Liturgy for Worship

10th Sunday after Pentecost



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Music and Gathering


Welcome and Announcements


L: We begin in the name of the + Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen.


L: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A: Amen


L: Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and one another.


Silence for reflection


L: Most merciful God,

A: We confess that we are in bondage to sin, and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Holy name.


L: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen.


L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

A: And also with you.


L: We join our hearts in prayer.  O God our defender,

A: storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Children’s Message


FIRST READING – Romans 10:5-15

5Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7“or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say?

 “The word is near you,

  on your lips and in your heart”

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

  14But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”


L: The word of the Lord

A: Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL READING – Matthew 14:22-33

L: The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew.

A: Glory to you, O Lord.

22[Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

  28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

L: The Gospel of our Lord.

A: Praise to you, O Christ.


SERMON                                                                                                       Pastor James



I believe in God, the Father almighty,

     creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

      born of the virgin Mary,

      suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried;

      he descended to the dead.

      On the third day he rose again;

      he ascended into heaven,

      he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

      and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      the holy catholic church,

      the communion of saints,

      the forgiveness of sins,

      the resurrection of the body,

      and the life everlasting. Amen.





With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

After each petition:

L: Lord, in your mercy,

A: Hear our prayer.

L: Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

A: Amen.



L: Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

A: 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,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.


L: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

A: Amen.


L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

A: Thanks be to God!



Thanks for being with us today! We hope you are staying safe and well.


Sermon notes: Ministry ideas that connect us with each other and our community

  1. Drive-in movie
  2. Driveway delivery of a gift/goodies as a “thinking of you”
  3. Manna house food drive
  4. Invite-a-friend Sunday
  5. Birthday parade group – celebrate birthdays for all members above/below a certain age
  6. Blessing of the healthcare workers (special service? Sunday morning?)
  7. Collecting books for literacy council
  8. Make Summer Memorial mugs or shirts for people
  9. Visits blitz – quick, socially distanced, and masked driveway visits to every member
  10. Prayer partners
  11. Mentorship program for confirmation students
  12. Families adopt a senior or shut-in
  13. Secret buddies for youth
  14. Flamingo people’s yards for a charity
  15. Socktober – collect HUGS for people in need (Hats, underwear, gloves, socks)
  16. Car parade for shut-ins and people who live alone
  17. Collect, compile, and share favorite memories of Summer Memorial
  18. Interview our golden-age members, collecting stories, favorite hymns bible verses, etc.
  19. Sponsor/adopt a school classroom at Newberry Elementary or Boundary Elementary
  20. Deliver devotional booklets
  21. Make signs to post along road outside of church
  22. Random act of kindness bingo (for youth to play, get them to post pictures on social media and turn in their cards for a prize)
  23. Mask-making group to give masks away to people
  24. Surprise small businesses or first responders with coffee or gift courtesy of Summer Memorial
  25. Technology teaching – helping people use Facetime, Zoom, or other technology so they can connect with family
  26. Make Summer Memorial postcards and send out with hand-written notes.
  27. Scavenger hunt – tasks to complete or items to find around town or in people’s yards
  28. Letter writing team – write letters to people in the congregation
  29. Favorite pictures – people submit a picture with a story of a Summer Memorial memory for our social media page
  30. Scrapbooking group to capture what we have done/are doing now to keep in the church library
  31. Put together books of images of our stained glass windows for people and/or to place in pews to explain the symbols around us in our church.

Got a different idea? Great! All ideas should:

  1. Follow all guidelines and best practices around maintaining distance and wearing masks
  2. Not be dependent on groups using indoor church space.

Take the bulletin home, read the Gospel lesson, read the list, and pray. If you hear God speaking to you, give Pastor James a call at (336) 941-7265 and we will make it happen.

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