The Service of Worship of the FPCU in Trumansburg, October 11, 2020

The Prelude

Scripture for Preparation 

The Welcome, News and Announcements

While the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community was never very high, we have proceeded with an abundance of caution towards reopening for indoor worship this morning. Under NYS Forward Guidelines, indoor religious services have been allowed for several months at 33% building capacity. However, we have elected to conduct Tent Services outdoors throughout the summer. While we cannot reduce the probability of infection from COVID-19 to zero, we can take reasonable precautions.

What do we know now about COVID-19?

·         The number of active cases in Tompkins County is very low, and even with students returning to Cornell, the number of active cases is now rapidly dropping.

·         COVID-19 virus dies after prolonged exposure to air. There is no evidence that the virus survives more than 72 hours on surfaces.

·         Wearing masks is considered to be a very effective measure for preventing spread of COVID-19 as most transmission occurs through breathing respiratory aerosols of an infected individual.

·         Outbreaks traced to churches, weddings and funerals have always involved services that include singing, hugging and handshaking without distancing or mask-wearing.

Given the status of COVID-19 infections in our community, the knowledge we now have about how the virus is spread, precautions that we know are effective, and NYS guidelines (https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/ReligiousandFuneralServicesSummaryGuidance.pdf), with thee following precautions, we have entered into this august building. We are

·         A congregation eager to share the love of Christ with each other and the community through word, deed, music and prayer.

·         Careful congregants entering and exiting through different doors to minimize close contact with each other.

·         Wearing masks, and sharing health info

·         Enhanced ventilation and air sterilization. It may be colder than usual inside the sanctuary. There is no dress code for church so wear what is comfortable and keeps you warm.

·        Shaking hands and group singing is not allowed at this time. Humming, clapping, percussion and expressions of joy are welcome!

·         Vocal soloists and wind musicians will perform behind a clear plexiglass shield to prevent movement of aerosols.  We are grateful to Larry Postle for building the iso-panel. As per NYS Guidelines, performers must be 12 feet away from the audience.

·         Offering boxes are located at the back of the church and will not be passed.

While we know these restrictions are not “normal” and may be unpleasant, we feel that the joy and camaraderie from the worship experience is worth any discomfort. And we know that these conditions will not be permanent. New York State and Trumansburg, in particular, are in a very good place when it comes to the prevalence of COVID-19. It is time to open our doors to those who feel comfortable coming together for worship with these abundant precautions in place.

The Introit

The Call to Worship                                                                                   Gayle Miller

Leader: God of mystery: you surprise us with your grace and disturb our complacency with your truth.

People: We give you our thanks and praise for your loving kindness.

Leader: May those who are hungry be fed. May children be nurtured, and may empty souls find a spiritual wellspring.

People: We give you our thanks and praise for your loving kindness.

Leader: May your Spirit guide us as we struggle to make a positive difference in society.

People: We give you our thanks and praise for your loving kindness.

Leader: We pray all this in the name of Jesus, our friend and counsellor, teacher and healer. Amen.

Prayer of Confession                                                                                    Gayle Miller

God of our journeying, inviting us to travel with you, forgive us when we cling to outworn security, afraid to let go of what is safe and familiar. Give us courage to take the risk of answering your call into joyous adventure. Help us to know the subtle way your light shines within us. Amen.

Hymn #367  “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”

Come, ye thankful people, come
Raise the song of harvest home
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied
Come to God’s own temple, come
Raise the song of harvest home

All the world is God’s own field
Fruit as praise to God we yield
Wheat and tares together sown
Are to joy or sorrow grown
First the blade and then the ear
Then the full corn shall appear
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be

For the Lord our God shall come
And shall take the harvest home
From the field shall in that day
All offenses purge away
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore

Even so, Lord, quickly come
Bring thy final harvest home
Gather thou thy people in
Free from sorrow, free from sin
There, forever purified
In thy presence to abide
Come, with all Thine angels, come
Raise the glorious harvest home

The New Testament Lesson       1 Corinthians 13:12         Gayle Miller

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! (Translation: The Message.)

Hymn #661, “Why Should I Feel Discouraged?”

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches
I know He watches
I know He watches me

I sing because I´m happy
I sing because I´m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
He watches me
I know
He watches
Me

We Proclaim God’s Word

The Hebrew Scripture Reading        Song of Solomon 5:1                             

I went to my garden, dear friend, best lover!
    breathed the sweet fragrance.
I ate the fruit and honey,
    I drank the nectar and wine.

Celebrate with me, friends!
    Raise your glasses—“To life! To love!”

