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Welcome to Worship Connection 2020!


Newton, Kansas

Rev. Scott McGinnis

  ​August 9, 2020

Travel Stories - Table Talk

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Today's service will look a little different!

We are very blessed to have special music guests Marie Engle and Ken Rodgers!

They are performing several musical selections for our worship service today.  Enjoy!

Marie Engle is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, She has performed opera and recital tours in Europe, Canada and the US. After spending two summers singing at the Chautauqua Institution, Marie will be spending her next summer at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont studying chamber music. Her father is a pastor at Hesston MennoniteChurch, so during this time of Covid, Marie is living close to family and continuing her musical growth.

Ken Rodgers, has been on the faculty of Hesston College since 1988. He conducts the Hesston College Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and teaches class piano, organ and Music Appreciation classes. Ken is active as an organist and collaborative pianist, including performing with the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus, former Hesston College faculty member Tony Brown, and the Sunflower Trio. 

INTROIT  "At the River" - Marie Engle, Mezzo Soprano and Ken Rodgers, Piano

(Click video to view or audio player to listen!)

080920 At the River


Oh, Father God!  

We have been down paths that we thought were dead ends, yet You rescued us.  

We have experienced things that we thought would never heal, yet You heal us. 

We have been scared, afraid and paralyzed by evil, and yet You protect us.  

Thank you that we now know, "The Lord lives!"  

Blessed be my Rock, my Redeemer, my Comforter and my Friend!  

Blessed be the God of my Salvation whose Spirit lives within me!  

Thank You Jesus!  Amen

The Lord’s Prayer  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

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.


Heavenly Father, You are the Maker and Minder of all beings. 

Each one of us you fashioned. 

You are mindful of each hair on our heads, each pain in our lives, each joy we find, each sorrow we bear. 

You comfort and guide us in all we do.

Forgive us—for the times we failed to look after our neighbor, for the times we failed to help those in need. 

Overwhelm us with your boundless love. 

Teach us to love as you love. 

In Jesus Name, Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE ~ Gloria Patri   Performed by Marie Engle, mezzo soprano, with Ken Rodgers, piano.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost!  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be! 

World without end, Amen, Amen!     (Click video to view!)

CHILDREN'S MESSAGE  - Mary McGehee, Children & Youth Director 

(Click video to view!)

SPECIAL MUSIC  "Alleluia" by Mozart and “God Will Make a Way” by Don Moen

- Marie Engle, Mezzo Soprano and Ken Rodgers, Piano

(Click video to view or audio player to listen!)

080920 Hallelujah
080920 God will make a way


Luke 14:1-14 The Message (MSG)

14 1-3 One time when Jesus went for a Sabbath meal with one of the top leaders of the Pharisees, all the guests had their eyes on him, watching his every move. Right before him there was a man hugely swollen in his joints. So Jesus asked the religion scholars and Pharisees present, “Is it permitted to heal on the Sabbath? Yes or no?”

4-6 They were silent. So he took the man, healed him, and sent him on his way. Then he said, “Is there anyone here who, if a child or animal fell down a well, wouldn’t rush to pull him out immediately, not asking whether or not it was the Sabbath?” They were stumped. There was nothing they could say to that.

Invite the Misfits

7-9 He went on to tell a story to the guests around the table. Noticing how each had tried

to elbow into the place of honor, he said, “When someone invites you to dinner, don’t take

the place of honor. Somebody more important than you might have been invited by the

host. Then he’ll come and call out in front of everybody, ‘You’re in the wrong place. The

place of honor belongs to this man.’ Red-faced, you’ll have to make your way to the very

last table, the only place left.

10-11 “When you’re invited to dinner, go and sit at the last place. Then when the host

comes he may very well say, ‘Friend, come up to the front.’ That will give the dinner guests

something to talk about! What I’m saying is, If you walk around with your nose in the air,

you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you

will become more than yourself.”

12-14 Then he turned to the host. “The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your

friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite

some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be—and experience—a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned—oh, how it will be returned!—at the resurrection of God’s people.”

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Click the image above to hear 
Luke 14 (The Message)


Travel Stories - Table Talk ~ Rev. Scott McGinnis

Pastor Scott's printed sermon is available



Please mail your offering to P.O. Box 249, Newton, KS  or if you would like to enroll in automatic withdraw, please send a voided check with the monthly amount to to care of Marsha Swander, FPC Teasurer.  Thank you for keeping your church in your thoughts and prayers.


DOXOLOGY  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him,

all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC  “Zion’s Walls” by Aaron Copland and “O Saviour, Hear Me” by Gluck,

 - Marie Engle, Mezzo Soprano, Ken Rodgers, Piano and Vada Snider, Flute

(Click video to view or audio player to listen!)

080920 Zion's Walls
080920 O Saviour Hear me


May the Lord bless you and keep you; 

May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 

May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Amen.

BENEDICTION SPECIAL MUSIC  “Lift Every Voice and Sing”  

- Marie Engle, Mezzo Soprano and Ken Rodgers, Piano                                  

(Click video to view or audio player to listen!)

080920 Lift Every Voice

 Please share our service with your friends and neighbors!  God's blessings to everyone! 

 We are blessed with volunteers who can pick-up needed items,

transport you to appointments, etc. 

Please don't be afraid to ask for yourself, or someone you know.  Please call the church (316-283-0504),  Tricia's cell (316-282-2331) or Rojean's cell (316-772-8128) with any needs.

We are all God's children! 

Content provided is for the purpose of Worship through First Presbyterian Church Newton Kansas. 

Please contact the FPC Church Office at 316-283-0504 should you have any questions.

God Bless you and your family!

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