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A Word from Pastor Craig
THANK YOU
On this October 2nd 2020, I recognize and give thanks to God that we have been in faith together for a year now!

First, I want us to remember and give thanks for the leadership of Pastor Diane. Our Pastor of Discipleship is a gem.

Throughout her ministry at Valley, she has been a stable, confident support to Pastors, Staff, Session, Committees and Membership.

We have each witnessed the challenges and growth of her faith in the Lord, through her service and witness.

Please know that I am only authoring this E Blast because she is taking a week of vacation to finally see the Grand Canyon.

We pray that she, the Dunhams and Nelsons have safe travels, and that the glory of this wonder of God touches their hearts.

My thanks to our wonderful Staff, who each give of themselves and work together with joy to serve God and you.

You make my life easier and I greatly enjoy working in partnership with each of you.

My thanks to our Session. Pastors get accustomed to walking into a meeting and as “the God-Guy” praying, but our Session leads us in prayer and faith which comes from their souls. This has been a monumental year, when Valley has had to shift from the way things have always been, to meeting by Video-Conference; recording Worship and accessing these videos through our Website.

Most awesome, is that our Session made this transition to 21st Century Technology without missing a Sunday! We have made decisions to save money and invest wisely, while finally addressing issues we have complained about and talked about doing for years. This has simultaneously been a year, as we completed our grief and mourning, and begin to forgive and work together for a new future.

My thanks to each of you, Valley Presbyterian. For your prayers and planning, Linda Jorn and the NOC’s welcoming us personally, the pastoral cross from Dick Barney and southwest White Robe, painting my office and following my lead throughout the church, you have made us a part of Valley Church and Green Valley. When loved ones have been in crisis, you asked me to come be with you as pastor, companion and friend. Those acts of relationship are what make a pastor, more than a minister, or reverend, but your Pastor.

Finally and most importantly, my thanks to God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and his Spirit. Who calls us to use the gifts God has instilled in us. Who places us in circumstance far beyond our planning or intent. Who shocks and surprises us to consider words and life differently. Who loves us with grace beyond our understanding.

Thank you for allowing me to begin this ministry with you.

Craig Lindsey

 
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October 4, 2020                                                                                                
GREETING                                                         Pastor Craig

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP           
      

PASSING OF PEACE, OUTPOURING OF THE WATER

PRELUDE          Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence                                                                                         setting, Al Roberts
 
CALL TO WORSHIP                                      Pastor Diane
Almighty God knit together the elect into one, holy communion fellowship, not simply congregated, but becoming one in the mystical body of Jesus Christ our Lord. May we now enjoy the grace to follow the blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those ineffable joys, prepared for those who truly love God.
 
OPENING HYMN 
                
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise             12          
  1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, his light inaccessible his from our eyes, most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty victorious, thy great name we praise.
  2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might: thy justice, like mountains high soaring above; thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
  3. To all, life thou givest, to both great and small. In all life thou livest, the true life of all. We blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree, then wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
  4. Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light. Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight. All praise we would render; O help us to see ‘tis only the splendor of light hideth thee!
CALL TO PRAYER
                                   Revelation to John 7: 9-10                                 
After this I looked, and lo, there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and people, denominations and languages, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, robed in white, with branches of palm in their palms. They cried out in one voice saying: “Salvation belongs to God, seated on the throne, to the Lamb and to the Spirit.”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
      
Eternal God, in every age you have raised up women and men to live and die for what they believe. We confess that we have been indifferent to your will. You call us to keep one day as Sabbath, but we have lived each the same as any other. You call us to profess your name, but we have been silent about who we are in relation to you. You have called us to do what is just and merciful, without anger, but we have sat idle until provoked and reactionary. You have called us to live faithfully, and we have been afraid. In your mercy forgive us. Grant us courage to follow in your way, that joined with those from ages past, who have served you with faith, hope and love, we may enter the kingdom you promise through Jesus Christ. Amen  

 
ASSURANCE OF PARDON                          Hebrews 12: 1

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, may we lay aside every weight and sin that has clung to us, holding us down, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

GLORIA PATRI                                                       Greatorex

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, Amen.     

ANTHEM               Vocalise in F minor             M. Bordogni       
                                Neal Romberg: trombone            

CHILDREN’S TIME    
                                  
       
SCRIPTURE READING           
                                          Exodus 20:1-20, Matthew 21:33-46 
                            
                                       
  Exodus 20:1-20

 
20 And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”            

Matthew 21:33-46


The Parable of the Tenants


They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.46 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 45  Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”44 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 43 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 42 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” 41 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 40  So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.39 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 38  Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.37  Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.36 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 35  When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.34 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 33 

SERMON        The Great Congregation          Pastor Craig

THE WORLDWIDE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION

COMMUNION VOLUNTARY 
                           Let Us Break Bread Together       
                                                                     
setting, Dale Wood
  
HYMN        Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether                     529  
  1. Draw us in the Spirit’s tether, for when humbly in your name two or three are met together, you are in the midst of them. Alleluia! Alleluia! Here we touch your garment’s hem.
  2. As disciples used to gather in the name of Christ to sup, then with thanks to God the giver break the bread and bless the cup, Alleluia! Alleluia! So now bind our friendship up.      
  3. All our meals and all our living make as sacraments of you, that by caring, helping, giving, we may be disciples true.  Alleluia! Alleluia! We will service with faith anew.                                                
CALL FOR OFFERING

OFFERTORY         Cavatine, OP 144           Saint-Seaens

DOXOLOGY                                                                       606             
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
 
THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION

HYMN    For the Bread Which You Have Broken       516
  1. For the bread which you have broken, for the wine which you have poured, for the words which you have spoken, now we give you thanks, O Lord.
  2. By this promise that you love us, by your gift of peace restored, by your call to heaven above us, hallow, all our lives, O Lord.
  3. With the saints who now adore you seated at the heavenly board, may the church still waiting for you keep love’s tie unbroken, Lord.
  4. In your service, Lord, defend us; in our hearts keep watch and ward; in the world to which you send us let your kingdom come, O Lord.
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE     
                          Let There Be Peace on Earth  

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. 
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. 
With God our Creator, children all are we.  
Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.  
Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.  
With ev'ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow, 
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. 
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.   

POSTLUDE   Now We Gather Together      Arr. M. Hayes     
                                                                                                                                                
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Flowers given by: Billy Youngblut
In Loving Memory of my Husband Stan Youngblut
 
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