October 25, 2020

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Wappinger Falls, New York
October 25, 2020

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

GATHERING

PRELUDE
At Home:  Praise to the Lord:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odW596PmFg4

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER
Eternal God, whose wisdom defies our limited insights, open our hearts and souls and minds to your love that surrounds us and seeks a dwelling place in us, that’s we may regard ourselves as your valuable children and accord the same care and concern to others as we would, at our best, lavish on ourselves. May our lives honor you and display the power of your love to the world. Amen

*HYMN GtG #69 Here I am Lord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4ATBaI7ycY 

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
The word of God comes through Moses: “You shall be holy, for I, your God, am holy.” But we have taken little delight in holiness. We scoff at pretensions of holiness, preferring the company of sinners. Do we want to change our association with today’s world?

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God, we have missed your signs and wonders because we are so busy creating our own. Where is the meaning we have missed in all our striving? Does Jesus hold the key when he says, “Love God with all your being,” and “love your neighbor as yourself”? O God, we long to make sense out of life. Help us to follow your way, and not our own. 

SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
It takes courage to question the way things are, especially when present arrangements are to our benefit. God is even now nudging us gently, caring tenderly for us amid our confusion and inner turmoil. The favor of God is upon us, entrusting us with the gospel for our own lives and for the world. Receive God’s forgiveness and blessing as good news! 

*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
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our rock and our redeemer.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON
Matthew 22: 34-40
Exodus 31: 16,17
The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

SERMON Refreshing Our Souls

HYMN GtG #749 Come, Live in the Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITJYbi6b0e8

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES
As we give ourselves and our gifts, we pray, O God, that they may reveal your love in such a way that many will respond. Awaken in us a love for you and for one another that is contagious. Remove from us all apathy, pretension, and greed that we may grow in holiness and compassion, living joyously in communion with you. 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 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

*HYMN GtG #300 We are one in Spirit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfwxKCg4vKA 

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
Brothers and sisters, our coming together is not in vain. God is doing a new thing among us and beyond us. 
God’s signs and wonders await our discovery.
God has compassion on all who seek to serve.
Surely God’s love rests upon us here.
Now we go out with courage, carrying the good news of God’s love to our neighbors.
We will be gentle with others as God is gentle with us. We offer tender care in the spirit of Jesus. 
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Amen!

POSTLUDE
At Home:  Take the Name of Jesus With You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI4heEYGCas

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.

Bell Choir: Since we won’t be singing for a while, anyone interested in a new adventure?!  If so, please contact the office.  Andrzej would like to begin rehearsals this month for Advent & Christmas music.

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 7th.

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, and Tuesday and Thursday from 9-1 in the church office for the month of October.  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:  Letters went out early this year – about 6 weeks ago.  If you have not submitted your pledge for 2021, please do so soon.  We will hold our Pledge Dedication in October this year.