Outdoor Worship October 18 @ 9:30am

Outdoor Worship October 18 @ 9:30am

Welcome to St. John’s! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing health and safety concerns in Pennsylvania, St. John’s will hold Worship at 9:30 AM in the parking lot with the following guidelines:

  • Even as restrictions are being lifted, please remember to keep social distancing and wear masks for your and others’ protection

We will continue to respect our leaders’ directives and conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner. Despite these dark days, we will keep turning toward the light. May our Lord Jesus have mercy on us and the whole world. Contact Pastor Jody at godtalk@ptd.net for more information!  The Bulletins will be handed out on Sunday morning or can be viewed below

WORSHIP SERVICE for October 18, 2020 at 9:30 AM – 20 th Sunday after Pentecost
CALL TO WORSHIP: (Psalm 96)

Leader: Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the whole earth.
People: Sing to the Lord and bless his name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
Leader: Declare his glory among the nations and his wonders among all peoples.
People: For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all gods.
Leader: As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; but it is the Lord who made the heavens.
People: Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! Oh, the power and the
splendor of his sanctuary!
Leader: Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; ascribe to the Lord honor and power.
People: Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his name; and come into his courts.
All: Worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him.

OPENING SONG: “I Am Turning To the Light” (key of C)
Like a seedling in the clay, When the sun’s first golden ray
Marks the breaking of the day, I am turning to the light.
(Chorus)
I am turning to the light, I am reaching toward the sun
I have journeyed through the night And the battle now is won
There’s a new song in my heart There’s a new day dawning bright
Oh I’m turning to the light
Not so very long ago I lay covered by the snow
With no sign of spring in sight Now I’m turning to the light
(Repeat Chorus)
Like a Robin in the spring When the dew is glistening
I will raise my voice and sing I am turning to the light
(Repeat Chorus 2x)

GREETING & KYRIE:
Leader: The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us.
People: Lord, have mercy upon us.
Leader: Christ, have mercy upon us.People: Christ, have mercy upon us.
Leader: Lord, have mercy upon us and the whole world.
People: Lord, have mercy upon us and the whole world.

SONG OF PRAISE: “I’m Trading My Sorrows” (Key of A)
1) I’m trading my sorrow. I’m trading my shame. I’m laying them down for the joy of
the Lord. I’m trading my sickness. I’m trading my pain. I’m laying them down for
the joy of the Lord.
Chorus: I’m saying, Yes Lord. Yes Lord. Yes, Yes Lord! Yes Lord. Yes Lord. Yes, Yes Lord!
Yes Lord. Yes Lord. Yes, Yes Lord! Amen. (2 times)
2) I’m pressed but not but now crushed, persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but down but not destroyed.
I’m blessed beyond the curse, For his promise will endure
And his joy is gonna be my strength.
Pre-Chorus: For my sorrow may last for a night, But joy comes in the morning!
3) I’m trading my sorrow. I’m trading my shame. I’m laying them down for the joy of
the Lord. I’m trading my sickness. I’m trading my pain. I’m laying them down for
the joy of the Lord.
Chorus a few times

HOLY SCRIPTURE: St. Matthew 22:15-22
PRAYER OF THE DAY:

Leader: Let us pray,
All: Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

MESSAGE
SONG OF THE DAY: “This Light of Mine” (key of G with B7 to Em)

1) This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
2) Hide it under a bushel, no! I’m gonna let it shine,
Hide it under a bushel, no! I’m gonna let it shine,
Hide it under a bushel, no! I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
3) Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine,
Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine,
Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
4) Let it shine til Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine til Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine til Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
5) Jesus is the light, I’m gonna let him shine,
Jesus is the light, I’m gonna let him shine,
Jesus is the light, I’m gonna let him shine,
Let him shine, let him shine, let him shine.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
LORD’S PRAYER
BENEDICTION
CLOSING SONG: “How Great Thou Art”
– but very slow and countrified it’s
Annette’s version – She says it is very worshipful!
“How Great Thou Art”
1) O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds thy hand hath
made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the
universe displayed.
Refrain: Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee, “How great thou art! How great
thou art!” Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee, “How great thou art! How great thou art!”
2) When through the woods and forest glade I wander, I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees. When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.
3) But when I think that God, his Son not sparing, Sent him to die, I scarce can take it
in. That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my
sin.
4) When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, And take me home, what joy
shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, My
God how great thou art.

Don’t forget, we will move back into the Church building on November 1 st . Worship time will be at 10:30 AM! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. We will try to set up the sanctuary in such a manner that all can be safe.

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