Order of Worship
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost/World Communion Sunday

October 4,  2020                                             10:00 a.m.

Organ Prelude
                                                                                                   
Call to Worship   
The sun rises without fail
bringing a new day to Earth
and we rise to embrace this time of worship.
Flowers, trees, grasses, and plants
flourish and give praise with unfolding leaves,
waving blades, and fragrant offerings.
May we join them and praise the Creator with our being.

Opening Prayer
One:       We gather as those who wonder and wander;
we participate and pull back;
we are faithful at times and frail at others.
All: May life-giving ways
       be opened for us and within us.

One:       Some know what it is to struggle,
to be broken but not crushed,
to despair yet be held by unseen love.
All: May life-giving ways
       be opened for us and within us.

One:       As a river carries life within its flowing currents,
may we encounter, this day, the spirit of the One
in whom is life and love for all.
All: May life-giving ways
       be opened for us and within us.

Prayer of confession
Rather than speaking a prayer with prescribed sentences and thoughts, we will hear single words. Invite those gathered to be attentive to the thoughts and feelings that arise with each word and allow these responses to guide a silent prayer of confession.

Words for contemplation
distance, separation, division, broken-hearted
harm, neglect, pollution, extinction
disregard, ignore, injustice, impoverish

Words of affirmation
Hear now these life-giving words:
receive, welcome, reconcile, enfold;
restore, conserve, beautify, care;
attend, share, compassion, love;
forgiven, forgiven, forgiven, forgiven.

May these words take root within us
and become the living reality
among and through us.

Storytelling –  Commandments

Message in Music      Granados “Quejas, o la Major y el Ruisenor” The Maiden and the Nightengale – No. 4 from Piano Suite Goyescas
Peter Gutenberger – Piano

Reading of Scripture                     Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20

Message      “Words for Living”       Rev. Laura McLeod

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Stewardship Moment                       Fred Jones

Dedication of Offering
Stir within us, spirit of the living God,
that our lives may carry the Spirit of your law.
May our finest offerings
flow through these gifts into the world you love.
Amen.

Preparation for Prayer
Silent Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
And teach us, again, to be your people, as we pray as Jesus taught us saying, Our Father…Amen.

Benediction
Go with ways of wisdom for the Holy One: faithfulness, loyalty, reverence, stillness, respect.
Go with ways of wisdom for community: mutuality, honor, generosity, truthfulness, contentment.
Go in the wisdom of Christ that enables all creation to flourish in the ways of love: forgiving, healing, restoring,
creating, life.

Postlude 

Scripture Reading                 Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20 NRSV
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

Storytelling –
Read: Exodus 20:1–3.
Then God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
Jesus said, “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.”      
Read: Exodus 20:4.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Read: Exodus 20:7.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Jesus said, “Do not swear but let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’ Anything more than that comes from the evil one.” 
Read: Exodus 20:8–9.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
Jesus said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Read: Exodus 20:12.
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Jesus said, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Read: Exodus 20:13.
You shall not murder.
       Jesus said, “If you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment. So when you come to worship, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave and first be reconciled.”
Read: Exodus 20:14.
You shall not commit adultery.
Jesus said, “Everyone who looks at another with lust and disrespect has already committed adultery in their heart.”
Read: Exodus 20:15.
You shall not steal.
Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
Read: Exodus 20:16.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Jesus said, “With the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?”
Exodus 20:17.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. But strive first for the kingdom of God.”

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