WELCOME TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF WORSHIPPING

June 28, 2020

weekly liturgy

First, a word on fancy words. In worship we have this phrase we use called liturgy that feels like a formal way of having a worship leader saying stuffy things about God. The word means, “the work of the people” and liturgy is meant to be held, and owned by the worshippers, i.e. you. This service is planned to give you a path, a guide to pray, interact with scripture, wrestle with it – wrestle with God – and in so doing, have a moment of coming face to face with the divine right here, right now.

So, come and lay all the worries of the day aside. Take a deep breath, and we will start with a prayer.

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN

O Christ the Same

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

GOSPEL READING & SERMON

Philippians 1: 3-11

"I Thank My God" - Rev. Cindy Bowman

Paul said, “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy, in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day  until now.  I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.  And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

SUNDAY SCHOOL AT HOME

Although we can’t be in the same proximity physically, we can be together in spirit.  We are happy to be able to provide to you age appropriate Sunday school lessons each week for you to do with your children.  Click the Sunday School button to be directed to our weekly lessons.

STAYING CONNECTED FOR ADULTS

Faith Formation is pleased to announce the following adult learning opportunities that are meeting “virtually” while we “shelter in place”.  Anyone is welcome to participate. Contact information and more details can be found by clicking the Adult Opportunities button.

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven.  Hallowed be Thy name.  They kingdom come.  Thy 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 thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

How can we pray for you?

Click the button to send us your prayer concerns and joys and stay connected.

OFFERING OUR GIFTS

If you have struggled finding a way to help support the work PCW does in our local and broader community in these days of worshipping remotely, remember, you can send checks to 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090, or email Tina Barulli at tbarulli@westfieldpc.org if you have that ability.

THE SENDING

CHARGE

I am confident of this:  that the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  You have been a special partner in Christ’s ministry.  Continue to care for others and to serve Christ wherever and however you can.

BENEDICTION

Now may the Lord bless you and keep you.  the lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.  The Lord lift up his countenance upon you.  And grant you peace this day and until we meet again.  Amen.

HYMN

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart
Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy one;
Give thanks because we're given Jesus Christ, the Son.
And now let the weak say "I am strong";
Let the poor say, "'I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us!"
Give thanks.

PASSING THE PEACE

Paul was thankful for the Philippian church and all they had done to share in Christ’s ministry with him.  I give thanks to God every time I think of you all, remembering this place is filled with those who hold each other in their hearts, and pray for each other to be filled with joy. Think of someone who you are thankful for and can share the peace of Christ. Maybe  it will be  on the phone or someone in your home,  share Christ’s peace with a brother or sister in Christ.

“Peace of Christ  be with you my friends.”

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

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