June 7, 2020

First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls

Trinity A – June 7, 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 I Sing the Mighty Power of God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctzZQ-8EEGo

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

We have peace with God through Jesus Christ;                     Romans 5:1, 5
We have love from God through the Holy Spirit.

Opening Hymn Lord, You Give the Great Commission https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWyaxeE0tP0

CALL TO WORSHIP            Psalm 8: Who Are We?

Many-Named One
   beyond imagining–
When I contemplate the night sky,
  the cosmos which all unfolded from a speck,
galaxies, stars, this beautiful earth—
Who are we humans, that you attend to us?
   mere mortals in our tiny corner, and you love us?
  We are life come to knowing and feeling.
The whole world is in our hands.
  plants and animals, oceans and ice caps, rain forests
  atmosphere and ecosystem.
Touch our hearts, O God,                                                    –Christine Robinson
make us worthy of this trust                                                   http://doubterpsalms.blogspot.com/
Help us care for life on this beautiful earth.

Silent Prayer

Prayer of the Day

O Blessed Trinity, in whom we know the maker of all things seen and unseen,
 the Savior of all both near and far:
By your Spirit enable us to worship your divine majesty, so that with all the company of heaven
 we may magnify your glorious name, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy.  Glory to you, O God most high.  Amen.

Scripture Reading:  Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Silent Reflection

Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIKPgiDGIzs

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 28:16-20

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Silent Reflection

Shared Reflection on the Scripture

Today’s readings and hymns invite us to consider our place in the universe – as a species and as individuals.  When we place ourselves as the pinnacle of God’s creation – as a species or as individuals – we often hear these words as permission to “dominate,” not to have dominion – providing care and order, as God did and does.

When, however, we place ourselves – as a species and as individuals – as a part of God’s creation, marveling at its variety, diversity and magnitude, as both the beginning of Genesis and Psalm 8 do, our responsibility to care for the earth and one another becomes clear.

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus gives the “Great Commission” to go out into God’s spectacular world and share the gospel – to baptize and teach “everything I have commanded you.”  What, specifically did Jesus command?  Spend a few moments listing and reflecting on Jesus’ commandments, for example:
“Repent, for the Kingdom of God has come near!”
“Love God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“This is my body, broken for you.  Whenever you eat this, do this in remembrance of me.”
“Go, therefore, and make disciples…”
What do these commandments mean to us, today, in our context, amidst a pandemic and national protests against systemic racism?
How do we, like Jesus, embody our love for God and our neighbors, so that we live the call of the Great Commission?
These are huge questions, worthy of considerable time, reflection and discussion.  I would love to have this discussion with you.  Interested?  Call me.  I’ll set it up.
– Pastor Margery

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

Canticle of Zechariah                                      Luke 1:68-79

Refrain:  You have come to your people and set them free.

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel;
 you have come to your people and set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Savior,
 born of the house of your servant, David. R

Through your holy prophets, you promised of old
 to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us,
 to show mercy to our forebears, and to remember your holy covenant. R

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
 to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
 free to worship you without fear,
 holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. R

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
 for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
 to give God’s people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. R

In the tender compassion of our God
 the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
 to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
 and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R

Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession

Holy God, One-in-Three and Three-in-One, hear us as we pray for your blessing, saying:
 Holy, triune 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…
 (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…
 All who grieve and lament loss of justice, freedom and life…
(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:
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

Concluding Hymn Come Thou, Almighty King https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Iso_fCDtHg

Dismissal                                                                  2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal,
 agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

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 All Hail, Adored Trinity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pz75Yf_RII


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 20th.

Re-Opening Team
Our team has begun making plans for our congregation regarding our return to worship, cleaning needs and building use.  What are your thoughts and concerns?  Email us at fpcwf2800@gmail.com or leave a voicemail message at (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!

First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls – Food Pantry has been selected by local Hannaford store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Fight Hunger Bag Program!
For the month of July, our Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store located at 1490 Route 9, Wappingers Falls NY.  Follow this link for more information  Visit The Resource Center

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.