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    Sep 06, 2020

    You Are Special

    You Are Special

    Passage: Ephesians 2:1-10

    Speaker: Rev. Jennifer Eschliman, Pastor

    Series: Lessons from the Library

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
    Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    September 6, 2020-10 am
    Call to Worship (based on Psalm 139)
    Let us bring our praises to the Lord, our Maker:
    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works - that I know very well!
    Our frames were not hidden from you when we were being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in your book were written all the days that were planned for me, when none of them yet existed.
    How precious are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
    We stand in awe of your intricate handiwork, and we praise and bless your holy name.
    Opening Hymn  All Creatures of Our God and King (vv. 1, 4, 5 & 7)
    Verse 1
    All creatures of our God and King
    Lift up your voice and with us sing
    Alleluia alleluia
    Thou burning sun with golden beam
    Thou silver moon with softer gleam
    O praise him O praise him
    Alleluia alleluia alleluia
    Verse 4
    Dear mother earth who day by day
    Unfoldest blessings on our way
    O praise him alleluia
    The flowers and fruits that in thee grow
    Let them his glory also show
    Verse 5
    All ye that are of tender heart
    Forgiving others take your part
    O sing ye alleluia
    Ye who long pain and sorrow bear
    Praise God and on him cast your care
    Verse 7
    Let all things their creator bless
    And worship him in humbleness
    O praise him alleluia
    Praise praise the Father praise the Son
    And praise the Spirit Three in One
    Opening Prayer (unison)
    Mighty Creator, since the beginning of time, the universe has been your canvas. All around us we catch glimpses of your artistic beauty - every detail the product of your perfect intention. As we worship, remind us that we have also been fashioned with such purpose and care that we reflect your beauty and majesty. We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, in whom we have been created anew. Amen.                                                          
    Proclamation and Response
    Scripture Reading Ephesians 2:1-10
    1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
    4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
    8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
    Leader: This is the Word of God.
    All: Thanks be to God!
    A Story for All of God’s Children   You Are Special by Max Lucado
    Message Lessons from the Library: You Are Special Pastor Jen Eschliman
    Joys and Concerns
          Prayers of the People
          The Lord’s Prayer
    Prayer of Thanksgiving for Offerings
    Sending Forth
    Song Who You Say I Am
    Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan
    Verse 1
    Who am I that the highest King
    Would welcome me
    I was lost but he brought me in
    Oh his love for me
    Oh his love for me
    Chorus 1
    Who the Son sets free
    Oh is free indeed
    I'm a child of God
    Yes I am
    Verse 2
    Free at last
    He has ransomed me
    His grace runs deep
    While I was a slave to sin
    Jesus died for me
    Yes he died for me
    Chorus 1
    Who the Son sets free
    Oh is free indeed
    I'm a child of God
    Yes I am
    Chorus 2
    In my Father's house
    There's a place for me
    I'm a child of God
    Yes I am
    I am chosen not forsaken
    I am who You say I am
    You are for me not against me
    I am who You say I am
    Chorus 1
    Chorus 2
    I am who You say I am
    The scripture reading is from the Common English Bible, Copyright © 2010 the Common English Bible Committee. All rights reserved. Used by permission. (
    Song credits:
    All Creatures of Our God and King
    CCLI Song # 7039797
    Ralph Vaughan Williams | St. Francis of Assisi | Thomas Ken | William Henry Draper
    © Words: Hope Publishing Company
    Music: Public Domain
    CCLI License # 1011499
    Who You Say I Am
    CCLI Song # 7102401
    Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan
    © 2017 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
    CCLI License # 1011499