Readings and Liturgy for Sunday Oct 18th

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Prayer for Illumination: Holy One, true and living God, through the message of the gospel and the power of your Spirit make us imitators of the Lord: Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

First Reading       Exodus 33:12-23

Second Reading  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Gospel Reading Matthew 22:15-22

Sermon: “So What Belongs To God?”  Mark Southard 

A link to our Order of Worship is provided below:

In these days of the pandemic we are worshiping simultaneously in-person and on-line using the Zoom Audio-visual Conferencing program. Please email us at to be added to our Zoom invitation list

If you choose to worship in person during this pandemic, you will be asked to wear a mask and physically distance by household in the sanctuary to limit the risk to each other and your pastor. Obviously we will not be shaking hands or hugging (despite how much we long to do so). We have Sanitizer and masks available at both entrances. 

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and join us on Zoom.
  • If you are vulnerable to severe effects of the virus (that’s many of us) or are uncomfortable or simply unable to join us physically, join us on Zoom as well. 
  • You will still be a major part of the service. I have endeavored to make the technology serve us so that those is the sanctuary will be able to both see and hear those at home and you at home will also be able to see and hear those in the Sanctuary. You continue to be a vital part of the congregation both gathered and scattered. 

On-Line Bible Study – Live and Interactive via Zoom

Sunday evenings 6:30pm-7:30pm

Send us an email at info@fpcnewkirk and ask to be added to our list to receive the Zoom invitation link and the notes page for the week. You can participate with any of the following: a computer with a webcam, a laptop, a tablet or most any smart phone. You can even call in over the phone.
We are studying the Book of Romans. Each week we will cover about 1 chapter reading and discussing verse by verse, using the background of scripture as we seek to understand Paul’s letter through the aid of the Holy Spirit. I hope you will join us and invite a friend or two. This study is open to all. Different perspectives help all of us to understand more fully the riches of what God has preserved for us in the pages of his word.
I look forward to studying with you!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Mark