Worship Resources

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Live Stream 10/18/2020

Greetings!

Here are the worship resources for our first livestream in-person worship service. This a bittersweet time for us all.  We are back in our beloved sanctuary for worship—but not all of us are able to be here yet.  We are praising God together—but we cannot sing or shout out our praises because it is not yet safe to do so.  And this will be our new normal for a while, for a period of months anyway.  We need to keep safe-distancing and mask wearing and hand washing until we all feel safe to embrace and shout to the LORD!

So, please remember to call or email ahead and let us know that you are coming on Sundays.  Make use of the hand sanitizing stations that we will have set up for you.  Stay six feet apart from one another at all times when you are here at Streams.  Wear a mask at all times (we will have plenty of them available if you need one.)  And please do not sing out or speak out loud any of the responses in our liturgy each week.  If I say, “Please join me in…”, I mean to join me in your mind and heart silently as we offer up our thoughts and prayers to God.

So, this Sunday when you arrive at Streams, you will be asked to sanitize your hands in the courtyard.  Then you will be asked to sign in so that we have a record of who is here in case we have do any contact tracing. Then you will be ushered into your seats in the sanctuary so that we do not mingle too closely in the entry or the aisles. Offering plates will not be passed—they will be on stands in the narthex to drop your offering into.  Their will be no passing of the peace in order to avoid any contact that can spread the virus.  Holy Communion will be blessed on the altar, but then it will be distributed to you in your cars as you leave the parking lot, again, to avoid contact.  You will be ushered out of the sanctuary after the service for that same reason as well.

All of this will seem strange to us at first, but we will adjust to it.  And we will make changes to it as we learn and progress.  Please remember that it is not forever.  It’s just until we are safe again.  And most important of all, remember in all that we do to give glory to God!  Amen?

Pr Tom

Welcome

GATHERING SONGS     THEY’LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS

1)  We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord

And we pray that all unity, May one day be restored

Chorus  And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love by our love

Yes they’ll know we are Christians By our love

2)  We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand

We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand

And together we’ll spread the news, That God is in our land  chorus

3)  We will work with each other, We will work side by side

We will work with each other, We will work side by side

And we’ll guard each man’s dignity,

And save each man’s pride chorus

4)  All praise to the Father, From whom all things come

And all praise to Christ Jesus His only Son

And all praise to The Spirit who makes us one chorus

CCLI Song No. 26997

CCLI License No. 1207064

 COME, NOW IS THE TIME TO WORSHIP

Verse  Come, now is the time to worship;

Come, now is the time to give your heart;

Come, just as you are to worship;

Come, just as you are before your God. Come

Chorus

One day every tongue will confess You are God;

One day every knee will bow;

Still the greatest treasure remains;

For those who gladly choose You now

Repeat verse and chorus

Come, now is the time, Come, now is the time, Come.

CCLI-License# 1366369

THE CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:            Jesus calls to us through his church, inviting us into                     God’s kingdom.

People:           We are in the church because we want to be in                       God’s kingdom.

Leader:            We fail to be a part of the kingdom if our faith does not                            lead to action.

People:           Today we make a personal commitment of our faith                           and life to God’s kingdom.

Leader:            Let us lift up our songs and praise before Almighty God!

People:           Blessed be the name of the Lord!

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

Equip

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Leader:            Gracious God,

People:           we feel it is necessary to be in the church. But once we are in the church, we too easily become deaf to your call to Christian commitment. And in our deafness, we lose interest in Christ’s invitation into your kingdom. Forgive us for the apathy we express toward the eternal blessing you share with us through Christ. Help us to be ready, willing, and excited about your promised kingdom. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Silence for reflection and personal confession)

Leader:Jesus Christ has stood alone before God, interceding for us and deflecting the divine wrath. In the mercy of Christ, you are robed in righteousness and welcomed into the banqueting room of heaven. Sisters and Brothers, your sins are forgiven; be at peace.

People:           Thanks be to God!

SONG OF PRAISE    LORD, I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH

1.  Lord, I lift Your name on high

Lord, I love to sing Your praises.

I’m so glad You’re in my life,

I’m so glad You came to save us.

Chorus

You came from heaven to earth, to show the way,

From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay,

From the cross to the grave,

From the grave to the sky,

Lord, I lift Your name on high.

