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September 20, 2020

16th Sunday After Pentecost


WORSHIP BEFORE WORSHIP                                                                                          Fish Food

MEDITATION - “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up."  - John C. Maxwell                                                                                 


PRELUDE                              Just As I Am”                           arr. F. Bock             

(Please use this time to prepare your heart for worship.)                 Organist, Katie Campbell



CALL TO WORSHIP - Psalm 25     

            Pastor: To You, O, we lift up our souls. O God, in You we trust;  

            People: Do not let us be put to shame; do not let our enemies exult over us.  

            Pastor: Make us to know Your ways, O;us Your paths.

            People: Lead us in Your truth, and teach us.  

            Pastor: For You are the God of our salvation; for You we wait all day long.  

            All: Redeem us, O God, out of all of our troubles.         


OPENING HYMN                Down to the River to Pray”                      W/S No. 3164                           

OPENING PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                                 

            Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we worship You this day. We come, knowing that we have sinned and that we are not good enough to earn Your love. We thank You for the gift of forgiveness given to us through the cross. May our lives reflect our gratitude for all that You have done. Amen.



SCRIPTURE LESSON: Luke 18:9-14                                   Reader, Kristin Iseman     

            Reader: This is the Word of God for us.                  Church Office Manager

            People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON                           “Know Your Role”                       Pastor Hopple


HYMN                                “Just as I Am, Without One Plea”                         No. 357                                                     


        O Lord, hear us we pray. Our sins are laid out before You, and You know them all. Free us from the chains that our sins bind around us. May we feel Your forgiveness this day. Help us to forgive as You have forgiven us. Through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.  

PERSONAL CONFESSION in silence with organ/piano meditation


WORDS OF ASSURANCE                                                                                                                                                                                                   

        Leader: "Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord."  -Jeremiah 9:23-24                                                                                      

THE PEACE - Let us offer signs of peace, reconciliation, and love with one another.                                 

        Leader: The peace of the Lord be with you.

        People: And also with you.



OFFERTORY                                 “Knowing You” *(see footnote)          arr. M. Hayes                                                                                                                                                                                       

DOXOLOGY - No.95                                         

        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.



PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND CONCERN                                                                                                                                                                                   

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass 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.                                                                                                                         


                                     SENDING FORTH

HYMN                        “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive”                   No. 390                                                                                      




POSTLUDE                            “Trumpet Tune”                        C. Callahan                                                                                                    

(Please use this time to reflect on the service and prepare your heart for a week with Jesus.)


Please Be In Prayer For…

            Bob Tibbits                              Bert and Mary Jane Holly *            

            Joey Hayes   

(*indicates newly added)


+Electronic Giving is an easy way to ensure that your gifts are reaching the church even when you cannot be present yourself. Visit our church website ( and click the “Donate” tab, in the left column, to set up your online giving. You are also welcome to mail your offering to the church.


++If you have a prayer request you can email it to the prayer chain ( or directly to a pastor.


+++To hear the sermon again, or to listen to any sermons you may have missed, please visit our website and click “Sermon Audio”, under the “Online Worship” tab.


Offertory music footnote - *Chorus: Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You- there is no greater thing. You're my all, You're the best, You're my joy, my righteousness, And I love You, Lord.



Our next “Manna on Main Street” food drive will be next Sunday, Sept. 27th. Please bring your donations to the church between 1:00-3:00 PM or you can drop them off during Outdoor Worship at 6 PM. There will be volunteers from the committee to assist you. Please be sure to wear a mask when you come. Visit for the donations list.  Communion elements will also be available to pick up during the food drive and Outdoor Worship.

Collecting goodies for our college boxes: For over 30 years our church has had the mission of sending our college students and military personnel a box of goodies with a note from the pastor, a note from Sunday School sharing God's love, and sometimes cards from kids.  Some ideas of goodies for the boxes are: pop-corn, hot chocolate, gum, fruit roll-ups, pretzels stix, crackers, or cookies, slim jims, dried fruit, granola bars, and candy.  Please drop off your donations to churchSunday, Sept. 27th, during the Manna collection time or to outdoor worship Sunday evening.  Any questions, please contact Judi Plummer at

Rise AgainstMeal Packaging Event : Saturday, Sept. 26th. the Mission Committee is looking for volunteers to participateour Rise against Hunger event.We need 5 people to help set-up the Fellowship Hall before the.We also need 20 volunteers(no children under 14) to make up 2 teams of 10 people to package meals. Any questions, please contact Ken Dickinson at (215) 512-2658 or Here is the link to register for the event:

Church “picnic” will be next Sunday, Sept. 27th, at 5 pm. Rain date is Oct. 4th. We will also be celebrating Pastor Gary Nicholson’s retirement. Outdoor worship service will also occur during the “picnic.”

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1020 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA  19446

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Church Phone: 215-855-1643

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Preschool Phone: 215-412-7836

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Sunday, September 20th

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Christ United Methodist Church

1020 S. Valley Forge Rd

Lansdale, PA 19446