Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost

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“When all is said and done,
the only thing that will truly matter is this:
did we love? 
Did.  We.  Love?” 

–Jamie Barone

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Gathering Song        Come, Brother,  Sit With Me       The Circle of Friends

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.  We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Scriptural Reflection        Love yourself, Love your neighbor        Mister Rogers

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Prayer of Confession        The Courage to Begin Anew 
        by Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, adapted

In this moment of worship we call to mind
those times of failure and regret common to all of us.
We remember first, in silence, those times
when we have failed to do all that we meant to do,
or through our actions failed to be all we were meant to be.
We acknowledge the times we have not cared for our neighbors,
but have walked by our siblings in pain and in need.
And we remember the times we have not loved ourselves,
which is the very key to loving others.

(hold silence)

We now recall our moments of integrity,
those times we have lived into our deepest values,
and acted as the human beings we always dreamed of being.
We give thanks for the ways in which we have lived
as the whole persons of God’s intent for us.
And we admit to ourselves our humanity
and the opportunity to try again,
as it comes to us in the way of God’s unending grace and mercy.

(hold silence)

We choose at this moment to lay down the burden
of our shortcomings, and grasp the courage to begin anew.
Together, we affirm our capacity for goodness and grace,
for freedom and purpose and joy. We are not trapped in our past,
but freed by creation to live and grow today.
We choose at this moment to begin again in love.
With gratitude, and in the name of the Loving Christ,
we say thanks be to God, and amen.

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip.  The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, September 20, 2020 here:  https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=160

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Welcome · Lighting of Community Candle · Scripture · Moment of Wonder · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song for Reflection & Offering          Get Together
        Jesse Colin Young & the Hamilton Middle School Modern Band

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church, 623 9th Ave. SW, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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Prayers of the People · Communion

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Closing Benediction         

So now we leave this space of worship
And while so much of the road ahead is uncertain,
the path constantly changing,
we know some things that are as solid and sure
as the ground beneath our feet,
and the sky above our heads.

We know God is love.
We know Christ’s light endures.

We know the Holy Spirit this there,
found in the space between all things,
closer to us than our next breath,
binding us to each other,
until we meet we again,

Go in peace.

–Rev. Nora Vedress, Calvary United Church,
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Closing Song        Love Your Neighbor        Jamie Kimmett

Announcements: 
+Click here to view the invitation to Karen Ferguson’s ordination
+To watch live on Zoom, use this link on Sept. 26 at 3 pm: https://tinyurl.com/yxo7mo4n – Passcode 476060
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Guest Preacher: Rev. Dick Cunningham; Elders: Robin Crabb & Kelli Kays; Scripture: Terry Forslund; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes; Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer: Thom Crabb; Prayers of the People video: Mike Herbert

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