Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

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Israelites Crossing the River Jordan Carrying Stones and the Ark of the Covenant; Illumination.

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, October 18, 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        Prayer of Saint Francis        Sarah McLachlan

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

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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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Prayer of Confession        Litany of Confession Against Creation       
        World Council of Churches

Giver of Life, in the midst of a plundered earth we groan with creation:
Have mercy on us.

Giver of Life, in the midst of animals reaching extinction we groan with creation:
Have mercy on us.

Giver of Life, in the midst of mountains of waste we groan with creation:
Have mercy on us.

Giver of Life, in the midst of polluted air we groan with creation:
Have mercy on us.

Giver of Life, in the midst of losing habitat to urban sprawl we groan with creation:
Have mercy on us.

Giver of Life, in the midst of mountains of waste we groan with creation:
Have mercy on us.

Giver of Life, in the midst of a world at war we groan with creation:
Have mercy on us.

Giver of Life, we who are made in the image of God have gone astray, and creation groans with us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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, October 18, 2020 here:  https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=164

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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        Wade in the Water        Sweet Honey in the Rock

“Well now you see those children all dressed up in white
They must be the children of the Israelite
Oh, God’s gonna trouble the water

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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 · Blessing of the Animals & Natural World · Communion

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Closing Benediction        Blessed with Discomfort        A prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

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Closing Song        Shall We Gather at the River        Kerry Yanasak

“Yes, we’ll gather at the river
The beautiful, the beautiful river
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God

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Guest Preacher: Rev. Clint Collins (Bremerton); Elders: Terry Forslund & Bill Robey; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes; Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer: Karrie Cheek; Prayers of the People video clip: Pam Chan

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