August 2, 2020

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Wappinger Falls, New York

August 2, 2020 – Pentecost 9A

Please silence all electronic devices                                                                                                                           *Please stand if you are able

GATHERING

PRELUDE GtG 462 I Love to Tell the Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un9GC-LCS-c

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome to worship today.
To minimize any potential risk of infection with COVID-19, please wear your mask, properly covering your mouth and nose, for the entire time you are in the church building.  We will not be singing or reciting prayers, as recommended by the CDC, to reduce the risk of droplets being spread. 
Expect a quieter, shorter, more reflective service than usual.
Please sanitize your hands frequently and maintain social distance from anyone outside your household. 
When it comes time to share a sign of peace, please share a wave, a bow or another gesture from your seat.
Please remain in your seat until it is time to exit the building.
Please follow all instructions during and after the worship service to ensure that all of us are safe.

OPENING PRAYER: Psalm 17
Great God, hear my prayer.
  It is as sincere as I can make it.
Take my heart, be with me in the night
  melt me down to my essence.
Help me live in love and justice. Guide me—
  Teach me your love.
Shield me from those who would hurt me                 —Christine Robinson
  Help me to leave this world a better place                http://doubterpsalms.blogspot.com/
And see your face in it all.

*HYMN PH 150 Come, Christians, Join to Sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeZLDY8fJ1Y

During this time that we cannot sing, you are invited to focus on
the meaning of the lyrics, perhaps finding a new depth to favorite hymns.

CALL TO CONFESSION                 Romans 6:3, 6
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Our old selves were crucified with him, so that we might be slaves to sin no more.
Trusting in God’s grace, we confess our sin.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God our redeemer, we confess that we remain captivated by sin.
We fail in our love for you, forgetting your gracious acts.
We fail in our love for one another, forsaking our neighbors in need.
Forgive us, God of grace.
Let us be no longer bound by sin, but released, restored, set free
 to worship and serve you in freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS                                               Romans 6:8, 11
If we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
Therefore, consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!  Thanks be to God.

*SHARING OF THE PEACE
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  And also with you.
(Please share with one another a gesture, offering peace from your seat.)
GLORIA PATRI
Glory be to God, creator, redeemer and Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.  Amen.

HEARING THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
God of compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself.
Pour your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy,
 we may freely share the blessings of your realm
 and faithfully proclaim the good news of Christ. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON          Matthew 14:13-21
The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

SERMON                           

HYMN GtG 8 Eternal Father, Strong to Save: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsVWKKXS_PU

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES
Beloved and Generous God,
 we give thanks for all who continue to honor pledges during this time:
 for all who send checks to the church office by mail,
 make contributions online, and for the gifts offered here today.
We give thanks for all who offer their time in ministry:
 feeding the hungry, caring for neighbors, showing your merciful love.
With gratitude for these gifts and more, we offer to you our gifts and our lives:

Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Christ, all people here below.
Praise Holy Spirit evermore,
Praise Triune God, whom we adore.  Amen.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

INVITATION
Taking the loaves and fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And all ate and were filled.  Come now, and be filled.

THE GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Blessed are you, O God,
You have made an everlasting covenant with us, the promise of your faithfulness and steadfast love.
Even when we struggle against you, you never let us go.
Therefore we praise the glory of your name forever:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
 heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.
You sent Jesus to show the abundance of your love.
With five loaves and two fish he fed a multitude; still he feeds us with the extravagance of his grace.
And for this, Holy God, we give you our thanks and praise.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
We especially give thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread,
 and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying:
 “Take, eat.  This is my body, given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way he took the cup, saying: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood,
 shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”
Remembering your goodness and grace, we offer ourselves to you with gratitude as we share this joyful feast.
Accept this, our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, as a living and holy offering of ourselves,
 that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen.
According to his commandment:
 we remember his death,
 we proclaim his resurrection,
 we await his coming in glory.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this bread and cup;
 make us one in the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.
As you love and bless your chosen people, Israel,
 let your church be a sign of Christ’s blessing and love, calling all people into your gracious covenant.
Let us now, as Christ’s body, give witness to that covenant and pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us:
THE LORD’S PRAYER       (pew Hymnal, p. 16, Traditional)

By the fire of your Spirit, O God,
 forge us into one church, many and different people, together in Christ’s embrace.
Set our hearts aflame with a love for the truth and the desire to do your will, that our witness to Christ may burn brightly in lives of joyful discipleship.
Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory
 and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
 all glory and honor are yours, almighty God,
 with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, now and forever.  Amen.