2.  Lord, we come before Your throne,

Bowed in humble adoration.

We’re so glad to be Your own,

So we sing in exaltation:

Chorus

TODAY’S BIBLE READINGS

Isaiah 45:1-7

The prophet announces that Cyrus the Persian emperor is the one the Lord has anointed to end Israel’s exile. The Lord makes this choice so that the whole world will recognize this Lord as the only God. Persia had a god of light and a god of darkness; the Lord claims sovereignty over both light and darkness.

1Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him—and the gates shall not be closed:
2I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,
3I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me.
5I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, 6so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.

Psalm 96:1-4

1Sing to the Lor a new song;
  sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2Sing to the Lord, bless the name of the Lord;
  proclaim God’s salvation from day to day.
3Declare God’s glory among the nations
  and God’s wonders among all peoples.
4For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised,
  more to be feared than all gods.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Most likely this letter is the first written by Paul. Paul is giving pastoral encouragement and reassurances to new Christians living in an antagonistic pagan environment. Their commitment of faith, love, and hope makes them a model for other new Christian communities.

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
  To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
  Grace to you and peace.
  2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

L:         The Word of the Lord                   C: Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION                                                   THY WORD

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

And a light unto my path; you’re the light unto my path

Matthew 22:15-22

After Jesus begins teaching in the temple, religious leaders try to trap him with questions. First they ask if God’s people should pay taxes to an earthly tyrant like Caesar.

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

SPECIAL MUSIC      by Bells Angels

ADULT MESSAGE               20 PENTECOST—10.18.20—MATTHEW 22:15-22

Pastor Brian Kluth tells of a friend’s four-year-old daughter, Amanda, who was determined not to put her quarter in the offering plate one Sunday. Amanda’s parents were trying to teach her to be a faithful and cheerful giver. But Amanda was not having any of it! Her parents were embarrassed that they had to pry the quarter out of her little hand and drop it into the offering plate.

Later that afternoon, Amanda’s mom heard her playing on the backyard swing. Every time Amanda got the swing up to its highest point on the swing set, she would shout at the sky, “God, I want my quarter back! God, I want my quarter back!”

Some people would rather not give God that which is God’s, including Amanda.

Jesus was not trying to pile extra stress on us when he pointed out our responsibility to both pay our taxes to the government and give to God’s work. He was trying to teach us an important spiritual principle: Giving is the ultimate sign that we trust God.

If you want to know what you really believe about God, examine your checkbook. Your level of giving toward God’s work matches your level of trust in God. Do you believe that–if you invest in God’s work, God will always provide for your needs? This is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to faith. Do you trust God enough to give a portion of your resources to do His work?

Let me tell you about a Christian couple named Jerry and Muriel Caven. The Caven’s had started numerous successful businesses over the years. As they reached retirement age, however, they realized that accumulating wealth was not what life was all about. They believed God was leading them to participate in a new venture. That venture was overseas Christian missions.

Instead of jealously protecting their retirement savings as most would do, the Caven’s decided to give away larger and larger portions of their income to God’s work. Jerry Caven says that their generosity was stoked by the realization that God was the true owner of all they had anyway. As he says, “Once we understood we were giving away [not our money, but] God’s money to God’s work, we had a peace and joy we never had back when we thought it was our money!”

Isn’t it interesting how trust in God automatically leads to greater peace and joy? If you do not have much joy in your life, it is probably because you do not trust God.

Trusting in money and material things for our security or status or identity is a sure path to misery. Do you really want to put your trust in something you can lose? Trusting in material things leads to anxiety, fear, greed, conflict—all the qualities that are out of alignment with God’s will for our life. The path to joy lies in sharing with God in the work of His Kingdom.

God wants to save us from the empty, frustrating, meaningless insecurity that comes from putting our trust in material things. The life of greed is a bottomless pit. There is never enough to satisfy. But giving to the work of God gives your life meaning and purpose.

And that brings us to the second thing Jesus was teaching us in this Bible passage. First of all, giving is the ultimate sign that we trust God. And secondly, giving is the ultimate opportunity we have, to impact the world.

