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August 9, 2020 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude           “The Peace may be exchanged”           Daniel Locklair
                                      from Rubrics                                 (b. 1949)

Welcome            Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Call to Worship               Dr. John R. Koppitch

One:             Calling, urging, whispering, pleading God, it is your word that makes us human.

All:               Give us ears to hear, hearts to trust, and most of all, a will to follow.

One:             For it is your Word alone that makes us human.

All:               We gather to hear, to listen, to follow.

One:            Let us worship the God who calls us.

Prayer of Adoration

Opening Hymn #343        Called as Partners in Christ’s Service      BEECHER

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

God of unending grace,
         sometimes your ways confuse us, and we yearn for wisdom.
Sometimes your ways are clear,
         and we know exactly what You want from us.
Yet, knowing your ways does not mean we will be faithful.
To follow You is not just a matter of the mind;
         it is more a matter of the heart.
Mend our broken hearts, that knowing your will leads us to do your will.
In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Response of Praise          A New Doxology            OLD HUNDREDTH

Passing of the Peace

Leader:             The peace of Christ be with you.

People:            And also with you.

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination              Elder John Harkey

Scripture Lesson           Jonah 1:1-6

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and such a mighty storm came upon the sea that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried to his god. They threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten it for them. Jonah, meanwhile, had gone down into the hold of the ship and had lain down, and was fast asleep. The captain came and said to him, “What are you doing sound asleep? Get up, call on your god! Perhaps the god will spare us a thought so that we do not perish.”

Hymn #562           Eternal Father, Strong to Save           MELITA

Scripture Lesson            Jonah 1:7-15

The sailors said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, so that we may know on whose account this calamity has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him,

“Tell us why this calamity has come upon us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” “I am a Hebrew,” he replied. “I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were even more afraid, and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them so.

Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea was growing more and more tempestuous. He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you; for I know it is because of me that this great storm has come upon you.” Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring the ship back to land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more stormy against them. Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, O Lord, we pray, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life. Do not make us guilty of innocent blood; for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceased from its raging.

Scripture Lesson           Jonah 1:16-17

Then the men feared the Lord even more, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Sermon                Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“Going Deep: Runaway Prophet”
"He said to them, 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will quieten down for you; for I know it is because of me that this great storm has come upon you.'"
(Jonah 1:12)

We Give Thanks to God

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity          Rev. Madison M. VanVeelen

Preparation for Prayer           He That is Down Need Fear No Fall           Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Jesse Warren, bass                                                     arr. Neil Jenkins

He that is down need fear no fall;
He that is low, no pride;
He that is humble, ever shall
Have God to be his Guide.

I am content with what I have,
Little be it or much;
And, Lord, contentment still I crave.
Because thou savest such.

Fulness to such a burden is,
That go on pilgrimage;
Here little, and hereafter bliss,
Is best from age to age.

Prayers of the People and 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.

We Go Forth to Serve

Closing Hymn #343          Called as Partners in Christ’s Service          BEECHER

Charge and Benediction

Postlude            Entrée, Op. 62, No. 1                 Marcel Dupré
(1886-1971)