Prayer of Illumination                                                                                      

Sermon      “On Transparency”               

Organ Music for Meditation

We Respond to God’s Word

The Offertory

**The Doxology

**The Unison Prayer of Dedication 

Thank you, God, for the generosity that enables us to share. We are rich in so many ways. Help us to empty ourselves of pretense, even as we pour out gifts of gratitude. We dedicate our offerings and ourselves to shaping that community you intend, in the spirit of Christ. Amen.

The Joys and Concerns 

The People’s Silent, Intercessory and the Lord’s Prayer

…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name,    

    your kingdom come, your will be done, 

        on earth as it is in heaven.  

    Give us this day our daily bread; 

and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; 

    and lead us not into temptation, 

        but deliver us from evil. 

        For thine is the kingdom, 

    and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen   

We Go Forth in God’s Name

**The Charge and Benediction

**The Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace” 

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

**Postlude


Attributions

Call to Worship reprinted from Seasons of the Spirit; Invocation adapted and reprinted from Bare Feet and Buttercups, Unison Prayer of Dedication reprinted from Fresh Winds of the Spirit, Book 2 by Lavon Bayler.

The hymns for today are from The Presbyterian Hymnal, Westminster Press, 1990.

After the Sending Hymn, congregants will exit the church the same way they came in.  Please wait for the usher to tap your pew.  In the meantime and while waiting, please avail yourselves of the handsanitizer in the pews. 

·         We understand that an important part of church is greeting each other and catching up on news. We ask that this occur outside in the front or side lawn after church using proper distancing and masks. Speaking to each other inside without distancing poses the greatest risk that we will face, so we want to avoid this. Continue to wear your mask when speaking to others outside.

Please sign up to be greeters. The job of a greeter is to greet folks as they come to the front door. To smile, to welcome and to hold the door open for those who come.  To be a greeter, you have to endure the weather on the porch.  Dress warmly, wear your goulashes.  You don’t have to bring an umbrella as we will have an umbrella available for you to use in the narthex.

·         Coffee hour will remain on hiatus for the time-being.

Do You Have Ideas You Would Like to Share with the Session? Comment cards are in the pews.  Please fill them out and place in the offering box.  One way to catch up to any Session member or with Interim Dan is to go to your e-news and click on the hyperlinked email address of anyone with who you wish to speak. 

Helpful Information:

•          Need a hearing device for Worship? – You can get one at the rear of the Sanctuary at the sound booth

•          Prayer Requests and announcements for the Bulletin/FPCU Family News should be sent to Administrative Assistant Kristin Parry at FPCUlysses@gmail.com

•          Reservations for the Chapel should be made through Kristin Parry at 315-283-3137 or FPCUlysses@gmail.com                 

•          Contact Information changes should be sent to Clerk of Session Kris Alling at krisalling56@gmail.com

Helpful Information (Continued)

•          Birthday Calendar Updates should be sent to Linda Andrew at lka@ottcmail.com

•          To sign up to be a liturgist, usher, or greeter, please see the sign-up sheets in the Chapel.

In alphabetical order:

Kristen Parry, Administrator

Joseph Pepper, Music Director

Joseph Pepper and Sandra Wayman, Accompanists

The Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Russell, Interim Pastor

69 East Main Street, P.O. Box 597, Trumansburg, NY  14886

Web Address:   www.fpcu.info

Email Address:   FPCUlysses@gmail.com

Telephone:   607-387-8185

The Service of Worship of the FPCU in Trumansburg, October 4th 2020

The Service of Worship of the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses in Trumansburg

World Communion Sunday

October 4, 2020

The Mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses
We are:
An active Presbyterian Church dedicated to belief in the Holy Spirit, God the Creator, and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We celebrate the Lord’s presence in music, word, and deed. We participate in mission efforts within and beyond our church walls and offer companionship to those in need.
We want to be and become:
A warm congregation, welcoming and alive, vibrant with music and the Word, reaching out to share God’s love, visible in our community, attracting new disciples of all ages, nurturing and inspiring individuals and families at every stage of their Christian spiritual journey.
Other things important to us are:
• Forgiveness • Lay leadership • Christian education • Sharing the peace of Christ • Commitment to volunteer service • Acceptance, compassion and respect for others • Learning from each other through intergenerational fellowship • Nurturing our youth to be active, Christian disciples • Ministering and receiving ministry • Active engagement in the life of the church • Being good stewards of our blessings • Being open to change, with respect for our traditions and history (adopted May, 2008)

A special welcome to our visitors! We are glad you have come to worship God with us today. We hope you will return often to our community of faith, and enjoy many occasions for worship, nurture, and service. Please fill out the card in the pew rack so we may be more welcoming. You may place the card in one of the offering boxes.

