Sunday, October 25, 2020 Outdoor Worship Bulletin 9:00 AM

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Gathering for God’s Word


Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship

[based on Psalm 103:1-11, 20-22]

Leader: Praise the Lord and forget not his benefits —  who forgives all our sins, redeems our life from the pit, and crowns us with love and compassion,

People: Praise the Lord, O my soul; may all that is within me, praise his holy name. 

Leader: Praise the Lord who satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.  He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel 

People: Praise the Lord, O my soul; may all that is within me, praise his holy name. 

Leader: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. 

People: Praise the Lord, O my soul; may all that is within me, praise his holy name. 

Leader: Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.  Praise the Lord, all his creation everywhere on the earth.

People: Praise the Lord, O my soul; may all that is within me, praise his holy name. 


Preparing for God's Word

Hymn of Adoration

”Come Thou Almighty King”


Come, Thou Almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing,
Help us to praise.
Father, all glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come, and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.


Come, Thou incarnate Word,
Merciful Mighty Lord                               
Our prayer attend:
Come, and Thy people bless,
And give Thy word success;
Spirit of holiness,
On us descend.


Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour:
Thou who Almighty art,
Now rule in every heart,
And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of power.


To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be
Hence evermore.
Thy sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore.

Prayer of Confession

[Inspired by Exodus 32: 1-14; Philippians 4: 1-9, Matthew 22: 1-14]

Leader: God pours blessings upon us, even when we choose to direct ourselves away from him. God is present and seeks to bring healing and wholeness to all. Therefore, let us join together in prayer confessing all that would separate us from God and one another. Will you pray with me?

Leader: Gracious God, when we have fashioned idols that match our own desires or worship the temples we've built up for ourselves,

People: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Hear us Lord as we place those idols at your feet during this time of silence.

[Time of silent reflection and confession]

Leader: Lord, when we have refused your invitation to the banquet or failed to extend that invitation to others. God, for all those times we have failed to follow your will.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Hear us Lord as we confess our selfishness in silence.

[Time of silent reflection and confession]

Leader: Heavenly Father, when we have adorned ourselves with worry rather than joy or failed to have hope in you, forgetting that you are near,

People: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Hear us Lord as we confess those times we've failed to trust in you.

[Time of silent reflection and confession)

Assurance of Pardon

People's Response: Amen.

Children's Message

Hearing God's Word

Prayer of Illumination

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 32:1-14

32:1   When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” 

2   Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”  3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.  4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 

5   When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”  6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. 

7   Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.  8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ 

9   “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.  10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” 

11   But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “O LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?  12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.  13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’”  14 Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. 


“Touchstone- God Saves His People... Re-mem-member When "

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.

The Lord's Prayer

Leader: And now let us join together in praying the prayer our Lord Jesus taught us. 

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn of Response

“I Danced in the Morning”

I danced in the morning
When the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven
And I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem
I had my birth.


Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he


I danced for the scribe
And the pharisee,
But they would not dance
And they wouldn't follow me.
I danced for the fishermen,
For James and John
They came with me
And the Dance went on.

I danced on the Sabbath
And I cured the lame;
The holy people
Said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped
And they hung me on high,
And they left me there
On a cross to die.

I danced on a Friday
When the sky turned black
It's hard to dance
With the devil on your back.
They buried my body
And they thought I'd gone,
But I am the Dance,
And I still go on.

They cut me down
And I leapt up high;
I am the life
That'll never, never die;
I'll live in you
If you'll live in me -
I am the Lord
Of the Dance, said he


Scripture & Prayer

Hymn of Thanksgiving

"The God of Abraham Praise"

The God of Abraham praise 

Who reigns enthroned above

The Ancient of Eternal Days

The God of Love

The Lord, the great I AM

By earth and heaven confessed.

We bow before Your holy name,

Forever Blest.

Your Spirit still flows free,

High surging where it will: 

In prophet's word you spoke of old,

And you speak still. 

Established is your law,

And changeless it shall stand,

Deep writ upon the human heart,

By your strong hand

Your goodly land we seek

With peace and plenty blest

A land of sacred liberty and Sabbath rest

There milk and honey flow

And oil and wine abound

The trees of life forever grow

With mercy crowned

You have eternal life

Implanted in the soul,

Your love shall be our strength and stay

While ages roll.

We  praise you, living God!

We praise your Holy Name

The First, the Last, beyond all thought

And still the same


Benediction Response

“The Lord Bless & Keep You”


The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord make His face to shine on you,
And be gracious, gracious                      

The Lord bless and keep you

The Lord lift His countenance on you,
And give peace, give you peace,



Union Presbyterian Church

5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

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


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