Please Join Us For Our Online Sunday Celebration

June 20, 2021

Service Program for Today June 20th, 2021 11:00AM

Announcements

:• June 27th Service with John Schwartz

• July 4th Communion Service with Barbara Schwartz

• July 11th: Sunday Service with Cathy Young followed by a shared potluck Sunday Brunch

• Program for Youth! Stay Tuned for more information. Tentative First week in August.

• Sharing Cupboard Project: Please consider bringing non perishable food items as well as toiletries for donating to those in need in our community. Suggestions for donations are: peanut butter and jelly, cans of tuna or soup, cereal, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap. Any of us could be in need of a little help– especially during this pandemic.

Greeting /welcome to others: You can wave “Hello” or “Peace to You”

For Reflection: On this day when we remember what it means to have a father or be a father, we recognize the importance of fathers in our communities. We pledge as a congregation to love and nurture the fathers around and among us so that they will manifest the love of God in all that they do.

Opening Music: “You Are the Light”Call to Worship

L: In the midst of life’s storms, God is there.

P: What have we to fear?

L: In the darkness and terror, God is with us.

P: Of whom shall we be afraid?

L: Rise up, people of God, for you are loved and saved

.P: Thanks be to God who cares deeply for us. AMEN. (Source: Ministry Matters)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Gracious God,Forgive us that we call you “Our Father”but fail to live as your children.We do not trust you as we should,preferring instead to follow our own inclinations.We are reluctant to accept your will,repeatedly disobeying your instructions.We are slow to ask your guidance,but swift to forget you and wander from your side. Help us to place out trust in you, Lord Jesus. Help us to fix our eyes on you and on the ministries to which you have called us. For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Words of Assurance:Fear not! God is always there for us,waiting to welcome us back with open arms, and setting us on our feet again. Always loving us, so we trust in God always. AMEN.

Readings: Psalm 68; Mark 4:35-41;

Psalm 68: 4-64 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds[b]; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.6 God sets the lonely in families,[c] he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Mark 4: 35-4135 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Message: “On Fathers and the Fatherless”; Shared by Cathy Young

Musical Reflection: “All of Me” performed by Laurie Holdridge

Prayers of the People: Lord in Your Mercy All: Hear our Prayer

Pastoral Prayer: O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us You love us, O God from the time of our naming, You love us in our growing and hold us as we take our first steps.You love us and walk beside us as we explore the world with eager hands and eyesAs a mother/father loves her/his child as she/he sees it grow and develop so you love us—and we thank you. Help us dear God to love one another in this way….In your holy names we pray your prayer –

Lord’s PrayerOur Father-Mother in heaven, hallowed be your name. May your presence be realized here on earth as it is in heaven. May we receive the bread that you provide us. Enable us to know that our sins have been forgiven, just as we forgive those who sin against us. Strengthen us to deal with trials too great to endure. Free us from the grip of all that harms us and others. For your power of Love reigns now and forever. Amen.

INVITATION TO SHARE:We give thanks O Lord. All of these things are gifts from you. May the gifts we bring become instruments that will spread your gifts to others. Amen.

Offering Response: Lord, we lift your name on high, Lord we love to sing your praises. We’re so glad you’re in our lives. We’re so glad you came to save us. You came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross, our debt to pay, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky. Lord, we lift your name on high.

Sending Prayer for Father’s Day (for fathers around the world)Our Father in heaven,we pray today for the many fathers around the worldwho are struggling to provide for their families:those who despair about finding safe shelter,who watch in anguish as their children starve,who desperately search for adequate medical care,or safety from violence that surrounds them.Be with these fathers this day. Strengthen and encourage them as they seek to care for their families. Grant them and all of us, your children, grace and courage in the midst of impossible circumstances, and bless them with hope as they look toward the future. Amen.

Closing Song: “In Christ There is No East or West”


Bulletin for Sunday June 13th

June 13, 2021

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NEWARK VALLEY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

32 South Main Street, Newark Valley, New York 13811

June 13, 2021

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

OPENING MUSIC

 

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP​​​Psalm 148

 

Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;

   praise him in the heights! 

Praise him, all his angels;

   praise him, all his host! 

Praise him, sun and moon;

   praise him, all you shining stars! 

Praise him, you highest heavens,

   and you waters above the heavens! 

Let them praise the name of the LORD,

   for he commanded and they were created. 

He established them for ever and ever;

   he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. 

Praise the LORD from the earth,

   you sea monsters and all deeps, 

fire and hail, snow and frost,

   stormy wind fulfilling his command! 

