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Worship for 6-21-2020

It’s another beautiful day in the Fingerlakes as we celebrate Father’s Day. Enjoy the sun shine and warm temperatures 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 and music from Joe Pepper. We are grateful today and many thanks to our online liturgists: Marvin Pritts and Aidan Russell.  

Pastoral Welcome and Church Announcements

Prelude

*Call to Worship

Leader 1: Beloved God, source of all that is,
Leader Two: In you we live and move and have our being
Leader: Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us
Leader Two: With you, we walk the way of love
Leader: Creator Spirit, fire of our lives,
Leader Two: Through you we are made one
Leader: God, Trinity of love, community of life
Leader Two: We are made in your image
Leader: We are many, we are one
Leader Two: We are made in your image

 

All:    Our hearts seek your face and we praise you.

*HYMN#649 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”

#649 - Amazing Grace

 

 

Prayer of Confession

Lord God of Abraham, you call us to journey as your pilgrim people, going where you lead us, sharing your vision that is wide as the sky’s vastness, we balk at what you ask of us. Lord God of Hagar, God of the afflicted who comes to the poor, the despised, and the oppressed, you enter our world and our lives with saving justice, love, and freedom. We confess our unease with today’s expressions of unbridled anger at unfairness and injustice.  We are part of the problem.  We pray to be part of the solution.  Thank you for walking with us always. Amen.

Old Testament Reading 

Genesis 18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah

18 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures[c] of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

*HYMN #314 “In The Garden”

In the Garden

 

New Testament Reading

Mark 6:30-37 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

30-36 The apostles returned to Jesus and reported to him every detail of what they had done and taught. “Now come along to some quiet place by yourselves, and rest for a little while,” said Jesus, for their people were coming and going incessantly so that they had not even time for meals. They went off in the boat to a quiet place by themselves.

 

Sermon 

 

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.

Offertory

Offertory Music

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

Doxology

Holy Communion

HYMN#401 “Gather Us In”

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#401 - Gather Us In

 

The Benediction

Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace”

Go Now In Peace

Postlude

*Attributions “Call to Worship reprinted from Fire and Bread;

Worship for 6-14-2020

It’s another beautiful day in the Fingerlakes as we continue to celebrate Pentecost. Enjoy the sun shine and cooler temperatures 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 and music from Joe Pepper. We are grateful today for Polly Gutelius, Marvin Pritts, Jerry and Nancy VanOrden who served as liturgist.  

Pastoral Welcome and Church Announcements

Prelude

*Call to Worship

One: Let us give thanks to the Spirit whose restless energy dances through all creation.

All: Spirit of creation and community we celebrate your power.

One: Let us give thanks to the Spirit whose tender embrace gives birth to our longing.

All: Spirit of creation and community we celebrate your power.

One: Let us give thanks to the Spirit whose urgent voice summons us to justice.

All: Spirit of creation and community we celebrate your power.

One: Let us give thanks for the first-fruits of the earth and rejoice in the Spirit who gives bread for our hunger.

All: Spirit of creation and community we celebrate your power.

One: Let us give thanks for the cup of salvation and rejoice in the Spirit who gives wine for our sharing.

All: Spirit of creation and community we celebrate your power.

One: Let us give thanks for the food of today as we long for the feasting of all creation.

All: Spirit of creation and community we celebrate your power.

 

*HYMN#321 “The Churches One Foundation”

 

#321 - The Church's One Foundation

Prayer of Confession

The Prayer of Confession

Spirit of God, even as we ask you to remind us of all that Jesus taught, we are afraid. We think, ‘Can I learn what the Spirit teaches?’  Nevertheless, we ask you to come to us now.  Surge through the darkness of our lives. Brush aside our apathy – so that, in this time of worship, the flickering tongues of faith and the sound of faithful praise may echo round the world, may echo in the church, and find their response in us. Amen.

 

New Testament Reading

Acts 2: 43-47

43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds[j] to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home[k] and ate their food with glad and generous[l] hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Sermon 

 

 

*HYMN #323″Sound A Mystic Bamboo Song”

#323 - Sound a Mystic Bamboo Song

 

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.

Offertory

 

Offertory Music

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

Doxology

Prayer of Dedication

May our offering, O God, be a fitting response to your manifold gifts. May it help to communicate the wonders of your mighty hand and outstretched arm, by which we are protected and blessed. May it help equip us here for the witness we are called to make, while helping others give counsel in nations where we cannot go.  Keep us humbly aware that we have much to learn from your children in other times, places, and circumstances. Link us in discipleship. Amen.

HYMN#300  “We are One in the Spirit”

#300 - We Are One in the Spirit

 

The Benediction

Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace”

Go Now In Peace

Postlude

*Attributions “Call to Worship reprinted from Fire and Bread;

Worship for 6-7-2020

It’s another beautiful day in the Fingerlakes as we continue to celebrate Pentecost. Enjoy the sun shine and cooler temperatures 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 and music from Joe Pepper. We are grateful today for Samantha Heinle, who serves as liturgist all the way from Houston, Texas.

Pastoral Welcome and Church Announcements

Prelude

*Call to Worship

 

*HYMN#93 “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

#93 - Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,
With all that is happening around us, forgive us if we become afraid. Confronted with the dangerous pandemic: we fear catching the virus; the souring economy: we are concerned we might lose our way of life; and with revelations on systemic racism, we are afraid of what is inside of us. We turn to you. We thank you for your Spirit of comfort and truth. May it remind us of the things that Jesus taught, inspire our imaginations so that we might have a vision for your presence and future among us, and strengthen us to abundant life, standing strong in the love of your only begotten Son in whose name we pray. Amen.
Gospel Reading

 

John 16:12-15 The Message (MSG)

12-15 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’

Special Music 

 

 

New Testament Reading

Acts 2:14-15, 22-24, 32-33, 36-42

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.

22 “You that are Israelites,[a] listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth,[b] the One attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23 the One, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law.

 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at[g] the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.

36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,[h] this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37 Now when they heard Peter’s sermon, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers and sisters,[i] what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Sermon “No Need to Feel Embarrassed”*

 

*HYMN #66 “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”

#66 - Every Time I Feel the Spirit

 

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.

Call for the Offering

Offertory Music

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

Doxology

Prayer of Dedication

HYMN#765  “May the God of Hope Go With Us”

#765 - May the God of Hope Go with Us

 

The Benediction

Sending Hymn “Go Now In Peace”

Go Now In Peace

Postlude

*Attributions “Call to Worship reprinted from Fire and Bread; Invocation reprinted from Fire and Bread, Ruth Burgess; Unison Prayer of Dedication reprinted from Fresh Winds of the Spirit, Book 2.” “Every Time I feel De Spirit” used with permission by Connie Fredericks Malone. https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/letter-birmingham-jail