April 18, 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.


God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; Thou who hast by Thy might, Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee, Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee; Shadowed beneath Thy hand, May we forever stand, True to our God, True to our native land.

- James Weldon Johnson, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing




The “new life” of resurrection is not something we patiently wait for in another life, or some abstract future, but is to be seen right here, right now. The path to transformation is discipleship and each prayer, each moment of study, each relationship we foster, and every act of service is a step on that path. Let this act of worship become a step in your life.


Confession isn’t really about what we “get out of it.” The practice of this prayer is an assurance of our pardon, of the restoring of our connection with all that is holy. It starts with our turning back to our true north, and doing so because we are motivated, not by being let off the hook or being forgiven or feeling as though the albatross has dropped from our necks, but rather by the desire to come home – to be the real us once more.


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.



Remind us in these words, Father, that your Word is not dictate, but a conversation between Lover, Beloved, and Love itself. Bring this knowledge to life in our prayers, that we may feast on your Word in our worship, our private prayers, and in every moment of life. In the name of the one who teaches us to pray, Jesus, the Christ. Amen.


Matthew 6:9-13

Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
   hallowed be your name.
   Your kingdom come.
   Your will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven.
   Give us this day our daily bread.
   And forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.
   And do not bring us to the time of trial,
     but rescue us from the evil one.


"Prayers" are not Enough

Rev. Jeremy Jinkins


Alleluia Alleluia Give Thanks

Performed by the PCW Choir


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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

This prayer is one we have used before. It is a classic prayer that is shaped by the Lord’s Prayer, and offers responses based on the Heidelberg Catechism.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Help us to really know you,

to bless, worship, and praise you

for all your works

and for all that shines forth from them:

your almighty power, wisdom, kindness,

justice, mercy, and truth.

Help us to direct all our living—

what we think, say, and do—

so that your name will never be taken for granted because of us

but always honored and praised.

Your kingdom come.

Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way

that more and more we follow you.

Keep your church strong, and add to it.

Destroy the work of evil;

destroy every force that revolts against you

and every attempt to work against your Word.

Do this until your kingdom is so complete and perfect

that in it you are all in all.

Your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Help us and all people

to reject our own wills

and to obey your will without any back talk.

Your will alone is perfect.

Help us one and all to carry out the work we are called to,

as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Do take care of all our physical needs

so that we come to know

that you are the only source of everything good,

and that neither our work and worry

nor our gifts

can do us any good without your blessing.

And so help us to give up our trust in creatures

and to put trust in you alone.

Forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Because of Christ’s blood,

do not hold against us, poor sinners that we are,

any of the sins we do

or the evil that constantly clings to us.

Forgive us, just as we are fully determined,

as evidence of your grace in us,

to forgive our neighbors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.

By ourselves we are too weak

to hold our own even for a moment.

And our sworn enemies—

Anger, greed, resentment, anxiety, 

and the host of other forces that drive a wedge 

between us and you, us and our neighbor -

never stop attacking us.

And so, Lord,

uphold us and make us strong

with the strength of your Holy Spirit,

so that we may not go down to defeat

in this spiritual struggle,

but may firmly resist our lesser desires

until we finally rest in you.

For yours is the kingdom and the power

and the glory forever.

We have made all these requests of you

because, as our all-powerful King,

you not only want to,

but are able to give us all that is good;

and because your holy name,

and not we ourselves,

should receive all the praise, forever.

It is even more sure that you listen to our prayer,

than that we really desire what we pray for. 

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.

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Prayer, and the Lord’s Prayer, specifically, teaches us something profound about who God is and how God encounters the world. Love, care, and new life pour from God like an ever-flowing fountain, a spirit of generosity that will not be vanquished. This generosity is imprinted in each human soul, and our prayers are the starting point of that generosity finding life. God’s generosity lives and finds a voice in yours; the life you live can become God’s answer to someone else’s prayers.

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.

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Because God has destined us for reconciliation, regardless of being in light or dark, be good to and for each other, building each other up. And know that you are loved more than you could ever hope or imagine.


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.


Peace be with you

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


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