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Bulletin for 8/23/2020

Here is the bulletin for Sunday, please print it out and bring it with you.

Community and St Mark United Methodist Church

Phase 2 in-person worship

August 23rd, 2020

Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and socially distanced.


Leader: We step off the streets, away from places of work, shopping malls, billboards, and news broadcasts, to stand before the living God.

People: Our help is in the name of the living God, maker of heaven and earth.

Leader: We turn away from the world and the patterns of power that too often hurt, trap, and swallow us up.

People: We stand before our helper, the God of mercy, who rescues and renews us.

Leader: We come to this sanctuary seeking the living God, maker of heaven and earth.

People: We present ourselves to the living God, who is compassionate and merciful, as a living and pleasing sacrifice.

Hymn                             “Take Our Bread”                     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                              “Here I Am Lord”                    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

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 1:8-2:10

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20

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

People: Thanks be to God

Message                                                                         Leader                  

Prayer of Confession: God of mercy and grace, it is hard to hold onto hope. We see people handed over as food for the enemies’ teeth, or as prey for the hunters’ traps. Sometimes we are the food and the prey. Sometimes we are the enemy and the hunter. Sometimes we are merely bystanders, too afraid or powerless to act as we should. Forgive us, O God, when we accept things as they are. Maker of heaven and earth, giver of hope, savior of the distressed, fill our imaginations and our hearts with your splendid vision for our world. Transform and renew our minds, that we may discern what is good and pleasing to you in this world you love so deeply. Amen.

Words of Assurance: Jesus promised that the gates of the underworld would not be able to stand against the Church. Each of us is part of this Church, this body of Christ. Each of us has unique gifts and our own unique calling. Know that through God’s mercies, you are forgiven. Know that God will bless you with new imaginings, new thoughts, new hopes, and new courage, that we too may stand against the gates of the underworld.


(*) Please stand if able

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