Westport Presbyterian Church—”The Phoenix is Rising!”
In-Person and Livestream Worship Service (a service to souls)
August 28, 2022 11 am
(Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am and then crossposted here. If the video doesn’t load properly here, you should be able to click on the Watch on Facebook link and watch as a guest)
PRELUDE: Voluntary in D Major: Vivace—William Boyce
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Leader: Jesus said,
People: “I am the light of the world.”
Leader: Jesus also said,
People: “You are the light of the world.”
Leader: But light itself cannot be seen.
People: Light travels too fast to be seen.
Leader: We see what light lights up.
People: We see what light shines on.
Leader Be the light.
People: Become the light.
Leader: Become the Jesus following light.
People: We praise God!
HYMN: Comfort, Comfort Ye My People PH1990
CALL TO CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT –by Michelle Obama
Leader: You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve the world’s problems at once.
People: But don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Leader: Listen to your hopes instead of your fears— How this time, we decide to stop doubting and to start dreaming.
People: How this time we commit ourselves to building the world as it should be to serve our fellow human beings.
Leader: We need to fix our souls. Our souls are broken and we have lost our way.
People: We are all God’s children and there’s so much more that unites us than divides us.
HYMN: Take Me to the Water GTG#480
BIBLE READINGS Matthew 25: 21-36
ANTHEM: Consider—Roland E. Martin
MESSAGE: The Binocular Vision of Matthew 25
HYMN: My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less GTG#353
PRAYER: MATTHEW 25 PRAYER, LORD’S PRAYER, —
SUNG RESPONSE: Come, Bring Your Burdens to God GTG#851
OFFERTORY: This is the Garden: Colours Come and Go; Text: e.e. cummings; music, Judith Cloud; Emma WitbolsFeugen, mezzo soprano
UNISON PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Receive. Be generous. Through darkness, we find light. A shadow says, “Light is here.” We’re all just walking each other home. Our work is to love people in such a way That the people we love feel free. Amen.
- Although they are disappointed by being home bound with Covid, Charles & Nancy Gay are still celebrating their August birthdays and their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations! We praise God!
- Zoom Mid-Week Sunday School Bible Study is this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. Studying Mark 3:1-12
- Vision Toward Penn School and Steptoe Community by Stan Morgan Mural Dedication Friday, Sept 9, 6:30 p.m. Interest in this event is growing since a simultaneous initiative is developing to preserve and honor the historic African American Steptoe community of which Penn School was the heart and head.
- Our long time friend and fellow musician, Claudette Schiratti, (Sisters of Mercy) died this past week. We praise God for Claudette’s life and her friendship with our congregation, Riva Capellari and other church members,and Westport Center for the Arts.