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Season of Pentecost
September 27, 2020 10:30 AM

Before the service begins, make sure you have a candle and lighter. Please mute your microphone.

Prelude

Be Not Afraid
Bob Dufford, SJ; arr. Mark Hayes

Welcome and Announcements

Rev. Cynthia Good

Candle Lighting: We invite you to light a candle with us.

Poem

Chime

Gathering Words

Clara Webster, Worship Leader

Each of us has a story to tell
A story of beginnings and endings

Each of us has a story to tell
Of starts and stops and the journey in-between

God is in each story
God is in the beginning and ending and in-between

God is with each of us in the stories we tell and the lives we live.

Unison Prayer

 O God, you hear us when we call, you attend to us in our need,
you walk with us and show us ways to survive.
Hear us now as we call your name.
Show us wells in the desert, paths in the wilderness,
a way home to ourselves and to you.
Help us to build bridges across caverns of hurt.
Help us to find a way out of no way.
Help us. Find us until we find our rest in you.
Amen.

Passing the Peace

We invite you to unmute your microphone so you can greet one another. After the chime sounds, we will wait five seconds and then mute everyone’s microphone.

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Hymn: There is Room in God’s Great Welcome

tune: God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens

There is room in God’s great welcome; See! The doors are open wide!
Here on earth as in God’s heaven, hear the call to come inside!
There is so much room for difference — men and women, gay and straight.
In God’s love, the rooms are countless, but there is no room for hate.

There is room in our good nation if we stand on justice-ground.
God has made a good creation; colors, cultures all abound.
Welcome, sister! Welcome, brother! All those yearning to breathe free!
There is room for one another but no room for bigotry.

There is room for understanding, for the outcast and the poor;
For the Christian, Jew and Muslim — there is room for these and more.
For the people on the fringes, for the ones with long career,
There is room for building bridges, but there is no room for fear.

There is room in faithful churches for the wounded and oppressed:
Women who’ve been told they’re worthless, refugees who feel distressed,
Immigrants who fear the future, people scorned and pushed and shoved.
God, may we seek what you treasure: may we all make room for love.

Scripture: Genesis 16:1-16 paraphrased by Miriam Therese Winter

Ten years had passed in the land of Canaan when Sarai, still childless, took her Egyptian slave, Hagar, and gave her to Abram as a wife so that they might have children through her. Hagar conceived, and when she knew she was pregnant, she treated her mistress with contempt. Then Sarai said to Abram, “May this injustice be turned on you. I handed my slave over to you, and now that she is pregnant, she treats me with disdain. May God be the judge between us.” Then Abram said to Sarai, “Your slave is at your disposal. Do with her what you will.” Then Sarai dealt with her so severely that Hagar ran away from her. And angel of God found Hagar by a spring of water in the wilderness on the way to Shur. “Hagar,” said the angle, “slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” “I am running from my mistress,” she replied, and the angel said to her, “Return to Sarai and be obedient to her, for I will make your descendent too numerous to be counted. You have conceived and you will bear a son, and you shall name him Ishmael, for God has heard you in your affliction.” Hagar gave a name to the voice of God. “You are El-roi,” she said. “Surely here in this place I have seen the one who sees me.” So Hagar gave birth to a son and Abram named him Ishmael.

The Word of God to us.

Children’s Time: Catherine Willwerth with Evelyn and Nora

Scripture: Genesis 21:8-21 paraphrased by Miriam Therese Winter

Sarah finally said to Abraham, “Dismiss this woman and her offspring, for the son of a slave shall never inherit along with my son Isaac.” Abraham was deeply distressed, but God said to him, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of his mother, Hagar. Do whatever Sarah tells you, for it is through Isaac that your name will be carried on. I will also make a nation of Hagar’s son, for he too is your child.” So early in the morning Abraham arose and took some bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, wrapped her arm around their son, and sent them both away. Hagar departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, the boy sat down under a bush, while Hagar sat a distance, about a bowshot away, saying. “I cannot watch my baby die.” Ishmael wailed and she wept. God heard the voice of the boy and an angel called to Hagar from heaven. “What troubles you Hagar? Do not be afraid. God has heard your son’s cry. Take him in your arms and comfort him, for I will make of him a great nation.” Then she saw a before her a well of water and she filled the skin with water and she gave her son a drink. God was with the boy. He grew up in the wilderness, an expert with the bow, and he made his home in the vicinity of Paran.

The Word of God for us.

Music

Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah
Felix Mendelssohn
Sandi Hammond, soprano 1; Becky Linton, soprano 2; Sara Stackhouse, alto

Thoughts: Rev. Good

Hymn: Let Us Remember Hagar

words by Edith Sinclair Downing, based on Genesis 16:1-15; 21:1-3, 9-19
tune: Passion Chorale (O Sacred Head, Now Wounded)

Let us remember Hagar; her worth we now attest:
Egyptian slave of Sarai, by Hebrew rule oppressed.
She answered Sarai’s bidding, and dared to be the one 
who by the seed of Abram bore them their first-born son. 

When Isaac, born to Sarah, became God’s promised heir
Then Ishmael, the slave’s son, God’s covenant could not share.
Yet Sarah feared Ishmael would gain the legacy.
Her utmost thought demanded that son and mother flee…

Both slave and son were banished to the harsh wilderness.
While suff’ring there God’s angel brought words to comfort, bless…
“Return. Submit to Sarah” the angel said to them.
“Fear not, for a great nation from Ishmael will descend.”

We learn from Hagar’s history how God does still provide
fresh water in the desert when hope has almost died.
Today too many women are held in low esteem.
May we act as God’s angels, help them to live their dream!

Litany of Welcome to Deacon Kate Froehlich

Deacons are ordained United Methodist clergy who lead the church in relating Christians to their ministries in the world through worship leadership, preaching, teaching, nurturing spiritual vitality and leading ministries of service, love, and justice. They may work primarily in congregations or they may work primarily in settings like hospitals, social-service agencies, mission agencies, schools, counseling centers, denominational agencies, and more.

Kate addresses the congregation…

Kate, you have been sent to live among us
to share in Christ’s ministry of servanthood,
to relate the life of our community to its service in the world,
to lead others into Christian discipleship,
to nurture disciples for witness and service,
and to lead in worship.

The pastor addresses the congregation:
Dear friends, will you do all you can to assist and encourage Kate in the responsibilities to which she has been called, giving her your cooperation, your counsel, and your prayers?

The congregation responds:
We will.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, pour out your blessings upon Kate who has been given particular ministries in your church. Grant her grace to give herself wholeheartedly in your service. Grant us all the grace to live out the call you have put in our lives in all the ways we are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Amen.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

The shepherds will each read prayers from their flocks.

Abracadabra: Jane and Kent
Candle: Sara and Johan
Flo’s Flock: Flo and Luke
Lemonade: Sarah and Parke
Ponderers: Becky and Paul
Schmidts’ Creek: Susan and Steve
Whyzeflock: Jamie and Clara

Silent Prayer and Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Offering: What is it you will offer to God and neighbor this week? Type on the screen.

Offertory

Siayahamba (“We are marching in the light of God”)
South African
Sesitshaya Marimba Band

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 God who sees us, we are thankful that you open our eyes to the world around us.
Help us to see all of the gifts we have been given.
Help us to share those gifts with all who struggle and suffer. Amen.

Benediction

Virtual Fellowship Time

We will invite everyone into breakout rooms where you can unmute yourself and chat with your Calvary friends.