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"God's Fairness Doctrine"

16th Sunday After Pentecost, September 20, 2020

THE GATHERING

"Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah"

William Williams

Guide me, O my great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but you are mighty;
hold me with your powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore,
feed me now and evermore.
 

Open now the crystal fountain,
where the healing waters flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
ever be my strength and shield,
ever be my strength and shield.

 

When I tread the verge of Jordan,

bid my anxious fears subside.

Death of death, and hell's Destruction,

land me safe on Canaan's side.

Songs of praises, songs of praises

I will ever sing to you,

I will ever sing to you. 

 

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GREETINGS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SHARING OF PRAISES AND CONCERNS

If you have prayer concerns please email them to greenmeadowpastor@gmail.com. We circulate those on the Green Sheet, our emailed newsletter and other Circle of Prayer emails.

 

WORSHIP INVOCATION

Holy God, help us to be present in worship this day, even as you are present.

CENTERING MOMENT 

"Give Thanks"

Henry Smith

Give thanks, with a grateful heart;
Give thanks, to the Holy One;
Give thanks, because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now, let the weak say, "I am strong.,"
Let the poor say, "I am rich,
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

Give thanks.
Give thanks.
Give thanks.

© 1970 by Integrity's Hosanna! Music.

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CALL TO WORSHP: Bonnie West

One: Open your hearts to God's loving mercy.
Many: Lord, come into our hearts this day.
One:
Having received God's mercy, bring that love to others.

Many: Lord, be with us as we reach out to others in compassoin.
One: 
Feel your spirits filled with the goodness of God.
Many: Lord, we thank you for the many blessings which you poor into our lives.
All: Amen.

Excerpted from MinistryMatters.com

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

SONG 

"All Who Love and Serve Your City"

Eric Routley

All who love and serve your city,
all who bear its daily stress,
all who cry for peace and justice,
all who curse and all who bless:

In your day of loss, of sorrow,
In your day of helpless strife,
Honor, peace, and love retreating,
Seek the Lord who is your life.

In your day of wealth and plenty,
wasted work and wasted play,
call to mind the word of Jesus,
"Work ye yet while is day."

 

For all days are days of judgment,
and the Lord is waiting still,
drawing near to all who spurn him,
offering peace from Calvary's hill.

 

Risen Lord, shall yet the city
be the city of despair?
Come today, our Judge, our Glory.
Be its name "The Lord is there!"

© 1966 Galliard Ltd. and 1965 Abingdon Press

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PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION: Glenda Eastridge

God of all creation, you have declared that your kingdom is among us. 
Open our ears to hear it, our hands to serve it, our hearts to hold it. 
This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT

Exodus 16:2-15

SONG

“All Who Are Thirsty”
Brenton Brown and Glenn Robertson

 

Verse

All who are thirsty,
All who are weak,
Come to the fountain,
Dip your heart in the stream of life.

 

Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away,
In the waves of His mercy,
As deep cries out to deep.
(We sing)

Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Come, Lord Jesus come

 

Repeat Verse

Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Come, Lord Jesus come

Holy Spirit, come.
Holy Spirit, come.

As deep cries out to deep;
As deep cries out to deep;
As deep cries out to deep.

 

(We sing)
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
(We sing)
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Come, Lord Jesus come

 

© 1998 Vineyard Songs
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THE GOSPEL STORY

Matthew 20:1-16

THE MESSAGE: Buzz Trexler

“God's Fairness Doctrine"

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

One: Lord, in Your mercy,

All: hear our prayer

.

GIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS

“Make Me a Servant”

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

God of grace and compassion, as we offer our tithes and offerings this morning, we remember the lessons in your providing the Israelites with manna in the wilderness. First lesson: you took care of their needs. Second lesson: you gave enough to meet the needs of the day and instructed them to look out for the weak and needy. Finally, you made clear that accumulating more than they needed would not end well. Help us to learn from these lessons in what you have given to us by your goodness. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen. 

© 2020 Discipleship Ministries

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING SONG

“And are We Yet Alive"
Charles Wesley

And are we yet alive, 
and see each other's face? 
Glory and thanks to Jesus give 
for his almighty grace!

 

Preserved by power divine 
to full salvation here, 
again in Jesus' praise we join, 
and in his sight appear. 

 

What troubles have we seen, 
what mighty conflicts past, 
fightings without, and fears within,
since we assembled last! 

 

Yet out of all the Lord 
hath brought us by his love; 
and still he doth his help afford, 
and hides our life above. 

 

Then let us make our boast 
of his redeeming power, 
which saves us to the uttermost, 
till we can sin no more. 

 

Let us take up the cross 
till we the crown obtain, 
and gladly reckon all things loss 
so we may Jesus gain.

 

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BENEDICTION

 

SENDING FORTH 

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE ...

Whether you label yourself a "Christian," or are uncertain whether you believe in anything any more, you are welcome to worship at Green Meadow United Methodist Church. Single, married, partnered, divorced, gay, rich, poor, USAmerican, or immigrant, you are welcome here. Burned out on religion -- whether organized, or disorganized -- bedraggled and hungover, addicted or in recovery, just out of jail, you are welcome here. Have no idea about Holy Communion, hymnals, or when to stand or sit? Don't worry, the pastor didn't either when he first stepped into a United Methodist Church as an adult -- and he was welcomed, too. 

We're glad you're here! 

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. Our mission is to be an open gathering place to nurture Christians in training who, equipped by the Holy Spirit, go into the world and share the light of Jesus Christ.

A MISSIONAL CHURCH

Whether it's building mission kits for flood victims, sending food buckets to Zimbabwe, working with Family Promise of Blount County, helping the Salvation Army's lunch ministry, or gathering peanut butter for the Community Food Connection, "Meadow Folk" are engaged in the missio Dei ... God's mission of love.

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

Sunday mornings at Green Meadow are, in a way, much of what you would expect when you come to a United Methodist Church: we gather for Sunday School and we worship together. We also share a breakfast once a month, and in months where we have a fifth Sunday, we have a potluck dinner.

ABOUT US

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. 

CONTACT US

1633 Louisville Road

Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone: 865-982-5800

Email: greenmeadowpastor@gmail.com

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