Sunday, October 18, 2020

Worship October 18

 October 18, 2020

 10:00 am Virtual Service 


CENTERING PRAYER*                                      *J. Birch,


I arise today, embraced in the arms of God the Father, empowered by the strength of God the Spirit, immersed in the love of God the Son. I arise today in the company of the Trinity, Father, Spirit and Son. I arise today.

PRELUDE      To God Be the Glory      Grichetchkine 



CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 99)


The Lord rules from on high. Pay attention!

God reigns on his angel throne – take notice!

Our King loves justice and righteousness.

Honor God, our God; worship the Lord’s holy rule!

Let us arise, and praise our God and our King!

† HYMN      “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”      Hymnal #12




What a debt we owe to you, O God. You give us all things in Christ, and yet we withhold from you the honor and glory that are yours. Instead, we pay tribute to empire, mock your truth with empty praise, and put your patience to the test.

Forgive us, O God, and by your grace restore in us the image of your face; we continue to pray through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Silent Confession)



† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you

SCRIPTURE Matthew 22:15-22 

SERMON     “FEARLESS Faith”     Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 


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. 

OFFERING SPECIAL MUSIC      “Let All Things Now Living”      arr. Pethel 

Nicole Lesh, Clarinet 



† HYMN “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” Hymnal #611 


† BENEDICTION RESPONSE “We Lift Our Voices” Hymnal #710 

POSTLUDE      Sing a New Song      Broughton 

†You are invited to stand, as you are able. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Scripture for October 18

 Matthew 22: 15-22

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?

1But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

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  1. Matthew 22:17 A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens

Friday, October 16, 2020

Daily Prayer October 16

 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.

Daily Readings for Friday, October 16, 2020

Eternal God, Author of our life and End of our pilgrimage: Guide us by your Word and Spirit amid all perils and temptations, that we may not wander from your way, nor stumble in the darkness; but may finish our course in safety, and come to our eternal rest in you. Eternal God, your hand shaped our lives by grace and your hand rescued us from sin by love. May your hand guide us through this day, shielding us from all evil, strengthening us to do justice and love. Enable us, O God, to do all things as unto you; that small things may be filled with greatness, and great things may be crowned with humility. O God, whom we cannot love unless we love our neighbors, remove hate and prejudice from us and from all people, so that your children may be reconciled with those we fear, resent, or threaten; and live together in your peace. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

With God's help and love may your lives be blessed and your labors fruitful as you offer yourselves gladly in the service of our common Lord.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Monday, October 12, 2020

Newborns in Need


PW’s September collection of baby items for Newborns In Need was a huge success. A total of 384 items were collected totaling a value of at least $1,652.50. The baby items collected were knitted & crocheted blankets (13) & hats (42), a flannel quilt, cloth blankets (3), fleece blankets (82), booties, bibs (11), burp clothes (24), one Pac ‘n’ play, diaper boxes (8), box of wipes, boy sleepers & onesies (77), girl sleepers & onesies (77), $60.00 cash and one wedding dress.

Thank you to all who contributed these items. They will be much appreciated by St. Louis mothers of babies facing health or economic crisis. We will collect again in April.

For more information, call S.Boeker  or L. Grothe.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Worship Oct. 11


October 11, 2020 
10:00 am Virtual Service 


On this new day, O God, I thank you for clean air that fills my lungs, for water to drink and stream over the rocks, for light that creates life and shines on my path, for soil that grows fruits and vegetables, fashions hills and valleys, and makes homes for creatures in burrows and trees. Let me see Earth today with gratitude and feast my senses on its beauty; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

PRELUDE      Praise My Soul the King of Heaven      Page 




You have been called to the banquet.

This is the feast.

You have been summoned to the wedding.

This is the feast of life and light.

From the streets and the byways, God has invited us.

We have come to the banquet that has no end.

Alleluia! Amen!

† HYMN      “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”      Hymnal #39



You invite us to your feast, O God, and we do not come. You beg us to give thanks for life, and we fail in our thanksgiving. You have made for us a wonderful earth, and we neglect the gift. Forgive us for what we have done and for abandoning the pathway you desire for us. Be our guide and conscience. Turn our feet and hands to your will, that all we do might give glory to you. Amen.


† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. 

And also with you

SCRIPTURE Matthew 22:1-14

 SERMON      “The Invitation”      Rev. MP Panco 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism – Question One Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. 

OFFERING SPECIAL MUSIC      “Rejoice! He is Lord of All”      Knoedler      

Soloist: Mark Reynoso 


† HYMN      “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart” Hymnal     #804 verses 1-4 


† BENEDICTION RESPONSE      “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”    Hymnal #804 verse 5 

POSTLUDE      Great Is the Lord      Moore 

†You are invited to stand, as you are able. 


Liturgist Bob Lienemann

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Scripture for October 11

Parable of the Great Banquet by Brunswick Monogrammist (circa 1525),
National Museum, Warsaw

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet   Matthew 22: 1-14

22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

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Parable of the Great Banquet by Brunswick Monogrammist (circa 1525), location: National Museum, Warsaw

Friday, October 9, 2020

Daily Prayer October 9

You, O Lord, are full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, and rich in kindness.

