The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Monday, September 28, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

The United Methodist Church of Enfield

16th Sunday After Pentecost  September 20, 2020

Guide for In-Person and Online Worship

 

Click HERE for the PDF version of the Worship Guide

 

 

 

                                        Wisdom for All Ages – Children’s Books & The Bible
Being a child is hard.  Becoming a grownup doesn’t make things all that much easier.  The wonderful world of picture books helps children began to learn to navigate the world, in all its complexity and beauty.  The wonderful words in the Bible help adults learn how to face the world with all of its mountain top and valley moments, filled with God’s grace.  In the second of a 4-part worship series, we’ll use children’s picture books as a window into scripture.

We Gather in God’s Name

Gathering

 

Welcome Back to the Sanctuary (orientation video)                        

 

Announcements

 

*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – For the Beauty of the Earth

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

congregational singing.)

For the beauty of the earth, 
for the glory of the skies, 
for the love which from our birth 
over and around us lies; 

[Refrain]

Lord of all, to thee we raise 
this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of human love, 
brother, sister, parent, child, 
friends on earth and friends above, 
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
[Refrain]


For thyself, best Gift Divine, 
to the world so freely given, 
for that great, great love of thine, 
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:

[Refrain]

 

Opening Prayer

God of Blazing light,
through the power of the cross you shattered our darkness,
scattering the fears that bind us
and setting us free to live as your children.
Give us courage
that we may joyfully turn and follow you
into new adventures of faithful service,
led by the light that shines
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

Children’s Book – Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

 

We Proclaim and Respond to God’s Word

 

Musical Reflection – O Lord, You Called Disciples (solo)

O Lord, you called disciples, proclaiming, "Come and see!"
And so an invitation began your ministry.
Then Andrew called his brother, and Peter came to you;
More men and women followed, and little children, too.

 

God, by your Holy Spirit, now send us in your name
To serve the lost and outcast, the poor for whom you came.
Through gifts of hope and healing, through loving ministry,
May we reach out, inviting the world to "Come and see!"

 

*Gospel Reading – Matthew 4:12-23

12Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

 

Sermon – “What Next…Why Not?”

 

Silent Reflection

 

Concerns and Celebrations from the Online Community

 

Intercessory Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer

We Give Thanks for God’s Gifts

 

Giving Our Tithes, Offerings and Other Gifts

 

Offertory Prayer

God, the source of all good things,

you have given us what we need.

In joyful response, let us offer our gifts,

the fruit of our labors, and the dedication of our hearts

for loving service in the name of Christ.  Amen.

 

We Go Forth In God’s Name

 

*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – The Summons                

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

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

 

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,

through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

 

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

 

Benediction

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 – wherever you are!

 

 

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Credits: Prayers & litanies adapted from Feasting on the Word Worship Companion. – Year A, Volume 1 (© 2012, reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press); Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (© 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress) used with permission. “For the Beauty of the Earth” #92, The United Methodist Hymnal (© The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989) used with permission.  “The Summons” #2130, The Faith We Sing (©Abingdon Press, 2000), used with permission.  “O Lord, You Called Disciples” written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, from Songs of Grace (© 2009, Discipleship Resources), used with permission.