THE SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
August 2, 2020

First Presbyterian Church, Fargo
The Session and members of First Presbyterian Church, extend a sincere welcome to you! We welcome all persons regardless of race, nationality, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. This includes an open invitation to membership, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, marriage, funerals, memorial services, and to serve as an officer of the church.

Prelude and Preparation for Worship

Prayer of the Day
Life-changing God, you have touched us and transformed us to reach out to all who hunger for what only you can give. Keep our feet in your paths and bless us to multiply blessings to others, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Gathering in Christ’s Presence

Welcome and Concerns of the Church
Opening Sentences
God meets us in our greatest need and satisfies us with divine presence and provision.
In gratitude, let us worship the Lord our God.
Hymn — O Worship the King
Singers: Penny Andrist, Pam Burns, Jack Lawrence, Paul Lang, and Erynn Millard.  Accompanist: Sally Harmon
1 O worship the King, all glorious above!
O gratefully sing God's power and God’s love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

2 O tell of God's might; O sing of God's grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form;
and bright is God's path on the wings of the storm.

3 The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, your power has founded of old;
established it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it has cast, like a mantle, the sea.

4 Your bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills; it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

5 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail;
your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
Call to Confession
Let us confess our sins in the presence of the One who blesses us and meets our need.

Prayer of Confession
God of compassion, we are sick. We have wrestled all night with worry instead of resting in you. We have asserted our own goodness instead of awakening to yours. We have turned away those hungry for your help instead of trusting you and feeding them from your limitless supply of blessings. Forgive us, heal us, and help us to hold on to you. We call upon you, for you will answer us, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Assurance of God’s Forgiveness

Hearing God’s Word

Prayer for Illumination
Lesson Psalm 17
Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.  
From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right.  
 
If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress.  
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent.  
My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped.  
 
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words.  
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O savior of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand.  
 
Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings,  
from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me.  
They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly.  
They track me down; now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.  
They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush.  
 
Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,  
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones.  
 
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
 
Lesson Genesis 32:22-31
The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’ So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ Then the man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’ Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’ The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

Sermon                   Title
Hymn — Hear, O Lord, My Plea for Justice
1 Hear, O Lord, my plea for justice;
Listen to my heartfelt prayer.
In your just deliberation
May I find redemption there.
 
2 Test my heart for its affliction;
Purify my soul with fire;
Let my mortal tongue speak wisdom,  
Righteousness be my desire.
 
3 Keep me, Lord, in sure protection,  
As the apple of your eye.
Shelter me beneath your shadow  
When my hour of death draws nigh.
 
4 In its wake, send vindication;
To its darkness, show your face.
Bring me to my resurrection
Clothed in garments of your grace.

Responding to God’s Word

Statement of Faith                                       The Apostle's 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.


Prayers of the People, ending with 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, ending with the Prayer of Dedication

Bearing the Word into the World

Hymn — O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
1 O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

2 O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
my heart restores its borrowed ray,
that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
may brighter, fairer be.

3 O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.

4 O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
and from the ground there blossoms red
life that shall endless be.

Charge and Benediction
POSTLUDE