The Service of Worship of the FPCU in Trumansburg, September 13, 2020

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You will find that the service has been broke up into 3 links, each link is posted at the beginning of the service portion it covers.

The Prelude


Scripture for Preparation 

33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[k] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


The Welcome, News and Announcements


 The Introit


The Call to Worship                                                                                                           Jerry VanOrden

Leader: Beloved, we are called to love those in need.
People: Let us love and truth in action.
Leader Beloved, we are called to be people of peace.
People: Let us love in truth and action.
Leader: Beloved, we are called to be people of healing.
People: Let us love in truth and action.
Leader: May we abide in God’s love.
People: Let us love and truth and action

Hum the Hymn #341, “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine”


Prayer of Confession                                                                                                         Jerry VanOrden

Merciful God, your strength and courage pour forth to sustain the witness of your faithful people. Awaken in us the humility to serve where every creation is broken and needy – that we may follow in the way of our brother, Jesus, die as he did to all that separates us from you, and be raised as he was to new life. Amen.


The 1st Scripture Reading                            I Samuel 2:24-42                                 Jerry VanOrden


 24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat. 25 He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan,[a] and Abner sat next to Saul, but David’s place was empty. 26 Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, “Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is unclean.” 27 But the next day, the second day of the month, David’s place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, “Why hasn’t the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?”

28 Jonathan answered, “David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem. 29 He said, ‘Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.’ That is why he has not come to the king’s table.”

30 Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? 31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!”

32 “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.

34 Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David.

35 In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, 36 and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” 38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. 39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.”

41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.

42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.[b]


Hum the Hymn #438, “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” 


We Proclaim God’s Word

The 2nd Scripture Reading   I Corinthians 13: 4a,7     

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. (Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


Sermon          “The Pain(s) of Friendship”            


Organ Music for Meditation

We Respond to God’s Word

The Offertory

Our lives gain value as we give our time and talents in loving service and our silver and gold increase in value as they are invested according to your purposes. Give us glad and generous hearts as we participate in the building of the community you intend, through Christ, Amen.

**The Doxology


**The Prayer of Dedication 

You, O God are one; likewise, the world you have created.  You know the heart of our actions, how we give in different ways and venues. We dedicate this money as one evidence of our stewardship, loving God. May you bless it to Thy use and our bodies to Thy service in Jesus’ name. 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 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” 






Covid 19 Restrictions

To the congregation:  Please do not sing the hymns. Please be careful to observe a six foot perimeter for appropriate distancing. 


Tent Services In Case of Inclement Weather

It’s going to take more than rain to upend our Tent Services.  In case of inclement weather, there will be limited space under the tent.  Don’t catch cold.  Stay in your car by parking nearby the tent and tuning into FM 89.7 on your car radio.  In the event of a storm, the service of worship will be made available via digital recording. 



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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