WELCOME TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF WORSHIPPING

May 10, 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.

POETIC MEDITATION BEFORE WORSHIP

“It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart, But the welcome I receive with each new start.”

-Mumford and Sons, Roll Away Your Stone 2010

CALL TO WORSHIP

God has prepared a place for each of us. Ever at work nesting, God is preparing a place for the selves we as yet do not know. Come, find your place and be prepared to encounter the love that knows no bounds.

HYMN

To God Be The Glory

1. To God be the glory; great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that all may go in.
REFRAIN:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the people rejoice!
O Come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory: great things he has done!
2.  Great things he has taught us; great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.
REFRAIN

CALL TO CONFESSION

Fear so often holds us back. Words that could have ended an argument fall silent within our mouths. The touch that could melt the hard heart is stayed by a stubborn hand. The act of confession is a chance to live with courageous vulnerability, to name the hurts and foibles that stunt our relationships and our inner lives. This prayer is a reminder that we can always turn and face anew the life set before us.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

We don’t call, we don’t write. Too often it seems your children are disconnected until we need something. Gather us, God, like a hen drawing her chicks beneath her wings, gather us in and remind us of the dwelling place we have with you.

Amend our ways and redirect our hearts to stay connected with those relationships who are our refuge. Help us live gratefully for those who have cared for us, nurtured us, and given us the lives we know.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

New life comes, not from the strength of our own character, but from the persistent love that welcomes our wayward hearts. Know that we are not abandoned to our own devices, but instead are the forgiven, freed, and loved children of God.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Give us new eyes, Father, to see the world as you do, and to trust that your hand is at work, even when we cannot see or understand. Give us hope, give us trust, and lead us to see your light in this world. Amen.

GOSPEL READING

John 14:1-14

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

 

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

SERMON

Home - Rev. Jeremy Jinkins

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.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY

Click the activities button for family activities to do with your children. You will find this week's Church on Wednesday (C.O.W.) Activity, plus previous activities you can still do!

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

One of the many lessons I learned from my mom is that the greatest gift we can give others is our full self. This means that when we are with others we are fully tuned in to them. It means that we are present in our life with others. In our age of endless distraction this is becoming more and more rare.

 

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.

THE SENDING

CHARGE

One of the unexpected blessings of this health crisis has been that being locked in our houses has fostered – not for all, but many – a deeper sense of Home. Many families have lived with greater intimacy (and all that goes with it); many couples have found new ground from which to relate; many who are single have recaptured community through calling and talking with neighbors. There are, still, however, those on the outside. There are those for whom this time has shown more clearly the illusion of home, for whom the relationships are toxic, for whom life has become even less bearable. Our life as the church in the world is become the safe space, the sanctuary, the Home for all those seeking shelter from the storms of life.

BENEDICTION

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.

HYMN

Here On Jesus Christ I Will Stand

REFRAIN:   Here on Jesus Christ I will stand.  He's the solid rock of my life...
1. There's no other place I can hide till the storm that rages subsides.
My voice cries to God from the flood, and I'm saved because of his blood.  (Refrain)
2. It is not the work of my hands that has washed away all my sins.
I'm redeemed, and all of my days Jesus Christ will be my heart's praise. (Refrain)
3. When my days on this earth are done, and I stand at God's holy throne,
my heart will not have any fear; in Christ's righteousness I am here.

PASSING THE PEACE

Peace be with you

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

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