“Cease to do Evil, Learn to do Good; Seek Justice, Rescue the Oppressed...”

a sermon based on Isaiah 1:1-3, 7-8, 11-20

Sunday morning worship -- July 19, 2020 -- Go to uccalpena.org to view the video

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Prelude………………………………………….Kat Tomaszewski, Church Organist & Choir Director

Words of Welcome ..…………………………………………..…...................... Lynn Borke, Lay Reader

Call To Worship and the Morning Prayer
One: With each of us safe & secure in our homes, we ask God’s Holy Spirit to refresh our hearts in
this hour of worship.

All: May God bless us and keep us healthy and whole as we worship God, our Creator and Sustainer, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

One: We pray now using words adapted from an affirmation of faith from the Masai people of

Kenya and Tasmania (published in “This Far By Faith” © 1999, Augsburg Fortress Press, Minneapolis):

We believe in you, God, the One Most High, who out of love created the beautiful world and

everything good in it.

All: You created men and women and wanted them to be happy in the world.

One: God loves the world and every nation and tribe on earth.

All: God promised in the Bible, the book of God’s works, that all the world, all nations,

and all tribes would be saved.

One: We believe that God made good on that promise by sending Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh,
a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village.

All: Jesus left his home to do good for others, curing people by the power of God, teaching people about God, and showing that the true meaning of religion is love.

One: Jesus was rejected by his people, tortured, and nailed to a cross, where he died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him. On the third day, he rose from the grave and ascended to the skies, where he is now called “the Lord”.

All: We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ. We wait upon one another in service, as we wait for Jesus to come again. We know he is alive. He lives in us today.

One: We pray these things in Jesus’ name, using words that He taught His followers to say:

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.”

The Gloria Patri (sung)

“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.”

Scripture: Isaiah 1:1-3, 7-8, 11-20

Special Music: “The Destruction of Sennacherib” (see reverse side of this page; music by Rev. Lance)

SERMON: “Cease to do Evil, Learn to do Good; Seek Justice, Rescue the Oppressed...”

Doxology: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise God, all creatures here below!

Praise God above, ye heavenly host! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”

Benediction

May God be with you in your home, and with you when you go out, filling your spirit with love, your body with health, and your life with meaning in every way. God bless you. Amen.

Unison Response

“And God will raise you up on eagles’ wings, bear you on the breath of dawn,

make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of God’s hand.”

(words & music by Michael Joncas, 1979, used with permission. CCLI #1117-0235)

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