Mountains and all hills,

   fruit trees and all cedars! 

Wild animals and all cattle,

   creeping things and flying birds! 

Kings of the earth and all peoples,

   princes and all rulers of the earth! 

Young men and women alike,

   old and young together! 

Let them praise the name of the LORD,

   for his name alone is exalted;

   his glory is above earth and heaven. 

He has raised up a horn for his people,

   praise for all his faithful,

   for the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the LORD!

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

 

Creating God, this planet, with its life-sustaining oceans, proclaims your glory.  Too often we have taken for granted your gifts of water in lakes, rivers, wetlands, and seas.  Forgive us for the times when we have exploited and polluted these gifts.  Forgive us for the times when we have exploited your creatures in the fresh and salt waters of earth.  Help us to remember that we are your stewards, and guide us in fulfilling our responsibilities to nurture and protect your creation.  Help us to trust the transforming power of your Holy Spirit, and keep us focused on the example of your son Jesus.  Amen.

 

A MINUTE FOR PERSONAL SILENT PRAYER

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS  (Theological Declaration of Barmen, 8.14)

 

As Jesus Christ is God’s assurance of the forgiveness of all our sins, so in the same way and with the same seriousness is he also God’s mighty claim upon our whole life.  Through him befalls us a joyful deliverance from the godless fetters of this world for a free, grateful service to God’s creatures.  Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and minds with your peace, your clarity, and your wisdom.  As we hear the words of scripture and the words of proclamation, may we discern the Living Word, our risen Lord, among us, in our hearts and minds and in our communities,  Amen.

 

READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE

 

​Psalm 104.1-6a, 10-13, 24-34

​Genesis 1.1 -2.3

 

SERMON  ​​God’s Gift of Water​​Rev. Barbara J. Schwartz

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS FOR OUR PRAYERS

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

​(Lord, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer)

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

INTENTIONS OF THE PEOPLE!

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

 

PRESENTATIONS OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison)

 

All the world belongs to you, O God.  All that is in the air, on land or sea—everything is yours.  Receive our offerings this day, our gifts of money freely given, a sign and symbol of all that we offer to you, our very selves.  Take and use these gifts for the work of your kingdom at home and abroad.  My your word be heard in every corner of the world, and may your people respond by turning to you.  Amen.

 

MUSIC FOR REFLECTION

 

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

The Invitation

 

Dear friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God.  When our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, and blessed it, and broke it.  And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.  If you are hungry, come and eat the bread of life.  If you are thirsty, come and drink the cup of salvation.  Blessed are all who hunger for this bread and thirst for this cup.

 

The Great Thanksgiving

 

The Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life, and for the earth, our home.  We thank you for your lovingkindness to us and to all humanity.  Your works are great and wonderful.  Your ways are just and true.  With the host of heaven and your people in all times and places we praise you, saying:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

 

Holy God, we praise you for your Son Jesus, the Word that became flesh and made his home among us.  He shared our weakness, and was tempted in every way as we are.  Obeying you, he suffered and died for the redemption of all.  You have raised him to sit at your right hand, and you have given him a name above every name— Lord and Christ.  We praise him and we glorify you, great God our Father.

 

Now give us your Holy Spirit in the breaking of bread, so that by your power we may be drawn together and made one with Christ, who is our way, our truth, and our life.

 

With the faithful throughout all ages, we lift our hearts to you, giving thanks and trusting you to use us as your people, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

 

The Words of Institution

 

Communion of the People [Worshipers will partake of the communion elements while seated in the pews.  Worshipers online may partake of the bread or crackers, wine or fruit juice of their choice at home.]

 

Unison Prayer after Communion:

 

Gracious God, you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth.  You have fed us with the bread of life, and renewed us for your service.  Help us who have shared Christ’s body and received his cup, to be his faithful disciples, so that our daily living may share in the life of your kingdom, and our love be your love reaching out into the life of the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

The Words of Institution

 

Communion of the People [Worshipers will partake of the communion elements while seated in the pews. Worshipers online may partake of the bread or crackers, wine or fruit juice of their choice at home.] 

Unison Prayer after Communion: 

Gracious God, you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. You have fed us with the bread of life, and renewed us for your service. Help us who have shared Christ’s body and received his cup, to be his faithful disciples, so that our daily living may share in the life of your kingdom, and our love be your love reaching  out into the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

 

CLOSING MUSIC

 

The Lord’s Supper liturgy is adapted from the Book of Common Worship, Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.).

