It’s another beautiful day in the Fingerlakes. Enjoy the sun shine today. 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, Amy Erickson and music from Joe Pepper. Thank You Amy for being our liturgist this week.
Pastoral Welcome and Church Announcements
*Call to Worship
One: When the way is difficult and the path is lonely, we hear our Jesus saying, “I will not leave you alone.” When the journey is smooth, and the traveling is easy, we hear Jesus say, “I will not leave you alone.”
All: When the horizon is far, and the call is clear, we hear our Jesus say, “I will not leave you alone.” When the place is here and the time is now, we hear our Lord say, “I will not leave you alone.”
One: Loving and Forgiving One, unseen yet known, we hear the world speak in power and greed and we hear you speak in love and grace. May our lives be lived in the echo of your voice.
All: When we are persuaded by the want that leads to hurt, the hankering that leads to greed, the yearning that leads to selfishness, help us turn onto the path of remembrance of all things good and loving.
One: When we are persuaded by the spin that becomes truth, the belief that becomes dogma, the fear that becomes intolerance, help us turn onto the path that follows you.
Pastor: No one has seen God. Yet, Jesus has shown us God. Jesus is the assurance of God‘s forgiveness. Let us worship God, the God of the known and unknown, of forgiveness and of grace.
*HYMN#331 “God of the Ages”
Old Testament Reading
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands— O prosper the work of our hands! Psalm 90
*HYMN #337 “My Country Tis of Thee”
New Testament Reading
John 14 selected verses
“I am not going to leave you alone in the world—I am coming to you. In a very little while, the world will see me no more but you will see me, because I am really alive and you will be alive too. When that day come, you will realize that I am in my Father, that you are in me, and I am in you.
21 “Everyone who knows my commandments and obeys them is the one who really loves me, and everyone who really loves me will himself be loved by God, and I too will love her and make myself known to her.”
25-26 “I have said all this while I am still with you. But the one who is coming to stand by you, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will be your teacher and will bring to your minds all that I have said to you.
Pastoral and Silent 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.
You speak, O God and life comes forth. Out of the shadows of chaos your breath stirs order and beauty sustained by your steadfast love. Speak again, O Creator, and breathe new life into this beloved church so that we answer the call with our gifts, our tithes and our offerings in service to the world you so love. Amen.
*HYMN #606 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Prayer of Dedication
One: Whenever the Holy Spirit brings to our minds what we need to remember:
All: We will remember and we will move.
One: May we find space large enough to dance in the streets;
All: And be passionate enough to shout in protest;
One: And reach wide enough to include everyone;
All: And have faith colorful enough to trust the adventure;
One: And journey long enough to be changed. Whenever the spirit moves,
All: We will remember and move.
One: May our ears be open enough to listen to the world;
All: And hearts strong enough to encounter the fray;
One: Trust worthy enough to speak of it openly;
All: Grace deep enough to offer it freely;
One: And love long enough to endure all things, whenever the Holy Spirit moves,
All: May God accept these our gifts of time, treasure and talent.
HYMN#839 “Blessed Assurance”