First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge
Order of Worship
September 20, 2020
Responsive Call to Worship:
L: Give thanks to God.
P: Call upon the name of the Most High.
L: God’s love and mercy are given daily for each of us.
P: God’s forgiveness and tenderness are poured out for us.
L: Praise be to God who deals so kindly with us.
P: Lord, help us offer the same compassion to others.
Unison Prayer of Invocation:
Merciful God reside in our hearts today. Help us to listen closely for your word
to us. Remind us that you are always with us, throughout all of our lives. Give us
confidence in your presence, so that we may go into your world ready to witness to
your love through our works and our deeds, for we pray these things in Jesus’ name.
Call to Confession
Unison Prayer of Confession:
You know how fickle we are, Holy God. We proclaim your presence with us
and then we behave in ways which run counter from your word. We get caught up in
our own needs and whine about the injustices we feel in our lives. Help us to place
our trust in your mercy and your compassionate love. Forgive us when we stray from
your ways and wander into paths of self-pity and self-destruction. Lift us from the
deep morass and put us back on track. Give us confidence in your presence and your
direction throughout our lives, for we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
Feel the comforting power of God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy in your lives. God is
with us through all our experiences. Though we try we cannot stray from God’s love.
Rejoice! This is the good news for all of us. Amen.
Prayer of Illumination:
Loving God may we seek your presence for our lives every day. Amen.
Scripture: Jonah 3:10-4:11
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed
his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do
it. But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the LORD and
said, “O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled
to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to
anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now,
O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And
the LORD said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down
east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to
see what would become of the city. The LORD God appointed a bush, and made it come up
over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so, Jonah was very
happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that
attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind,
and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might
die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you
to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the LORD said,
“You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not
grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned
about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty
thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many
Sharing our Joys and Concerns
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver
us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Call for the Offering
Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving:
God of abundance receive these gifts with thanks from your people, we pray. May
they and we help your love and grace come to all corners of our world. Amen.
Go forth into God’s world as God’s own children showing mercy and love to all people. Let
the love of Christ be reflected in your life and your deeds. Amen.
This morning’s liturgy is adapted from Ministry Matters: www.ministrymatters.org.