Worship – September 6 – Bad Contacts

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
From the comfort of our homes we gather to worship.
Whether through printed word, or through the gift of technology
we are a community.
Here we seek connection to the Divine.
Come, let us worship God,
shown to us through the risen Christ.

Gathering Song – You Never Let Go
Played by SOTH Worship Team

Confession – Based on Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20
Merciful God,
You call us to turn away from behaviors and attitudes that belong to the darkness,
   to live honest and transparent lives as children of the light.
We confess the times when we have failed,
   giving in to our darker thoughts and desires;
   and acting in ways that did not bring honor to Your name.

Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us.
Teach us how to live as children of the light.

You call us love one another,
   to put the needs and interests of those around us above our own;
   to love others as deeply as we have been loved by You.
We confess the times when we have failed,
   allowing our own desires and interests to take precedence
   over the needs of others.

Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us.
Teach us how to love as we have been loved.

You call us to deal honorably with one another,
   even those who have hurt or offended us;
   to work through our disagreements with love and integrity,
   and to build up the Body of Christ.
We confess the times when we have failed,
   finding it easier to simply walk away from hurtful relationships,
   or to talk behind people’s backs rather than to their faces.

Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us. 
Teach us how to live with love and integrity.

Give us hunger to know You more,
   so that we may do Your will
   and walk in Your ways,
   to the glory of Your name.  

Scripture Readings

Reading – Romans 13:8-14
The reading can be found here.
Read by Macy McCarthy

Psalm Reading – Psalm 119:33-40 

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
    and I will observe it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
    and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
    for I delight in it.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees,
    and not to selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
    give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
    which is for those who fear you.
39 Turn away the disgrace that I dread,
    for your ordinances are good.
40 See, I have longed for your precepts;
    in your righteousness give me life.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 18:15-20
The reading can be found here.
Read by Vicki Carroll

Pastor Adam’s Message – Bad Contacts

Questions for Discussion:
How do you deal with conflict (generally)?

How have you experienced conflict within a Christian community?

Have you ever followed Jesus’ instructions regarding conflict? If so, how did it go?

What is one step you would like to embrace more when it comes to resolving conflict in your life?

Centering Song – Gather Us In – ELW 532
Lyrics can be found here
Recorded by Donna Natseway

Prayer“A Place For Us”
We long to find a place to relax, O God,
    to lean into the welcome and the love of real friends
        who stay true no matter who we are or what we’ve done.
We want to be known – not just our names, but ourselves,
    our dreams and longings, our fears and failings
        and be warmly, unrestrainedly welcomed.
We yearn to know the joy of opening our arms to others
    and seeing them melt and grow soft in the safety
        of our acceptance.

And you have created a place like this for us
    a place of people, with failings and disagreements
        who still look out for one another;
    a place of difference and struggle
        where we can all belong;
    a place of faith and deep doubt,
        a place of awkward stumbling toward Christlikeness;
    a place of worship, of mystery and of rest.

And though we can’t always see it,
    although sometimes it doesn’t feel like it;
    this is the place – here.
Not the buildings and the furniture – no, these people
    who gather each week in your name
        and try so hard to remember each other’s
And for this place, and your being with us
    We give our heartfelt gratitude and devotion.

Sending Song – It is Well with my soul
Performed by Hymn Makers

Blessing – Based on Matthew 18:15-20
Go out in love, reconciled to one another in Christ.
Lay aside the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light.
Live honorably,
fulfilling the law through love for all.

And may God mark you out for salvation;
May Christ Jesus be present among you always,
And may the Holy Spirit reconcile you to one another
and fulfill the law of love among you.

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.  

Prayer – Written by John van de Laar, © 2007 Sacredise
Blessing – Written by Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net