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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 20, 2020
Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and announcements
The Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen

Today we celebrate the annual Day of Service with a cup of covenant.  A lesser known rite of the church, the cup of covenant is an opportunity to renew our shared commitment in the service of Jesus.  All are welcome to participate by preparing a cup from which to partake, filling the cup as you wish to symbolize the daily service of faith that you undertake in Christ’s name.  It is Jesus who teaches us what it means to serve and God is gracious to honor the sincerity of intention with which we pray and partake together.

Prelude - Blessed Jesus, at your Word
Setting by Johann Walther (1684-1748)

Call to Worship                     

Hymn 538 – For the Beauty of the Earth

Scripture Lessons:     

Jonah 3:10-4:11

Psalm 145:1-8

I will exalt you, O God my Sovereign, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; there is no end to your greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty and all your marvelous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, and I will tell of your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness.

Philippians 1:21-27

Hymn 640 – Christ for the World We Sing!

Cup of Covenant: A Rite of Renewal

Today we seek the renewal of the Church in faith, love and service.
Show us the way that we may proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed.
We give thanks for all that is gracious in the lives of women, children, and men.
We pray for the people of this community and for each person in their daily life and work.
We pray for the young and the elderly, for families, and all who are alone.
We give thanks for human skill and creativity and all that reveals your loveliness.
We pray for those who are in need; for the sick, sorrowful and bereaved.
We pray for all who minister, offering comfort, care and healing.
We give thanks for human love and friendship and for all that enriches our daily lives.
Fill us with kindness, that we may be channels of your healing love.

Tune: Rockingham, Old
In mercy, Lord, this grace bestow,
that in your service we may do
with gladness and a willing mind
whatever is for us assigned.

Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life, setting many people free.  By grace, we now have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us covenant together for new faithfulness in the service of Jesus.  In all things, seen and unseen, may our lives bear witness to God’s love for this world.

(all partake of the cup together)

By your life, O Christ, the Church receives its mission and power for service.
May your Holy Spirit guide the ministries of your Church in every land.
Whether alone or together, we pray to follow in your example.
Teach us to seek your purposes in all that we say and do.
May your service be visible in us, not only in our actions, but in who we are.
Grant us integrity, that we may labor for your kingdom in ministries of justice and mercy.
We pray for peace where there is violence and for the relief of oppressed peoples everywhere.
Draw us near to your heart and inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation.
Strengthen our resolve amid indifference, pride, or fear.
Let our faith be made complete to share your life and love with everyone.

Tune: Rockingham, Old
Lord, grant that we impelled by love
in smallest things may faithful prove;
till we depart, our lives be true,
devoted wholly unto you.

Gospel lesson:  Matthew 20:1-16  
The Rev. Andrew Heil

Sermon - You’re Hired

Hymn 657 – We Give You But Your Own

Reflection on Giving

The offertory provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can express our gratitude in response to God: with time, treasure, talents, and testimony.

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Anthem - Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
Dale Wood (1959)



Prayers for the Church and the World
Rev. Tobiassen

Hymn 719 – Be Thou My Vision


Choral Response

Postlude - Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
Setting by Matthias Weckmann (1616-1674)



The flowersare placed in the sanctuary today in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Vernon by their grandson, Gary Vernon.


Learning opportunities are available following worship this morning. 


After morning worship, there is a continuation of children’s programming:

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.:  HMC Carolers’ Children’s Choir, 3rd-5th grade

11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.:  Beatitudes, Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, 3rd-5th grade Sunday School break-out session with other upper elementary Moravians


Youth Fellowship met Saturday to help with the Moravian Day of Service Second Graveyard slab placement.  They will meet again next Sunday at 2pm.


Bible Discussion:  Ephesians 5:6 and following

Scripture Encore: Unexpected Generosity, exploring HMC’s worship service scriptures

Faith Journeys:  The Enneagram, an Introduction:  Type One, The Perfectionist, with Julie Smith. To join by phone, call 1 (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 7460335693; Password: 34568983).



Ill at Novant Hospital:  Bettie Cook

Recovering at Home: Hallene Brindle, Bonnie Dempster, Joe Dempster, Marilyn Miller, Margaret Nichols, Betty Petree, Charlie Stott, Doris Stovall, Don Stovall

Margaret Norris is recovering at home following an August 10 surgery.  She is working from home as well.

We extend our sympathy to:

...Associate member, Jim Wilson, in the loss of his wife, Jeanne Wilson, who died on May 2, in Chestertwon, MD.
...non-resident member, Harry Mickey, in the loss of his wife, Terry L. Mickey, who died on September 4, in Schenectady, NY.
...non-resident member, Will Murphy, in the loss of his wife, Deborah Kindschi, who died on September 13, in Atlanta, GA.

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