The Prelude

Join in silent reflection while the Baptismal font is filled
and the Christ Candle is lit.

“…Lord most of what I love / mistakes itself for nothing.”
“Transubstantiation” by Molly McCully Brown:

The Welcome, News and Announcements

The Introit

The Responsive Call to Worship

One: To those without food God is generous
All: Yes, Our God is generous.
One: To those away from home God is generous
All: Yes, Our God is generous.
One: Today, here, where we live,
All: Yes, Our God is generous.
One: Let us Worship God.

The Unison Prayer of Confession
Sovereign of sovereigns, you dazzle us by your glory. You alone are immortal. The life you give to all living things is marvelous and to live in your presence is a great honor. We now express our thanks by making a faithful confession in the presence of many witnesses, living our lives as best we are able, and praying the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to boldly pray:

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy will be done, thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Hymn#267, “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” (Please listen but do not sing)

1 Come, Christians, join to sing: Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King: Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice, before his throne rejoice;
Praise is his gracious choice: Alleluia! Amen!

2 Come, lift your hearts on high: Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky: Alleluia! Amen!
God is our Guide and Friend; to us he’ll condescend;
his love shall never end: Alleluia! Amen!

3 Praise yet our Christ again: Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain: Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore, God’s goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore: Alleluia! Amen!

The Hebrew Scripture Reading Exodus 2:2-10
2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. 4 His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.
5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses,[b] “because,” she said, “I drew him out[c] of the water.”

The Hymn #525, “Let Us Break Bread Together” (Please listen but do not sing)
1 Let us break bread together on our knees;
let us break bread together on our knees.

Refrain:
When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

2 Let us drink wine together on our knees;
let us drink wine together on our knees. [Refrain]

3 Let us praise God together on our knees;
let us praise God together on our knees. [Refrain]

We Proclaim God’s Word

The New Testament Lesson 1 Corinthians 3:6-8

6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.

New Revised Standard Version

The Prayer of Illumination

The Meditation “A Tent is an Upside Down Basket”
Music for Meditation

We Respond to God’s Word

The Offertory
The Offertory Music for Meditation

The Doxology (Please – with masks on, listen, hum, or speak, but do not sing)

The Unison Prayer of Dedication
All the world is your vineyard, O God. The fruits of our labors are yours. Most we use for our own benefit, but today we bring a portion to help others, as you have commanded. We do so joyfully, asking you to bless the work of your church here and everywhere. Amen.

The Service of Holy Communion
The Invitation to the Table

The Special Music Amanda Riley

INVITATION TO PRAYER

ONE: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them up to the Lord.
ONE: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
ALL: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
ONE: Gracious God, all glory, honor and praise are yours…

BREAKING OF BREAD AND COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE

The Silent and Pastoral Prayer

We Go Forth in God’s Name

The Charge and Benediction
The Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace”

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

Postlude

Announcements

2 Cents A Meal and Non-Perishable Food Offering – Today, October 4, we will receive our 2 Cents A Meal and Non-Perishable Food Offering. Many thanks to all who give to help neighbors in need. The money is given in grants through the Presbytery of Geneva to help food pantries feed hungry people and the food goes to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Attributions
The hymns for today are from Glory to God, the Presbyterian Hymnal, Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.
Call to Worship reprinted from Bare Feet and Buttercups, Ruth Burgess, Wild Goose Pub., C. 2008; Invocation adapted and reprinted from Acorns and Archangels, Simon Taylor, Wild Goose Pub., C. 2008; Unison Prayer of Dedication reprinted from Fresh Winds of the Spirit, Book 2 by Lavon Bayler, Pilgrim Press, C. 1992

Do You Have Ideas You Would Like to Share with the Session? Comment cards are in the pews. Please fill them out and place in the offering plate. You can also speak with any Session member or with Interim Dan.

Helpful Information:
• Need a hearing device for Worship? – You can get one at the rear of the Sanctuary at the sound booth
• Prayer Requests and announcements for the Bulletin/FPCU Family News should be sent to Administrative Assistant Kristin Parry at FPCUlysses@gmail.com
• Reservations for the Chapel should be made through Kristin Parry at 315-283-3137 or FPCUlysses@gmail.com
• Contact Information changes should be sent to Clerk of Session Kris Alling at krisalling56@gmail.com
Helpful Information (Continued)
• Birthday Calendar Updates should be sent to Linda Andrew at lka@ottcmail.com
• To sign up to be a liturgist, usher, or greeter, please see the sign-up sheets in the Chapel.

