pastor lou May 17 2020

May 17, 2020 Pastor Lou

Call to Worship

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and we will tell what God has done for us.
God is the Sovereign of heaven and earth,
maker of this world and all within it.
God has given to all mortals life and breath
and every blessing. Bless our God, O peoples!
Let the sound of God’s praise be heard.
Blessed be God! Blessed be God! Blessed be
God!

Prayer of Confession

Maker and giver of all, forgive us when we are too preoccupied
to notice your presence in our lives: when we walk through this world
and fail to see the wonder of you upholding our lives and all creation;
when we walk through our lives and fail to see you abiding with, within,
and around us; when we walk through holy moments
and fail to savor your presence, instead feeling abandoned
in the vast sweep of life as each day rushes at us
with its demands. Open our eyes to your presence, God of love,
that we may lean on you—for you uphold all of creation
in tenderness and power. Amen.

Silent Reflection

Assurance of Pardon

When Jesus left the disciples, he gave us a promise:
“I will not leave you orphaned!” For we, his disciples,

live in him and he in us—the presence of God within and around all.
What a promise! Take courage! Take comfort!
Blessed be God!

Scripture Readings

Epistle Lesson:                                                                     Acts 17: 22-31

Gospel Lesson:                                                                     John 14: 15-21                                                             

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hades;
the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Benediction

Wherever we are, we are in God.
Wherever we are, we are in Christ,
and Christ is in us.
Wherever we are, the Spirit abides with us and in us.
We go forth in peace and hope,
upheld by God in every way.
Let us go forth in faithfulness and trust.
May all see the Divine in and through us.  Amen.

If you would like to sponsor flowers for the Altar, please see the sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex and see Chris D with payment. They are $14 for 1 vase or $24 for 2 vases.   

We remember in prayer all who struggle with illness or recovery, including Regan Richmond; Alice Kender; Anna Mae Koons; Mary Horwath. 

We also pray for those who grieve the death of loved ones, all active military personnel, and all veterans.