Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A
Gathering Music Hymn #286 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” ~ Pastor Scott & Timothy
Welcome and Announcements
Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Next Bible Study: Memorial Day, Monday May 25 at 10 AM.
Pastor Scott’s blog: https://scottrick.wordpress.com contains each week’s online order of worship, past and present sermons, reflections, poetry, Christian education and spiritual formation resources.
Prelude: “It Is Well With My Soul” arranged by Martha Mier
Call to Worship
The Lord is risen! Alleluia!
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!
Why do you look up toward heaven?
Christ has risen; Christ will come again.
Let us worship God.
Prayer of the Day
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other, in suffering and in joy, that all your children may be drawn into your bountiful dwelling. Amen.
Hymn #821 “How Can I Keep from Singing?” ~ Pastor Scott & Timothy
Invitation to Healing
God not only desires our repentance, but longs to offer us forgiveness. Therefore, cast all your anxiety on God, because God cares for you eternally.
Prayer Seeking Wholeness
Loving God, we want so much to cast all our cares on you, but we are afraid. Our world is in turmoil, our livelihoods have been shaken with global insecurity, and we do not know how to trust you. Humble us and heal our hearts; help us to be diligent servants of the Servant, for it is in His name we pray, Amen.
Easter Petition: “Humble Thyself” ~ Pastor Scott, repeat 3x
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!” ~ Pastor Scott, chorus only
I confess I have led you all astray in asking you to hold onto your “Fish Boxes.” Please convert your coins to check made out to First Presbyterian Church and send to: PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650 with “One Great Hour of Sharing” in the Memo line. We will send both our One Great Hour of Sharing offering and our special Pentecost offering on to the Presbytery next week, after Pentecost Sunday.
Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott
Prayer of Illumination:
Holy Triune God, bless us with a word of life from your Spirit this day to restore, support, and strengthen us as we seek to be one with you. Amen.
Bible Story for the Young at Heart: Acts 1:6-14
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: John 17:1-11
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “New Questions” By Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection.
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn #43 “On Eagle’s Wings”
Affirmation of Faith: Micah 6:8
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
The Lord’s Prayer
Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Jesus said to God, “All mine are yours, and all yours are mine.” Therefore let us offer to God this day our lives and our labors in Christ’s service, God’s love.
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, everything that is given to us rains forth out of the abundance of your love, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Bless the gifts of time, talent, and treasure that our lives hold as we lift them up to you, for it is in Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
Closing Hymn: #625 “How Great Thou Art” (“¡Cuán Grande Es Él!”)
Friends, God loves and cares for each of us. Therefore, cast your anxiety on God, and keep alert, so that we may remain steadfast in faith with Christ, who supports and strengthens us in all things.
May the abundance of God bless you, the strength of Christ keep you, and the Spirit of God shine upon you forever. Our worship has ended, let our service begin!
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.
Questions for Reflection
Where have you experienced God’s welcome in your life? Where have you experienced God’s welcome in our community of practice? If we are to be one with Christ, as Christ is one with God, how can our church become a more compelling witness to God’s radical invitation to homecoming? Or, consider Jill Duffield’s questions for this week:
- What questions are weighing on you right now? Are there some questions that you can set aside and entrust to God?
- Where are you being called to be Christ’s witness? How will you bear witness to Jesus in those places?
- What have you learned about yourself during this season of disruption and forced change? What have you learned about the church? God?
- In John’s Gospel, Jesus defines eternal life as knowing the only true God and knowing Jesus Christ. What does this definition of eternal life mean to you?
- When have you experienced the power of the Holy Spirit personally or in community? How did you know it was the Holy Spirit?
- The text in 1 Peter this week assures us that Christ will “restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” Can you rest in this promise and allow it to comfort and encourage you during this challenging time?
Household Prayer: Morning
Delivering God, you have brought me to this new day. Keep me free from all dangers, perils, and troubles – and if this is not possible, strengthen me to bear through them with your strength upholding me. By the power of your Spirit, sharpen my focus and guide my feet as I seek to follow Christ and to humbly serve your truth. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Redeeming God, by your mighty hand you have safely brought me to this night, and for this and all other mercies, I give you thanks. Post your angels around me this night that I may rest in peace. Amen.