Worship Service for April 26, 2020

Worship Service (at home)

April 26, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)

Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA


April 26, 2020   Order of Worship

(Preparation for worship:  Gather at your “prayer space” or your new “home worship center”.  Bring your Bible, paper and pencil.)

Prelude    “Risen Indeed”  – Beaney


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Call to Worship
As you walk with us, as we journey together,
Lord, your word fills our hearts!
As you speak with us, as your love is revealed,
Lord, your fire burns in our hearts!
As we proclaim what we have seen and heard,
may all people be drawn to you, the risen Lord!

Meditation Music – “Sweet Hour of Prayer” – Hegarty


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Prayer  (Pray silently for few minutes first)
Lord God, we praise you.

Holy One, we thank you for all of the ways that you bless us and care for us.  We thank you for the many people sacrificing their health and their lives in their jobs to keep our world running.

Father, we ask that you care for the many people who are suffering from the virus, for their families and friends.  We ask that you guide us and continue to give courage to many around the world in isolation for the sake of the good. Be with those making decisions needed to lead us through this pandemic.  Give calmness to those frightened by hardship, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Dear God, help us remember each day to come to you for your Living Water.  In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

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.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.

Gospel Scripture   Luke 24:13-25


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Message        “Really Seeing Jesus”


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Tithes & Offerings
We are thankful to show the light of Jesus through our ministries.  Many people have felt the love of Jesus through our help of keeping their lights on, taking them to a doctor’s appointment, preparing food for them to eat.  May our gifts touch the hearts and lives of people and continue to let us use our building for ministry. May the God of living waters who worked through us yesterday, be present to work through us today and tomorrow.

Prayer    Lord God, we give our gifts to you this day because we love you.  Bless them so that our gifts of time, money, witness can all be used to spread your love and peace in our world.

Sending Out   Go in peace, in the name of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, Healer of our Brokenness, and Hope of the World.

Postlude          “Praise Him with the Sound of the Trumpet” – Lau


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Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor
David Koskey, Director of Music

Portions of the service were adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © Abingdon Press.

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

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.