Opening Song

"The Lord is My Shepherd" 


Psalter UMH #799

Psalm 78:1-4;9-16

1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3 things that we have heard and known,
    that our forebears have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children;
    we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, the might,
    and wonders that God has wrought.

9 The Ephraimites, armed with the bow,
    turned back on the day of battle.
10 They did not keep God’s covenant,
    but refused to walk according to his law.
11 They forgot the deeds of the Lord,
    and the miracles that God had shown them.
12 The Lord wrought marvels in the sight of their forebears
    in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
13 the Lord divided the sea and let them pass through it,
    and made the waters stand like a heap.
14 led them with a cloud in the daytime,
    and all the night with a fiery light.
15 cleft rocks in the wilderness,
    and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16  made streams come out of the rock,
    and caused waters to flow down like rivers.


Hymn: I Love to Tell the Story

We hope you will sing along.


Congregational Prayer
by Barbara Hewko

O Lord, my God, my prayers encircle those who need your healing embrace- for those I love who are navigating long journeys of illness and grueling treatments, for the ones who carry burdens of doubt or disappointment, for each one who seeks You in the midst of challenging circumstances. For I know You are the Shepherd who rescues each of us from days of darkness to bring us to the pastures of springtime.

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. John 10:2-4 (NIV)

Scripture Lesson

Matthew 21: 23-32 (NIV)

23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”

24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”  

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”  

27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”  

Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” 

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.


Message: "Prostitutes, Skater Kids, and All Other Manner of Sinners Welcome"

Rev. Betty Kniss

Kingdom Parables Series

Jesus said that people will know we are Christians by how much we love. Love is what attracts people to Christ! Do people see in us something that the world can’t offer…a superabundance of grace-filled, unconditional love toward all people no matter what?


A Clean Slate: a Skit Guys Video


Face to Face - Oceanview Worship

Verse 1

Oh I'm a traveler far from home, I get lost but I press on

'Cause there's a mansion and streets of gold, Where I belong

Verse 2

Yes there's a day coming soon, Where the old will be made new

And Heaven's glory shines like the morning, Before our eyes

Chorus 1

When we all see Jesus, When we all see Jesus

No more sickness, No more madness

No more pain

When we all see Jesus, Face to face

Verse 3

Then we will sing with the angel voices, There will be a great rejoicing

Holy holy worthy worthy, Is the lamb

Chorus 2

When we all see Jesus, Yes when we all see Jesus

No more sickness, No more madness

No more pain

When we all see Jesus, Face to face yeah

When we all see Jesus, Face to face

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Grace is on our lips and in our hearts this morning, Lord

Your grace is in our hands. 

We take it with us, 

Spreading thankfulness wherever we go.  


Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 27, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A

1st Reading: Exodus 17:1-7

Psalm: Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

2nd Reading: Philippians 2:1-13

Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32

Atlantic Central Virtual Book Discussion - Sept 29 at 7 pm

Time to READ: Join our Virtual Book Discussion Group, where Alice Naegele, DJ Olson, Kim Wendt and Jeannette Hatzenbuhler continue their most interesting discussions on books, on missions and on life. Anyone interested is welcome to join us. Contact any of the above for more info about the current book under discussion. Sponsored by United Methodist Women. 

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OUR September 29th Book: "Which Way, Lord?" 

Do you feel like you need direction in your life, during these confusing and troubling times? I sure do! "Which Way, Lord?" takes us all the way back, 2000 years ago, to a man named Saul, who was convinced he was doing the Lord's will by convicting some "heretics," who were spreading "lies." (Those "heretics" were actually the early followers of the resurrected Christ!) But, Saul was convinced of his quest, until Jesus pulled the plug on it all! Jesus then proceeded to transform Saul into the Apostle Paul. As we study his journey, we will also find out how we can be transformed and used by God, along the way, and how to make choices that will glorify Him. Join us on this journey.

Upcoming Book Discussion Dates (Save these dates!)

        Sep 29, 2020 07:00 PM - "Which Way, Lord" by Rob Fuquay

        Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM

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