Worship for 5-10-2020

Happy Mother’s Day. 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, Russel Peterson and music from Joe Pepper..

 

Prelude

Pastoral Welcome and Church Announcements

 

*Call to Worship

One: How awesome to gather before God!  We are here to celebrate with wide-eyed wonder.

All: The God of all worlds is with us. Praise God for this season of Easter and journey to Pentecost.

One: Praise God for all the signs of new life. Praise God for what we can do together.

All: Praise God for the life and ministry of Jesus. Praise God for all who share that ministry today

One: Christ transcends.  Christ came to offer us abundant life. We are here today to reclaim that gift.

All: We gather in the name of Jesus Christ. We want to follow in the steps of Jesus.

*HYMN#643 “Now We Thank All Our God”

HYMN643

Pardon and Assurance Prayer

Old Testament Reading 

*HYMN #20 “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

#20 - All Things Bright and Beautiful

New Testament Reading

Acts 9:36-42 The Message (MSG)

36-37 Down the road a way in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, “Gazelle” in our language. She was well-known for doing good and helping out. During the time Peter was in the area she became sick and died. Her friends prepared her body for burial and put her in a cool room.

38-40 Some of the disciples had heard that Peter was visiting in nearby Lydda and sent two men to ask if he would be so kind as to come over. Peter got right up and went with them. They took him into the room where Tabitha’s body was laid out. Her old friends, most of them widows, were in the room mourning. They showed Peter pieces of clothing Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put the widows all out of the room. He knelt and prayed. Then he spoke directly to the body: “Tabitha, get up.”

40-41 She opened her eyes. When she saw Peter, she sat up. He took her hand and helped her up. Then he called in the believers and widows and presented her to them alive.

42-43 When this became known all over Joppa, many put their trust in the One who was discipling Peter, even Jesus Christ the risen Lord.

Sermon 

Offertory 

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”

Doxology

HYMN#250 “In The Bulb There is a Flower”

Hymn250

The Benediction

Postlude

POSTLUDE #469 - Lord Listen to Your Children Praying

*The Call to Worship borrowed from https://canandaiguachurch.org/ the Benediction from https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/05/call-to-worship-benediction-for-mothers.html.

Worship for 5-3-2020

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..

 

Prelude

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”

HYmn233

 

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”

Hymn546

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”

Doxology

The Benediction

Postlude

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

Worship for 4-26-2020

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, Kris Alling, Marvin Pritts and music from Joe Pepper and the Weaver Family Singers.

 

Prelude

Announcements

Walk To Emmaus Dialogue Preview of today’s Gospel Lesson

 

Dan: I felt such a fool.

Kris: You may have felt a fool. I looked a fool. All the talking we did with him.

Dan. “Have you been hiding somewhere?“

Kris “Do you know nothing of what happened?“

Dan: How could we not have known?

Kris: I can’t believe we didn’t recognize him.

Dan: Until the bread was broken!

Kris: Yes, until he broke the bread.

Dan: Then all of the heaven’s light released in those eyes.

Kris: And his voice echoed round us as if we were sitting admits heavens mountains.

Dan: And we stared.

Kris: Silenced.

Dan: In awe.

Kris: Shocked.

Dan: Comforted.

To: Amazed.

Dan: Reassured.

Kris: Astonished.

Dan: Loved.

Kris: Yes, loved.

Dan: I still felt a fool.

Kris: And I know I looked a fool.

Dan: It won’t be the first time.

Kris: Let’s go and tell the others.

Dan:  Good morning and welcome to this virtual worship on the Lords day, April 26 in the year of our Lord, 2020, provided by the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses in Trumansburg New York.

Dan: I want to welcome and to thank this morning Ms. Kris Ailling, clerk of session of the Presbyterian Church. Good morning Kris. Thank you for the opening preview of our Gospel lesson from the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 24 done in modern dialogue.

 

Kris: Good morning and you are welcome, Pastor Dan, and good morning to you those are tuned in to this virtual worship service. We are glad that you joined us even if it means that we are all in this forced pause.

Kris: Here’s what’s happening at church:

(Continued by Kris: “The Caring and Benevolence Committee is keeping contact with various people in our church family who live alone, have health issues, do not have internet access, cannot get out, etc. They are calling them to visit, writing notes, taking food, sharing sayings and ideas, take printed copies of e-news, and offer support when and where needed. Some are also making face masks for medical facilities and friends, working at Loaves and Fishes, working at the Food Pantry, teaching on line, etc.

They include Carol MacLeod, Judy Riley, Carolyn Lange, Maureen Shallish, Pam Postle, Jeannette Little, and Ginny Miller. These connections are helpful to all of us. Unknown others are doing similar caring. Give us a call if others would like contact or want to share.

