October 4, 2020

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Wappinger Falls, New York
October 4, 2020

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

GATHERING

PRELUDE
At Home:  God the Sculptor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SajnxE0YMrI&ab

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER
Holy God,
you love justice and hate oppression;
you call us to righteousness
and not to exploitation.
Give us generous and loving hearts,
and eyes to see the splendor of your reign,
that we may live in truth and honor,
and praise you for the transformation of our lives,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

*HYMN Come, Ye thankful People, Come: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf7Z8ukqiok

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                 Romans 14:10
Who are we to judge one another?  We all stand before the judgment of God.
Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God, we have bent and ignored your law.
Your commandments inform us but no longer transform us.
We give lip service to your law but seek to avoid its implications for our lives.
We recognize some of our errors, but chose to ignore others.
We devote our energy to accumulate possessions which become idols for us.
We depend on them more than you.
Search our hearts and help us turn to your way again.

SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS                                     
Moses said to his people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of God upon you so that you do not sin.” To fear God is to open our hearts and minds to God’s way. We come to the astonishing awareness that God knows each one of us, loves us, forgives us, and has a purpose for us. 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
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 18:21-35

The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

SERMON                            

HYMN Standing on the promiseshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lofNq0U2xk0&ab

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES
Beloved God, help us to be good steward of all that you have given us.
All that we have is thanks to you.

Help us devote ourselves and our possessions to the work of the church.
And help us to manage, to your glory and honor, all that we use for our own purposes.
With gratitude for all your blessings, we offer to you our gifts and our lives:
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.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

INVITATION
Taking the loaves and fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And all ate and were filled.  Come now, and be filled.

THE GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Blessed are you, O God,
You have made an everlasting covenant with us, the promise of your faithfulness and steadfast love.
Even when we struggle against you, you never let us go.

Therefore, we praise the glory of your name forever:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
 heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

You sent Jesus to show the abundance of your love, astounding depth of your mercy
 and the extravagance of your grace.
And for this, Holy God, we give you our thanks and praise.

As the disciples gathered in the upper room, they broke bread and their eyes were opened, and they saw Him in their midst. May our eyes be opened to your presence here to day as we partake of this meal together.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
We especially give thanks that Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread,
 and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying:
 “Take, eat.  This is my body, given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way he took the cup, saying: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood,
 shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

According to his commandment:
 we remember his death,
 we proclaim his resurrection,
 we await his coming in glory. (let us pray)

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this bread and cup;
 make us one in the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.
As you love and forgive us, your beloved children
 let us forgive one another. May your church be a sign of Christ’s blessing and love, calling all people into your gracious covenant.
Let us now, as Christ’s body, give witness to that covenant and pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us:
THE LORD’S PRAYER       (pew Hymnal, p. 16, Traditional)

Please come forward up the center aisle when indicated, keeping social distance. When it is your turn to receive communion, please sanitize your hands, remove your mask, consume the elements, replace your mask, dispose of the containers, sanitize your hands again, and return to your seat by the side aisles.

Communion Hymn One Bread, One Bodyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLlpHSxLMCc&ab

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
We thank you, O God,
 that through Word and Sacrament you have given us your Son
 who is the true bread from heaven and food of eternal life.
So strengthen us in your service that our daily living may show our thanks;
 through Jesus Christ our Lord.  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.

*HYMN GtG O Beauty Ever Ancienthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecf7ua9Kpmc&ab

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
With eyes enlightened, go forth to serve with joy.
With hearts made pure, show God’s love.
God’s law has revealed to us God’s love and care.

All that we have gained is a gift from God.
Seek to honor that gift by sharing it.
We will press on toward our holy mission.
Our resurrection hope gives us hope. 
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE    Amen!

POSTLUDE
At Home: May the Peace of Godhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQlFHIRFGGU&ab

Please exit one row at a time, keeping six feet of distance between household groups, following all instructions.
Andrzej and Reverend 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.

Announcements

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 October 17th.

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. Pastor Laurie is available while Pastor Margery is away from 9-1 on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.  Or you can reach her from  3-5 PM on weekdays by phone.  You can reach her at (845)632-1124.

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 2 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.