Worship Service for April 19, 2020

Worship Service (at home)

April 19, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)

Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA


(Preparation for our worship today: Please bring your bible, light a candle and quiet your hearts as you listen to the Prelude)

Prelude       “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” – Page


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Gathering
We come as we are:
doubting Thomases, fearful disciples, sorrowing exiles, rejoicing psalmists!
You come as you are:
Risen Christ, Christ of peace, Holy Spirit, Spirit of forgiveness,
God of life, God of new birth!
Show us the fullness of your joy!
Show us the path of life and living hope!

Praise Sentences
You show me the ways of life. Your presence fills me full of gladness.
My heart is glad, my soul rejoices, and my flesh will live in hope!

Opening Prayer
Stand among us once again, risen Christ, and bless us with your greeting:
“Peace be with you.” Stand among us once again, Exalted Brother, and breathe upon us your promised Spirit. Stand among us once again, You Who Have Escaped Death,
and give us new birth into your living hope. Amen.

Call to Prayer
If we are the disciples, locked in a room of fear,
Jesus appears to us.
If we are Thomas, full of doubt,
Jesus turns to us.
If we bear trials and suffering,
God comes to us in power.
If we rejoice, we do so in the presence of God.
So let us come, whoever we are, to the God of hope and life.

Silent Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (use your silent prayer time to lift up the many who are stepping up to share themselves with others during this time, for those who are suffering, and for our Faxon-Kenmar UMC outreach in ministry; and sit quietly to listen to God)

Special Music            “Almost Crying” -Schell       Scott Schell


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Scripture reading                                                    John 20:19-31

Message              “I Want to Believe” 


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Invitation to the Offering 
May we give out of the love that we have for Jesus Christ, so that others may share
in our imperishable and unfading inheritance of hope and life.

Giving of Tithes and Offering

Offering Prayer 
God of great mercy, accept our offerings, given out of what is more precious than gold—our faith in you, giver of hope and life. And through these gifts, reveal the risen Christ in acts of mercy, love, and joy. Amen.

Benediction
In great mercy, God has given us a new birth into a living hope,
for it is the risen Christ who stands in our midst and says,
“Peace be with you!”

We go forth to walk the path of new life and living hope.
And may the peace of the risen Christ be with us!

Postlude                  “Triumphantly Risen” – Anderson


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Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor
David Koskey, Director of Music
Scott Schell, Special Music

Portions of the worship service are adapted from From “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2008,” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © 2007 by Abingdon Press

Faxon-Kenmar UMC is using CCLI Streaming License 3356248 Exp. 3.31.21.

Worship Service for Easter, April 12, 2020

Easter Worship Service (at home)

April 12, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)

Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA


(Preparation for our worship today: Please gather two items. 1) your bible and turn to Gospel of John 20:1-18.   2) a candle, if you have one and a lighter.)

Prelude “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” – Victor Johnson


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(Light your candle at this time. The lighted candle can represent our Resurrected Christ)

 

Welcome

Grace and peace to you. We are thankful you are joining us for worship today as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus during this time of distancing and staying at home due to the COVID-19 virus.

 

Call to Worship

L: Don’t weep! Don’t mourn! There is great Good News!
P: Christ the Lord is risen today!
L: Put away your garments of mourning; let the light of God’s love flood into your lives.
P: Christ the Lord is risen today!
L: No more do we have to fear the darkness; it has been overcome by God’s light.
P: Christ the Lord is risen today. ALLELUIA!

 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that like the disciples of old, we ran and hid, in our hearts, from the terror and sadness of the crucifixion. We didn’t want to be there. We found ways of avoiding the scene and pretending that it was all a bad dream. But it wasn’t a dream. Jesus our Lord was crucified. That’s a fact. And we were numbed by the news. But now we have been given the most blessed gift of forgiveness for our stupidity and stubbornness; we have been given the gift of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. New Light has shined in our deep darkness. Restore us again to your presence. Soften our hard hearts. Brighten our spirits, for we ask this in the name of the Resurrected One, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

 

Words of Assurance

Do not fear. God has conquered death. Jesus Christ, who was crucified, is risen from the dead. Love has been poured out again for each one of us. ALLELUIA! AMEN.

Special Music “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth/Christ Arose” –  Kevin Boesiger


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Prayer

Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell in safety:
For all who are affected by coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.
For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.
For doctors, nurses and medical researchers, that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.
For all of the workers keeping our country moving, that through their work
All of us may be helped as one: Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.
For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us, Lord, graciously hear us.
For the resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ,
For the power in our lives that comes when we choose to put our faith in Christ,
Help us tell the story of God’s power in all ways
We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy, protection and embrace of God.
Holy God and Creator of us all,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Gospel reading (you are invited to read out loud) John 20:1-18

 

Message “The Old, Old Story for This New Day”


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Benediction

Alleluia! This is a day of new beginnings! This is the day of brightness and hope! For God has done wondrous things for us! Go in joyful peace and know that God’s peace and love go with you always. ALLELUIA! AMEN.

Postlude “Festive Postlude on Llanfair” – Mary McDonald


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Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor

David Koskey, Director of Music

Faxon-Kenmar UMC is using CCLI Streaming License 3356248 Exp. 3.31.21.

Worship Service for Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday Worship Service (at home)

April 10, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)

Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA


(Preparation: Please find a cross in your home- a picture, piece of fabric in a cross shape, cross that you normally hang on the wall, a piece of jewelry that is a cross or a piece of paper in the form of a cross. Set in on a table in front of you. Bring your bible.)

Prelude “Out of the Depths I Cry Unto You” – Robert Lau


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WELCOME
Welcome to this time of worshipping God on this Good Friday…a time we remember the sacrifice of Jesus.

 
GREETING

God is light, in whom there is no darkness at all.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world.
And we loved darkness rather than light.

 
PRAYER

We pray for people throughout our world. Hear our prayer, O Lord.
We pray for people suffering from the COVID-19 virus and the many family and friends who are grieving the death of people close to them. Hear our prayer, O Lord.
We pray for people who are recovering from the COVID-19 virus. Hear our prayer, O Lord.
We pray for the gift of community, caring, self sacrifice of many throughout our nation and our world in the face of the pandemic. Hear our prayer, O Lord.
We pray for the researchers and decision-makers, truck-drivers and first responders, custodians and small business people who are focused on caring for others above themselves. Hear our prayer, O Lord.
We pray for the many who are homeless and without food, fighting to stay alive in the face of COVID-19 virus spread. Hear our prayer, O Lord.
We pray for the many people who have heard your call to serve you, to share your word of forgiveness, hope and love. Hear our prayer, O Lord.
While Easter is a joyful festival, we keep it now in a time of difficulty and worldwide sorrow.
We hold on to Christ who is with us as we read the bible.
We trust in his Spirit that draws us together as one.
We believe that the gospel gives us strength and comfort in the face of the stress of this season of sheltering due to the COVID-19. Hear our prayer, O Lord.

 
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.

 
Music “Were You There Spiritual” – Mary McDonald


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Gospel reading:  John 19:16b-42
 
Good Friday Message

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Postlude “Meditation on the Crucifixion”                    – Dennis Eliot


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Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor

David Koskey, Director of Music

Faxon-Kenmar UMC is using CCLI Streaming License 3356248 Exp. 3.31.21.