The Worship of God | Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


One of the richest experiences of being physically together in a space of worship is to hear the richness, depth, and complexity of  beautiful music becoming sacred by its performance among the faithful. Online platforms have not allowed such richness in music to be shared live, but during our time of worshiping from home some of that shared beauty was regained in our ability to converse all together in one digitally sacred space. In these pre-service moments we celebrate both experiences of worship. Worshipers gathering from home are invited to greet one another via Zoom and share a few moments of conversation. Worshipers on the FBCR campus are invited to hear the pre-service music. Our varied experiences and expressions of worship will be joined at the chiming of the hour.

Music for Meditation

Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI/20, Moderato, by F. J. Haydn
David Labman, piano

Organ Prelude

 I Sing the Almighty Power of God (Ellacombe), arr. N. Harmon
Samuel Baker, organ

Chiming of the Hour

Welcome Home

Call to Worship

One:       This is the day that God has made;
Many:     let us rejoice and be glad in it.
One:       O come, let us worship and bow down;
Many:     let us kneel before God, our Maker.

Music For Response

God’s Holy Ways Are Just and True, Psalm 111, Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Cologne, 1623
Josh Carlisle, tenor; David Labman, piano

*Morning Prayer

*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.

*Children’s Time

Special Music

If with all your hearts from Elijah, by F. Mendelssohn
Josh Carlisle, tenor; David Labman, piano

Scripture Reading

Matthew 20:1-16

Prayer for Illumination


Rev. Brent Bowden

Giving our Gifts to God

Music for Response

Aria, by John S. Dixon
Samuel Baker, organ

Prayer of Dedication