Nottingham Presbyterian Church

September 13, 2020


Approaching God



Prelude     “Lord, Prepare Me, to Be a Sanctuary”




Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 114)


Leader: God brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt, to become God’s sanctuary.

People: The waters fled, the mountains jumped for joy!

Leader: God sent Jesus Christ to bring humanity out of slavery to sin, to become God’s sanctuary.

People: Let the floods of sin flee; let all creation jump for joy!

All: Lord, prepare us to be your sanctuary, that your glory may be known everywhere. Help us to worship you, and you alone!


Hymn # 509              All Who Hunger


All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wandering. Here, in truth, we will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.


All who hunger, never strangers, seeker, be a welcome guest.

Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast.

We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.


All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread.

Come from loneliness and longing. Here, in peace we have been led.

Blest are those who from this table live their days in gratitude.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.


Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Holy Lord God, we confess that we are still wandering, still hungering. We long for the comfort of gathering at your table. We hunger for the sight of faces we love. We are frightened by the intense division among the people of our country, by the chaos in so many places in your world. We begin to lose hope. Forgive us when we forget your power and mercy. You are not bound by walls. You are not limited by human imagination. Your mercy exceeds all that we can muster. Cleanse us of all that clutters our hearts and hinders your message of grace. Let us hear again your promise of new life, your gift of grace fulfilled in Jesus Christ. In Christ’s name we pray.

(a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)


Assurance of Pardon (based on Hebrews 9:11-14)

Pastor: Christ entered once for all the Holy Place, offering not the blood of animals, but Christ’s own blood for our eternal redemption. If the blood of animals sanctifies those whose have sinned, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

Scattered People: Freed from sin by the grace of Jesus Christ, let us live as holy sanctuaries, worshiping God every moment of every day!

All: In Christ we have new life! Thanks be to God!



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

Today’s Readings are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible

Epistle Lesson: Romans 14:1-12

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister?[d] For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall give praise to[f] God.”

12 So then, each of us will be accountable to God.[g]

Children’s Time


Gospel Lesson:   Matthew 18:21-35


21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.


23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25 and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26 So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31 When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”


Sermon          To Be God’s Sanctuary


Our Response to God


Affirmation of Faith (Unison) (Brief Statement of Faith, lines 1-6, 72-76)

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks

and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,

praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”


Hymn   # 722 Lord, Speak to Me


Lord, speak to me that I many speak in living echoes of your tone.

As you have sought, so let me seek your erring children, lost and lone.


O lead me, Lord, that I may lead the wandering and the wavering feet.

O feed me, Lord, that I may feed your hungering ones with manna sweet.


O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious truths which you impart.

And wing my words that they may reach the hidden depths of many-a heart.


O fill me with your fullness, Lord, until my very heart o’er-flow

In kindling thought and glowing word, your love to tell, your praise to show.


O use me, Lord, use even me, just as you will, and when, and where

Until your blessed face I see, your rest, your joy, your glory share.







Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below,

Praise God above ye heaven host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


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.


Closing Hymn #747   The Lord Now Sends Us Forth


The Lord now sends us forth with hands to serve and give,

To make of all the earth a better place to live.

The angels are not sent into our world of pain

To do what we were meant to do in Jesus’ name;

That falls to you and me and all who are made free.

Help us, O Lord, we pray, to do your will today.


Nottingham Presbyterian Church Mission Statement


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



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“All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly” Text: Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1990. Music William Moore’s Columbian Harmony, 1825. Text @ GIA Publications, Inc. Printed in Glory to God. Reprinted for projection and permission to podcast/stream from One License #A-736486.


“The Lord Now Sends Us Forth” text Jose Aguiar, English translation Gerhard M. Cartford; Music: Pedro Infante, arr. Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 2006, printed in Glory to God; English translation @ 1998 Augsburg Fortress; Music Arr. @ 2003 Augsburg Fortress; Reprinted for projection and permission to podcast/stream from One License #A-736486.

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