Worship for 5-3-2020

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We are trying something new. This is our virtual service for FPCU. You will see that this post looks similar to a bulletin but with media. Please worship along with Pastor Dan, Elspeth and Russel Peterson and music from Joe Pepper..



Pastoral Welcome and Church Announcements


*Call to Worship

One: Hear the proclamation of faith: Christ is risen from the dead! The Spirit is poured out. Lives are transformed.

All: Jesus is among us in the breaking of bread and in prayers; in the telling of stories and opening of scripture,

 One: The Spirit of God invites us into community. We are called to see beyond ourselves, and to join in loving care for all those around us.

All: Jesus is among us in the sharing of resources and in justice; in this place and in this moment

 One: We accept God’s call, and we rejoice in the gift of community.

All: Jesus is among us. Great mercy and sure hope, a new birth and a deep peace, a strong love and a rich blessing.

One: People of faith, gather now to worship God the creator and redeemer of the world. Gather now to be transformed by God’s compassionate love.

*HYMN#233 “The Day of Ressurection”



Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness

One: Let us become centered. Seek God in the peace of this place, and bring to God what you carry, and all that burdens you. Give to God those times you have been left behind, felt forgotten, ignored, out of touch with others, that you may be made whole again.

All: Shepherding God, I have gone astray. Find me again.

One: Give to God those you have left behind, forgotten, ignored, passed over, that they may be made whole again.

All: Shepherding God, we have gone astray. Find us again.

One: Give to God all that hurts, the prejudices, the acts that keep us from community, that we may be made whole again.

All: Shepherding God, we have all gone astray. Find us again.

One: We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon 

One:  Dear Friends,

Hear the Good News:

In Jesus Christ, we have found our maker and our match.

And in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  Thanks be to God. Amen.

Time For Young and Young at Heart Seekers

*HYMN #772 “Live Into Hope”

2 - Live Into Hope

Old Testament Reading

Psalm 130

Out of the depths
I cry to You, O LORD!
2 O LORD, hear my voice;
let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy.
3 If You, O LORD, kept track of iniquities,
then who, O Lord, could stand?
4 But with You there is forgiveness,
so that You may be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD; my soul does wait,
and in His word I put my hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning—
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is loving devotion,
and with Him is redemption in abundance.
8 And He will redeem Israel
from all iniquity.

HYMN#546 “Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”


New Testament Reading

Luke 24: 27-53

Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.

28-31 They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared.

32 Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”

A Ghost Doesn’t Have Muscle and Bone

33-34 They didn’t waste a minute. They were up and on their way back to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and their friends gathered together, talking away: “It’s really happened! The Master has been raised up—Simon saw him!”

35 Then the two went over everything that happened on the road and how they recognized him when he broke the bread.

36-41 While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.

41-43 He asked, “Do you have any food here?” They gave him a piece of leftover fish they had cooked. He took it and ate it right before their eyes.

You’re the Witnesses

Sermon “Ressurrection Forgiveness”

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

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

Prayer of Dedication

*HYMN #606   “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”


The Benediction


“Call to Worship is adapted from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry and is reprinted with permission of the author and Counterpoint Press.”

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