Upcoming Worship Focus

Preview for Service of Word and Sacrament, August 9, 2020
The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Liturgical Color: Green
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, California

This weekly study guide seeks to help us prepare for the upcoming Sunday service and teaching. 

Please Note –
This Sunday, we will not worship in person. However, we will live-stream worship on our Facebook page (Westminster Pres-Tiburon) on Sunday at 10:00am. We will have a video of worship available on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI7AuMKsXWJTserXPjBjPDw) by Monday.

Call to Worship
One:     Arise! The One you have been waiting for is here!
Many:  Amidst shadow and tumult the Lord is with us!
One:    God’s light of hope still shines on the earth.
Many: May God’s light shine among us all.
One:    Strengthen us as we journey to this Light.
Many: Prepare our hearts to receive this Light. Amen.

Community Prayer
For the beauty of creation, we give You thanks. Even for the storm we give thanks. For the gift of faith in the midst of the storm we bless you. For Your reaching out to us when we falter, we are grateful. Help us to see Your love as our Source of strength and as guidance in the midst of both calm and tumult. Help us to recognize Your care for us as a reminder to reach out to others. Forgive us when we lose faith, begin to sink, or turn away. Help us to connect, to grow in faith and walk in Your ways. Amen.

Sermon Focus & Title       On the Water       Ted Scott
These days it seems we are all in a boat together on storm-tossed waters. In our Gospel reading from Matthew, the disciples themselves are in distress in a storm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water, which amazes and terrifies them. Peter is inspired to emulate Jesus, with mixed results. Jesus says, “have faith.” How is Jesus coming to us today in the midst of our storms to surprise and embolden us in the midst of what is?

Scripture(s)

First Reading
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
1Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. 2This is the story of the family of Jacob.
3Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. 4But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.
12Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” 14So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.
He came to Shechem, 15and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” 16“I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” 17The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. 18They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. 19They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” 21But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” 22Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” — that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. 23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; 24and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.
25Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. 28When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Gospel Reading
Matthew 14:22-33
22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Hymns
We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing       No. 336
God of Grace and God of Glory       No. 307

Quotes, Prompts, Questions
“I say to you walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”
John Lewis