NOVEMBER 22, 2020

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Wappinger Falls, New York
November 22, 2020 * Christ the King Sunday A

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

GATHERING

PRELUDE
At Home:    I Sing the Mighty Power of God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctzZQ-8EEGo

WELCOME & 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 287 Let Us Come to Worship God

At Home: O Come Let Us Worship Him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL_MqNo8o8M

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                                      Matthew 3:3
A voice is crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord.
Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, we confess that we have wandered from your way of truth and life.
You call us to share all that we have and work together for the common good,
 but we hoard up treasures for ourselves and deny others their daily bread.
You call us to set the captives free and seek justice for the oppressed,
 but we live in fear of our neighbors and hide ourselves from our own kin.
You call us to walk in newness of life and to be witnesses to the resurrection,
 but we dwell in the valley of dry bones and keep silent about your saving love.
Forgive us, God of grace.
Set us free from sin, death and fear so that we may serve you with gladness; 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.

SCRIPTURE LESSON          Matthew 25:31-46

The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

SERMON      

HYMN Whatsoever You Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iwuL4vwutQ

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES & DEDICATION of PLEDGES
Bless these gifts, gracious God,
 and bless all those who will be served in a new year
 because we hope for more in the days ahead.
We hope for a stronger church, a more compassionate world, a time of peace.
Shape us, through our giving, into people more faithful to Your Word,
 a people full of joy and good news.
Receive our gifts of money, given from the heart.
We dedicate them along with our lives and all that we are.  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 643 Now Thank We All Our God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0dmfmwFLn0

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
The blessing of the holy, triune God,                                                                         Revelation 1:8
 who was and is and is to come –
 first and last, beginning and end, Alpha and Omega
 be with you now and always.
Go in peace to love the Lord your God                                                        Mark 12:29-31
 With heart and soul and mind and strength,
 and to love your neighbor as yourself.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE     Amen!

POSTLUDE
At Home: Crown Him with Many Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKtVuEwd1Jk

Please exit one row at a time, keeping six feet of distance between household 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.

Please hold in your prayers:
~ In thanksgiving for all of those miracles witnessed and experienced in our lives.
~ For Donna and her health needs.
~ For all those visiting our food pantry & Free Community Dinner.
~ For all of us celebrating Thanksgiving this week without extended family & friends – may we find joy in it.
~ For our nation & our region as Covid-19 cases rise; may we be cautious and safe.
~ For all who are infected with and impacted by Covid-19.
~ For Pastor Margery’s Mother, Dorothy, to rest in peace.
~ For Jerry Husted – Prayers for a strong recovery.
~ For Emma, to rest in peace; comfort for her family and school community as they grieve.
~ For Matthew who 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.
~ For peaceful acceptance of election results.
~ 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

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!

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.