As we continue through this time of physical distancing, this worship service is provided for you to view at any time. After the Sunday morning Zoom gathering, you can go through the parts of the worship service and watch Pastor Kim's sermon below.


At 10am CT each Sunday morning we gather via Zoom for worship and

a chance to say 'Hi!'. Everyone is invited to join us!


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Order of worship

This is the day that God has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!


Announcements and Life Together


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Call to Worship

Listen. Do you hear it?

The love of Christ is poured out for us.

Listen. Do you hear it?

The cloud of the faithful is singing God’s praise.

Listen. Do you hear it?

The Spirit of God is calling us to worship.


Prayer of Praise


Call to Confession

It is only by the power of God that we are able to stand against evil.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess all that a separates us from God and from one another.


Prayer of Confession

You have called us blessed, O God, and washed us in the waters of grace.

You have called us a family, O God,  and bound us by the presence of your Spirit.

Forgive us, O Holy One, when we try to forget that we belong to you:

when we bind ourselves to the illusion of independence,

the myth of supremacy, or the fear of what might happen

if we placed our trust in something beyond ourselves.

Forgive us, O Holy One, and by your forgiveness, free us from all that keeps us bound.


Assurance of Grace

Now stand firm in your faith, covered by the saving grace of God

and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

Thanks be to God.


Children’s Message

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Prayer of Illumination


Scripture Reading


Psalm 138 (NRSV)

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth. They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.


This is the word of the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.

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Second Scripture Reading

1 Samuel 8:4-20; 11:14-15 (NRSV)

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the LORD, and the LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” So Samuel reported all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” 

But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 


Sermon

'God Responds'

Rev. Kim Smith-Stanley

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Prayers of the People


The Doxology

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THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION


Invitation to the Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise…


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Words of Institution


We Share the Bread and the Cup


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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Amen.


Benediction

Let all God’s people say…

Amen.


Passing of the Peace


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