Sunday, September 20: the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The flowers in the sanctuary today were arranged and presented to the glory of God by Betty Fisher in loving memory of Don Fisher.

The prerecorded Prelude was taken from the September 17, 2017 worship service. Andrew Parker, oboist, and Lillian Pearson, pianist, played “Sonata in G minor, H.542.5, Adagio” by C.P.E. Bach.

Our Director of Worship, Dr. Michael Lancaster, and family offered the Welcome, Call to Worship, Prayer of Confession and Passing of the Peace. Thank you, Michael, Linda and Catherine—we loved seeing your faces and hearing your voices!

The morning’s Anthem was “The Servant Song” composed by David Schwoebel and sung by the Chancel Choir. Michael Lancaster directed and Angie Jenkins, organist, accompanied. Like the Prelude, this recording was taken from the worship service of September 17, 2017.

Pastor Curtis’ sermon, “Generosity from God,” was based on a reading of Matthew 20:1-16, which recounted the parable of the generous landowner and the disgruntled laborer who felt unfairly paid.

Curtis used a mirror to illustrate the point that we are called to be “mirrors” of God’s goodness in our lives, not keeping a balance book of our good works versus rewards, but showing unsparing and joyful generosity toward all.

Angie Jenkins played the Benediction hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” and the Postlude, “Voluntary in D minor” by Franz Borgias Walezynski, on the pipe organ.

Many thanks as always to Scott McDuff who records our services for YouTube each week, incorporating music from our past services with accompanying photos.

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