28:10-19a

Message         Bill Petterson

Preparation for Prayer

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer


May the majesty of the Creator

be the light by which you walk,

May the compassion of the Christ

be the love in which you walk,

May the presence of the Spirit

be the power with which you walk.




Scripture                                              Genesis 28:10-19a

10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder[a] set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And the Lord stood beside him[b] and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14 and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed[c] in you and in your offspring. 15 Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” 17 And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel;[d] but the name of the city was Luz at the first.


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