NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2020-09-27


Perhaps a moment of music as we begin?  VIOLIN


In today’s worship we have leadership from Bill, Laura, Marilyn, Merle, Sheri, Steve and all those worshiping today, including: Garnet, Bev, Bob, Betty, Janet, Lisa, Betsy …

Anyone I missed who is also attending?


MERLE reads   Exodus 17:1-7
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.

The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”

But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”

So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.

I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.

He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”


LAURA – leads us in a Prayer of Adoration

 


All Things Bright and Beautiful – Page 24

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

 

Each little flow’r that opens, each little bird that sings,

he made their glowing colors, he made their tiny wings.

 

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

 

The purple-headed mountains,  The river running by,

The sunset and the morning  That brightens up the sky.

 

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

 

The cold wind in the winter,   The pleasant summer sun,

The ripe fruits in the garden,   He made them every one.

 

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

  

He gave us eyes to see them,  And lips that we might tell

How great is God Almighty,     Who has made all things well.

 

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.


BILL READS –  Philippians 2:1-13
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,

make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,

he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.


SHERI – shares a Prayer of Confession



Amazing Grace – Page 3

Amazing grace,    how sweet   the sound,   that saved   a wretch   like me

I once   was lost,   but now   I’m found,   was blind,  but now   I    see

Twas grace  that taught   my heart   to fear,   and grace   my fears   relieved

How precious   did that grace  appear,  the hour  I first   believed

Through many   dangers  toils and snares,   I have   already   come

Tis grace   that brought us   safe thus far,   and grace   will lead   us   home

The Lord   has promised good   to me,    His word   my hope   secures

He will   my shield   and portion be,   as long   as life  en – dures

When we’ve   been there  ten thousand years,   bright shining   as the  sun

We’ve no  less days  to sing  God’s praise,   than when  we  first   be – gun

Amazing grace,    how sweet   the sound,   that saved   a wretch   like me

I once   was lost,   but now   I’m found,   was blind,  but now   I      see



MARILYN reads – Matthew 21:23-32
When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”

Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’

But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”

So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’

He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went.

The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go.

Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.

For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.


There Shall Be Showers of Blessing – Page 22

There shall be show-ers of bless-ing,  This is the prom-ise of love,

There shall be sea-sons re-fresh-ing, Sent from the Sav-ior a-bove,

 

Show-ers of bless-ing, Show-ers of Bless-ing we need,

Mer-cy drops round us are fall-ing, But for the show-ers we plead.

 

There shall be show-ers of bless-ing, Pre-cious re-viv-ing a-gain,

O-ver the hills and the val-leys, Sound of a-bun-dance of rain.

 

Show-ers of bless-ing, Show-ers of Bless-ing we need,

Mer-cy drops round us are fall-ing, But for the show-ers we plead.

 

There shall be show-ers of bless-ing, Send them up-on us, O Lord,

Grant to us now a re-fresh-ing, Come, and now hon-or thy Word.

 

Show-ers of bless-ing, Show-ers of Bless-ing we need,

Mer-cy drops round us are fall-ing, But for the show-ers we plead.

 

There shall be show-ers of bless-ing, Oh, that to-day they might fall,

Now as to God we’re con-fess-ing, Now as on Je-sus we call!

 

Show-ers of bless-ing, Show-ers of Bless-ing we need,

Mer-cy drops round us are fall-ing, But for the show-ers we plead.


SHERI LEADS: Any reflections we have based on these scripture readings?


STEVE LEADS: Sharing of Joys & Concerns

  • Confluence of pandemics (COVID-19, racial injustice, income inequality, climate);
  • HEALTH CONCERNS:
    • Janet – brace effective in stopping excruciating pain in her back;
    • Betty & Bob – Betty’s fractured spine;
    • Lisa – eye surgery results;
  • JOYS:
    • Theater Room opportunity for worship for small group of NEC residents along with Steve Vietze
    •  

Prayer – concluding with The Lord’s Prayer


May the Peace of the Lord Christ Go With You – Page 9

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,  wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness,       protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing                    at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing                     once again into our doors.

REPEAT

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,  wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness,       protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing                    at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing                     once again into our doors.


STEVE – AS WE CLOSE… (in unison:) 

Friends,

Life is short

and there is precious little time

to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us…

So make haste to be kind,

and be swift to love,

because in every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us,

reforms and transforms us

again and again.

And certainly for these blessings,

all of God’s people say. 

AMEN!