NOVEMBER 15, 2020

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Wappinger Falls, New York
November 15, 2020

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

GATHERING

PRELUDE
At Home:    We Give Thee but Thine Own: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha3KLi3nKO4

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
OPENING PRAYER
God of the covenant, even when we fall into sin, your Spirit invites us to remember
 that you chose us to be your servant people.
Awaken us to the power and gifts you pour into us for the good of creation,
 and grant that we may be trustworthy in all things, producing abundantly for your realm. Amen.

*HYMN GtG 798 All With Joyful Exultation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRSR8xBQxbM

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                                      Philippians 3:7-8
Whatever honor we possess is nothing compared to the value of knowing
Christ our Lord.
Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God our redeemer,
 we confess that we remain captivated by sin.
We fail in our love for you, forgetting your gracious acts.
We fail in our love for one another, forsaking our neighbors in need.
Forgive us, God of grace.
Let us be no longer bound by sin,
 but released, restored,
 set free to worship and serve you in freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Hear the good news: God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!  Thanks be to God. 

*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
Speak to us, O God, with the voice of your Holy Spirit,
 that we may know the way of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

FIRST LESSON                     Psalm 123

SECOND LESSON               Matthew 25:14-30

The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

SERMON       Parable or Prediction?

HYMN GtG 717 For the Life that You Have Given https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-D8BrTQoQU

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES
God of the harvest, you are continually planting the seeds of your love in the world and in our lives.
As we bring our gifts to you – gifts of money and gifts of food to feed our neighbors,
 may they be seeds of your grace, peace, and hope planted deeply in our community,
 and may our community be nourished and strengthened by your sustaining love.   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.

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 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…
 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 and honor…
 our nation in a time of transition…
 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

*HYMN GtG 351 All Who Love and Serve Your City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncF2Et3k3lQ

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION                                                                   Exodus 3:15, Romans 12:10-11, 18

The blessing of God, the God of our ancestors, the God of all generations, be with you forever.  Alleluia!
Love one another, serve the Lord; live peaceably with all.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE     Amen!

POSTLUDE
At Home:  Light Dawns on a Weary World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QmwXPtr6L8

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.
Please hold in your prayers:
~ For Pastor Margery’s Mother, Dorothy, to rest in peace.
~ For Pastor Margery and her family as they grieve the loss of her Mother.  
~ For Jerry Husted – Prayers for a strong recovery.
~ For Matthew who is fighting PTSD and physical pain from a military practice plane crash.  He will need help with future decisions to support his home and family on disability.
~ For Teddy who is suffering from hip dysplasia.  That it does not progress more than it has so far.
~ For Laurie’s mother, Barbara.
~ In thanksgiving for all of those miracles witnessed and experienced in our lives.
~ For peace in the results of the election.
~ For Maria to find a good doctor and healing of cancer.
~ Clemy and Jim who are in the full time care of their children with rapidly diminishing health.  And, for their daughters who are caring for them. 
~ Jonathon and Megan.
~ For all the adjustments students, teachers and parents are managing while students attend school.  And, for those who choose to stay home.
~ For all of the prayers we have in our minds and in our hearts.

Announcements

Thanksgiving Baskets:
FOR THOSE IN NEED OF A BASKET:
Need # of people in the household
Cannot be registered at any other pantry for a basket
Must live in 12590
Distributed ONLY on 11/21 11 AM -12 PM – No Delivery!
DONATIONS: will be gratefully received for only the following items:
Hot chocolate
Cake, brownies or cookie mix
Instant potatoes or boxes of scalloped potatoes
Turkeys

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 21st.

Clean Up Day:  Saturday, November 21st is going to be a busy day.  Clean Up Day will begin at 9:30 AM.  See John Beale for details on what to bring.

Bell Choir: Rehearsals are held weekly after worship.

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. You can reach her at (845)632-1124 or by calling the church office.
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:  We will hold our Dedication of Pledges next week.  If you have not submitted your pledge for 2021, please do so this week, so that we may honor your pledge with all the others.

Advent – Christmas – Epiphany Devotional:  As is our custom, we will make available a devotional for members of the congregation who would like to deepen their spiritual lives during these holy seasons.  We will also gather weekly, by way of Zoom meeting, to discuss the ideas and suggestions in the text.  A schedule of these conversations will be made available next Sunday.

This year, we will use an online resource published by Presbyterians Today, called “Let Us Light Candles.”  The resource can be accessed at this link: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/today/advent2020/  Please contact Pastor Margery with questions.