Sunday, October 11, 2020

Hope is a thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.
-Emily Dickenson

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

  • Our birthdays and anniversaries this week: Jeff Miller’s birthday (October 13th), John Connolly’s birthday (October 13th), Clyde Jones’ birthday (October 14th), and Padma and John Lacy’s anniversary (October 14th),. Let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary!
  • The Mission Board will meet at church on Sunday, October 18th, at 11:15am. If you are interested in joining this board and helping decide where we put our mission efforts, plan to attend (please remember your face mask).

Introit ………………… Missing Person
by Michael W Smith
Introit Selected by Mark Fenne

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of God.
Let us remember God’s marvelous works.
Surely God has saved us in difficult times.
How can we forget God’s guiding hand?
When evil surrounds us, and we have been wronged,
God helps us turn the evil into good.
We need not be afraid whatever happens.
We are in God’s care wherever we go.
Sing the praises of God, our strength.
Now that God is majestic and holy.
How great is God’s mercy for those who worship him.
We sense God’s presence among us.

OPENING HYMN …………………….. #23 Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven

Majestic God, who led our spiritual ancestors in the wilderness, lead us through the threatening times in which we live.  Save us from the floods of our own misplaced trust, as you saved them from the waters of the sea and the weapons of their pursuers.  On this day, grant strength to those who are weak and support for all who are stumbling. Let every tongue declare your praise as we come before you.  Amen.

Let us be fully open to God’s forgiving spirit, as we confess our sin before God and one another, and may God have mercy.
May Christ have mercy.
May God have mercy.
We bow before your judgment seat, O God.  We have ranked our sisters and brothers by the faulty standards of our society to decide who is worthy of our attention. We have rejected those whom we dislike and have been harsh with those we think do not measure up.  We have been quite willing to overlook our own faults as we look down on other people.  O God, you have shown us a better way.  Save us from the pain we inflict and help us to discover the blessing of forgiveness.  Amen.

Hear now these words of assurance:
God is ever willing to grant us forgiveness, but we cannot receive it if we are unwilling to be changed by it. As long as we focus on protecting our own advantages, we will be lost.  If we want to be Christ’s followers, we will love and give of ourselves for the sake of others.  We will overcome evil with good.

GLORY PATRI ………………………………………. #35

All readings are from the English Standard Version bible.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON ………………………………… Exodus 2: 1-10

Evan Fenne reads the Old Testament Lesson

Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him.

Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

PSALTER LESSON ……………………………………………………. from Psalm 131

Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease.

Brenda Valentino Reads the Psalter Lesson

O God, my heart is not lifted up,
   my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
   too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
   like a child quieted at its mother’s breast;
   like a child that is quieted is my soul.
O Israel, hope in God
   from this time forth and for evermore.

Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease.

EPISTLE LESSON ……………………………………………… Hebrews 11:1-3, 23-28

Claire Buchanan reads the Epistle Lesson

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

HYMN …………………………………………………………………… #663 Go Down, Moses

GOSPEL LESSON ………………………………………………… Mark 9:14-29

Pastor Clancy reads the Gospel Lesson

And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “’If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

SERMON …………………….. Pharaoh’s Daughter………………….. Rev. Rebecca Clancy

SPECIAL MUSIC ……………………… Look Up Child, by Lauren Daigle

Surely the goodness of God overflows in our lives.  Take time to count your blessings.  The works of God are all around us.  In these moments, we have the opportunity to offer ourselves and our substance to extend God’s work on earth.
Make these moments a true dedication to your purposes among us, O God.  May we serve you day and night, in all that we do. Increase our faith. Increase our witness. All glory be unto your son Jesus Christ.  Amen.


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CLOSING HYMN ……………………………………………….. #538 Hope of the World

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);
  • Marion Gibney’s friends, Bria and Family (death of her Grandma);
  • 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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