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Midweek Worship Service


June 3, 2020

PRELUDE

LIGHTING OF THE ALTAR CANDLE

GREETINGS & CONCERNS

Call to Worship 

Leader: As we are gathering ourselves into worship, let us share our thanksgivings,  giving thanks to the wonder and awe of living in God’s Way together.   Call out and share a thanksgiving with us.

All:  Life that is really life!

Leader:  Comes from the One we trust. 

All: Life that is really life!

Leader: Comes from the Presence we call to. 

All: Life that is really life!

Leader: Comes from the Foundation of goodness and sharing. 

All: Life that is really life!

Leader: Comes to us now in this moment.

All: Let us take hold of Life that is really Life! 

INVOCATION 

Holy God, we have brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it. May we live with this humility and rootedness especially when we feel trapped  grounded in fear eager to run away longing for more riches and power.  In the silence, may we be still  and center on Your light  where generosity and sharing  flow.  Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE  

“Joyful, joyful, we adore You” 

Joyful, joyful, we adore You,  

God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flowr’s  before You, 

Op’ning to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;  

Drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, 

Fill us with the light of day!

All Your works with joy surround You,  

Earth and heav’n reflect Your rays, 

Stars and angels sing around You,  

Center of unbroken praise;

Field and forest, vale and mountain, 

Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain, 

Praising You eternally!

Always giving and forgiving, 

Ever blessing, ever blest,

Well-spring of the joy of living, 

Ocean-depth of happy rest!

Loving Father, Christ our Brother, 

Let Your light upon us shine;

Teach us how to love each other, 

Lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus, 

Which the morning stars began;

God’s own love is reigning o’er us, 

Joining people hand in hand.

Ever singing, march we onward, 

Victors in the midst of strife;

Joyful music leads us sunward  

In the triumph song of life.

COMMUNITY AT PRAYER 

(end with a Lord’s Prayer…)

THE READING OF THE SCRIPTURE:  

                        Romans 8:22-28; Psalm 130:5-6

SERMON 

Call for the Offering 

In thanksgiving for our shared life together, let us share our offerings for the work of the church. 

GIVING OF TITHES/ PLEDGES/ THANKSGIVING & OTHER Offerings 

Dedication of the Offering 

God of life, we have shared what we have with Your church.   With thanksgiving we Say thank you for all the blessings you have given to us.  

We bring you back glory and honor 

through the offering of our lives, 

our tithes and other offerings.  

May this be use for your glory  

and service to your people.  Amen.

HYMN:  “Abide with me”

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;

the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away.

Change and decay in all around I see.

O thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need thy presence every passing hour.

What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?

Who like thyself my guide and strength can be?

Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless,

ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.

Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?

I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes.

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.

Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee;

in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me. 

CLOSING PRAYER 

Benediction

Now go!   Surrounded by the power of the Holy One, May we experience life that is really life!

Let the people of God say, Amen!

SILENT MEDITATION

Pentecost Sunday

“Fuel Us with the Courage and Strength of the Holy Spirit”

PRELUDE

LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE

GREETINGS

CALL TO WORSHIP 

(Based on Acts 2:1-6, The Message)

Leader:     “When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.”

Response: “Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages

as the Spirit prompted them.”

Leader:      Like a wildfire, we proclaim the Holy Spirit is with us at this moment.

All:            We praise God for the Holy Spirit which fills us at this moment.

OPENING HYMN 

“Come Holy Spirit We Need You”

Come Holy Spirit, I need you

Come sweet Spirit, I pray

Come in your strength and your power

Come in your own gentle way

Come as a rest to the weary

Come as a balm to the sore

Come Lord as strength to my weakness

Fill me with joy evermore

Come Holy Spirit, I need you

Come sweet Spirit, I pray

Come in your strength and your power

Come in your own gentle way

INVOCATION 

Let us pray: 

Dear Creator of heaven and earth  be with us as we worship and  praise your name.   

Be with us as we gather as a community of God, asking that the Holy Spirit 

to descend on us  as it did in that upper room of our ancestor so many years ago.                  

The Holy Spirit which sustains us each and every day in the Name of Jesus.    Amen 

WORDS OF CONFESSION & PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We humbly come before you  authentically and fully as your children, including all that has separated us from you and each other. 

We asked for  healing & forgiveness  for the ways in which we fall short.

