Below you will find prayers, songs, readings, and a message to help you experience worship.  You can light a candle to remind yourself of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Whether you are alone or with others, we hope that you can feel each other’s presence, and the presence of God, as we find creative ways to worship together, even though we are not in the same building.  One good thing about virtual worship is that if you really like a song, you can listen to it again!  Do what you need to do to worship God wherever you are.

Announcements and Call to Worship

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Our call to worship is based on Matthew 16: 13-20.

Our help is in the name of the Lord our God, the Maker of heaven and earth, who comes to our aid in times of need, who gives us the courage to do what we know is right, who invites us to turn away from the influences of the world around us and confess Jesus alone as Saviour and Lord. This is our God!  Let’s worship together.

Opening Song                                            
I was Glad

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I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Called from every nation, called from every race, gathered here for worship in this holy place; God is here among us, lift your hearts and sing, make the walls and rafters ring. 

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Words that must be spoken, grace that must be heard, mercy and forgiveness from God’s holy word, here will be repeated; peace to all proclaimed, shouted out in Jesus’ name.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Here the poor are welcomed, here the lost are claimed.  Broken lives are mended, deepest fears are named.  Here the wise are children and the weak are strong.  Here, in Christ, we all belong.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.  O Lord God, merciful judge, you give us forgiveness. Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen   

Genesis 50:15-21

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15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

Children’s Moment

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Gospel and Message                   
Matthew 18:21-35

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21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Hymn of the Day              
Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer

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Guide me ever, great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land.  I am weak, but you are mighty; hold me with your pow’rful hand.  Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore, feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain where the healing waters flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.  Strong deliv’rer, strong deliv’rer, shield me with your mighty arm, shield me with your mighty arm.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; death of death and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side.  Songs and praises, songs and praises, I will raise forevermore, I will raise forevermore.


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Apostles’ Creed

With the whole church, let us confess our faith.

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.


Held together in one body by the Spirit of Christ, let us pray for the church and the world, and all who are in need.

God of love, strengthen faith through worship and all ministries, and nurture new ventures for education and growth. Bless bishops, pastors, and deacons for their work in this unprecedented time.  Lord, hear our prayer. 

God of justice, lead the nations away from the ways of violence. Guide leaders to work for justice.  Show families, neighborhoods, and nations how to welcome diversity while sharing common ground. Lord, hear our prayer. 

God of the sufferers, visit prisons and care homes with health and hope. Free victims of human trafficking and forced labor. Deliver all who are bound by debt. Feed all who hunger and provide safety to migrants. Protect firefighters and first responders. Heal the sick, and be with the lonely:  Lord, hear our prayer. 

God of goodness, once more we beg for a way through the pandemic. Comfort the afflicted. Support medical workers. Prepare a vaccine.  Lord, hear our prayer. 

God of tender power, we live to you. Hear now, we pray, the desires of our hearts.  Lord, hear our prayer. 

All these things and whatever else you see that we need, we entrust to your mercy; through Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

Franciscan Sending

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Read this out loud. If you are with other people, take turns reading the parts out loud.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. 

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace. 

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. 

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. 

And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems, and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forevermore.  Amen.

Sending Song                     
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

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Joyful, joyful we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love!  Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee, praising thee, their sun above.  Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the gloom of doubt away.  Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.  Field and forest, vale and mountain, flow’ry meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird, and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, wellspring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest!  Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine!


Go forth into the world to serve God with gladness; be of good courage;  hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all people; love and serve God, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Thanks be to God.


Go in peace. Christ is with you.  Thanks be to God.

Worship Assistants

Music:  Lori
Message: Pastor Kristin
Readers: Dawn, Ginny, Maddy and Ian
Children’s Moment: Pastor Kristin

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