Sunday Worship

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[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – September 13th 2020.]

Sunday Services from Hillside Circuit for September 20th 2020:

Theme: Good news to the poor

Occasion: 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 105
Old Testament: Exodus 16: 2-15
Letter: Philippians 1: 21-30
New Testament: Matthew 20: 1-16

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Songs:

Here are the songs for Sunday morning service. Click or tap on a song to open it in YouTube or go to the Songs for worship webpage to find them embedded.

Lord, reign in me (Over all the Earth).
Who is there like You?
Take my life and let it be.

Prayers:

If you would also like to use prayers from the Methodist Service Book, they can be found at the Prayers for worship webpage.

Sermons:

Children’s address:

Bible readings:

Psalm 105

1 Praise the LORD and pray in his name!
Tell everyone what he has done.
2 Sing praises to the LORD! Tell about his miracles.
3 Celebrate and worship his holy name with all your heart.

4 Trust the LORD and his mighty power.
5 Remember his miracles and all his wonders
and his fair decisions.
6 You belong to the family of Abraham, his servant;
you are his chosen ones, the descendants of Jacob.

7 The LORD is our God,
bringing justice everywhere on earth.
8 He will never forget his agreement or his promises,
not in thousands of years.
*9 God made an eternal promise
10 to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
11 when he said, “I’ll give you the land of Canaan.”

12 At the time there were only a few of us,
and we were homeless.
13 We wandered from nation to nation,
from one country to another.
14 God did not let anyone mistreat our people.
Instead he protected us by punishing rulers
15 and telling them,
“Don’t touch my chosen leaders or harm my prophets!”

16 God kept crops from growing
until food was scarce everywhere in the land.
17 But he had already sent Joseph,
sold as a slave into Egypt,
18 with chains of iron around his legs and neck.

19 Joseph remained a slave
until his own words had come true,
and the LORD had finished testing him.
20 Then the king of Egypt set Joseph free
21 and put him in charge of everything he owned.
22 Joseph was in command of the officials,
and he taught the leaders how to use wisdom.

23 Jacob and his family came
and settled in Egypt as foreigners.
24 They were the LORD’S people,
so he let them grow stronger than their enemies.
25 They served the LORD, and he made the Egyptians plan
hateful things against them.
26 God sent his servant Moses.
He also chose and sent Aaron 27 to his people in Egypt,
and they worked miracles and wonders there.
28 Moses and Aaron obeyed God,
and he sent darkness to cover Egypt.
29 God turned their rivers into streams of blood,
and the fish all died.
30 Frogs were everywhere, even in the royal palace.
31 When God gave the command,
flies and gnats swarmed all around.

32 In place of rain, God sent hailstones
and flashes of lightning.
33 He destroyed their grapevines and their fig trees,
and he made splinters of all the other trees.
34 God gave the command, and more grasshoppers came
than could be counted.
35 They ate every green plant
and all the crops that grew in the land of Egypt.
36 Then God took the life of every first-born son.

37 When God led Israel from Egypt,
they took silver and gold, and no one was left behind.
38 The Egyptians were afraid and gladly let them go.
39 God hid them under a cloud
and guided them by fire during the night.

40 When they asked for food,
he sent more birds than they could eat.
41 God even split open a rock,
and streams of water gushed into the desert.
42 God never forgot his sacred promise
to his servant Abraham.

43 When the LORD rescued his chosen people from Egypt,
they celebrated with songs.
44 The LORD gave them the land
and everything else the nations had worked for.
45 He did this so that his people
would obey all of his laws.
Shout praises to the LORD!

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Exodus 16

2 There in the desert they started complaining to Moses and Aaron, 3 “We wish the LORD had killed us in Egypt. When we lived there, we could at least sit down and eat all the bread and meat we wanted. But you have brought us out here into this desert, where we are going to starve.”
4 The LORD said to Moses, “I will send bread down from heaven like rain. Each day the people can go out and gather only enough for that day. That’s how I will see if they obey me. 5 But on the sixth day of each week they must gather and cook twice as much.”
6 Moses and Aaron told the people, “This evening you will know that the LORD was the one who rescued you from Egypt. 7 And in the morning you will see his glorious power, because he has heard your complaints against him. Why should you grumble to us? Who are we?”
8 Then Moses continued, “You will know it is the LORD when he gives you meat each evening and more than enough bread each morning. He is really the one you are complaining about, not us – we are nobodies – but the LORD has heard your complaints.”
9 Moses turned to Aaron and said, “Bring the people together, because the LORD has heard their complaints.”
10 Aaron was speaking to them, when everyone looked out toward the desert and saw the bright glory of the LORD in a cloud. 11 The LORD said to Moses, 12 “I have heard my people complain. Now tell them that each evening they will have meat and each morning they will have more than enough bread. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.”
13 That evening a lot of quails came and landed everywhere in the camp, and the next morning dew covered the ground. 14 After the dew had gone, the desert was covered with thin flakes that looked like frost. 15 The people had never seen anything like this, and they started asking each other, “What is it?”
Moses answered, “This is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.

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Philippians 1

21 If I live, it will be for Christ, and if I die, I will gain even more. 22 I don’t know what to choose. I could keep on living and doing something useful. 23 It is a hard choice to make. I want to die and be with Christ, because that would be much better. 24-25 But I know that all of you still need me. That’s why I am sure I will stay on to help you grow and be happy in your faith. 26 Then, when I visit you again, you will have good reason to take great pride in Christ Jesus because of me.
27 Above all else, you must live in a way that brings honour to the good news about Christ. Then, whether I visit you or not, I will hear that all of you think alike. I will know that you are working together and that you are struggling side by side to get others to believe the good news.
28 Be brave when you face your enemies. Your courage will show them that they are going to be destroyed, and it will show you that you will be saved. God will make all of this happen, 29 and he has blessed you. Not only do you have faith in Christ, but you suffer for him. 30 You saw me suffer, and you still hear about my troubles. Now you must suffer in the same way.

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Matthew 20

1 As Jesus was telling what the kingdom of heaven would be like, he said:
Early one morning a man went out to hire some workers for his vineyard. 2 After he had agreed to pay them the usual amount for a day’s work, he sent them off to his vineyard.
3 About nine that morning, the man saw some other people standing in the market with nothing to do. 4 He said he would pay them what was fair, if they would work in his vineyard. 5 So they went.
At noon and again about three in the afternoon he returned to the market. And each time he made the same agreement with others who were loafing around with nothing to do.
6 Finally, about five in the afternoon the man went back and found some others standing there. He asked them, “Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?”
7 “Because no one has hired us,” they answered. Then he told them to go work in his vineyard.
8 That evening the owner of the vineyard told the man in charge of the workers to call them in and give them their money. He also told the man to begin with the ones who were hired last. 9 When the workers arrived, the ones who had been hired at five in the afternoon were given a full day’s pay.
10 The workers who had been hired first thought they would be given more than the others. But when they were given the same, 11 they began complaining to the owner of the vineyard. 12 They said, “The ones who were hired last worked for only one hour. But you paid them the same that you did us. And we worked in the hot sun all day long!”
13 The owner answered one of them, “Friend, I didn’t cheat you. I paid you exactly what we agreed on. 14 Take your money now and go! What business is it of yours if I want to pay them the same that I paid you? 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Why should you be jealous, if I want to be generous?”

16 Jesus then said, “So it is. Everyone who is now first will be last, and everyone who is last will be first.”

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