The Service of Worship of the FPCU in Trumansburg, August 30, 2020

The Prelude

Scripture for Preparation  Psalm 19

Psalm 19

 1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words, their voice is not heard; 4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;

8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;

9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can detect their errors?  Clear me from hidden faults.

13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;[d] do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

The Welcome, News and Announcements

Welcome to the service of worship of the WFPC.

These are the news and announcements:

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

….This ends the news and announcements of the WFPC. Now let us be church. Let us worship God.  

The Introit

The Call to Worship                                                       Karen Perkins

Leader: We gather to see the world with each other. 

People: We gather to offer our visions of love and of hope. 

Leader: We gather to hear the word with each other. 

People: We gather to offer our visions of love and of hope. 

Leader: We gather to taste community with each other. 

People: We gather to offer our visions of love and of hope. 

Leader: We gather to touch each other’s lives with compassion. 

People: We gather to offer our visions of love and of hope. 

Leader: We gather to honor our bodies’ ways of knowing. 

People: We gather to offer our visions of love and of hope. 

Hymn  #420, “God of Grace and God of Glory”

Prayer of Confession                                                       Karen Perkins

God of Mercy – we find ourselves separated from each other by time and by space, and yet we know our hearts are in communion as we share in the gift of your love. So in the midst of the chaos and disruption we face, we look to you to remind us of the resources we have in each other and the stillness we can find when we open ourselves to your peace.

The 1st Scripture Reading      Matthew 27:57-61, 28:1       Karen Perkins

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. 28:1  After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  This ends  the reading of God’s holy word. Thanks be to God. Amen. 

Hymn #306 “Fairest Lord Jesus” 

We Proclaim God’s Word

The 2nd Scripture Reading    Luke 9:59-60

59 To another Jesus said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus[m] said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 

Sermon “The Grateful Dead, Zombies, and the Silent Majority”                     

Organ Music for Meditation

We Respond to God’s Word

The Offertory

Psalm 19:9-11  The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Please give generously to church. 

**Please hum along or speak The Doxology

**The Prayer of Dedication 

May God bless these gifts and all who give, and may we use our wealth, our time, and our abilities for the good of all God’s people.

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 yours is the kingdom, 

    and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen   

We Go Forth in God’s Name

**The Charge and Benediction

Numbers 6:24-26  The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

**The Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace” 

**Postlude

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Attributions

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

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

To Steve Little -Videographer this entire summer experiment, and what a successful one it has been. 

To our brave Tent Soloists and Liturgists.

To Kristin Parry who cleared and reset the FPCU laptop after a solid brass projectile broke the pastor’s keyboard last Sunday.

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