 

Worship Leader​​​​Rev. Barbara J. Schwartz

Co-ModeratorsJohn Schwartz & Cathy Young


Please Join Us at 11 AM for Our Sunday Celebration with Communion

June 13, 2021

Sunday at 11 AM, we would love for you to join us for our Communion service in person at the church, or at home on Facebook Live!
The sermon title is “God’s Gift of Water.” The scripture lessons are Psalm 148, Psalm 104.24-34, and Genesis 1.1 – 2.3.
Sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion— instituted by Jesus, using the fruits of God’s creation prepared by people and administered by clergy— is important to feed our souls. For the worship service on June 13, if you are participating in person, please bring some bread or crackers of your choice and some wine or fruit juice (any kind). If you are participating at home, we invite you to have ready some bread or crackers and some wine or fruit juice to partake along with others in your home and the entire worshiping community.


Please Join Us at 11 AM for Our Sunday Celebration May 16th, 2021

May 16, 2021

Sermon Title: Force and Intimidation Are Not the Answer

Newark Valley UCC

32 S Main Street

Newark Valley NY 13811

Prelude

Greeting

Announcements

 The worship Bulletin is part of the worship announcement on Facebook

Call to worship: from Matthew: 22:46-40

Leader: which commandment in the law is the greatest?

All: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

Leader: This is the greatest and first commandment.

All: And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Leader: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Unison prayer of confession

Holy One, we have missed the mark both in our personal lives and also in our national life. Forgive us and help us find a better direction. Many of us still suffer from pandemics of Covid disease and poverty. Help us heal. It has been a long year since the disease of Covid has made it presence known. It has taken a high toll on our nation and the world. As a nation we still have not addressed the issues justice, peace and equality for all of our people. Help us to follow your vision for creation.

Time for silent personal prayers of confession.

Assurance of Grace

If you are in Christ, you become a new person altogether-the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and ones.

Prayer for Illumination.

Gracious Lord, be in our ears, minds and hearts as we contemplate your word.

Readings from Scripture:

Genesis 8:20-22, 9:8-15 New Covenant in Noah

2 Kings 6:8-23 King of Aram and Elisha

Matthew 26: 45-52 Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane

Sermon: Force and intimidation isn’t the answer..   A meditation by John Schwartz

Prayers of the congregation

Responses: Leader, Lord in your Mercy. People, Hear our prayer.

Lords Prayer

Our Father in heaven, holy is your name, your kingdom come, your will be done
         
on earth as in heaven.

Give us this day our daily. bread. Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who
         
trespass against us.

Do not bring us to the test, but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory now and forever. Amen

Offering

Unison prayer of dedication

Lord, we offer these fights as tokens of gratitude for your loving care of us and as resources to help spread you vision for creation.

Benediction: from Donna Schaper’s Daily Devotion

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NRSV)

What you do matters. It may be hard to know that in the middle of any given day or meeting or moment. You may leave more than one task unfinished, more than one email waiting for response, more than one goal unaccomplished. Most people do, including the greatest multi-taskers among us. To do is to leave some things undone.

Sometimes it appears we are all “interims,” no matter what task we are doing or what title we have. We all walk a great path, with our steps mattering to the greater march of humanity. We can learn how to thank ourselves, in unfinished ways, for the great unfinished of our lives.

My friend practices random acts of guerilla compassion. She may over-tip the lunch waiter or give her mother’s caretaker a restaurant gift card or clean up an entire picnic area. Her creative acts of appreciation and recognition say a lot about what she might have liked for herself. Just a little nod to remembering that what we do matters is often enough to take us to the next step on the long path.

When we are thanked, we go on to thank others. Blessings multiply into happy endings; ingratitudes multiply into messes. How to get the appreciation we ourselves want? Appreciate others. How to get the encouragement we ourselves want? Encourage others. The golden rule is truly golden and has many applications. Once we know that what we do matters, we go on to help others recognize the same.

Prayer

God of compassion and appreciation, remind us that Thanksgiving doesn’t need to be kept to the month of November. Amen.

Lay Leaders: Cathy Young and John Schwartz

Treasure: Laurie Holdridge


Sunday Celebration for May 9th, 2021

May 9, 2021

Sermon Message: Motherhood Myths and Truths


Please Join Us for Our Sunday Celebration With Communion at 11 AM

May 2, 2021

NEWARK VALLEY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

32 South Main Street, Newark Valley, New York 13811

May 2, 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter

OPENING MUSIC

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come!  Listen to the call of the Lord.

Let us respond together to Gods call.

Come!  We are God’s chosen instruments.

Let us be equipped together as Gods people.

Come!  Let us declare the name of the Lord.

Let us worship together the Lord of all.