Dan:  We invite anyone who is interested to join our adult Sunday Studies group on Sunday 4-26-2020 at 9:15 a.m. by simply clicking on the following link: ZOOM.  ZOOM Class – Sunday, 9:15 a.m. -10 a.m. It is a phenomenal format, and so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t join sooner.  A new course subject is coming for the month of May. Stay tuned.

Kris:  Yes, we still have church expenses. Yes, we still have wonderful people who are sending in their donations/pledges the old- fashioned snail mail way. We are looking into setting up an on line process but have not made that step yet. We will keep you posted. In the mean time we would appreciate your donation being sent to Post Office Box 597, Trumansburg, NY 14886. We are checking the mail and the physical church on a routine basis.

Kris:  LOAVES AND FISHES efforts have more than doubled in the last few weeks and so have expenses. Many of the guests we serve are not going home to eat where they may have the utensils available. We are feeding folks in motels in quarantine, folks in the JUNGLE, other homeless and shelter folks as well.
Please review the wish list on their website and see if there is something you might be able to provide.

Dan:  Hey Kris, have you heard the church bells?

Kris: Yes, I have.  They ring Sundays at 11:00 to let us know that we are here
in spirit and care.  Speaking of which, for any pastoral emergencies and Prayer requests please contact Kristin Parry at 1-315-283-3137.

Dan:  This ends the news and announcements for the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses.  Please continue to worship with us by clicking on the arrow button for the Call to Worship.  Now let us be church.

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  The bell calls in the town
Where forebear(ers) cleared the shaded land
People:  And brought high daylight down
To shine on field and trodden road.

 

Leader:  We hear, and understand, and come into church.

People:  We leave labor and load,
Take up a different story.

 

Leader:  We keep an inventory
Of wonders and of uncommercial goods.

 

People:  We go in pilgrimage
Across old fenced boundaries
To wildness without age

 

Leader:  We leave work’s daily rule
And come here to this restful place
Where music stirs the pool
And from high stations of the air

People:  We let go our hopes and plans
That no toil can perfect.

 

Leader:  There is here a vision of a mute blessedness,
Exceeding all distress, The fresh light stained a hundred shades of many hues.

 

People:  Uproar of wheel and fire
That has contained us like a cell
Opens and lets us hear
A stillness longer than all time

 

Leader:  This is no human vision
Subject to our revision;  it is much more.

All: Let us worship God.

*HYMN#231 “Christ has Risen While Earth Slumbers”

 

Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness

Leader: God of Moses and the prophets, we may stand and profess our faith with voices that are strong and sure, but we confess that your saving ways are greater than our minds can grasp. You meet us where we are, O God.

 

One: May our hearts burn with your truth.

 

Two: And our eyes be open to your presence.

 

Leader: O God, in this Easter season our mouths are filled with alleluia‘s, but we confess that the reality of resurrection is a mystery. The permanence of destruction and death strikes a chord as we embrace new life in Christ. Yet, you meet us where we are.

 

One: May our hearts burn with your truth.

 

Two: And our eyes be open to your presence.

 

Leader: O God, daily you give us the benefits of salvation, everlasting love, healing grace, and the presence of your spirit. Instead of recognizing these gifts, we sometimes move along a path of suffering and despair. Yet, you meet us where we are.

 

One: May or heartburn with your truth.

 

Two: And our eyes be open to your presence.

Assurance of Pardon 

The Affirmation of Faith

“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

If we invoke as Father or Mother, the one who judges all people and partially according to their days, live in reverent awe during the time of our exile. We know that we were ransomed from the funeral ways inherited from our ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. Through Him we have come to trust in God who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that our faith and our hope is set on God. Now that we have purified our souls by our obedience in the truth. We have genuine mutual love; therefore, let us love one another deeply from the heart.”

1 Peter 1:17-22

*HYMN #500 “Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread”

HYMN500

Old Testament Reading

 

 

Lamentations 1:1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

How lonely sits the city
that once was full of people!
How like a widow she has become,
she that was great among the nations!
She that was a princess among the provinces
has become a vassal.

HYMN#829 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

HYMN829

New Testament Reading

Luke 24:5b-35a                                                                The Message (MSG)

5bThen, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

9-11 They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, thought they were making it all up.

12 But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb. He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all. He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.

13-16 That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was.

17-18 He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few days?”

19-24 He said, “What has happened?”

They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”

25-27 Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?”

Sermon “Our Wild and Wonderful God Might Sidle Up to Us Anywhere”

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”

           Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

           Praise God, all creatures here below;

           Praise God above, ye heavenly host;

           Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

           Amen.

The Benediction

Postlude

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