September 6, 2020
Come and be embraced by the love of our God.
People: Our hearts long for the arms of God.
Pastor: Come and learn of God’s great love for all.
People: We open our hearts and minds to God’s love.
Let the love of God flow from you to others.
People: God’s love moves us to care for the hurts of others.
OPENING HYMN: O Lord, Your Tenderness TFWS #2143
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SHARING
CALL TO WORSHIP
Where two or three gathered in Christ's name,
People: We enter this place of worship to meet God.
Pastor: Where two or three gathered in Christ's name,
People: We expand our capacity to love.
Pastor: Where two or three are gathered,
People: We witness truth together.
Pastor: Where two or three are gathered in Christ's name, God is here among
We praise you, O God, because you are love. Help us to be wise enough to
understand the incredible power of love. Give us the courage to use that power
for the healing and wholeness of your world. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Let us confess to God and before one another our sins, and especially our failure to love as God loves.
We confess to you, O God, and before one another that we have sinned. We know you are love and that we were created out of that love, and yet we often act in very unloving ways. You show us grace and continually work to bring us to wholeness, and yet we turn on others and harm them with our words and actions. Call us back to your love, and empower us with your Spirit to act in love as you act in love. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God is love and rejoices when we live in that love for ourselves and for others. Receive God’s grace and power to live in eternal love.
O Lord, open our eyes, our ears, our minds, and our hearts;
That we might behold wondrous things out of your word.
FIRST LESSON Romans 13: 8-14
Love for One Another
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
An Urgent Appeal
11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks Be to God.
SERMON: “Love in Action” Rev. Russel W. Shuluga
JOYS AND CONCERNS
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, for ever and ever. Amen
INVITATION TO OFFERING
Pastor: What time is it?
People: It is time to express our love for God by giving of
ourselves with the morning offering.
Pastor: Salvation is nearer to us now than when we became
believers. Let us give generously and with love.
THE LORD’S OFFERING
Heavenly Father, we present our offerings not as meaningless formalities or repetitious habits, but as genuine acts of love and heartfelt sacrifice. Amen.
Pastor: God has given you the most powerful tool in the world: Love.
Use it, increase it, and proclaim it.
Hymn: Jesu Jesu
Pastor: Rev. Russel W. Shuluga
Liturgist: Mary Kilgour
Every Sunday Morning at 11:15 AM
Meeting ID: 412 731 2511
From your phone (312) 626-6799
*Please note that the information above for ZOOM service is the same for every Sunday Zoom worship service.
September Mission Opportunity
“Church World Service”
Mifflin Avenue is supporting Church World Service by
participating in this year’s CROP Walk. The "Virtual CROP Hunger
Walk" will be held week of October 4th to October 11th".
Crop Walkers will step out and step up the walking? A key feature of the Walk this year will be fundraising through social media. the Mifflin Avenue Team is registered.
We encourage you to get out and walk any day during the week of October 4th to October 11th and support the Mifflin Avenue team. Make your check payable to MAUMC and write Sept. Mission on the memo line or on your envelope and mail to the church office. You may also donate via PayPal. You may also donate directly to the CROP Hunger Walk, details in the September Church Talk. Mary Kilgour is listed as the CROP Walk team captain.
VIRTUAL CROP HUNGER WALK DAY:
WALK, OR NOT! This is a more inclusive walk because if you can’t physically walk but want to act to end hunger by raising money while rocking or lounging on your favorite chair, please do! It counts! If you can walk, then walk around your block, walk around your neighborhood, walk in a local park, or simply walk around your living room! You can walk individually or with your team. If you do organize to walk with your team, please observe proper social distancing, mask wearing and limit the number of individuals to around 10 or whatever maximum number is permitted by the Department of Health at that time; which may require your team to walk in more than one group.
25% of the Crop Walk proceeds will be directed to Wilkinsburg Community Ministry to fight hunger in our community.