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Worship Service, September 13, 2020

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Original Congregational Church

Dear Friends, Good Morning and welcome to the OCC. While today we continue in person worship outdoors, for our online devotions please enjoy this service first posted on July 2nd. May God bless you and your loved ones with strength, health and happiness in these difficult and challenging time.

Order of Worship

OPENING HYMN No. 446     I Need Thee Every Hour

Hey everybody,
PK here.

I brought along a friend with me today.
Here is a little kitty.
He likes to sleep—you know—as in a cat nap!
Do you ever take a cat nap?
Did you know cats love to sleep—maybe up to 12 to 16 hours a day!
Just like you and me right?
An elephant might sleep only 2 hours a day!
A cow, 4 hours!
A human, 8 hours!
A dog, 10 hours!
A squirrel, 15 hours!
And a sleepy sloth? 18 hours!

Did you know that Jesus invites us to sleep?
It’s true.
In Matthew 11:25 he says:
“Come to me all who are tired and I will give you rest!”

That means sometimes we fall asleep in church.
The Lord invites us to take cat naps and human naps and sloth naps!
Time to get some Z’s
May you sleep well today and get a good rest. Amen.

SCRIPTURE Matthew 11:28-30 “You Will Find Rest”

SERMON/PRAYER “Come and Rest”
A Sermon delivered by Rev. Kenneth C. Landin
The Original Congregational Church

We all need a rest.

In Matthew 11:25 Jesus invites us to rest in the Lord saying,
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

It is difficult to rest when the world is so restless right now. During times when disaster loomed, the prophet Jeremiah gave us this instruction from the Lord, “Stand by the roads and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Can we find the ancient way through our times as well?

God invites us to rest. In Exodus, Moses relates honoring the Sabbath day as a matter of life and death. When we keep the Sabbath, we enter a day of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Observing it, we remember our lasting covenant with the Lord. Six days the Lord toiled to make the Heavens and the Earth, and on the seventh, the Lord rested and was refreshed.

How do we enter this rest when the world demands so much of us to do?

Our Lord says, “Come to me—you are weighed down with worry—learn from me—I am gentle—my words will lift you—my ways will carry you—and you will find rest.”

Our times are difficult to find good rest. There is so much unrest, unease, distress, disease, hatreds, alarms, cries, tears, anxieties abound. The world does not give us stillness and rest. Only in the presence of the Lord do we find the ancient path that leads us into peace.

Augustine wrote of this ancient way praying to God, “You have created us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

Dear God, receive us we pray, this day, let our hearts, our minds, our bodies enter your rest, that our souls may rest gently in you, and that we may be restored, renewed, refreshed. Amen.

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 and ever. Amen.

CLOSING MUSIC      “It Is Well With My Soul”  (1876)
Words by Horace Spafford; Music by Philip P. Bliss
Alison Wade, Karen Bell, Rob Crossley, Walter Spencer, solos
and the Chancel Choir; Ben Blakesley, guitar