Order of Worship - September 20, 2020

Prelude  “He Hideth My Soul”


Call to Worship

     This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Come together as Christ’s people with wonder and praise.  We are called to serve and called to reach out.  We are the light of the world.  Let your light shine!  May God fill us with compassion as we worship.


Hymn Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, Drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day.

Mortals, join the happy chorus Which the morning stars began;

Father love is reigning o'er us, Brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife.

Joyful music leads us sunward In the triumph song of life.


Prayer of Confession

     Merciful God, we admit that we get discouraged.  We underestimate your light within us.  Forgive us when we turn away from the needs of others.  Help us to reach out in faith and to be generous.  Empower us to be your beacon of light in a troubled world, through Christ, Amen.


(Silent Confession)


Assurance of Pardon

Rejoice and be glad!  Our God is full of mercy, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.  Through Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  Dare to believe in the gift of a new beginning and be at peace.

Prayer for Illumination

God of Mercy, you promised never to break your covenant with us.  In the midst of the multitude of words in our daily lives, speak your eternal word to us, that we may respond to your gracious promises with faithfulness, service, and love.  Living God, help us to hear your words that we may truly understand, that, understanding, we may believe.  And believing we may follow your way in all faithfulness seeking your honor and glory in all that we do. Amen


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


Sermon: “Feeling the Gratitude”  Bonnie Brandeberry


Affirmation of Faith:        The Apostles’ Creed

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.

Hymn         “Count Your Blessings”

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your blessings, see what God hath done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,

Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey's end. 


Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your blessings, see what God hath done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.


Prayers of the People / Pastoral Prayer

All recovering from Hurricane Sally 


Lauren, Del & Sue’s niece, finished chemo, surgery scheduled October 15


Alex & Michael – are home now – All thanks and Glory to God!


Mary and family, Mary’s son Steve passed away Tuesday, September 8


Richie – continuing therapy following knee replacement surgery


Rodney – tests related to diverticulitis


Tom – Susanna’s husband, tests show encouraging improvement


Shirley – Sue’s friend, slowly improving and coming off the vent


Jim and Carolyn – Julie’s parents


Nicole – in leg immobilizer following ACL repair complications


Gary – continued healing and strength


Allison – Jay’s cousin, successful surgery, All thanks and Glory to God!


Carolyn – recuperating at home, All thanks and Glory to God!


Betsy – extends her families’ thanks to the congregation for their support


Our Session – as they discern God’s Will for the future of our church


Our Church Family, the PCUSA church and God’s church worldwide


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come Thy will be done in 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, for ever.  Amen


Invitation to Offering/Responding to God’s Great Love for Us

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.  Romans 12:1


Please take a moment and respond to God’s Great Love for us.  Secure online giving: http://rhpchurch.com/give  or you can U.S. mail your tithes and offerings

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

12965 GA Highway 144

Richmond Hill, GA 31324  

Prayer of Dedication

Gracious and Holy God, accept what we offer today.  Our checks and cash, our faltering steps, our brokenness, our leftovers, our hope, our risking our lives…

Bless and transform all that we offer and all that we hold back that new life may be ours to celebrate and share in Jesus’ nameAmen


Benediction and Sending

Rom 15:5-6

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another in accord with Christ Jesus that together you may with one voice glorify the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. 

Announcements and Time for sharing with the church family

Someone in our church is looking for a part time job Mon-Fri 9-1 in Richmond Hill  working in an office environment doing bookkeeping.  Please contact Ricky Blanton if  you have information about possible employment.