Worship – September 20 – Strava

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team and our traditional service pianist. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.


Call to Worship – Based on Matthew 20:1-16
Come!
Come and worship,
you who woke early and you who slept late;
you who come often, and you who don’t.
Whether we are first or last or somewhere in between,
there is room for all of us in God’s kingdom,
and more than enough grace to go around.
Let’s worship God together!


Gathering Song – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – ELW 631
Lyrics can be found here.
Recorded by Donna Natseway


Opening Prayer
Holy One, you have promised to be with us,
And long ago sent your Spirit to abide among us
and guide us to a future of goodness and hope. 
We come seeking your truth, your justice, your kindness.
O God, you are with us this morning.
Let us feel your presence and
welcome you into our lives.
Come and fill these desires of our hearts.


Scripture Readings

Reading – Philippians 1:21-26
The reading can be found here.
Read by Ben Barnhart

Psalm Reading – Psalm 145:1-8
I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you,
    and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    his greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall laud your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
    and I will declare your greatness.

They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 20:1-16
The reading can be found here.
Read by Laura Wade


Pastor Adam’s Message – The Strava Sermon

Questions for Discussion:
Where do you look to determine your sense of self worth?

What things in your life add to your perception of who you are (make you “first”)?

What things detract from your perception of who you are (make you “last”)?

How does God determine someone’s worth?


Song of the Day – Old Church Choir
Performed by SOTH Worship Team


Prayers
In the times when we give – however generously
it becomes blatantly clear, O God,
how ridiculous our attempts are to balance the scales;
We cannot repay Your abundance of supply
Your extravagance of grace;
Nor do You require it.
So, why should we expect it of others?
In truth, we cannot.
Like You we can only love – by giving, by serving, by praying.
And so we ask…

Free the score-keepers in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

Restore the fallen in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

Strengthen the merciful in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

Heal the broken in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

Uplift the lowly in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

Bring down the tyrants in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

Erase the lines of division in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

Create a Christ-guided humanity in our world and in our hearts
[Silence for reflection]

And use us to make it so.
In Jesus’s Name.
Amen.


Sending Song – Jesus, Friend of Sinners
Performed by Casting Crowns


Commission & Benediction – Based on Exodus 16:2-15, Matthew 20:1-16
Go out from here
as workers in God’s upside-down kingdom,
where the last are first and the first are last,
where needs are met in miraculous ways,
and there is grace enough for all!

And may the blessing of God,
the love of Jesus Christ,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit
surround you and sustain you in the coming days. 
Amen.


Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  


Balancing the Scales Prayers – Written by John van de Laar on Sacredise.com