WELCOME TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF WORSHIPPING

March 14, 2021

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.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

Journey with us, O Holy God, as we continue our way to the cross. Sharpen our focus, that our attention may center more on you than ourselves. Lead us through the shadows of darkness and prepare our hearts, that we might be a people of prayer, ready to perceive and respond to you Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. In his name we pray, Amen.

CALL TO CONFESSION

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us confess our sins to the Almighty God.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, you despise nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts, that, truly repenting of our sins and acknowledging our brokenness, we may obtain from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and transformed! Praise be to God. Amen.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God of call, God of transformation, God of the Lenten journey, help us to discern your still, small voice. Open us to change and growth, that we may walk with Christ, the one through whom we pray. Amen.

GOSPEL READING

Old Testament Reading – Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
   my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
   too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
   like a weaned child with its mother;
   my soul is like the weaned child that is with me. 


O Israel, hope in the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore. 

SERMON

Content of Faith

Rev. Jeremy Jinkins

HYMN

O Master Let Me Walk

Performed by the PCW Choir

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 of all life, you have called us into being, given us life, and set us to be caretakers in and for this world. We pray for it, especially for the ways we cannot bind broken places and people – even for the ways we cause pain ourselves. We pray for this world, torn by conflict and division – we pray for our very communities and the breaches that lie between neighbors. We have learned war and made it our path; we pray you will teach us your paths once more.

Give us the will to settle differences and to learn to live with and for our neighbors rather than insisting on one path. Help us to live in such a way that there is strength in our gentleness and power in humility. Heal the wounds that threaten our common welfare until all your people live without violence and fear. Make us instruments of your peace.

Stewards we have been named, and as stewards of creation we give thanks for the beauty of nature – its scale and detail and complexity and diversity. The world is, by your design at once both resilient and fragile, a metaphor for all life. Teach us finally to live as a part of creation rather than attempt to control it or simply take from it. 

In the church we are called to be stewards of the mysteries of our faith. Forgive our inclination to simplify things for the sake of easy answers on one hand and the temptation to obscure and twist your message to control others. Strengthen us always to speak to your liberating love, to live its example for the world, and remain silent enough that we may hear the quiet voice of your presence in our midst even now.

Let us live in humility for the sake of others and with love for all we meet. Hear now those who we name both in the comments and in the silence of our own hearts…

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 our Lord, Christ Jesus, 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.

OFFERING OUR GIFTS

Lent is a time of taking stock on our lives, and reassessing who we have been, who we are, and who we want to be, and, more important, who we begin to sense God is calling us to be. It is a time to become an offering to God and to our neighbors, whom God loves so deeply. 

We can join in this work by volunteering to help our neighbors, by joining with our ministries to continue making an impact in the lives of our fellow church members – like helping to teach our children. We can also help by pledging to support this church community financially as we make a bigger and bigger impact in our local, regional, and even international communities.

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

BENEDICTION

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the one who calls us to new life; the love of the Father, who calls us back to abundant life; and the communion of the Holy Spirit, who sustains us still with every breath we take, be with you now and always. Amen.

PASSING THE PEACE

Peace be with you

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

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