1 October 2020

Gathering Music

“Make Me an Instrument”

Call to Worship

Come and worship, everyone on earth, everywhere the sun shines,
let’s praise God together!

For listening when we call, answering our prayers,
forgiving our mistakes, and providing what we need: let’s praise God together!

Come and worship, everyone on earth, everywhere the sun shines,
let’s praise God together!

Hymn of Welcome

“This is the Day/Be Thou My Vision”

Sung by Brendan Fox, Hayoung Kang, Gwiseok Lee, Kellie Turner

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:7

17 As for us, family of God, when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you—in person, not in heart—we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, wanted to again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord at Jesus’ coming? Is it not you? 20 Yes, you are our glory and joy!

3 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we decided to be left alone in Athens; 2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and co-worker for God in proclaiming the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, 3 so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions. Indeed, you yourselves know that this is what we are destined for. 4 In fact, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we were to suffer persecution; so it turned out, as you know. 5 For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith; I was afraid that somehow the tempter had tempted you and that our labor had been in vain.

6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love. He has told us also that you always remember us kindly and long to see us—just as we long to see you. 7 For this reason, kinfolk of God, during all our distress and persecution we have been encouraged about you through your faith. 8 For we now live, if you continue to stand firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13 And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Homily

“Presence in Absence: Lessons for Quarantine from a Letter of Paul”

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Quigley

Musical Response

“La Lucha”

Prayer of the Day

“For God’s Gifts” by Howard Thurman

“Lord’s Prayer”

Niles Luther, cello

Blessing

Sending

“Yes, God is Real”

Sung by James Rufflin


Worship Notes:

Call to Worship: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/06/intergenerational-call-to-worship-ps-65.html

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