Thanks to all who checked in last week. It is good to know that we are together even as we are apart!
Remember we can connect through Zoom (we have corrected the entry problem from last Sunday), Facebook, in person (please, let me know if you will be in-person), and through “Radio Daniel” our parking lot FM station 89.3 FM where you can listen to the worship service from your car radios in thechurch parking lot, the school parking lot, the street parking in front of the church and the school yard across the street. (It will not reach any further). If you want to get out of the house, keep healthy distancing, and listen to church — try our parking lot on Sunday morning!
We continue our show and tell messages with young hearts! Each week during September we will have a theme and everyone is invited to bring something that represents that theme.
If you are on Facebook, you can put the story related to the theme as a post on the Veradale UCC page or on your own Facebook page and then link it to the live stream. On ZOOM you can put the story in the Chat and show whatever you have brought to the others on the app. If you send me the something for this Sunday’s theme by Saturday, I may be able to select 1-3 of them to be share live.
Sunday, September 13, Belonging: usually this is our Sunday to collect water that would later be used for baptism. We blend the water together as a reminder that we are one. Think about what it means to belong.
Sunday, September 20, Being fair: ways to help us keep fair with each other and ourselves.
Sunday, September 27, What do you like to make? Why?
The bulletin for Sunday worship is also below. Remember worship is seen and heard both on Facebook and ZOOM (link below). Please, keep flexible about worshiping in person. If Washington State goes back to Phase 1, we will only have the worship team in the building. We are in this for the long haul.
This Sunday, we plan to both worship in person as well as on-line and with the 89.3 fm in the parking lot. For those who come in person, expect:
- Enter through front door (church wings will both be closed).
- Only the one bathroom by the front doors will be used.
- Temperature and names will be taken at the door.
- Masks are required (we will have masks for forgetful folk).
- Chairs are set at 6’ apart. Please, do not move chairs.
- The Bibles, Hymnals, pens, pencils, coloring pages are all REMOVED from the sanctuary
- There will be absolutely no eating or drinking in the building.
Please, let me know if you are coming in person this Sunday so that I can be certain we have enough chairs set out. Thank you.
Volunteers are still needed to sanitize the bathroom every Sunday. We have volunteers for two Sundays of the month and need two more.
Also, I have recently learned about the projected tsunami of suicides predicted for October through December due to the foreclosures on homes, evictions from apartments, the costs of health care, the loss of jobs, and so much more. We will get through this together! Please, if you or someone you know is talking about harming themselves or feeling hopeless to the point of not wanting to live, call the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish.
Yes, even harder times are ahead. We have come through hard times before and we will do it again!
Sunday Worship on ZOOM
Every Sunday 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PDT)
Sunday Worship-Veradale UCC
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Meeting ID: 985 8122 3201
Veradale United Church of Christ
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
Sunday, September 13, 2020 • 10:30 a.m.
CCLI license #11038266
Jan Young, Musician
Pastor Gen, Worship Leader and AV
Scotty Patton, Zoom coordinator
Naomi Hanvey, Facebook Coordinator
10:30am Worship begins
God shows us the way. . all the time! All the time . . . God shows us the way!
Passing the Peace of Christ and Welcoming the Light of Christ
Hymn: “Down to the River to Pray” a cappella
CCLI license #11038266
As I went down in the river to pray,Studying about that good ol’ way, And who shall wear the starry crown, Good Lord, show me the wayO sisters, let’s go down, Let’s go down, come on down, O sisters, let’s go down, Down in the river to pray.
As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good ol’ way, And who shall wear the robe and crown, Good Lord, show me the way, O brothers, let’s go down, come on down, don’t you want to go down, Oh, brothers let’s go down, Down in the river to pray
As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good ol’ way, And who shall wear the starry crown, Good Lord, show me the way, O fathers, let’s go down, Let’s go down, come on down, O fathers, let’s go down, Down in the river to pray
As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good ol’ way, And who shall wear the robe and crown, Good Lord, show me the way, O mothers, let’s go down, come on down, don’t you want to go down, Oh, mothers let’s go down, Down in the river to pray.
As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good ol’ way, And who shall wear the starry crown, Good Lord, show me the way, O sinners, let’s go down, Let’s go down, come on down, O sinners, let’s go down, Down in the river to pray.
Response: Amen, amen, amen
A Time of Offering
An Invitation to Share
*Dedication 780 (NCH) Public Domain
Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above, you heavenly hosts: Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.
We thank you, stedfast God that we have these gifts of time, talent, and treasure, to offer. Bless us know we are your church, scattered and gathered. Guide us. Let our love for you strengthen our practice of loving our neighbors. Amen
Listening for God
Message with Young Hearts:
Belonging: What’s it like to belong?
14 Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2 Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3 Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5 Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6 Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.[e] 11 For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12 So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Matthew 18:21-35 The Message
21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”
22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.
23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.
26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.
28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’
29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.
32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”
Message: “Practicing Change”
Our Light moves into the World God Loves
Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
- Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see
- T’was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed
- Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come ‘tis grace that brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home
- My God has promised good to me, whose word my hope secures; God will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
- When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.
*Benediction and “Love Round”
Love, love, love, love, Christians this is your call. Love your neighbor as yourself for God loves us all.