Drive in Worship
Zion Lutheran Church
Lexington, South Carolina

17th Sunday after Pentecost

September 27, 2020

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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 25:4-9)

Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me.
For you are the God of my salvation;

in you have I trusted all the day long.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions.
Remember me according to your steadfast love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
You are gracious and upright, O Lord; therefore you teach sinners in your way.
You lead the lowly in justice and teach the lowly your way.  

 

HYMN

Dearest Jesus, at Your Word

1. Dearest Jesus, at your word

we have come again to hear you;

let our thoughts and hearts be stirred

and in glowing faith be near you

as the promises here given

draw us wholly up to heaven.

 

2. All our knowledge, sense, and sight

lie in deepest darkness shrouded

till your Spirit breaks the night,

filling us with light unclouded.

All good thoughts and all good living

come but by your gracious giving.

 

3. Radiance of God's glory bright,

Light of light from God proceeding,

Jesus, send your blessed light;

help our hearing, speaking, heeding,

that our prayers and songs may please you,

as with grateful hearts we praise you.

 

4. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

praise to you and adoration!

Grant us what we need the most:

all your gospel's consolation

while we here on earth await you,

till in heav'n with praise we greet you.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.
Let us pray. God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING

Matthew 21:23-32

When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

  28“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”

                                                                                                           

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

SERMON

Pastor Nathan Gragg

HYMN 

Change My Heart, O God

Change my heart, O God;

make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God;

may I be like you.

 

You are the potter;

I am the clay.

Mold me and make me;

this is what I pray.

 

Change my heart, O God;

make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God;

may I be like you.

 

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


COMMUNION PRAYER

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

You may to take your bread and hold it in your hands for the communion prayer.


We give you thanks, holy, mighty, and merciful Lord .  .  . with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.

Amen.


LORD’S PRAYER
Gathered as one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus has taught us.
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 and ever. Amen


COMMUNION
This is the body of Christ, given for you.

Amen.
 

All are invited to eat their bread.  You may say, “The body of Christ is given for you.”


BENEDICTION

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

Amen.

HYMN

Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

 

1. Lord, dismiss us with your blessing,

fill our hearts with joy and peace;

let us each, your love possessing,

triumph in redeeming grace.

Oh, refresh us; oh, refresh us,

trav'ling through this wilderness.

 

2. Thanks we give and adoration

for your gospel's joyful sound.

May the fruits of your salvation

in our hearts and lives abound.

Ever faithful, ever faithful

to your truth may we be found.

 

3. Savior, when your love shall call us

from our struggling pilgrim way,

let no fear of death appall us,

glad your summons to obey.

May we ever, may we ever

reign with you in endless day.

SENDING IN PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.
Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

We share the peace with one another by honking our horns and making peace signs to each other through our windows.

POSTLUDE

Following worship you are asked to depart safely from the church parking lot following the directions of the parking attendants. 
 

TODAY’S WORSHIP SERVICE is available via Facebook Live at 9:00am.  The service will also be available to watch at any time on Zion’s YouTube channel beginning on Sunday afternoon.  A video and audio version of the sermon will be posted on the Monday after worship.

SERVING IN WORSHIP TODAY

Presiding Minister                  Pastor Nathan Gragg

Assisting Minister                   Seminarian Emily Whitlow                
Director of Music                    Julie Branham

Technical Support Team         Walt Hampton, Russell Kleckley, Steve Shumpert

 

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