WELCOME TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF WORSHIPPING
November 22, 2020
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.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
- G.K. Chesterton, A Short History of England
CALL TO WORSHIP
Father in heaven, we give thanks for life and the experience life brings us. We thank you for our joys, sorrows, trials, failures, and triumphs. Above all we thank you for the hope we have in Christ, that we shall find fulfillment in him. We praise you for our country, its beauty, the riches it has for us, and the gifts it showers on us. We thank you for your peoples, the gift of languages we speak, the variety of people we have, the cultural heritage we cherish. Enable us to use these things for the good of all people everywhere and to bring glory to you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
CALL TO CONFESSION
Confession is a way of showing our trust in God. To confess is to know that we are forgiven before our lips part, and before the breath stirs in our lungs. This moment in worship is a stunningly beautiful display of real connection, for us to toss off anything that is holding us back or is stunting a relationship. Knowing this, we can boldly offer up everything in our hearts.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Give us, our Father, a sense of your presence as we gather in worship and prayer. Grant us grateful hearts as we reflect on your faithful love, and the desire to make things right as we remember how we have fallen short with you and others. Give us joy in recalling that your love overcomes any mistake or hurt we may cause. Enable us to lift our hearts in humble prayer and fervent praise through the Spirit of our Lord, Christ. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
This is the heart of our faith. John’s call to repent is a cry to remember who we are and to whom we really belong, and to turn back. It is the call to come home and that call is answered for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, in whom we find God has made the relationship right once more. Know this, and trust it. You are known, forgiven, and freed. Amen.
PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Let the psalmist speak once more the truth of your will, straight to our very hearts. We throw off lines about gratitude and blessings, but here, in this moment, we ask for you to awaken our hearts to hear only your voice speaking through these ancient words. Amen
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Rev. Jeremy Jinkins
Let all Things Now Living
To receive the food of Your Holy Word
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory
Holy reverence, true humility
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity
Your majestic love and authority
Words of power that can never fail
Let their truth prevail over unbelief
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory
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
God, giver of all good, you continually pour your benefits upon us. Age after age the living wait
upon you and find that your faithfulness has no end, that your care is unfailing. We praise you
that the mystery of life is a mystery of infinite goodness.
We praise you for the order and constancy of nature, for the beauty and bounty of the earth, for
both day and night, summer and winter, seedtime and harvest, for the varied gifts of loveliness
that every season brings.
We give you thanks for all the comfort and joy of life, for our homes, for our friends, and for all
the love, sympathy, and goodwill of all people. Amen
You are invited to silently lift the names of particular people or situations that weigh heavily on your soul at this time.
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?
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OFFERING OUR GIFTS
Even in this time where so much feels unsettled and we so yearn for things to be put right, God calls to us, and invites us to become a part of the reconciling work. Where we see brokenness, we can offer healing. Where we see discord, we can offer peace. Where we see despair, we can offer hope. Our lives, simply led as an offering of gratitude for the hope we find in Jesus, can spark change in the lives around us.
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 email@example.com if you have that ability.
Learning to give gratitude in each moment, every day, is a life-long journey. This means two things: first, don’t worry, you’ll get there no matter what; and second, there’s no time like the present to start learning.
Practicing thankfulness is a key to entering the very gates of the kingdom. It is something we can experience right here, right now.
Trust this, 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.
PASSING THE PEACE
Peace be with you
Please pass the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to your neighbors.