Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

20 September, 2020

Welcome to All Souls at Home

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

"Psalm 95 (Venite)"

words: Evan Wilson (based on Psalm 95)

music: Evan Wilson

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Come, let us sing for joy unto the Lord
Let us shout to the rock of our salvation
Oh, let us sing to him with thankful hearts
Shout for joy with music and song

Oh, come


For the Lord is a great God (2x)
In his hands are the earth the seas (2x)
For the Lord is the great king (2x)
The seas are his, he has made them (2x)

Come, O come, let’s bow down in worship
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker
Oh, for he, he is our God
We are his, we are his children, his children


Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.

They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,

so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations. (Psalm 145:3-13)

"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"

words: Joachim Neander (trans. Catherine Winkworth), Latifah Alattas, Reid Phillips, David Wilton, Dann Stockton

music: LOBE DEN HERREN (Anonymous); additional music by Latifah Alattas, Reid Phillips, David Wilton, Dann Stockton

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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near
Praise Him in glad adoration

Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee
Granted thee health and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of his mercy did shade thee


Praise him, praise him
Praise him

Praise to the Lord who, when tempests their warfare are waging
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging


Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him
Let the “amen” sound from his people again
Gladly forever adore him

Praise him (praise him)
Praise him (praise him)

Jonah 3:1-10 (niv)

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.

3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Merciful God, each of us has our own version of Jonah's story in which we have run from you and hardened our hearts against the very people you invite us to love. This week, even today, we have gladly accepted your love, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in mercy, but do not extend your love by being impatient, quickly angered, and hard of hearing toward those you have called us to love.

David leads us in prayer when he writes in Psalm 119:32, "I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!" Lord, enlarge our hearts by your mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Take a moment now to acknowledge these things silently before the Lord, knowing forgiveness and rest are freely available in Jesus.

Take a moment now to acknowledge these things silently before the Lord, knowing forgiveness and rest are freely available in Jesus.

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Together, let us remember how God seeks us with the promise of the gospel:
In Christ, we are forgiven. Amen.

During the reflection, children aged preschool through 2nd grade are invited to engage in a special time of reading and song so they can learn and discover the gospel in a language and style more suitable to them. Click here for the video.

R.J. March

Matthew 12:1-14 (niv)

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."

3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus,they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

"Justice Will Roll Down"

words: Sandra McCracken

music: Sandra McCracken

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Oh my love, you have grown so cold
To the world outside, to the house next door
She who has been loved much, has so much to give
Mercy is the fragrance of the broken


Justice will roll down, oh justice will roll down
From high upon those mountains with a mighty river sound
It will roll down, it will roll down

Oh my child, I will be your light
In your secret pain, in the dark of night
No enemy, no conqueror, will steal your life from me
I am your salvation and your victory


Soon oh soon, when the trumpet sounds
Every knee shall bend, every heart will pound
I have made a new world where the servant is the King
Oppression will be over and the slave set free


Freely you have received; freely give.
(Matthew 10:8)

All we have is given to us by God. Our offerings express this joyful dependence as well as our commitment to join God in his work of renewal. He who met our most dire need through Christ will continue to provide for every need we have— so, whether we have much or little, God calls us to treasure and trust Him above all.

All gifts go toward ministry initiatives of All Souls and relief of those in need.

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May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Go, then, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Romans 15:5-6)

Let us go forth and serve our world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God!

Drive-Thru Communion Sundays

Our next in-person drive-thru communion is scheduled for next Sunday, September 27. Check our Community Rhythms page for the full list of upcoming Communion Sundays, and feel free to message with any questions. Upcoming Communion Sunday dates.

Theology in Color discussion

Our discussion of Rev. Esau McCaulley's summer course on race and theology is being rescheduled due to the wildfire smoke last week. If you have already RSVP'd, you will get further updates in your email. If you haven't yet RSVP'd, let R.J. know you're planning to attend as soon as possible. RSVP for the discussion.

Grace Groups

Living by God’s grace is a paradigm shift for all of us and as a big shift, it involves study, practice, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit within each of us. All Grace Groups will this common thread. Starting Tuesday, October 6th, a monthly gathering will be held to explore the implications of Jesus declaring that the acceptable day of the Lord (Is 61: 1-2) had arrived in him (Lk 4:14-21). This group will take a deeper look at what scripture has to say about poverty, justice, policing, imprisonment, and righteousness with a focus on both prayer and service. Learn More.

Birds flying over Westcrest Park