SILENT CONFESSION

Assurance of Pardon

Minister:   Forgiveness is your balm for us when we fail you. Thank you, God of the wind and flame,  for sharing yourself with us in the blood of the lamb, the fire of the ascension and the smoke of the Holy Spirit. 

Response:  Thank you for the assurance of forgiveness  as we resolve to do better 

as a family of God  with you and with one another. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Passing of the Peace

Leader:    Peace be with you.

Response: And also with you

CHURH CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYER

  Ends  with ….”The Lord’s Prayer”   

SCRIPTURE READING     Act 2:1-21

SERMON

UCCP STATEMENT OF FAITH  (Unison)

WE BELIEVE 

In one God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, who provides order, purpose, meaning and fulfillment to all creation. That in Jesus Christ, who has born of Mary, God become human and is Sovereign Lord of life and history. That in the Holy Spirit, God is present in the world, empowering and guiding believers to understand and live out their faith in Jesus Christ. 

WE BELIEVE 

Persons are created in the image of God and destined to live in community with God, with other persons and with all creation. That by disobedience, they have become sinful, but, by grace through faith, they are redeemed in Jesus Christ. That being entrusted with God’s creation, they are called to participate in the establishment of a just and compassionate social order.

WE BELIEVE 

That the Church is the one Body of Christ, the whole community of persons reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and entrusted with God’s ministry. 

WE BELIEVE 

That the Holy Bible is a faithful and inspired witness of God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ and in history to illumine, guide, correct and edify believers in their faith and witness. 

WE BELIEVE 

That God is at work to make each person a new being in Christ and the whole world God’s Kingdom in which love, justice and peace prevail. The Kingdom of God is present where faith in Jesus Christ is shared, where healing is given to the sick, where food is given to the hungry, where light is given to the blind, and where liberty is given to the captive and oppressed. 

WE BELIEVE 

That the resurrection of Jesus Christ has overcome the power of death, gives assurance of life after death, and we look forward to His coming again in all fullness and glory to make all creation new and to gather all the faithful under God’s Kingdom. Amen. 

CALL TO OFFERING:

God tells us over and over in the Bible not to be afraid.  Our gifts this morning are one way

that we trust God even in a world that keeps telling us to be afraid.  We let go of thinking that we are on our own, and live each day in graceful dependence on God. Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise. 

OFFERING OF TITHES ,PLEDGES AND OTHER OFFERING

DEDICATION: 

With these our earthly treasures, We bless the Great God. We sing praises to your name, O Spirit. O Holy Fire of Love and Glory, 

You who touch the mountains and they smoke,

We honor you all the days of our lives.

Lord as you have given yourself away to make us holy, We are blessed by giving ourselves away to you.  Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 

Hover o’er me, Holy Spirit,

Bathe my trembling heart and brow;

Fill me with Thy hallowed presence,

Come, oh, come and fill me now. 

Refrain:

Fill me now, fill me now,

Holy Spirit, fill me now;

Fill me with Thy hallowed presence,

Come, oh, come, and fill me now. 

Thou canst fill me, gracious Spirit,

Though I cannot tell Thee how;

But I need Thee, greatly need Thee,

Come, oh, come and fill me now. [Refrain]

I am weakness, full of weakness,

At Thy sacred feet I bow;

Blest, divine, eternal Spirit,

Fill with pow’r, and fill me now. [Refrain]

Cleanse and comfort, wholly save me,

Bathe, oh, bathe my heart and brow;

Thou dost sanctify and seal me,

Thou art sweetly filling now. [Refrain]

CLOSING PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the renewing strength of the Holy Spirit. May the Spirit sustain us as we go forward this week. Guide us Dear God to be a witness for Justice and Love especially in these times. May the Holy Spirit  fuel us with courage and comfort in Jesus’ Name.  Amen

BENEDICTION

Minister      Go in Peace in the Name God

                    who created us,

                    who redeemed us, and

                    sustains us.

Response:   Amen!

May 31, 2020

Midweek Worship Service

LIGHTING OF THE ALTAR CANDLE

GREETINGS & CONCERNS

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Liturgist: I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your Name forever and ever.

People: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness, no one can fathom.

Liturgist: One generation will commend Your works to another; they will tell Of Your Mighty acts.

People: We will speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty; we will meditate On Your wonderful works.  

Liturgist: They will tell of the power of Your awesome works; and I will proclaim Your great deeds.

People: We will celebrate Your abundant goodness; and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

Liturgist: Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom; and Your dominion endures through all generations.

