Bulletin: November 1, 2020

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Wappinger Falls, New York
November 1, 2020

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

GATHERING

PRELUDE  I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Arthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R-Yo0_qZrk

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER
Come, all who are thirsty, whose souls are fainting.
Drink deeply from the well of God’s love.
Come, all whose troubles seem overwhelming.
God hears our cries and is ready to help us.
Open your eyes to the Spirit who is in all times and places.
We feel the love of God, eager to embrace us.
Amen

*HYMN For All the Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OaBgaMcOvM

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          
We cannot fool God. God knows us as we really are, not who we pretend to be. Our whole being comes to light before the One who searches our hearts.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious God, help us to be honest with ourselves, with one another, and with you. We have searched for life amid temporary attractions. We have sought excitement in places that turned out to be desert wastelands. We have burdened others with our mistakes. We have devoted little time to thanking and praising you, the Source of all things. Open us now, O God, to the Word we need from you.

SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
 God gathers us from the east and the west, from the north and the south, drawing us into a caring community where burdens are shared, hope is renewed, and people are freed and equipped to use their God given gifts. Springs of water emerge from parched lands as we alert one another to blessings we have overlooked. Let the redeemed of the Creator say so. Let us give thanks to God, whose steadfast love endures forever.

*SHARING OF THE PEACE
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
(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
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our rock and our redeemer.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON          Matthew 18:21-35

The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

SERMON                             Who, Me, a Saint?

HYMN Will You Let Me Be Your Servant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdmgpMfnjdU

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES
We bring the first fruits of our labor and toil to honor our Creator and thanks for the wonder of life. Let your word be at work in us, gracious God, through the offerings we present for your blessing.
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 From east and west, from north and south, all are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper.

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, astounding depth of your mercy
 and the extravagance of your grace.
And for this, Holy God, we give you our thanks and praise.

As the disciples gathered in the upper room, they broke bread and their eyes were opened, and they saw Him in their midst. May our eyes be opened to your presence here to day as we partake of this meal together.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
We especially give thanks that 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.”
We remember his death,
 we proclaim his resurrection,
 we await his coming in glory. (let us pray)
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 forgive us, your beloved children
 let us forgive one another.
Let us now, as Christ’s body, give witness to the new covenant and pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us:
THE LORD’S PRAYER       (pew Hymnal, p. 16, Traditional)

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.

Communion Hymn Lord We Have Come at Your Own Invitation

AT HOME: Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvpw1qthpd8

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.
 Holy God, have mercy on us.

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 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 Today We All Are Called to be Discipleshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdC-trXc4bU

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
Our hunger and thirst are being satisfied.
Our cries have been heard in this place.
God sends us out, purified, forgiven, and equipped.
Day by day, we learn as we serve.
We commit ourselves anew to spread God’s living word.
We ask God to bless and multiply our efforts.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE    Amen!

POSTLUDE

At Home:  I Sing a Song of the Saints of God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA-EzRu89bU

Please exit one row at a time, keeping six feet of distance between household groups, following all instructions.
Andrzej and Pastor Laurie 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

A Note  from Pastor Margery: (dated 10/28/20):
This beautiful box of goodies just arrived to nourish us as we prepare to inter Mom’s ashes tomorrow.
What a lovely surprise.
Thank you for your kindness and your consistent, ongoing prayers.
See you soon.
-Pastor Margery  

Bell Choir: Since we won’t be singing for a while, anyone interested in a new adventure?!  If so, please contact the office.  Andrzej would like to begin rehearsals this month for Advent & Christmas music.

The Food Pantry will be open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 11AM – 12 Noon.

The Free Community Dinner provides take-out meals on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month.
Our next Free Community Dinner To-Go is on Saturday, November 7th.
Call or email if you can with a name and number of meals you will need so they are ready for pick-up.

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 or call Pastor Margery directly at (914)539-5323.  Pastor Laurie is available 3-5 PM on weekdays by phone.  You can reach her at (845)632-1124.
Pastoral care will be offered by appointment only, either 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!

Stewardship:  Letters went out early this year.  If you have not submitted your pledge for 2021, please do so soon.  We will hold our Pledge Dedication in November this year.