May 31, 2020

 

 

 

 

Prelude - All That I Am

Call to Worship 

Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Let us love and be faithful never leaving God; so that we may find peace.  And with our whole heart, let us seek God, that we may find comfort in all circumstances.

Hymn - Let There Be Peace on Earth

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Gracious God, we come humbly before you and we rejoice to be in Your presence.  We seek Your Spirit and Your grace as we come as one to pray as Jesus taught us, saying: 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.

Scripture Reading

OLD TESTAMENT - 2 Samuel 12:15-20


15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth[b] on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”

19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

NEW TESTAMENT READING - Romans 8:31-39

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Joys and Concerns

God of Heaven and Earth, you have promised to be with us always, and assured us, we are more precious to you than gold and silver. You remind us that you know us and love us in such details that you were present when we were being formed in our mother’s womb.

In these challenging times show us how we can be of service to you and others. Help us experience your presence in the quiet, in the inability to touch our children and grandchildren, in the inability to feel the warmth of another’s handshake, the warmth of being embraced by a friend. In all of these ways and in the countless ways life has changed fill the distance with your love, be it in patience, kindness, laughter and gratitude. Continue to guide us all and be with the first responders and all who put their lives on the front line to care for our most vulnerable, Amen.

Children's Moment - God Is Bigger Than The Boogie Man

Hymn - Be Still, My Soul

Sermon - Finding Meaning Amid COVID-19

Hymn - Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Benediction

Let us go now believing that God is present in our circumstances and let us make Him known through us.  Amen.

Postlude - It is Well

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May 24, 2020

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

Prelude - The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Call to Worship 

Blessed are those who do not walk in step with the wicked.  Blessed are those who do not stand in the way that sinners take.  Blessed are those who do not sit in the company of mockers, but blessed are those who delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on his law day and night.  They are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever they do prospers, for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous.

Hymn - For the Beauty of the Earth

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Gracious God, we come now to be in Your presence. We seek an outpour of your grace that makes us clean and restores us.  We seek Your mercy that we may be healed, cured, and helped.  We seek You through the prayer Your Son taught us saying: 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.

Gloria Patri

Scripture Reading

OLD TESTAMENT - Psalm 147:5-6


5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.
6 The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.

NEW TESTAMENT READING - Matthew 13:1-9

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Joys and Concerns

Dear Lord, Bless us this day to find unity with each other, to work together to share Your word for we know that we do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from Your mouth.  Helps us to be a blessing to others, help us to be like Jesus - kind, caring, compassionate, loving, giving, forgiving, and humble. Amen.

Children's Moment - The Great I Am

Hymn - God of Grace and God of Glory

Sermon - Hallowed Ground

Hymn - Good Soil

Benediction

Let us go and be open to receive God's Word that we may become hallowed.  Amen.

Postlude - Higher Ground

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