Estes Park United Methodist Church
September 27, 2020
Order of Worship
Prelude – The Potter’s Hand, performed by Linda Bowie and Adina DeWitt
Call to Worship
Leader: Come, let us bow before the holy One.
People: Come, let us confess God’s might.
Leader: Come, let us feel God’s mercy.
People: Come, let us live in God’s light.
Leader: As God’s people, we lift our voices in praise.
People: Glory to you, gracious and loving God!
Opening Prayer (Unison)
Gracious Lord, how shall we do your will today? Will it be in acts of praise, in gifts shared, in prayers lifted? Who will you lead us to serve? Help us trust you. Help us listen. Bless this community as we come together in worship. Encourage us, comfort us, unite us, make our joy complete. Amen.
Opening Hymn – Forth in thy Name, O Lord
Prayer of Confession
Leader: Let us confess our sin, calling for God’s transforming power.
God of patience, your people grow weary. We complain and question. We put you to the test. Our mouths say yes, but our deeds say no. When we wander off your path, when we fail to follow through on our good intentions, when we give our attention to trivial things; gently call us back to you. Empty our hearts of anger and pride. Empty our souls of greed and selfishness. Empty our minds of envy, doubt, and mistrust. As you poured out your very self through your beloved Son, pour your Spirit into our hearts today. Forgive us our wrongdoing. Reclaim us with your love.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Friends in Christ, our God is patient, steadfast, and understanding. Christ hears our cries of repentance. The Lord knows our hearts, inside and out. The One who created us promises to care for us, even when we turn away. Hear these words of forgiveness. Be strengthened to walk as disciples. Trust in God’s mercy. Amen.
People: Thanks be to God! Amen!
Scripture Lesson – Matthew 21:23-32
Sermon – “Big Hat–No Cattle”
Postlude – I Am Thine, O Lord
Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz
Liturgist: Cay Lacey
Director of Music: Jim Flanigan
Pianist: Nancy Gunter
Videographer: Jim Ecklund
Special Music: Linda Bowie and Adina DeWitt