People: The Lord is righteous in all His ways and loving toward all He has made.

All: My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. 

Let every creatures praise His holy Name for ever and ever!

INVOCATION:  

Our Most Gracious, Heavenly Father, we are witnesses to Your constant guidance and abiding love. Make us worthy to stand in your presence tonight to praise You, to worship You, to thank You, and to bring You honour and glory. Through generations, You have allowed us to come together as one body, and You have immensely blessed the fellowship of Your children. We express our gratitude, we acknowledge Your Lordship in our midst, and we extol Your Holy Name, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, with the steadfast guidance of Your Holy Spirit. Amen   

HYMN OF PRAISE:      “Praise him! Praise him!” 

Praise him! praise him! 

Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Sing, O earth his wonderful love proclaim!

Hail him! hail him! highest archangels in glory,

Strength and honor give to his holy name!

Like a shepherd Jesus will guard his children —

In his arms he carries them all day long:

Refrain:

Praise him! praise him! 

tell of his excellent greatness!

Praise him! praise him! 

ever in joyful song!

Praise him! praise him! 

Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

For our sins he suffered and bled and died;

He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,

Hail him! hail him! Jesus the Crucified.

Sound his praises — Jesus who bore our sorrows —

Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong: [Refrain]

Praise him! praise him! 

Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!

Jesus, Savior, reigneth for ever and ever,

Crown him! crown him! 

Prophet and Priest and King!

Christ is coming, over the world victorious —

Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong: [Refrain]

PASTORAL PRAYER 

Response:  “Whisper a Prayer”

Whisper a prayer in the morning,

Whisper a prayer at noon,

Whisper a prayer in the evening,

To keep your heart in tune.

God answers prayer in the morning,

God answers prayer at noon.

God answers prayer in the evening,

So keep your heart in tune.             

SCRIPTURE READING:   

MESSAGE:      

CALL TO OFFERING:  

Our offerings symbolize our willingness to dedicate anew our lives to God. They are expressions of our thanksgiving for what God has done for us and given to us. Let us therefore ask God to consecrate what we are and have to go forth with God’s blessings.

THANKSGIVING PRAYER

O Lord God, You are the source of everything that we have. Accept and use these offerings; our tithes and other monetary gifts, our talents, our commitment in

Your service, our roles as part of this church, and our lives! May they

be acceptable in your sight! In Jesus’ name. Amen.   

HYMN OF COMMITMENT     

“Blest be the tie that binds” 

Blest be the tie that binds, 

our hearts in Christian love; 

the fellowship of kindred minds, 

is like to that above. 

Before our Father’s throne, 

we pour our ardent prayers; 

our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, 

our comforts and our cares. 

We share our mutual woes, 

our mutual burdens bear, 

and often for each other flows, 

the sympathizing tear. 

When we are called to part, 

it gives us inward pain; 

but we shall still be joined in heart, 

and hope to meet again. 

This glorious hope revives, 

our courage by the way; 

while each in expectation lives, 

and waits to see the day. 

CLOSING PRAYER

BENEDICTION    

SILENT MEDITATION

May 27, 2020

7th Sunday of Easter

Witnesses to Hope

UCCP Church Anniversary

PRELUDE

GREETINGS 

INTROIT: UCCP CHORISTERS

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Leader:   We shout for joy to God who rides upon the clouds!

Response:  We sing praises to our awe-inspiring God, before whom the earth quakes,

and whose abundant blessings provide for all in need!

Leader:    God is Sovereign over the earth,

Defender of the defenseless, and Parent to orphans; God creates families for those who are alone.

Response:  God leads captives to freedom and breaks the yoke of oppression.

Leader:   God goes forth before the people,

marching through the wilderness of their lives,

bringing forth restoration and justice.

Response:   Sing praise to God, Rider of the ancient skies, who dwells in holiness.

Leader:   Proclaim the power of God!

Response:  O God, how awesome you are in your sanctuary! You give power and strength to your people.

Leader:   Let us worship God!

INVOCATION 

God Most High, we gather to honor and glorify you. Receive our invitation to dwell with us.

Enfold us in your presence and fill us again with holy awe and mystery. We are yours and we claim you as our God. Amen.

HYMN OF WORSHIP   “O Worship the King”

O worship the King all-glorious above, 

O gratefully sing his power and his love:

our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of his might and sing of his grace, 

whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.

His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite? 