We look at giving money to God’s work, and we see a loss from our bank account. We see a minus sign in our balance sheet. And that’s where anxiety and greed kick in. But what if we looked at giving to God as an opportunity instead? Because our giving to God’s work is the greatest way to impact the world in a concrete way.

Pastor W.A. Criswell told the story of a man who was asked, “What did you do yesterday?”

The man said that yesterday he taught a class in a church college. On Tuesday, he was down in the Rio Grande Valley working in a Vacation Bible School. On Wednesday, he was operating in a church hospital in Nigeria. On Thursday, he was teaching the Word of God in the Amazon jungle. On Friday, he was building a church house in the Philippines. On Saturday, he was preaching in Tokyo, Japan.

The friend stopped him, “Man, even in the jet age you can’t do all that!”

The fellow said, “But I do it every day. I give a tithe to [my church] and it goes all over the earth doing good for Jesus.’”

Think about it. You may never physically go to Haiti to feed a starving child, or dig wells in Honduras, or provide after-school activities for needy kids in Boston or share the good news of Jesus with hurting people in our community. But through your giving, you can do all these things and more. Your money can fuel ministries that save lives. Ministries that change lives.

You may be unsure about the ministries God is calling you to. You may be super-busy and not know how you can fit ministry into your schedule. You may not have much money and feel that your giving would not make an impact anyway, but you would be wrong. Truly, every little bit helps. Through giving what you can to God, you can be in ministry all over the world. You can bring hope and resources and life and salvation to people everywhere, not because you have superhuman talents and a fat bank account, but simply because you trusted God and gave what you could.

In 2011, former University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt and his wife Katharyn, both devoted Christians, sold their second home—an eight-bedroom mansion worth almost $2 million—so they could give more time and money to charities. Mark and Katharyn had been reading the book The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision.

The book created in them a passion to contribute to international missions. As Mark Richt said, “You know what? I don’t want to pour money into a home like that when I can use it for better things, for eternal things.”

Most of us do not have a $2 million house to sell to give to missions, but that does not mean that we cannot have the same joy that the Richt’s discovered. Every dollar we give to the work of God is an eternal investment in sharing life and hope. 

Giving is the ultimate sign that we trust God. Giving is the ultimate opportunity to impact the world. And finally, Jesus is teaching us in this Bible passage: Giving is the ultimate pathway to joy. Every hard teaching of God results in a blessing for those who believe and obey. When Jesus taught, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it,” he was teaching a profound and eternal truth. He was teaching us to live in faith rather than in fear.

Fear tells us that we need to maintain control of our lives because there is not enough to go around. Fear tells us that happiness is found in comfort and certainty. Fear is the little voice in our heads that says, “I’ll start giving to God’s work once I get a new job, or I pay off my car, or when the kids are grown.” But joy and peace and fulfillment are only found in following Christ and aligning our priorities with God’s will for our lives here and now. Today. Chances are that if you keep putting off making God first in your life, it will never happen.

When Johnny Jennings was eighteen years old, he visited a children’s home associated with his church. He tells how moved he was when three little boys at that home ran up to him and begged to be adopted.

Johnny was too young to consider starting a family at that time. But he knew God was calling him to do something to help. So, at 18 years of age he began collecting money to give to that children’s home. Since he did not make much money, he started gathering paper and aluminum scrap on the side and recycling it, then gave the recycling money to support the orphans at the Home. This became a lifetime act of faithfulness.

That is why recently, at the age of 88, Johnny Jennings was honored by the state of Georgia for giving more than $400,000 to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home through his recycling work. When asked why he dedicated his life to this mission, Jennings says, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Could you do that? It all comes down to a matter of trust. Do you want to maximize the positive impact of your life and experience more joy in life? Giving to God’s work is the surest way to do it. There is nothing else you can possibly spend your money on that can offer you a better return for your investment. But you will never experience the joy that awaits all those who take that step of faith until you give sacrificially to the work of God. So, render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. You really do not have much choice about that, do you? But much more importantly, render unto God the things that are God’s. Amen.

SERMON SONG                                                       WE BOW DOWN

1)  You are Lord of creation and Lord of my life

Lord of the land and the sea

You were Lord of the heavens before there was time

And Lord of all Lords You will be!

Chorus 1)  We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

Lord of all Lords you will be!

