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August 14, 2022
9:30 AM ET

Prelude

Preludio
C. Adolfo Bossi
Susan Schmidt, organ

Welcome and Announcements, Poem, and Chime

Rev. Cynthia Good

Gathering Words

Susan Stewart, Worship Leader

Prepare your hearts
We open them to God and to each other

Prepare your mind
We open them to word and silence

Prepare your body
We open them to sights and sounds

Prepare your spirit
We breathe deeply of God’s grace and peace

Opening Prayer

Prepare us, O God, to live faithfully, love fully, act courageously, think wisely, and work diligently. Surround us with comfort and strength. Fill us with your grace for the living of these days. Amen.

Passing the Peace

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
Please wave, blow kisses, or put your hands on your heart and extend them to the other person. On Zoom, please unmute to greet your fellow online worshipers; on Facebook, write a comment!

Hymn: I’ve Got Peace Like a River

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Scripture: Ephesians 6:11-18 from the Common English Bible

Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil. We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.

Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers.

The word of God for us. Thanks be to God.

Children’s Time

Song: Thank You, God

Thank you, God, for giving us life
Thank you, God, for giving us gifts

For the lives we live
For the gifts we give

Thank you, God, for being with us!

Scripture: Luke 12:35-40 from the New Revised Standard Version

“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night or near dawn and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

The word of God to us. Thanks be to God.

Music

Every Time I Feel the Spirit
traditional American spiritual, arranged by Pepper Choplin
Susan Schmidt, piano

Thoughts

Rev. Good

Hymn: Precious Name

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Sharing of Prayers and Prayer of the People

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

We invite you to donate to the Parish Fund using the Love Offering envelopes in the pew racks, or by mailing a donation to the church office and indicating that it is for the Parish Fund. Rev. Cynthia uses this fund for emergency needs of our members and neighbors. If you have a financial need of any kind, please contact Rev. Cynthia. Disbursements are kept in confidence. This is one way we are able to express Christ’s love and compassion in caring for each other!

Doxology: Praise God Whose Breath Fills All the Earth

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of all goodness and grace, receive the gifts we offer; and grant that our whole life may give you glory and praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Benediction

Postlude

All’ Offertorio
Domenico Zipoli
Susan Schmidt, organ