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Bulletin for 8/16/2020

Here you go.

Community and St Mark United Methodist Church

Phase 2 in-person worship

August 16th, 2020

Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and only speak with those around you and with social distancing.


Leader: When hatred and division separate us,

People: God’s love binds us together.

Leader: When quarrels estrange us from one another,

People: Christ’s light shows us the way to reconciliation.

Leader: When we feel excluded and left out,

People: The Spirit’s peace eases our pain.

Leader: When all hope of fellowship seems lost,

People: God’s grace restores our hope.

Leader: Come! Let us worship God, who makes us one.

Hymn                     “This Is a Day of New Beginnings”  Meditate and reflect

Joys and Concerns of the People

Prayers for Life                                                               Leader        

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever Amen.

Hymn               “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”        Meditate and reflect

*Affirmation of Faith:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Gloria Patri            “Glory Be to the Father”            Instrumental only

Offertory Prayer                                                              Leader

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                 Instrumental only

Prayer of illumination

New Testament Reading: Romans 11:1-2, 29-32

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:10-28

Reader: The word of God for the people of God.

People: Thanks be to God

Message                                                                         Leader                  

Prayer of Confession: Merciful God, we yearn to be like the Joseph who wept with forgiveness on the necks of those who sold him into slavery. But we fear that our anger and resentment would lead us to take retribution on those who have wronged us. We long to see in the Canaanite woman a child of God worthy of mercy and compassion. But we fear that our deep-seated prejudices might lead us to dismiss her out of hand, as Jesus’s disciples did before us. We want to open our hearts, O God, to those who are different from ourselves. But we fear to expect too much of ourselves. Help us know the joy of living in peace and harmony, even with those we would rather live without. Amen.

Words of Assurance: The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Rejoice in the knowledge of God’s saving love.


(*) Please stand if able

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