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

Parent God, life giver, we meet here today to sing your praise, to hear your word, to listen for your voice in silence, to learn more about you and about ourselves.  Lord God, you long for us to know you more.  Your wish is for all your children to know and love you.

Your call comes to each of us in different ways but with the same desire:  that we respond and serve you.  Lord God, help us to see and hear your call.  Help us to seek you out in our daily living, to look and listen actively for you, and to respond when we see and hear you.

Forgive us for those times when we forget your call and choose to ignore it for our own selfish reasons.  Forgive us for those times when we become blind and deaf to your call because we are afraid of what you will ask of us.

Lord, open our eyes and ears, our hearts and minds, to all that you wish to say to us, to all that you call us to do and be.  Help us to face our fears and obey your call.  So be it.  Amen.

A MINUTE FOR PERSONAL SILENT PRAYER

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

The mercy of the Lord God is from everlasting to everlasting, and God’s steadfast love endures throughout all generations.  Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and minds with your peace, your clarity, and your wisdom.  As we hear the words of scripture and the words of proclamation, may we discern the Living Word, our risen Lord, among us, in our hearts and minds and in our communities,  Amen.

READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE

         Matthew 5.43-47       

         Matthew 6.22-23

         Acts 9.1-20

SERMON  An Unexpected Turn of Events      Rev. Barbara J. Schwartz

JOYS AND CONCERNS FOR OUR PRAYERS

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

         (Lord, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer)

PASTORAL PRAYER

Hear all our prayers, spoken and unspoken, in the name of Jesus our brother and savior, who taught us to pray, saying Our Father, who art in heaven. . .

THE LORDS PRAYER

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

PRESENTATIONS OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison)

All the world belongs to you, O God.  All that is in the air, on land or sea—everything is yours.  Receive our offerings this day, our gifts of money freely given, a sign and symbol of all that we offer to you, our very selves.

Take and use these gifts for the work of your kingdom at home and abroad.  My your word be heard in every corner of the world, and may your people respond by turning to you.  Amen.

MUSIC FOR REFLECTION

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

The Invitation

Dear friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God.  When our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, and blessed it, and broke it.  And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.  If you are hungry, come and eat the bread of life.  If you are thirsty, come and drink the cup of salvation.  Blessed are all who hunger for this bread and thirst for this cup.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life, and for the earth, our home.  We thank you for your lovingkindness to us and to all humanity.  Your works are great and wonderful.  Your ways are just and true.  With the host of heaven and your people in all times and places we praise you, saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Holy God, we praise you for your Son Jesus, the Word that became flesh and made his home among us.  He shared our weakness, and was tempted in every way as we are.  Obeying you, he suffered and died for the redemption of all.  You have raised him to sit at your right hand, and you have given him a name above every name— Lord and Christ.  We praise him and we glorify you, great God our Father.

Now give us your Holy Spirit in the breaking of bread, so that by your power we may be drawn together and made one with Christ, who is our way, our truth, and our life.

With the faithful throughout all ages, we lift our hearts to you, giving thanks and trusting you to use us as your people, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

The Words of Institution

Communion of the People [Worshipers will partake of the communion elements while seated in the pews.  Worshipers online may partake of the bread or crackers, wine or fruit juice of their choice at home.]

Unison Prayer after Communion:

Gracious God, you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth.  You have fed us with the bread of life, and renewed us for your service.  Help us who have shared Christ’s body and received his cup, to be his faithful disciples, so that our daily living may share in the life of your kingdom, and our love be your love reaching out into the life of the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Words of Institution

Communion of the People [Worshipers will partake of the communion elements while seated in the pews. Worshipers online may partake of the bread or crackers, wine or fruit juice of their choice at home.]

Unison Prayer after Communion:

Gracious God, you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. You have fed us with the bread of life, and renewed us for your service. Help us who have shared Christs body and received his cup, to be his faithful disciples, so that our daily living may share in the life of your kingdom, and our love be your love reaching out into the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

The scales have fallen from our eyes.  We go with renewed vision, hearts open, hands held out ready to embrace all that the Lord has in store for us.  Send us out, Lord, to build up your kingdom, to walk in your Way.

And may the blessing of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, go with all of us, enlightening our path, today and always.  Amen.

CLOSING MUSIC

The Lord’s Supper liturgy is adapted from the Book of Common Worship, Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.).  Other liturgical prayers are adapted from Spill the Beans, a Narrative Lectionary worship resource from Scotland.

Worship Leader                           Rev. Barbara J. Schwartz

Co-Moderators                             John Schwartz & Cathy Young


Please Join Us! You’re Invited to Celebrate Sunday With Us at 11 AM on Facebook Live, or In Person at the Church.

