October 4, 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.


And a man said, “Speak to us of Self-knowledge.”
And he answered, saying:
… The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea; and the
treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes. But let there be no scales to
weigh your unknown treasure; and seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding-
line. For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


Our faith is not one of following religious principles, but following one, principal person.

It is the life of Jesus that beckons us to follow. It is the death of Jesus that stands as the central moment in creation. It is the resurrection of Jesus that remakes the world. It is this same Jesus who calls us to worship right now.

Let us, then, set everything aside that would distract us and join in praise.


The art of being fully human demands we never become imprisoned to our own desires, our own frustrations, our own hurts. Confessional prayer is an invitation to make space in our cluttered hearts for others, to feel their experiences and share life. This empathy is the sacred moment where God shows up and marks our relationships as holy ground.


Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.


In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen.


In Christ we come face to face with the full character of God, whose judgment on humanity is love, whose life calls us to new life and whose very being is our refuge. Know that you are forgiven, freed, and loved.



Give us the space to let go of all voices that are not yours, ears to perceive your love through all expectations, and eyes to see the world new by the power of your holy word. Amen.


 Philippians 3:4b - 14

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.


The Art of Moving Forward

Rev. Jeremy Jinkins


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.


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.


Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

From the Book of Common Worship

Our creator, redeemer and sustainer, our cup seems to run over with reasons to pray.

For those who have been ill or lost loved ones in COVID; for those who have been ill and struggled to receive adequate care due to the demands on healthcare in COVID.

Hear our prayer.

For those who have lost livelihoods, who are struggling with bills, putting food on the table.

Hear our prayer.

For college students struggling with the cost of college and the weighing the reward education provides in a distance-learning environment.

Hear our prayer.

For families and our children who are struggling with school and socializing and normalcy and the flood of emotions that come day after day. For the numbness that emotional overload brings.

Hear our prayer.

For the lonely. For those who have felt the emptiness of this time and yearn for laughter and tears with their friends, the warm touch of a loved one, and the feeling of shared life.

Hear our prayer.

For all that seems to be tearing us apart. For the hate and rancor. For blaming of others for the pains we face. For the fear and the fear-mongering. Forgive us.

Hear our prayer.

For the promise that beyond even this time of social separation there is your Beloved Community and even we and our "worst enemies" have a place in it.

Hear our prayer.


We seal these prayers with the one he taught us, saying together:

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 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 power and the glory, Amen.

How can we pray for you?

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


One thing remains true as we have continued down the road of living our lives, maintaining our friendships, all in this time of disruption; we get so much more than we give. For every call we may give to check in on a friend, we too are comforted. For every act of kindness given, we receive a portion of grace. For every gift given there is joy in the giving.

In our spiritual and faith lives we are invited to relearn how to be fully present in all aspects of life – how we relate to our time, how we employ our talents and gifts, how we invest the fruits of our labors are all a matter of being fully present. We are blessed to be more intentional with every part of our lives so that they may be a gift to others.

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.



Now, as we get ready to turn our attention back to everyday life, let's take a deep breath, let go of all that weighs on us, and remember - you are beloved and taken care of, and be at peace.


Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing


Peace be with you

Please pass the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to your neighbors.


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