Please come forward up the center aisle when indicated, keeping social distance.
When it is your turn to receive communion, please sanitize your hands, remove your mask, consume the elements, replace your mask, dispose of the containers, sanitize your hands again,
and return to your seat by the side aisles.

Hymn  PH 521            You Satisfy the Hungry Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHHyM0lhz7o

Hymn  PH 504            Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90E9e-IkfvY

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
We thank you, O God,
 that through Word and Sacrament you have given us your Son
 who is the true bread from heaven and food of eternal life.
So strengthen us in your service that our daily living may show our thanks;
 through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
If you would like to share your joys and concerns with the congregation, please call or email the church office.
Holy God, hear us as we pray for your blessing.
Especially we thank you for the mission and ministry of the church;
 every service that proclaims your love…
 the people and relationships that sustain us…
 our calling to daily discipleship…
 signs of new life and hope…
 all who care for creation; and work for justice and peace for all people…
 (silence will be kept for your specific prayers of thanks.)
Holy God, have mercy on us.
Merciful God, renew this weary world, heal the hurts of all your children,
 and bring about your peace for all in Christ Jesus, the living Lord.

Especially we pray for
 the church of Jesus Christ in every land…
 the stewardship and healing of creation…
 friends and family members…
 neighbors in special need…
 all who serve your mission in the world…
 leaders, to lead with righteousness and compassion…
 all who grieve and lament loss of justice, freedom and life…
(silence will be kept for your specific prayers of intercession.)
Holy God, have mercy on us.
All this we ask of you, Lord God, through Jesus Christ our Savior,
 and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
*HYMN GtG 463 How Firm A Foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFbGfQiQxTE

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
 the love of God,
 and the communion of the Holy Spirit
 be with you all.
Go therefore, and make disciples.
Go, in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE    Amen!

POSTLUDE  
At Home: GtG 320 The Church of Christ in Every Age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qG7Y7R8Gb0

Please exit one pew at a time, keeping six feet of distance between family groups, following all instructions.
Andrzej and Pastor Margery will be the last two out of the sanctuary.
Please walk directly to your car.  There will be no fellowship time today.
Please call the church office with your prayer or pastoral care requests.

Announcements

Re-Opening The Church:
We recognize that today’s worship experience is different than usual.  If you have questions, please email us at fpcwf2800@gmail.com or leave a voicemail message at (845)297-2800.

IMPORTANT:  As of August 1, the Food Pantry has changed days and hours to be open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 11AM – 12 Noon.

The Free Community Dinner will continue to make take-out meals available on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month for the foreseeable future; please call to reserve yours at our next dinner on August 15th.

Prayer requests:
You may email us at fpcwf2800@gmail.com or leave a voicemail message at (845)297-2800.
We will send out an email list during the week.

Pastoral Care:
If you would like to receive pastoral care, please call the church office at (845)297-2800.
Pastor Margery can be reached at (914)539-5323. Pastor Laurie can be reached at (845)632-1124.
Pastoral care will be offered by appointment only; outdoors or in the church dining room, fellowship hall or sanctuary, to accommodate for social distancing.
Please let us know how else we can support your spiritual needs.

Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves:
Thank you for continuing to honor your pledges during this time.  Whether you bring it to worship, send a check to the church office by mail or make your contribution using online banking, it is important that we maintain our ability to pay our bills as we continue to navigate this disruptive time as a church community.

Thank you for your generosity!