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A Word from Pastor Diane


I have written a few email blasts on forgiveness. Last Tuesday, I wrote about that difficult line in the Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”

A question has come up: If I forgive someone, does that mean I condone what they did? Forgiving someone is not the same as condoning their actions. In forgiving someone, you do not say that what they did was alright. Forgiving someone is saying you are not allowing that person’s actions to control your life (while extended to them the grace of God that has already been given to you).

Here is a prayer you can say about a person or event that has wronged you: “I’m not going to allow you to hurt me anymore. I will never condone what happened. But I will no longer be captive to these painful memories or to the hatred that has sapped so much of my emotional energy and my hope for the future. I know that you, too, are a wounded child of God. I do not condone what happened, but I forgive you, even as I have been forgiven, and I plea for the grace of God to allow me to begin the process of also forgetting” (from Pray Like Jesus).

Forgiveness doesn’t happen overnight. Step by step. Day by day, my friends. Some days it will be one step forward and two steps back. Then, suddenly, one day it is two steps forward and one step back. Thanks be to God.

We miss you,
Pastor Diane

 
 
Come and have coffee, ice coffee and store bought cookies at the Valley Galley this Sunday.

We will be in the front Parking Lot under the Solar panels.
Hope to see you Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
 
Blessing from the Valley Galley Crew
In the email below is the bulletin for the  Sunday morning
worship service at 9:30 a.m.

To fully join in the worship service, you can view this bulletin on your cell phone while watching the worship service on our website (valleypresbyterian.net).

Printable bulletins can be found on our website next to the worship video.

 
September 27, 2020                                                                                        
CARPORT CHURCH                                       Pastor Craig

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

PASSING OF PEACE, OUTPOURING OF THE WATER & SPIRIT

PRELUDE                Kol Nidre      arr: Rozin/Moulton                         
CALL TO WORSHIP     Matthew 21: 23-32                                                                                                                 Pastor Diane

 
They asked him while he was teaching, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus responded, “Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” They argues with one another, answering him “We do not know.” And Jesus responded, “Then neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” Jesus said, “What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Go and work in the vineyard today.’ The child responded, ‘I will not’; but later changed his mind and went. The father went to his second son and said the same, and this one responded ‘I go sir’, but did not. Which of the two did the will of the father?” The people said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are going into heaven ahead of you. For the Baptizer came to you in the way in the way of righteousness and you did not believe. Tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. And even after you saw that you did not change your minds and believe.

OPENING HYMN   O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go   833

O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.
 
O Joy, that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.
 
O Cross that liftest up my head,                       
I dare not ask to fly from thee;                                                 
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,                                                          and from the ground there blossoms red                                    life that shall endless be.

CALL TO PRAYER        
                                                                          

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 
Almighty God, threats to this world do not wane, dangers are not imagined, the power to undo is on the loose. AND we know that in the midst, you speak your creative, redemptive word. Your Word cuts through threats, siphons off danger, tames the powers of this world. LORD, you speak and all is made new. You speak your true self of abiding faithfulness, of durable presence, of long-standing reliability. You give your self in the utterance “Fear not” and we no longer fear. We do not fear because you are with us, so safe, with us so free, with us so joyous. We had diminished our lives in feeble anxiety, and you veto our anxiety. We cheapened our neighbor by frantic greed, but you more than satiate our greed, you satisfy and nurture our being. We had polluted our world in a lust for safety and security, and you detoxify our mess. Precious Lord, override the fickleness of it all, grant us faith commensurate with your true being and abiding self. Amen 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                 
 
 
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.    
 
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
CHILDRENS TIME

 
ANTHEM     There’ll Be Peace in the Valley    T. Dorsey     

                               Soloist - Diane Hartley

I am tired and weary but I must toil on
Till the Lord comes to call me away.
Where the morning is bright and the Lamb is the light
And the night is as fair as the day.
 
There’ll be peace in the valley for me someday,
There’ll be peace in the valley for me.
I pray no more sorrow and sadness or trouble will be,
There’ll be peace in the valley for me.
 
There the bear will be gentle, the wolf will be tame,
And the lion will lay down by the Lamb.
The host from the wild will be led by a Child,
I’ll be changed from the creature I am.
 
No headaches or heartaches or misunderstands,
No confusion or trouble won’t be,
No frowns to defile just a big endless smile,
There’ll be peace and contentment for me.
 
 
SCRIPTURE READING        Exodus 17:1-12,
                                                      Philippians 2:1-13  

Water From the Rock

 
And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?” The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 17 
 

The Amalekites Defeated

 
8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” 10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 
Philippians 2:1-13

 

Imitating Christ’s Humility

 
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Do Everything Without Grumbling 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
 
SERMON         The Weariness of Moses          Pastor Craig

HYMN        Precious Lord, Take My Hand                    834

Precious Lord, take my hand;
lead me on, let me stand;
I am tired, I'm weak, I am worn.                            
Through the storm, through the night,
lead me on to the light;
take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near;
when my light is almost gone,
hear my cry, hear my call,
hold my hand lest I fall;
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

CALL FOR OFFERING

OFFERTORY   
                   O LoveThat Wilt Not Let Me Go     
            (with Piano Concerto #21 by Mozart)
                   A.L.Peace/Arr. L. McKechnie
         Jamie Reed - piano, Wes Moulton - organ
 
 
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
 
SENDING HYMN     
                     
                 Blest Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!
                   839
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
born of His Spirit, washed in his blood.

Refrain
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story; this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;   
angels descending, bring from above  
echos of mercy, whispers of love.

Refrain

Perfect submission, all is at rest;                                  
I in my Savior am happy and blest,                           
watching and waiting, looking above,                       
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

Refrain
 
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        Come, All Christians, Be Committed      

                                        E.B. Lloyd/Arr. M. Hayes                                    

 All taped Worship Services are available for replay on the
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The Rose on the Baptismal Font Celebrates these Witnesses to the Resurrection in
Jesus Christ: 


Jo Hudson               September 8
David Nutting           September 23


Please remember those currently or
recently hospitalized:

  Peter Lammers, Shirley Pascal

      
Flowers given by:
Kylene Joplin
            In Honor & Loving Memory of Jimmy Joplin
 

       Announcements
                        
The Women's Ministry will be having a Gathering on Tuesday, September 29th at 11:30 a.m. Please bring your own brown bag lunch and drink. Social distancing will be practiced and masks are required except while eating. Pastor Diane will lead the first lesson in the Bible study for 2020-21, Into the Light. The presentation will also be taped and available through the website. Please call Liz Haynes if you plan to attend at 601-606-1738 or email to ehaynes@netdoor.com.
                
VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
2800  S CAMINO DEL SOL
GREEN VALLEY, AZ 85622
520-625-5023

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