2)  You are King of creation and King of my life

King of the land and the sea

You were King of the heavens before there was time

And King of all Kings You will be!

Chorus 2)  We bow down, and we crown You the King

We bow down, and we crown You the King

We bow down, and we crown You the King

King of all Kings You will be!

Chorus 1)  We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

Lord of all Lords you will be!

Respond

AFFIRMING OUR FAITH                                Apostles’ Creed

            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, and 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.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

P:         Open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

P:         Trusting in God, we pray for the church. Fill all worshipers with your Holy Spirit. Grant them generous hearts to share God’s splendor revealed to them in Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

C:        hear our prayer.

P:         Trusting in God’s healing power, we pray for this congregation: for the unemployed and overworked, for all who are burdened by debt, for the sick and those in particular need (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

C:        hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

P:         Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting the power of Christ and the gifts of the Spirit.

C:        Amen.

WE WORSHIP GOD THROUGH OUR GIVING

PRAYER OF BLESSING

After the service we will have offering plates available in the narthex to drop your offering in instead of passing them in the pew. You may also give by automatic withdrawal, electronically on the website, by mail, or drop it through the mail slot on the office door.  We thank you all for your continued support and partnership in the Gospel.  Let us pray:

 Leader:           God of extravagant love, you have reached out to us and blessed us in so many ways – especially through your most extravagant gift of all – Jesus Christ.  We rejoice in your invitation to share our lives with him.  Bless us as we respond by offering these gifts and by dedicating ourselves anew as disciples of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 

People:           Amen.

HOLY COMMUNION

Holy Communion will be blessed at this point in the service and then distributed in the parking lot after the service in a drive-through method in your cars from 11:30 to 12:30.

LORDS PRAYER                   

Send

BENEDICTION SONG            AS YOU GO ON YOUR WAY

As you go on your way may Christ go with you.

May he go before you to show you the way;

May he go behind you to encourage you;

Beside you to befriend you;

Above you to watch over;

Within you to give you peace. 

In the name of the Father, Son and Spirit.  Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

STREAMS THEME SONG

See the streams of living waters,

springing from eternal love,

well supply your sons and daughters,

and all fear of want remove. 

Who can faint while such a river

ever will their thirst assuage?

Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,

never fails from age to age.

SENDING BLESSING

Leader:            Greet your worshiping neighbor.

                       Go in peace be Devoted to Generosity!

People:           Thanks be to God!!!

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

The Book of Common Prayer reminds us that if one is unable to actually consume the consecrated bread and wine due to extreme sickness or disability, the desire is enough for God to grant all the benefits of communion (BCP, p. 457). When being present at a celebration of the Eucharist is absolutely impossible, this act of prayer and meditation can provide the means by which you can associate yourself with the Eucharistic Action and open yourself to God’s grace and blessing.

Blessed be God, + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord, to mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle: Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door I will come in to you and eat with you and you with me.

The Psalm: Psalm 23:5-6

You prepare a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Gospel: John 15:5

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me, you can do nothing.

If time and circumstances permit, confess your faith with the words of the Apostles’ Creed.

In your own words, pray for your own needs, for those on your heart, for the peace of the world, and for the Church. 

After offering these intercessions, continue with the

Act of Contrition

O God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and for all the wrongs I have done and the good I have not done. Especially I confess….Forgive me for Jesus’ sake, and grant me strength and wisdom to amend my life. Amen.

Act of Reception

In union, blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered at every altar of your Church where your blessed Body and Blood are offered this day, (and remembering particularly my own parish and those worshiping there) I long to offer you praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory.

And particularly for the blessings given me…. I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament, and, since I cannot at this time receive communion, I pray you to come into my heart. I unite myself with you and embrace you with all my heart, my soul, and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you; let me serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace. Amen.

Our Father…

Come Lord Jesus, and dwell in my heart in the fullness of your strength; be my wisdom and guide me in right pathways; conform my life and actions to the image of your holiness; and, in the power of your gracious might, rule over every hostile power that threatens or disturbs the growth of your kingdom, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

And may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ my Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, + the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with me now and always. Amen.

Spiritual Communion is excerpted from Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book.

Permission is given to reproduce this text for use in local worshiping communities.

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