April 18, 2021

Sermon Title: Possessive Individualism vs Individual Responsibility

Theme: Possessive individualism is all about me and what I’m entitled to. Individual responsibility recognizes we live in communities with other people. 

Scripture Bible Passages 

Jesus Heals blind Bartimaeus, Mark 10:46 – 52, The feeding of the five thousand, Matthew 14:13-21, The parable of the rich fool, Luke 12:13-21


We Invite you to Join Us for Our Sunday Celebration! Service at 11 AM on Facebook Live or In Person at the Church

April 12, 2021

Bible Passages for Sunday

Acts 4:32–35

Psalm 133

1 John 1:1–2:2

John 20:19–31

Acts 4:32–35

32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Psalm 133

A Song of Ascents.

    1      How very good and pleasant it is

    when kindred live together in unity!

    2      It is like the precious oil on the head,

    running down upon the beard,

    on the beard of Aaron,

    running down over the collar of his robes.

    3      It is like the dew of Hermon,

    which falls on the mountains of Zion.

    For there the LORD ordained his blessing,

    life forevermore.

1 John 1:1–2:2

1 We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3 we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

John 20:19–31

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.


Sunday Celebration for March 28th

March 29, 2021
Sermon Message Theme: Ransom, Wrath or Love?

We Invite You to Join Us at 11 AM For Our Sunday Celebration on Facebook Live or In Person at the Church

March 28, 2021

March 28th, 2021 11:00AM

Announcements

Greeting /welcome to others: You can wave “Hello” or “Peace to You”

For Reflection: How can I daily emulate more fully the Jesus who “emptied himself of all but love”?

Opening Music: “Were You There?” Music Courtesy of Laurie Holdridge

Call to Worship

L: Here in the midst of this pandemic, staying as safe as we can, we come to worship you.

P: We come with the groans of loneliness, and the whispers of hope in our hearts.

L: Here in a season of being apart, we come to remember you. We come, hoping we have not been forgotten, and that here, now, your presence will be felt.

P: We come, knowing you have heard us through every lonely day, in every moment, never holding back your constant love. we come, to praise you for your steadfast love

.Unison Prayer for Forgiveness: All: This past year, we often lost our way… But you have shown us a new way. When we focused more on ourselves than the forgotten, we betrayed you. When we kept our mouths closed instead of speaking up for justice, we denied you. When we choose not to do good for others, we turned our backs on you. Here at the foot of the cross, where we have found ourselves so many times these last months, we stand beside all who stepped off the path of faithfulness, who forgot you, who chose to go another way than follow you. Have mercy on us, Lamb of God. Forgive us, cleanse us with the hope, the grace, the peace you poured out for us.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

L: Christ did not forget us, but carried our suffering on his back, walking with all our hurts, our foolishness, the pain we caused, taking it all into the heart of our God, who takes them, and continues to love us with steadfast assurance.

P: Fed with grace, carried in God’s arms, we know that we are loved and forgiven. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:11-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47

Message: “Ransom, Wrath or Love ” Shared by Cathy Young

Musical Reflection: Hymn 223 “What Wondrous Love”

Prayers of the People Lord in Your Mercy All: Hear our Prayer

Pastoral Prayer: O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen. (Source: Fr. Richard Rohr) In your holy names we pray your prayer –

Lord’s Prayer Inclusive Version: Our Father-Mother in heaven, hallowed be your name. May your presence be realized here on earth as it is in heaven. May we receive the bread that you provide us. Enable us to know that our sins have been forgiven, just as we forgive those who sin against us. Strengthen us to deal with trials too great to endure. Free us from the grip of all that harms us and others. For your power of Love reigns now and forever. Amen

.INVITATION TO SHARE:May these gifts represent our willingness to deny ourselves, so others might be blessed by your grace, your peace, as well as your hope, in every moment of their lives. Amen.

Offering Response: Lord, we lift your name on high, Lord we love to sing your praises. We’re so glad you’re in our lives. We’re so glad you came to save us. You came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross, our debt to pay, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky. Lord, we lift your name on high.

Sending Prayer

God who holds every day in your hands, God who has always led your people into new lives, new dreams, new ways of serving, may we continue to let our compassion increase, may we continue to stand up to the powerful, may we continue to learn from the vulnerable, may we continue to trust in you always, may we continue to walk with you, even when the way seems uncertain.AmenLiturgical Prayers courtesy of (c) Thom M. Shuman•

Closing Song: “The Palms”