July 26, 2020

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Wappinger Falls, New York

July 26, 2020

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

GATHERING

PRELUDE

At Home:  There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcgwTbi4ka4

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:
Meet us here, Holy God, to search our hearts and strengthen our spirits. Plant your Word among us that it may spring up in nurturing, inviting ways for the sake of all your creatures. May we find in these moments of worship the assurance we need to live triumphantly in the face of loss, discouragement, and suffering. Lead us, by the teaching and example of Jesus Christ, to trust you and your will for us. We believe that whatever happens, you can bring some good from it. Show us, O God, the good you intend. Amen

*HYMN #384 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt69WDtYNLo

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 who profess our faith are challenged to honest about our doubts. Our concern for others is tainted by self-interest. Our great plans are compromised by little deceits. God judges as well as upholds. Surely all of us need to seek forgiveness.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
You know us, God, better than we know ourselves. You are aware of how often our deeds fail to match the faith we claim. Help us to face ourselves with honesty. Give us the will and courage to change our ways. We give thanks for Christs intercession for us. We rejoice as the Spirit gives voice to all we cannot express. Save us, O God, that your kingdom might be portrayed through our voice and actions.

SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Praise be to our God, who forgives and restores. Give thanks for the inheritance that is ours through Christ Jesus. We have received a pearl of great value, a treasure undeserved, a pardon unmerited. Nothing can separate us from God! Nothing in all creation can take away God’s abiding concern and care for each one of us. Praise 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 13: 31-33, 44-52
The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

Romans 8:26-39

SERMON                                 The World has Changed, Gods Love Hasn’t

HYMN GtG #823 Shall Tribulation or Distress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB3MPLPO_3U

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES
The gift of your realm is precious to us, O God. It is worth our greatest efforts and our caring sacrifice. As we search for the best in life, we also want to share our faith discoveries with friends and neighbors. We do that personally as well as supporting the church in its mission. May our outreach proclaim to all that nothing can separate us from your love. We give thanks that you have entrusted to us all that we are privileged to share. Amen

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.

*HYMN #366 Jesus Thy Boundless Love To Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XBExrjXK1U

*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
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z43yKX8U-s

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.

The Food Pantry remains open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of this month.
IMPORTANT:  As of August 1, the Food Pantry will change 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 1st.

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 will be on vacation from 7/24-31/20. Pastor Laurie Spencer will be on pastoral back-up. 
You can reach her directly 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!