First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls

Easter 6A – May 17, 2020


You may choose one leader or take turns among those gathered.
Click on the links for the hymns to listen or sing along.

Prelude Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCPZ-GvU0lY

Opening Sentences
O Lord, open my lips.                                     Psalm 51:15
  And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

God calls us to proclaim the good news.        Acts 16:10, 14
Let us open our hearts to hear God’s word.

Opening Hymn Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NacT-XxQcp0

CALL TO WORSHIP            Psalm 66
Oh God, your world is awesome,
When I notice it, my fears and anxieties flee.
You have nudged us towards goodness.
You hold our souls in life.
You will not allow our feet to slip.
You have tested us in the fires of life.
We have found ourselves trapped
We have carried heavy burdens
Our enemies have driven over us.
We’ve been through war and storm.
And you have brought us out.

I will honor You
I will speak of You
You have heard me and attended to my prayer.

Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer                  –Christine Robinson
nor withheld steadfast love from me.                                  http://doubterpsalms.blogspot.com/

Silent Prayer

Prayer of the Day
O God,
You have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding.
Pour into our hearts such love for you, that, loving you above all else,
 we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire;
 through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading:  Acts 17:22-31
Silent Reflection

Hymn Come Down, O Love Divine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXO4rqBQOAU

Scripture Reading:  John 14:15-21
The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Silent Reflection

Shared Reflection on the Scripture
Linda Rapp sent me the link to this article, and asked if we could both listen to the hymn, reflect on the reasons it was written and how it applies to our world right now.
Please take a moment to listen to the hymn, read the lyrics, and then read the article.
Hymn God of Grace and God of Glory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNJECnhlICw

Article: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-god-of-grace-and-god-of-glory

Today’s readings remind us of the mystery of God’s ongoing presence after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the hymn reminds us of the response to God we, as Jesus’ followers, are called to have in times of strife – wisdom and courage “for the facing of this hour.”
Describe the “hour” we face, as related to the hymn.  How is it or is it not relevant for us now?
What wisdom and courage have you witnessed in the facing of this hour?
What wisdom and courage do you need to face this hour?

Thank you, Linda, for sharing this hymn and article for today’s reflection.

– Pastor Margery

 (When reflection time is concluded, Leader invites those gathered to join the responsive prayer below.) 

Canticle of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of God;
 my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

My soul proclaims the greatness of God,
 My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior,
 for you, O God, have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day forward, all generations will call me blessed:
 for the Almighty has done great things for me
 and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you,
 from generation to generation. R

You have shown strength with your arm,
 and scattered the proud in their conceit,
 casting down the mighty from their thrones
 and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
 and sent the rich away empty.  R

You have come to the aid of your servant Israel,
 To remember the promise of mercy,
 the promise made to our forebears, to Abraham and Sarah,
 and to their children forever. R

Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Satisfy us with your love in the morning,                   Psalm 90:14
 and we will live this day in joy and praise.

Mighty God of mercy, we thank you for the resurrection dawn
 bringing the glory of our risen Lord, who makes every day new.

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…
 singers, composers, instrumentalists and all who bring music into our lives…
 (specific prayers of thanks may be spoken here.
 If you would like to share them with the congregation, please call or email the church office.)

Merciful God of might, 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…
 Wisdom and courage for the facing of this hour…
 (specific prayers of intercession may be spoken here.
 If you would like to share them with the congregation, please call or email the church office.)

After a brief silence, the leader concludes the time of prayer:
Eternal God, our beginning and our end,
Be our starting point and our haven,
 and accompany us in this day’s journey.
Use our hands, to do the work of your creation,
 and use our lives to bring others the new life
 you give the world in Jesus Christ, redeemer of all. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Concluding Hymn O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bm0b1745vA

Christ is risen!  Do not be afraid.  Go and tell this good news to all.                                    Matthew 28:10
Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Share with one another a Sign of Peace.  May peace be with you this day.

Postlude I Need Thee Every Hour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDRlqKSgl4s


State of Emergency:
During the Coronavirus State of Emergency declared by the Governor Cuomo, all gatherings are cancelled. 
The Food Pantry will remain open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
The Free Community Dinner will make take-out meals available on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month during the state of emergency; please call to reserve yours at our next dinner on June 6th.

Session has formed a Re-Opening Team:
This team will meet over the coming weeks to put together a plan for re-opening our building and returning to worship as it becomes feasible.  We will keep you updated as plans are put in place.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at fpcwf2800@gmail.com or (845)297-2800.

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. 
If you would like to pray with someone, you may call Pastor Margery at (914) 539-5323. 
Pastor Laurie will be available 3-5 PM on weekdays, as well.  You can reach her at (845)632-1124.
Please let us know how else we can support your spiritual needs during this time.

Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves:
Please make plans for how you will continue to honor your pledges during this time. 
You may wish to send a check to the church office by mail or make your contribution using online banking.
While we navigate this disruptive time as a church community, it is important that we maintain our ability to pay our bills.  Thank you for your generosity!

Email Addresses:  If you do not have your own email address, please call us with a family member or friend’s email address who will receive emails from us for you in the event that we are unable mail you important information.

 “At morning prayer, we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead.”

This service was adapted from resources in: Book of Common Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA), 2018.