It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;

it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, 

in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.

Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

O measureless Might, unchangeable Love, whom angels delight to worship above!

Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze, in true adoration shall sing to your praise!

CONFESSION (Unison)

Blessed One, you created human beings for your glory and pleasure. Forgive us for being self-absorbed and choosing to live solely for ourselves. Forgive us for ignoring the prompting of your Spirit, your purpose for our lives, and for placing our will above yours. Grant us courage to share in Christ’s sufferings, to be his witnesses, and to carry your loving compassion to a hurting world. Amen.

Response: 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, 

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found; 

Was blind, but now I see.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE (Minister)

As the Body of Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be Christ’s witnesses.

Each of us has our own story of what Jesus’ life means for us. Through our life-stories we can convey hope to the hopeless, joy to the downtrodden, and peace where there is turmoil. Therefore, let us “clothe ourselves in humility,” sharing the Good News of Christ, that we “may all be one.” In this God is well pleased.

CHURCH CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING:  John 17:1-11

MESSAGE IN SONG: UCCP CHORISTERS

MESSAGE

STATEMENT OF FAITH (UNISON)

WE BELIEVE

In one God: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, who provides order, purpose, meaning and fulfillment to all creation.  That in Jesus Christ, who was born of May God became human and is Sovereign Lord of Life and history.

That in the Holy Spirit God is present in the world, empowering and guiding believers to understand and live out their faith in Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE

That persons are created in the image of God and destined to live in community with God, 

with other persons and with all creation.

That, by disobedience, they have become sinful, but, by grace through faith, 

they are redeemed in Jesus Christ.

That being entrusted with God’s creation, they are called to participate in the establishment of a just and compassionate social order.

WE BELIEVE

That the Church is the one body of Christ, the whole community of persons reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and entrusted with God’s ministry.

WE BELIEVE

That the Holy Bible is a faithful and inspired witness to God’s self-revelation  in Jesus Christ and in history to illumine, guide, correct and edify believers in their faith and witness.

WE BELIEVE

God is at work, to make each person a new being in Christ, and the whole world,                             

God’s Kingdom — in which love, justice and peace prevail.

The Kingdom of God is present where faith in Jesus Christ is shared, 

where healing is given to the sick, where food is given to the hungry, 

where light is given to the blind, and where liberty is given to the captive and oppressed.

WE BELIEVE

The resurrection of Jesus Christ has overcome the power of death and give assurance                            

of life after death. And we look forward to His coming again in all fullness and glory        

to make all creation new and to gather all the faithful under God’s Kingdom. Amen.

CALL TO OFFERING (Leader )

The author of the First Letter to Peter encourages us to humble ourselves before God so that we may be exalted by God on “the appointed day.” Let us share in today’s offering with humble spirits and generous hearts.

OFFERING OF TITHES/ PLEDGES AND OTHER OFFERINGS

DEDICATION (Unison)

Ever-present and loving God,

your Word tells us to cast our cares on you because you care for us.

In faith and trust we present these gifts, and ourselves, to you.Bless and multiply them to meet the needs, both hidden and apparent, of your beloved ones. Inspire each of us to live as Christ’s witnesses, today and ever more.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

HYMN OF COMMITMENT:   

“The Church’s One Foundation”  

The church’s one foundation, 

is Jesus Christ, her Lord;

she is his new creation, by water and the Word:

from heav’n he came and sought her, to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth,

her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth;

one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,

and to one hope she presses, with ev’ry grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder, men see her sore oppressed,

by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,

yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping, shall be the morn of song.

The church shall never perish! 

Her dear Lord to defend,

to guide, sustain, and cherish, 

is with her to the end;

though there be those that hate her, 

and false sons in her pale,

against both foe and traitor, 

she ever shall prevail.

‘Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,

she waits the consummation, of peace forevermore;

till with the vision glorious, her longing eyes are blest,

and the great church victorious, shall be the church at rest.

BENEDICTION

Continue to be faithful, remain committed, be witnesses for Christ.

For the God of all grace has called you to eternal glory through Jesus Christ, 

and will fulfill, restore, strengthen, and establish you through suffering and struggle.

Go forth from this place, empowered by Christ’s love,with Christ’s name on your lips,

the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit in your mind,

God’s love in your hearts,

God’s beloved ones always in your sight, and

God’s still speaking voice in your ear.  Amen.

SILENT MEDITATION

May 24, 2020