May 24, 2020

First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls

Ascension A – May 24, 2020

MORNING PRAYER

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

Prelude  Come, Christians Join to Sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeZLDY8fJ1Y

Opening Sentences

O Lord, open my lips.                                     Psalm 51:15
  And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
We are witnesses: the Lord is risen!               Luke 24:48, 51
Christ has ascended to reign on high.

Opening Hymn The Head That Once Was Crowned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33wI9m5WN_8

CALL TO WORSHIP            Psalm 47
Clap your hands!
Shout for joy!
Sing your songs
Life is good
The hints and guesses are sufficient                                    –Christine Robinson
Things, as they are, are ok.                                                      http://doubterpsalms.blogspot.com/

Silent Prayer

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ,
 ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things.
Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised,
 he abides with us on earth to the end of time;
 through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading:  Luke 24:44-53

Silent Reflection

Hymn If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFfYKN6Jw1o

Scripture Reading:  Acts 1:1-11

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Silent Reflection

Shared Reflection on the Scripture

These readings close Luke’s gospel and open the Acts of the Apostles.  These two books were written by the same author, who wrote to record all that Jesus and the apostles did and said, so that readers could extend their witness to the ends of the earth after Jesus’ ascension.

Jesus tells the apostles: stay where you are – you’re not yet ready for the witnessing to come.  Stay together in Jerusalem, prepare yourselves.  We are also called to “witness” to the good news of Jesus.  What do you need, in order to be prepared to share the good news as it has appeared in your life?

What does it mean to “witness” to the good news of the gospel, where you are, in the world as it is right now?

– Pastor Margery

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

Canticle of Mary

Refrain:

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.
With one mind in Christ, and one heart in the Spirit, let us pray to the Lord of heaven and earth.
Especially we thank you for
 the mission and ministry of the church…
 every act of service that proclaims your love…
 the people and relationships that sustain us…
 our calling to daily discipleship…
 signs of new life and hope…
 the great cloud of witnesses that accompany us through time and space, particularly…
(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…
 Those who grieve losses; or suffer in body, mind or soul…
(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:
Enable us, O God, by the power of your Spirit,
 to live our lives in a way that is worthy of the gospel,
 to the glory of the name that is above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Concluding Hymn A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs7C5U24E9Y

Dismissal
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 Crown Him With Many Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKtVuEwd1Jk

Announcements

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.

Our Re-Opening 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.

For Memorial Day – James Garfield’s proclamation after civil war is the basis for Decoration Day, later renamed Memorial Day.  You may wish to read the message he delivered, and reflect on what it has to say to us today.  https://garfieldnps.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/james-a-garfields-decoration-day-speech-may-30-1868/ For more information on the history of Memorial Day: https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

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!

 “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.