Sunday, October 18, 2020 Interactive Worship Bulletin

(20th Sunday after Pentecost) 

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Preparing for God’s Word


“As the Deer”

Call to Worship

[Based on Isaiah 55: 1-3; 6]

Leader: Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters; even if you are penniless, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

People: Our souls hunger for God, for the living God!
Leader: Why spend money on what is not bread, and your work on that which does not satisfy? Listen and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.

People: Our souls hunger for God, for the living God!
Leader: Give ear and come to the Lord; listen, so that you may live. Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

People: Our souls hunger for God, for the living God!  

Preparing for God's Word

Hymn of Adoration

”All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly”


All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wandering. Here, in truth, we will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest.

Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast.

We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread.

Come from loneliness and longing. Here, in peace, we have been led.

Blest are those who from this table live their days in gratitude.

Taste and see the grace eternal.  Taste and see that God is good.

Prayer of Confession

Leader: O God of Grace, we know that it is so easy for us receive so much from you, and yet for us to waste those abundant gifts. Lord, when we pray and our main desire is to receive the good opinion of others,

People: Forgive us, Lord.

Leader: When we give our gifts so that other's might notice us or so we can pat ourselves on the back,

People: Forgive us, Lord.

Leader: When we deny ourselves mostly to get others’ admiration,

People: Forgive us, Lord.

Leader: When we fail to do unto others as we would like them to do unto us,

People: Forgive us, Lord.

Leader: When we put ourselves first, before those around us who have real need,

People: Forgive us, Lord.

Leader: When we keep for ourselves more than what we need,

People: Forgive us, Lord. 

Leader: Gracious God, forgive us our sins, our trespasses, and our debts. God we know that only then can our souls be washed clean and be made spotless. Only then can we be your true servants. Only then will we reach your heart. Amen

Assurance of Pardon

[based on Romans 5:8; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 5:1]

Leader: Hear the Good News! God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God!

Children's Message

**Click here to watch a children's message about how the Sabbath and Manna go together**

Hearing God's Word

Prayer of Illumination

Our Lord and our God, now as we hear your Word, fill us with your Spirit. Soften our hearts that we may delight in your presence. Sharpen our minds that we may discern your truth. Shape our wills that we may desire your ways. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

**Click here to listen to the Scripture and Sermon**

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 16:2-16

2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.


“Touchstone- God Saves His People... Miss You Like the Deserts Miss the Rain "

**Click here to hear the song "Like the Deserts Miss the Rain""**

Responding to God’s Word

Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles Creed

All: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of Consecration

Leader: Heavenly Father, you call us as your people to praise your many ways. Lord we ask this day, that you would call us just as you called the people of Israel to gather manna in the desert.

People: God of grace, give us this day our daily bread.

Leader: God we ask that you would continue to provide for us exactly what we need to remain connected to you. Created in your image, we not only need physical food but we need spiritual food that endures— faith, hope, and love. 

People: God of grace, give us this day our daily bread.

Leader: Lord, we know that we continue to be nourished by you! Help us not miss your presence, your work, your touch around us. Help us to reflect the ways in which we have been touched by your holy manna. Holy Spirit, come into our lives and the lives of all who need you.

People: God of grace, give us this day our daily bread.

[Silent Prayer of intercession]

Leader: We ask all this in the name of Christ. Amen.

Hymn of Response

“Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou has sought, so let me seek
Thine erring children lost and lone.

Oh, strengthen me, that while I stand
Firm on the rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.

Oh, teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.

Oh, give Thine own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing pow’r
A word in season, as from Thee,
To weary ones in needful hour.

Oh, fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.

Oh, use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessed face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.


Scripture & Prayer

Offertory Prayer

Leader: All good things come from you, O God, and with gratitude we return to you what is yours. You created all that is, and with love formed us in your image. When our love fails, your love remains steadfast. You gave your only Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior. All that we are and all that we have are a trust from you. And so, in gratitude for all your gifts, we offer you ourselves and all that we have, in union with Christ’s offering for us. By your Holy Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen


"Lead me Lord" by the Union Church Choir

Hymn of Thanksgiving

"Seek Ye First"

Seek ye first the kingdom of God

And His righteousness

And all these things shall be added unto you

Allelu, alleluia


Manshall not live by bread alone 

But by every word

That proceeds from the mouth of God

Allelu, alleluia

Ask and it shall be given unto you  

Seek and you shall find

Knock and the door shall be opened unto you

Allelu, alleluia

Seek ye first the kingdom of God

And His righteousness

And all these things shall be added unto you

Allelu, alleluia



[inspired by Psalm 139:7-12]

As we leave this place, let’s not forget: There is no where we can go where God is not. Everywhere we go, God goes before us.

From the farthest ocean to the highest mountain, from the heights of joy to the depths of despair— wherever we find ourselves, God is already there. So let us go in peace, in hope, and in joy, because we do not go alone.

Benediction Response

"The Lord Bless You and Keep You"

The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord lift His countenance upon you,

And give you peace, and give you peace,

And give you peace, and give you peace,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,

And be gracious, and be gracious unto you

And be gracious, the Lord be gracious,

Gracious unto you                 

Amen, Amen


"The Steadfast Love of God"

Union Presbyterian Church

5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

Phone: 704-864-7681    Fax: 704-864-7594


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