WELCOME TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF WORSHIPPING
June 7, 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.
PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP
This Sunday we wake up marking the end of another week of pain, suffering, anger, confusion. Some in our church community see these events and wonder, “how do we stop the destruction in the streets?” Others see the news and are personally scared. Some of us are asking, “how did we get back to this?” Some feel
shame; some know all to well the pain that is being poured into our streets by years of discrimination.
This Sunday we wake up marking one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar. Trinity Sunday is a day of celebration in the life of God. Perplexing as it is (as all mysteries and paradox may be) we affirm that God is One, and that this One is a God living in perpetual and perfect community. So, even as we watch communities around the country burn, we celebrate that the personal life of the divine is community. There is something deeply sacred about community and the relationships that make it real. Part of our worship today, then, may be an invitation to listen for where God is, where Christ is leading in the midst of our current circumstances, and where we, the Church, are being called to go. We start, I hope, by listening.
CALL TO WORSHIP
In times like this we may be prone to ask, What does the Lord require of us. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
CALL TO CONFESSION
There is so much pain clinging to us. The pain of separation and the wasting feelings of loneliness. There is a void where loved ones used to be. Some lost to the artifice of quarantine, others to its source. There is a weight bearing down on others, financial burden of family responsibilities met with the void of lost profession. The words we have not said lie, caught in our throats, the words of comfort, words of appreciation, words… So much of this is not about “fault,” and yet so many suffer. We scarcely know where to turn. Yet, Christ is already waiting, ready to listen to what we bring.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Most holy one, we ask that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, carry to the Father our confession this morning. Give us words of wisdom in the age when we fall speechless, but first…
Give us ears to listen to those we do not understand. Give us room in our hearts for feelings we have not been made to feel. Give us permission to say out loud what we are afraid of, what we are ashamed of, and what we want to change.
Help us sense your presence in the midst of a world that seems to be falling apart. Meet us in the chaos and give us hope. Be our guide and shepherd that in this time we may not be lost. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Know that the love that holds you in grace is greater than any power in all creation. Yes, the same One we claim is the very spark of all that is, seen and unseen, we also believe exists in perfect communion; another way of saying it, God is love, and more than that, God is the love that binds all relationships. You are never lost, this world is never lost, because God will never let that relationship falter. We are loved, forgiven, and free. Amen.
PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Father, help us learn to listen. In this moment and for all our lives, empower us to set aside all our expectations, all that we think we know, to hear beyond our own imagining. Speak to us now in this
story of the creation that we may your presence with us now.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.
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
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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
SACRAMENT OF LORD'S SUPPER
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.
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OFFERING OUR GIFTS
We are a people with more gifts than we know what to do with! Sometimes this may be in material terms of money, assets and that ilk, but even when that is true, the real gifts are generosity of spirit, kindness, empathy, patience, curiosity, and love. Our cup truly “runneth over” and our offering is a time to consider where and how this wellspring of love should be directed in our personal lives.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have that ability.
This week I will continue to listen, and I hope you will, also. On the surface things seem to be a chaotic mess, but I believe that the same God who called us into being is also at work crafting a more beautiful
tomorrow. Listen. Where are we being called? How can our relationships with loved ones and strangers alike be a part of God’s own generative labor? Listen.
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.