Worship April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year A

THE GATHERING

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: #753 “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace”

Call to Worship

Blessed be the God of our Savior, Jesus Christ!           1 Pet. 1:3–9

God has given us a new birth in the living hope of the resurrection.

God has given us an inheritance that is imperishable and unfading.

In this we rejoice, even when we suffer trials.

For although we have not seen Jesus, we love him; and although we have not seen him, we believe in him.

For the outcome of our faith is the salvation of our souls.

Let us join in prayer:

Prayer of the Day         

God of signs and wonders, you have revealed to us that Jesus Christ is your son and our Savior. Strengthen our faith, that we may have life in Christ’s name. Amen. 

Hymn of Praise #255 “O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing” Glory to God Hymnal

Invitation to Healing

The Spirit of God helps us in our weakness, interceding with sighs too deep for words. Let us pray together:

Prayer Seeking Wholeness

God, you have made known to us the ways of life.                                 Acts 2:28

Yet, too often, we put other things above you                                          Ps. 16:4

and turn away from the ways of life

and toward the ways of death.

Forgive us and guide us back into your presence,

that we may know the fullness of joy. Amen.                                             Ps. 16:11

           Please continue in silent prayer

Easter Petition #450 “Be Thou My Vision” Glory to God Hymnal

Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you!   Please share God’s Peace with those worshiping with you.

Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” Glory to God Hymnal

Celebrating Joys

“Fish Box Joys” Can continue to be collected for the One Great Hour of Sharing. You may convert coins to check made out to First Presbyterian Church and sent to: PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Alternately, save your fish boxes for a “grand catch” once we are able to be together again.

Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks” Glory to God Hymnal 

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Guiding God, send your Holy Spirit upon the reading of your Word that it may serve to show us the path of life and lead us into your presence where there is fullness of joy. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 16:1-11 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Sharing the Story with Children: “Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Thomas

TL 4-19-2020 YA Easter 2 Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Thomas

                  Gospel text used for story above and reflection below: John 20:19-31

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

“A Gospel Message for Contemporary Times” By Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #286 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” Glory to God Hymnal

Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.26

Life in Christ is life eternal. The resurrection of Jesus is the sign that God will consummate the work of creation and reconciliation beyond death and bring to fulfillment the new life begun in Christ.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Resurrecting God, in a doubting world, keep us in faith that we may have life. We pray for the church universal. Breathe on us your Holy Spirit that we may honor and pass on the great inheritance we have received.

Keep us in faith that we may have life.

We pray for Mother Earth, that we may touch her wounds with healing care and love.

Keep us in faith that we may have life.

We pray for the whole world, its nations, its leaders, and its people, that your wisdom and peace may prevail.

Keep us in faith that we may have life.

We pray for all those in need, the suffering, the oppressed, the ill, the dying, and all those who care for them.

Keep us in faith that we may have life.

We pray for ourselves, our families, and those we love.

Keep us in faith that we may have life.

Blessed are you, O God, who through Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, and in the community of the Holy Spirit, gives us an inheritance that is imperishable and unfading, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, who art in heaven…” G to G Hymnal p. 35, Español p. 40

Invitation to Present Regular Tithes and Offerings

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods yet refuses to help a sister or brother in need? Remembering God’s great love for the world, let us offer to the Lord what we have in this time through the means available to us.

In the absence of our physical gathering, the church still has budgetary needs to consider. With true generosity of heart, please make out checks in the amount of your normal tithe (for official members traditionally this is anywhere from 3-10% of your income as you are able) or for nonmembers whatever God moves in your heart to be your offering to: First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Thank you for your committed support of our ministry at this time.

Hymn of Stewardship: #693 “The Gift of Love” Glory to God Hymnal

Prayer of Dedication/Thanksgiving:

Generous God, you are our portion and our cup. In you, our hearts are glad, our souls rejoice, and our bodies rest.

Bless and multiply our offerings and pledges that they may bring the joy of your presence deeply into the world, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #233 “The Day of Resurrection!” Glory to God Hymnal

Charge and Blessing

Trust and love the Christ you cannot see and let that bring you joy,

for that faith will bring the salvation of your soul.

Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” Lyrics inside front cover of TLPC hymnal.

Postlude: “Hymn To Joy” by Ludwig von Beethoven

Question for Reflection

According to the gospel, Christ’s wounds were not erased by the resurrection. In fact, he invites Thomas and the other disciples to touch his wounds to bring the disciples back to faith. How might we in the church use our wounds to help others come to faith?

Household Prayer: Morning

Holy One, you have made known to me the ways of life and have promised to fill me with the gladness of your presence. Keep me mindful of your guidance and your promise as I travel through this day, that my heart may be glad. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Thank you, God, for giving me your counsel today. Tonight, as I sleep, may the dreams of my heart also serve to instruct me in your ways. In you I have a good heritage, and my heart, my soul, and my body rest in you. Amen.

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