Order of Worship
Fifteen Sunday after Pentecost


September 13,  2020                                             10:00 a.m.

Organ Prelude                                                                                                

Call to Worship  Based on Psalm 114 and Exodus 15

One: We worship God who caused the sea to look and flee.

All:  God is our strength; we will praise God!

One: We worship God in whose presence the mountains and hills skipped.

All:  God is our strength; we will praise God!

One:  Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Almighty,

the One who turns rock into pools of water and flint into springs.

All:  God is our strength; we will praise God!


Opening Prayer

We stretch our hands, side to side, O God,

connecting with our sisters and brothers in praise.

We stretch our hands above us, O God,

hoping in praise to touch something beyond us.

We stretch our hands to the ground, O God,

hoping in praise to approach

the steady foundation of your love.


Reading of Scripture                                     Exodus 14:19–31


Storytelling –  “Sensing the Story”


Message in Music           “I Wonder as I Wander”      George Huhnke



Message      “Road to Freedom”                   Rev. Laura McLeod



Dedication of Offering

Use these our gifts, O God,

to lead your people from death to life

and from fear to hope.


May our giving strengthen our trust in your power

and loosen our tongues and feet

to celebrate your glory in our lives.




Preparation for Prayer

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Holy Freedom, we celebrate your name,

joined with voices through the ages who have shouted thanksgiving for your great works.

Our feet are wet

from our journey through uncertainty.


Our necks are stiff

from looking over our shoulders at the threats to our lives.

Now we strive to go in your way

and look ahead, trusting in you.

May your Spirit give us the wisdom

to journey alongside those who are suffering,

to listen to their stories,

and to trust in your steadfast love.

We expect your presence to continue

with those who are in prison,

those who face addictions,

those who go hungry and thirsty,

those who are sick and without adequate shelter.

Turn our rejoicing into trusting and our trusting into acting in your name. Amen.

And teach us, again, to be your people, as we pray as Jesus taught us saying, Our Father…Amen.




May the powerful presence of God

move before us and behind us in all the joys and struggles of our daily lives.

We step out in celebration to honor the Creator, the Christ, and the Spirit.




Scripture Reading                                   Exodus 14:19-31 NRSV

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.



Sensing the story Invite the people to imagine themselves as one of the escaping individuals in the story. Following the reading, put on a brief soundtrack of the sound of waves and wind. Invite the congregation to listen and meditate on the following questions:

·      What did it smell like walking through the middle of the sea that night?

·      What sounds were there besides the waves?

·      What did the pillar of cloud look like as it guided through the night?

·      What emotions would you remember in retelling this story?


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