In alphabetical order:
Kristin Parry, Administrator
Joseph Pepper, Music Director
Joseph Pepper and Sandra Wayman, Accompanists
The Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Russell, Interim Pastor

69 East Main Street, P.O. Box 597, Trumansburg, NY 14886
Web Address: http://www.fpcu.info
Email Address: FPCUlysses@gmail.com
Telephone: 607-387-8185

The Service of Worship of the FPCU in Trumansburg, September 27, 2020


The Prelude

Scripture for Preparation 

Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate!
    God has done great things.
Fear not, wild animals!
    The fields and meadows are greening up.
The trees are bearing fruit again:
    a bumper crop of fig trees and vines!
Children of Zion, celebrate!
    Be glad in your God.
He’s giving you a teacher
    to train you how to live right—
Teaching, like rain out of heaven, showers of words
    to refresh and nourish your soul, just as he used to do.
And plenty of food for your body—silos full of grain,
    casks of wine and barrels of olive oil.  Joel 2:21-24

The Welcome, News and Announcements

The Introit

The Call to Worship                                                                         Polly Gutelius

Leader:  As long as we live,

People:  All creatures praise the Lord.

Leader:  As long as we have breath,

People:  All creatures praise the Lord.

Leader:  As long as the earth revolves around the sun,

People:  All creatures praise the Lord.

Leader:  Let us worship God.

Hymn #253 “I’ll Praise My Maker”

1 I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne’er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

2 Happy are they whose hopes rely
on Israel’s God, who made the sky
and earth and seas, with all their train;
whose truth for ever stands secure,
who saves th’oppressed and feeds the poor,
for none shall find God’s promise vain.

3 The Lord pours eyesight on the blind;
the Lord supports the fainting mind
and sends the laboring conscience peace.
God helps the stranger in distress,
the widow and the fatherless,
and grants the prisoner sweet release.

4 I’ll praise my God who lends me breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne’er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

Prayer of Confession                                                                                    Polly Gutelius

All-seeing God, too often we close our eyes to what is going on in the world. We cannot see with the eyes of the very poor. That we live in relative luxury, even as there are others with many times what we have. We live and have our being.  We have sacred music to do more than sooth our nerves. We spend more on cosmetics then some do to buy their daily bread. With sentimental drama and contrived excitement, we escape from an honest attempt at doing something to right the wrongs. Forgive our inaction so unlike the compassion and involvement of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, feet to passage, and hands to serve as the Spirit is leading us so to do.  Amen.

The Hebrew Scripture Reading                  Psalm 107:1, 33-43                      Polly Gutelius

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

33 All-Seeing One turns rivers into a desert,
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
    because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
35 The King of the Universe turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.

36 And there, YHWH lets the hungry live,
    and they establish a town to live in;
37 they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
    and get a fruitful yield.

38 By God’s blessing they multiply greatly,
    and God does not let their cattle decrease.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
    through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
40 All-seeing One pours contempt on princes
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but God raises up the needy out of distress,
    and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad;
    and all wickedness stops its mouth.
43 Let (us) give heed to these things,
    and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Hymn #29, “Go Tell It On the Mountain”

Refrain: Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Our Jesus Christ is born

When I was a seeker
I sought both night and day
I asked the Lord to help me
And he showed me the way

Refrain

He made me a watchman
Upon a city wall
And if I am a Christian
I am the least of all

Refrain[i]

We Proclaim God’s Word

 

The New Testament Lesson                                                                                        Matthew 5:14                                                      

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.                                                                                    

New Revised Standard Version

Prayer of Illumination                                                                                       ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS   

                                                                  

Sermon      “Growing Roots In the Soil of God’s Marvelous Love”               

Organ Music for Meditation

We Respond to God’s Word

The Offertory

**Please hum along or speak The Doxology

**The Prayer of Dedication 

There is hardly a place where we meet you more intimately, invisible God than at the offering. May our presence here be a submission, that you may search our hearts. Receive our humble gifts, transform our offerings, and turn our acts into those of love for the whole world in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen

The Joys and Concerns 

The People’s Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name,    

    your kingdom come, your will be done, 

        on earth as it is in heaven.  

    Give us this day our daily bread; 

and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; 

    and lead us not into temptation, 

        but deliver us from evil. 

        For thine is the kingdom, 

    and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen   

We Go Forth in God’s Name

**The Charge and Benediction

**The Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace” 

**Postlude


Attributions

Psalms and Prayers for Congregational Participation by B. Davie Hostetter, 1982

The hymns for today are from The Presbyterian Hymnal, Westminster Press, 1990


[i] Source: LyricFind