The Worship of God | Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Gathering

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 A minor, Largo, W. A. Mozart
David Labman, piano

Come, Thou Almighty King (Italian Hymn), arr. A. Travis
Sam Baker, organ

Chiming of the Hour

Welcome Home

Call to Worship

One: Disciples and doubters, faithful and feckless,

Many: we are God’s, who welcomes us all.

One: Followers and those who lag behind, open-hearted and close-minded,

Many: we are the Lord’s, who is always patient with us.

One: Reconcilers and rabble-rousers, foolish and fearless,

Many: we are the Spirit’s, who encourages us in every moment.

Music

If You Will Trust in God to Guide You, by G. Neumark
Ella Torres, soprano; 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

Hear My Prayer, O Lord, by A. Dvořák
Ella Torres, soprano; David Labman, piano

Scripture Reading

Exodus 14:19-31

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon

Rev. Brent Bowden

Giving our Gifts to God

Music for Response

Now Pray We to the Holy Spirit, by D. Buxtehude
Sam Baker, organ

Prayer of Dedication

Benediction