The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

The United Methodist Church of Enfield 

10th Sunday After Pentecost  August 9, 2020

Guide for Online Worship and Devotions



Summer is a great time for a road trip. This summer we might not get to take a physical road trip. But what if we took a road trip of faith? Today we begin a new 4-week worship series: Road Trip – An Adventure in Faith. We’ll explore what it means to think of our relationship with Jesus as a road trip.  We’ll look at how we get started, the different routes we travel, choosing when we come to a fork in the road, and detours. “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy.”  (Psalm 16:11a-b)


We Gather in God’s Name




Welcome & Announcements


Threshold Moment [video]


*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – Step By Step (twice)

(We’ll be making a joyful noise through congregational percussion instead of
congregational singing.)


O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you. 

O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you. 

I will seek you in the morning, and I will learn to walk in your ways;

and step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days. 


Opening Prayer

Holy One,

you have called us to become vessels of your love –

living examples of your peace in this fearful world.

We hear your call to share the good news

of Christ’s love, in acts and words of justice and mercy.

For this we are called to serve – wherever you lead.

May our lives reflect your light of love – wherever we go.

Go with us; live through us; and stay with us,

now and forevermore. Amen.


We Proclaim and Respond to God’s Word


Old Testament Reading – Psalm 25:1-10

1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

2O my God, in you I trust;

     do not let me be put to shame;

     do not let my enemies exult over me.

3Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;

     let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

4Make me to know your ways, O Lord;

     teach me your paths.

5Lead me in your truth, and teach me,

     for you are the God of my salvation;

     for you I wait all day long.

6Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord,

     and of your steadfast love,

     for they have been from of old.

7Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

     according to your steadfast love remember me,

     for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

8Good and upright is the Lord;

     therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

9He leads the humble in what is right,

     and teaches the humble his way.

10All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,

     for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.


Musical Reflection – Lead Me, Lord  (solo)

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, 
make thy way plain before my face. 
For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only, 
that makest me dwell in safety.


*Gospel Reading – Matthew 28:16-20

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Sermon - Road Trip – Faith as an Adventure: Getting Started on the Journey  


Silent Reflection


Concerns and Celebrations


Intercessory Prayer


Lord’s Prayer


We Give Thanks for God’s Gifts


Giving Our Tithes, Offerings and Other Gifts



Offertory Prayer

Everywhere we look, and everywhere we turn,

all that you surround us with

is good, sustaining, and complete.

What indescribable joy and delight

is evident in the works of your hands.

We rejoice with you as we freely return to you,

what you have so selflessly given to us.

We praise you, O God. Amen.


We Go Forth In God’s Name


*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations

(We’ll be making a joyful noise through congregational percussion instead of
congregational singing.)

We've a story to tell to the nations, 
that shall turn their hearts to the right, 
a story of truth and mercy, 
a story of peace and light, a story of peace and light. 


For the darkness shall turn to dawning, 
and the dawning to noonday bright; 
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth, 
the kingdom of love and light. 


We've a song to be sung to the nations, 
that shall lift their hearts to the Lord, 
a song that shall conquer evil 
and shatter the spear and sword, and shatter the spear and sword. 



We've a message to give to the nations, 
that the Lord who reigneth above 
hath sent us his Son to save us, 
and show us that God is love, and show us that God is love.



We've a Savior to show to the nations, 
who the path of sorrow hath trod, 
that all of the world's great peoples 
might come to the truth of God, might come to the truth of God. 




May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with all of you – wherever you travel this week. 


Sending Ritual – Sharing Christ’s Peace with Each Other & the World


*Please feel free to stand just as if you were in the sanctuary





Credit:  Prayers & litanies adapted Abingdon Worship Annual 2014 (© Abingdon Press, 2013), used with permission. “Step By Step” from Worship & Song, ( © Abingdon Press, 2011) used with permission. “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations” from The United Methodist Hymnal (© The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989)  used with permission.