Daily Readings for Friday, October 9, 2020

God our creator, you made all things in your wisdom, and in your love you save us. We pray for the whole creation. Overthrow evil powers, right what is wrong, feed and satisfy those who thirst for justice, so that all your children may freely enjoy the earth you have made, and joyfully sing your praises. Take all our doubts and uncertainties, O God, and fill us with such faith that we may be confident of your love and loyal in the service of him who died and yet lives for us, Jesus Christ the Lord. Merciful God, you bear the pain of the world. Look with compassion on those who are sick; cheer them by your word, and bring healing as a sign of your grace. God of comfort, stand with those who sorrow; that they may be sure that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, shall separate them from your love. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

As God's own, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, and patience, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you, and crown all these things with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Presbyterian Women BOOK CLUB 2020-2021

Meeting Fourth Wednesday of Month except Dec 9. July and November no meeting. Meetings are virtual until further notice at 9:30AM. (Presenters are in parentheses)  The Pioneers was supposed to have been in April 2020 but was delayed due to Covid-19.

Oct 28 Pioneers David McCullough (Mary Beth Powell )

Nov No Meeting 

Dec 09 My Life in France Julia Child (Sharon Cardwell)

Jan 27 The Beekeeper of Aleppo Christy Lefteri (Alice Crippen) 

Feb 24 Caste: The Origins of our Discontents  Isabel Wilkerson (Judy Richardson)

Mar 24 The Book of Lost Friends Lisa Wingate (Shirley Boeker)

Apr 28 Once Upon a River Diane Setterfield (Pat Eisenberg)

May 26 To the Bright Edge of the World Eowyn Ivey (Cay Noble) 

Jun 23 The Dutch House Ann Patchett (Laura AdamsWentling)

July No Meeting 

Aug 25 The Splendid and the Vile Erik Larson Nancy Sutch 

Sep 22 Book Selection  

Monday, October 5, 2020

Selling on Ebay to benefit Missions


I've been selling left-over items from our ABC Sale for several years.  But with Covid-19, we were unable to have the ABC Sale, so selling on Ebay has been one of our few fundraisers this year for our many local and foreign missions.

If you live locally, I have most of the items "free for local delivery" so local people can purchase items without paying for postage.  I will take the items to church for your to pick up.

I've added "Discoverstmark" to each listing, so if you go on Ebay, and type in "Discoverstmark" you will find some of the items for sale.  Click here for an example.

The Mission Committee had hoped to sell some items from Partners for a Just Trade, but with no in-person worship, I've agreed to add them to Ebay.  You can search "Discoverstmark Missions" to find some of those items.  Or, click here.

If you want Christmas items, search for "Discoverstmark Christmas".  Click here for an example.

You can help by buying items or by donating items for me to sell.  Just remember, I sell unbreakable items that fit in my mailbox and are worth at least $5.  This Ebay/ABC/Peru Mission Sale will be on-going all year.  I will be taking a brief selling break from mid October until early November but welcome donations during that time. 

Thank you-----Jaclyn Morgan

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Worship October 4

 October 4, 2020 


10:00 am Virtual Service 



Creator God, the heavens radiate your glory! You have set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a joyful bridegroom from his wedding canopy. May we emerge from night’s waiting with such rampant joy that we too radiate your glory throughout this day. We pray in the name of the Son of righteousness who has risen with healing in his wings. Amen.

PRELUDE Built on the Rock, The Church Doth Stand Lindeman 



CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 19)


The heavens are telling the glory of God, all creation speaks volumes of God’s handiwork.

Each sunrise proclaims God’s faithfulness and the night reveals the Creator’s awe.

Without a word being spoken, all creation bears witness to the goodness of the Lord.

So, too, may we join in witness with all creation. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be God’s signature in the world.

Come! Let us worship our God together.

† HYMN “In Christ There Is No East or West” Hymnal #318




Rescuing God, you brought us out of the land of captivity, out of the house of slavery. Forgive us when we willingly return to captivity, making divine the machine of production, crafting idols from the excess of consumption. Forgive us when we consider ourselves so grand that we do not rest and enjoy your presence, defining ourselves by our ability rather than your love. Forgive us when we esteem ourselves so littler that we dare not rest and sit with ourselves, exposed, without the cloak of productivity. Forgive us when we deem our species so central that we do not rest and halt consumption, decimating Earth, denying her Sabbath and integrity. Forgive us through Christ, who redeems us from the brokenness of slavery that we might enjoy your presence, creation, and community. (Silent Confession)



 † SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 

SCRIPTURE Philippians 3:4b-14 

SERMON “Throwing It All Away” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism – Question One Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. 

OFFERING SPECIAL MUSIC Lord of the Small Forrest Amy Shelton, vocalist 


† HYMN      “This Is My Song”      Hymnal #340 


† BENEDICTION RESPONSE    “We Are Marching in the Light of God”    Hymnal #853 

POSTLUDE Kirken Den Er Et Lindeman

 †You are invited to stand, as you are able.