Worship Service (at home)
May 17, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)
Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA
May 17, 2020 Order of Worship
(Prepare for your time of worship today. Take a moment of silence before you begin and center yourself on God. Bring a bible to follow along in the reading of the scripture. Also, bring an egg.)
PRELUDE “Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord” (Psalm 95) – Lau
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Live in God’s love!
P: Let that love be poured out for all God’s people!
L: Bring hope and peace to all whom you meet.
P: We are called to be God’s witnesses.
L: Celebrate and rejoice.
P: Praise be to God who has called, healed, and given us a ministry of peace. Amen.
Lord of wondrous light and power, we come to you this day to learn of your will for our lives. Heal our wounds; lift our spirits; give us courage and confidence to boldly serve you in all that we do. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord of mercy, there are so many times in our lives when we feel alone. We wonder where you are. We cry out to you in our confusion, pain, and hurt. And when you do not immediately grant the prayers of our cries, we begin to doubt that you even care or exist. Stop us from going down this path of self-destruction. Help us look around and find the many ways in which you have blessed our lives. Forgive us when we are so quick to doubt and so arrogant in our demands of your responses. Give us a spirit of patience and willingness to be ready to hear your voice. Strengthen us for the ministries of love and hope that you have placed before us; for we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Even in the midst of doubt and darkness, the light of God is shining in you, on you, and through you. Out of God’s great love, you have been redeemed and made whole. Rejoice, beloved of God! Amen.
MEDITATION “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” – Gabriel/Bennett
PASTORAL PRAYER (lift up any people, joys or concerns you wish to pray for today at this time.)Lord of love, you have asked us to keep your commandments. In your life you demonstrated the power of love to affect healing, redemption, and hope in the lives of all your people. Yet we are so unsure of the gifts that you have given us for ministry that we wonder if we can really do what you want us to do. We are a strange mixture, lord. We are arrogant in our demands of your mercy and timid in our awareness of the blessings and gifts you have given to us. That’s why we’re worshipping you today. We really want to sense your presence and receive courage truly to be your people in this world that you have loaned to us. Remind us when we bring names and circumstances before your throne of grace that we also bring our own needs and concerns. Lay your healing hand upon our hearts and spirits. We place our lives and our trust in you, o lord. We lift up our world, our nation and our community to you during this time of the pandemic. Lead us through the time. Guide us all in our decisions that healing and wholeness may be our goal. Amen.
SCRIPTURE John 14:15-21
MESSAGE WDJD Part 3 – Jesus Provides
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
(Your gifts may be sent to the church office or you may set up electronic giving through different options).
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Lord, we thank you for your blessings. Use our gifts of service, money, and witness to heal our world and show people how to live lives of love. Amen.
Being washed in the love of Christ, now live your life in our world this week with the healing love of God to be given generously in peace and hope. God’s peace be with you. Amen.
POSTLUDE “God Will Take Care of You” – Martin/Bennett
You are invited to stand up, if able and to dance to the music!
Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor
David Koskey, Director of Music
Faxon-Kenmar UMC is using CCLI Streaming License 3356248 Exp. 3.31.21.