Worship May 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music “Beautiful Lord Medley” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements:

Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, as well as Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Session meets Monday May 18 at 10 AM. Our next Bible study will be Memorial Day, Monday May 25th at 10 AM.

Prelude: “Children of the Heavenly Father”, a Swedish melody arr. by Kenon D. Renfrow

Call to Worship

Bless the Lord, O people, sing!

Let the sound of praise ring out.

Come and hear what the Lord has done,

The Lord who has made everything!

Prayer of the Day    

Loving God, in whom we live and move and have our being, help us to choose life in you, that we may keep the commands of Jesus, follow the promptings of the Holy spirit, and witness to the hope that is within us, sharing Christ’s love in the world. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #664 “Morning Has Broken”

Invitation to Healing

Trusting in God’s love through Jesus Christ, let us humbly admit our need for healing and seek wholeness together:

Prayer Seeking Wholeness

Loving God, we do not always keep your commandments; we fail to love you; our conscience is not clear. Wash us in the water of life that we may live again through the grace and mercy of Jesus, our resurrected Savior. Specifically in my life, I pray… Amen.

Easter Petition #451 “Open My Eyes, That I May See”         

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 through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you! Please share a sign of peace.

Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!” Chorus only      

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 #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Come Holy Spirit, our helper and advocate: Open our hearts and minds this day, entice us with your presence. Spark us with a word of life – a message that we may share with others as we seek to live Christ’s love in the world. All this we ask in the name of God, who creates, redeems, and sustains us. Amen.

First Reading: Acts 17:22-31

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Bible Story for the Young at Heart: Gospel Reading: John 14:15-31

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

Reflection:Final Words From the TableBy Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection.

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn #177 “I Will Come to You”

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

“New 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 in Christ.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (40, Español) in Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

God, the divine giver, gifts us with life and breath and all that is. In gratitude, let us offer our gifts in return for the goodness and grace of God in Christ.

Even though we are not meeting in our buildings, the church still has expenses totaling around $1900 a month. With true generosity of heart, please make checks out in the amount of your normal tithe or offering to: First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. We thank you for your continued commitment and support of our ministry.

Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Mission Statement

Living our faith dedicated to all God’s people through worship and action.

Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Vision Statement

To provide a place for people of faith to be enlightened, renewed and challenged to go into the community and world to serve others by meeting physical and spiritual needs.

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

O loving God, we give you thanks that you have placed in the hearts of your faithful people the gift of generosity and the desire to keep your commands Bless these gifts and use them to reveal to all tribes, nations, and peoples your love in Jesus Christ. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn: #366 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

Charge:

Friends, God has heard us and given heed to our prayers. Therefore, go in peace to serve Christ, and always be eager to do what is good.

Blessing:

May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith, buoyant in hope, and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.

Postlude

Questions for Reflection

According to the psalmist, God brought the people through trials, tests, burdens, and pain to a spacious place of life, breath, and salvation. God heard their prayers and opened them to deliverance. Where have you     felt such a spacious place? What story do you tell of the ways that God is blessing you? What story does your faith community tell of the ways in which God is blessing them?

Household Prayer: Morning

I give thanks for the gift of life and breath that is mine today in you, O Christ. Make me eager to do good and to resist evil, and grant me the wisdom to recognize the difference. Fill me with your assurance in all I say and do that I may share the hope that is within me in gentleness and reverence of Christ. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

O God, In whom I live and move and have my being, you hear me when I cry and listen to my prayer; you set my feet on steady ground, you never leave me alone. As I rest in you tonight, sanctify my heart in Christ, and fill me with your strength, that I may rise to love and serve you and greet another day. Amen.

 

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