BULLETINS

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Wappinger Falls, New York

September 20, 2020

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

GATHERING

PRELUDE
At Home: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH–WzwLt2A&ab

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER:
Almighty God, you created the heavens and the earth, and humankind in your image. 
Teach us to discern your hand in all your works and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving.  Amen.

*HYMN Jesus Shall Reign Wher’er the Sun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtiHPxjxubg

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 5:8, Hebrews 4:16
The proof of God’s amazing love is this: while we were sinners, Christ died for us. 
Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God with confidence.
Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God,
 we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed,
 by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. 
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are,
 and direct what we shall be, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,
 to the glory of your holy name.

SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS                                               Romans 14:7-9
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.
We belong to Christ, the Lord of the dead and the living.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!  Praise 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
Testify to us, O God, by the voice of your Spirit.
Put your law in our hearts, write your word in our minds,
 and show your will in our lives. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON          Exodus 16:2-15

HYMN O Lord, Hear My Prayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-2WZFf_uAc&ab

SCRIPTURE LESSON          Matthew 20:1-16
The Word of the LORD.  Thanks be to God!

SERMON                    

SILENT MEDITATION

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

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;
 for 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, we give you thanks.
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

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES
Beloved and Generous God,
 we give thanks for all who continue to honor pledges during this time:
 for all who send checks to the church office by mail,
 make contributions online, and for the gifts offered here today.
We give thanks for all who offer their time in ministry:
 feeding the hungry, caring for neighbors, showing your merciful love.
With gratitude for these gifts and more, 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.

*HYMN Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1q5-oVYyDI

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,                            Romans 15:13
 So that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Go therefore, and love one another.                                                                           Romans 12:10-11, 18
Go, and serve the Lord.
Go, and live peaceably with all.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE    Amen!

POSTLUDE
At Home: Great Is Thy Faithfulness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1IyJw5HY7U&ab

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.

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 on September 27th for Advent & Christmas music.

The Free Community Dinner will continue to make take-out meals available on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month for the foreseeable future. Next Free Community Dinner To-Go on Saturday, October 3rd.

Food Pantry: open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 11AM – 12 Noon.

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 Margery will be away from 8/27-30/20. Pastor Laurie Spencer will be on pastoral back-up. 
You can reach her directly 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.