Sunday, September 13, 2020

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little,
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
(Wordsworth)

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Good morning FCCG! Our Joys, Concerns and Announcements this week include:

  • Our birthdays and anniversaries this week: Barb Sharp & Tom Carter (September 13), and Barb Malone (September 19). Let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary!
  • Although we have resumed meeting at church for services, our weekly bulletin blog will continue for the next 12 to 18 months, so don’t worry if you are in a high risk category and feel safer at home, we’ll still be here for you.

Introit ………………… Who Am I
performed by NEEDTOBREATHE
Introit Selected by Sue Cechner

CALL TO WORSHIP       
Come away and rest for a while.
Leave behind your busyness to be fully present to God.
We have come for relief from life’s turmoil.
God is our rock in whom we take refuge.
God’s steadfast love surrounds us here.
We are reminded of God’s enduring faithfulness.
This is God’s house, and we are God’s children.
God invites us to feel at home in this place.
We have a covenant with our Creator.
This is a time for renewal of our promises.
God calls for righteousness and justice.
May the favor of God be upon us, and may God prosper the work of our hands!

OPENING HYMN …………………….. #90 Christ, for the World We Sing

PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Rock of our salvation, we have accepted the invitation of Jesus to gather as your beloved people.  We have been far away from you in our thoughts and separated from you in much of what we do. Now we are together, seeking reconciliation with you and one another.  We call on your steadfast love for assurance and healing. We feel your compassion for us and for all your children.  We sense your longing for our wholeness and renewed faith and trust.  You call us to be saints and apostles and prophets.  We feel your summons as we draw close to you.  Amen.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Let us confess our sin before God and one another, and may God have mercy.
May Christ have mercy.
May God have mercy.
God of all times and places, we confess that we have wandered after the false gods of this age.  We have disobeyed your commandments, violated your covenant with us, and forsaken your ways.  We have denied our need for you and mistreated those whom you have called us to love.  Loving Parent, hear your penitent children, and welcome us home, we pray.  Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear now these words of assurance:
God is a God of grace. God bestows unmerited favor upon his wayward children. He forgives, heals, and makes new. Praise God in Jesus Christ.

Glory Patri ………………………………………. #35

All readings are from the English Standard Version bible.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON …………………………………………………… Ruth 2:1-7

Lucie Buchanan reads the Old Testament Lesson

Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.

And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The LORD be with you!” And they answered, “The LORD bless you.” Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”

PSALTER LESSON ……………………………………………………. from Psalm 90

Sing praise to God our rock, in whom we take our refuge.

Lynn Rosier-Vazquez reads the Psalter Lesson

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
   in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
   or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust,
   and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight
   are like yesterday when it is past,
   or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
   like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
   in the evening it fades and withers.

Sing praise to God our rock, in whom we take our refuge.

Lynn Rosier-Vazquez reads the Psalter Lesson

Turn, O LORD! How long?
   Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
   so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
   and as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be manifest to your servants,
   and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
   and prosper for us the work of our hands—
   O prosper the work of our hands!

Sing praise to God our rock, in whom we take our refuge.

EPISTLE LESSON ………………………………………………………… II Corinthians 8:8-15

Barb Burkett reads the Epistle Lesson

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

HYMN ………………………………………………. #16  Come, Thou Fount

GOSPEL LESSON …………………………………………………………… Mark 6:30-44

Pastor Clancy reads the Gospel Lesson

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.

And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

SERMON ………………………………… Gleaning ……………………. Rev. Rebecca Clancy

SPECIAL MUSIC …………………………………… Hit Me Like a Bomb, by Third Day

TITHES AND OFFERINGS
God has greatly blessed us with many kinds of wealth.  Let our joy and gladness overflow as we express gratitude to God with our offerings.  As we support the ministries of the church, let us consider those whose lives are grievously burdened, reaching out to them in practical acts of mercy.
With all the gifts of creation, you have blessed us, gracious God.  We give thanks for all your works.  Gratitude is our first impulse for giving.  Accept our grateful hearts, along with our gifts.  We ask for wisdom as our church determines priorities for the use of resources. As you are faithful to us, O God, may we be faithful in all things, seeking always to live by your gracious will.  Amen.

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CLOSING HYMN ………………………………………………………. #477 Pass It On

Benediction
May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are apart one from the other, Amen.

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Please keep the following individuals in your prayers this week:

  • Nancy Hannah’s friend, Sharon (illness);
  • The family of Marilyn Cuscaden (death of Marilyn);
  • Jodi Holleran’s mom (illness);
  • Mercedes Nuss (illness);
  • Jess Reddy’s friend, Keeley (illness);
  • Sue Cechner’s friend, John (Illness);
  • Danièle Gibney’s friend, Pam (illness and upcoming surgery);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s friend, Alice (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s nephew, Jeff (illness);
  • Carolyn and Gail’s son, Collin (unit deployed to Afganistan);
  • Lisa Peterson (illness);
  • Linda Moran (illness);
  • Faith DiMaria’s brother, Steve, and family (illness);
  • The Connolly Family (lots of prayers);
  • Those affected by violence as well as those serving in the military;

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