Nottingham Presbyterian Church

July 5, 2020

Expanded Worship

Including the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper


Approaching God




Call to Worship  


One: God has told us what is good. God has given us commandments by which to live. What does the Lord require of us?

Scattered People: To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God!

All: Let us walk with, and listen to, our loving Savior God!


*Hymn #   338 O Beautiful for Spacious Skies


O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.


O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!

America! America! God mend thine every flaw;

Confirm they soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!


O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!

America! America! May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine!


 Prayer of Confession (Unison)

God of all righteousness and mercy, we give thanks for the many blessings you have given us. We confess that we have not made right use of these blessings. We sing of liberty, then deny liberty to many persons. We dream of success, but the success we celebrate is not always noble. We spend more time talking about the struggle to bring equality to our culture than doing what needs to be done for this to happen. We do not understand why we do what we do. Forgive us, Maker of all creation. Mend our every flaw. By your Holy Spirit, reach deep into our souls to transform us. Mold us into the Church of your own desire. Excite us with your vision - not just a patriot dream, but a divine vision for all humanity that sees beyond the years into the reality of your future. In Christ’s name we pray.

(a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)


 Assurance of Pardon

Pastor: While we were, and are, yet sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. Jesus Christ rose for us and for all the world. Friends, believe, declare and live the good news of the Gospel!

Scattered People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Thanks be to God for the hope this brings to the world!


*Gloria Patri

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.


*Passing the Peace

Hearing God’s Word

(This week’s readings come from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible)


Epistle Reading: Romans 7:15-25a

 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!


Children’s Time


Gospel Lesson: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,

17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.


28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


Sermon          Walking the Walk Unburdened


Our Response to God



Affirmation of Faith                        The Apostles’ Creed (unison)


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.




The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom, come.

Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

   Lead us, not into temptation,

   but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

   and the glory forever. Amen.


Preparation for Communion Hymn # 518 Your Only Son


Your only Son, no sin to hide   but you have sent him from your side

To walk upon the guilty sod, and to become the Lamb of God.

O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!

O wash me in this precious blood   my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.


Your gift of love, we crucified; we laughed and scorned him as he died;

The humble King we named a fraud   and sacrificed the Lamb of God.

O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!

O wash me in this precious blood   my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.


I was so lost, I should have died, but you have brought me to your side

To be led by your staff and rod, and to be called a lamb of God.

O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!

O wash me in this precious blood   my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.


Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Invitation: Jesus said, Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Today we are scattered. We are in one place or the other, but in the Holy Spirit we are gathered together in Christ’s name, at Christ’s table. And this is indeed Christ’s table. It is not my table; it is not Nottingham’s table; it is not a Presbyterian table. It is Christ’s table. And Christ invites all who believe in him and call upon his name to come and take a holy blessing from his holy table that our burden of sin might be lifted, and our journey of faith guided by God’s Holy Spirit as we are fed by Jesus Christ and empowered by the Spirit to take part in Christ’s ministry.


            The Lord Jesus Christ on the night in which he was betrayed ate dinner with his disciples, and before he gave them the bread and the cup, he gave a prayer of thanks to Almighty God. And so following his example, we do the same. Let us pray:

            Prayer of Thanksgiving: O gracious and mighty God, we give you thanks for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. We give you thanks for the very act of creation, for giving us life, and for forgiving us our sins. Christ came to offer us the holy yoke of joyful and faithful living, unburdened by the sins which have kept us from creating community which rejoices in following your life-giving direction for all creation. Bless these gifts of bread and juice which come from your good creation. Bless them, and us, that we might be filled with your gracious love and hope for all creation. This we pray, in Christ’s name and righteousness, Amen.


Words of Institution: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take, eat. This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same manner also, he took the cup saying, “This cup is the cup of salvation, the cup of the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins. Drink, all of you, of it.” For each time we eat this bread and drink of this cup, we do show forth his saving grace, until Christ comes again in glory.

            These are the gifts of God, for the people of God.


Sharing of the Bread and Juice: I now invite you to take whatever bread, whatever juice (or liquid) you have in your homes. Be transformed by the taking of these elements blessed by the Holy Spirit. Let these holy elements, set apart from common use to unite us with Christ’s body, mind, and spirit, that by the Spirit we may be one with Christ, one in Christ, and that Christ may live in each of us and in us together. Celebrate these gifts of God.


Prayer after Communion: Let us give thanks to almighty God. Gracious God, you have fed us with Christ’s body that is not bound by time or space. Your Holy Spirit blesses in each home, and renews us for service wherever we are. May we go forth, O Servant Lord, to share your yoke, to be your servants, ambassadors of your grace, witnesses to your redemption. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.  


*Hymn   Eternal Lord, Who Calmed the Waves         MELITA

Scott L. Barton, 2020                                             John Bacchus Dykes, 1861


Eternal Lord, who calmed the waves,

We look to you this day to save;

Across the world, we live in fear

And yearn for when we might be clear

Of danger none with eyes can see,

That now has brought us to our knees.


To Lazarus, “Come out!” you called,

To those who cried, you’d not withhold

A word to banish evil’s power—

So thus we cry to you this hour

To heal a world so ill at ease

From what has brought us to our knees.


O Lord, who lives to break down walls,

By meeting not, we’re all appalled,

And yearn for when, no longer bound,

Our friends and neighbors we’ll surround

With handshakes, hugs, again at ease,

When you will strengthen feeble knees.


O Trinity of love and power,

All healers guard in danger’s hour;

Protect them as they treat and care

For all your people, here and there,

Thus praises e’er will rise to thee

From all who pray on bended knee.

 Permission granted by author to use for congregational worship


Mission of Nottingham Presbyterian Church

We the people of Nottingham Presbyterian Church strive to be Christ-centered, friendly and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to surrender our individual desires in order to do God’s will. We are led by God to be a light in this world by:

•         Bringing the love of Jesus to our community with an accepting, nurturing and compassionate environment.

•         Expanding our missions and worship experiences to meet the needs of the community and the world.

•         Passionately and enthusiastically developing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

•         Seeking to develop partnerships with local and global organizations in pursuit of God’s vision.


*Charge and Benediction (based on 2 Corinthians 13:11)



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