Our guest speaker today is Rev. Renny Domske.
Prelude Music Director Bob Senay
Call to Worship: Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters,
He restores the strength in my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear No evil, for You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff bring me comfort.
You prepare a table before me right in front of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil, and my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me every day of my
life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
* Hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” #687
Prayer of Confession (unison)
Great God, You are so faithful to us; Your promises are sure
and certain; You bring us comfort. Yet Lord, we confess that
our promises are unsure and wavering; Our moods and our
commitment to You change like the weather. Forgive us, Lord
Help us to be people who make promises and keep them.
Help us to be people of Your word and our word.
Forgive us our sins. We thank You for giving Your life and
death for us and proving Your word by Your resurrection.
* Time of silent prayer
*Assurance Of Pardon:
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you!
Response – Gloria Patri (page 581)
Passing the Peace
Prayer for illumination
Scripture reading: Romans 15: 1 – 7
ll Timothy 3: 1 – 5, 10 – 17
Sermon: “Let’s Go Fishing!”
*Hymn “Open My Eyes, That I May See” #451
*Apostles Creed (copy next to prayer list)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
*Doxology (page 606)
*Prayer of Dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” #65
Happy Mother's Day!
We're so glad you decided to join us today!
We are meeting together each morning in the Sunday School room, just off the sanctuary. If you feel comfortable, we would love to have you join us in person. When we meet, we share any joys or concerns from the past week to pray for. If you have anything you would like to share, please feel free to do so in the comment section of this post. When you are ready, use the prayer below (source) to get started.
I speak this prayer to you now in gratitude and praise for the gift of mothers. My mother, those of my friends, relatives, those I’ll never know, all mothers. Thank you for the role they play in the family unit. Thank you for their teachings, their wisdom, their patience, and understanding. Thank you for the physical, emotional, and spiritual gifts they possess. I pray that you help mothers all across the world to be a blessing upon their children. Whether delivering affirmation or discipline, I pray that you help every word and action to be done in love. And I pray that children throughout the world would take time to honor their mothers, that you would show them how to uniquely do so.
I pray that these mothers also act as a blessing beyond their households, reaching into their extended families, communities, churches, schools. I pray that the impact of motherhood is revered throughout society and that these women are acknowledged for their everyday impact on the world. May you guide each of them into fulfilling their purpose here on Earth.
Today's lesson is on Romans 8:18-30.
We're so glad you decided to join us today!
When we meet together in person, we take time to share our joys and concerns together. Take some time to think about your past week, and the prayer requests you might have. If you would like, you can share them with us as a comment on this post. When you are ready, get started with this prayer (from Xavier University).
Holy One, you are our comfort and strength
in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.
Surround us now with your grace and peace
through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.
By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through You, our rock and redeemer.
Today's lesson is on Romans 6:1-14.
We're so glad you're joining us today,
whether you are sitting with us in person,
or reading the lesson from somewhere else.
We are meeting in person now! If you are not yet back in person, please feel free to leave any joys or concerns you would like to share as a comment to this post. We hope you'll decide to meet in person in the Sunday School room soon. When you are ready, you can use this prayer from Xavier University to get started.
God of silence and God of all sound,
help me to listen.
Help me to do the deep listening to the sounds of my soul,
waiting to hear your soft voice calling me deeper into you.
Give me attentive ears
that begin to separate the noise from the sounds that are you;
you who have been speaking to me
and through me my whole life,
for so long that you can seem like background noise.
Today help me hear you anew.
This week's lesson is on Romans 10:5-17.
We're so happy you're joining us today,
whether you are with us in person, or are reading online.
When we meet in person, we share joys and concerns from our past week. Take some time to consider whether you have anything you would like to share. You can do this by making a comment on this post. Then, we can all pray for your request. When you are ready, you can use the prayer below (source) to get started.
God, thank You for caring for us. You know the things that have been weighing us down with worry, anxiety, or fear. Right now, please guard our hearts and minds with Your peace.
Help us fix our minds on You, and on Your Spirit. Thank You for promising to bring us life and peace. We can rest … because You make us safe.
This week's lesson is on Romans 5:1-11.
We're so happy you've decided to join us today, whether you're at home or at the church.
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns together. If you are at home, take some time to think about your week, and the prayer requests you might have. You can share these in the comments as you feel comfortable. When you are ready, you can use the prayer below to get started (source).
Almighty and eternal God, by your Holy Spirit you have revealed to us the gospel of your Son, Christ Jesus. Awaken our hearts that we may sincerely receive your Word and not make light of it, or hear it without fruit as did your people long ago.
Instead lead us to fear you and daily grow in faith in your mercy and finally through your Son Christ Jesus, obtain eternal salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever.
We're so glad that you've decided to join us today!
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other before we focus on our Sunday school lesson. Think about your needs and concerns right now, and if you like, you can share them in the comments.
Today’s lesson is from the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Roman church. It is about Paul’s longing to see these Christians in person so they can encourage and strengthen each other. It is also about God’s power to save anyone who believes in Christ.
Our Sunday school and church is now open so that we can join to worship God, to learn about God’s word and to encourage each other in person. We are grateful to be back together, but we continue to pray for those who not yet able to. We are glad that those who cannot be with us physically are able to learn and worship with us online.
The following prayer serves as our opening prayer. It was written by Nathan Nettleton and posted on his website at laughingbird.net.
Blessed are you, God of all creation, and blessed is the communion into which you gather us. You promised through your beloved Son that when two or three gather together in his name, you will be there in the midst of them.
We come defeated, we come dancing, We come traumatized, we come trusting, We come aggrieved, we come adoring. We come because our hearts are made restless by echoes of a song we have never heard and memories of a place we have never seen. Send your Holy Spirit to call us by name and lead us home. Amen.
Today’s guest speaker is Rev. Dave Mason.
All of the information normally found in our bulletin is below the video. Simply click on "Read More" to load the rest of the bulletin. You can use this to follow the service, as well as to pray our unison prayers. All joys and concerns that we know, as well as our continuing prayer list is within the Joys and Concerns. Announcements can be found at the bottom of this service.
GATHERING AROUND THE WORD
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Leader: To God be all glory, the One who visits us in three persons, the
Holy Trinity of hope and love.
People: For there is no place which is without you, O God, and no
time when you are not there.
Leader: For you are the beginning and the end, the source of all that is
in the wonder of universal life.
People: And yet, you take us by the hand and lead us, as the life of
Christ walks our human way and shows us that life is
stronger than death. As we honor our lost loved ones this
day, give us the courage to remember their sacrifice on
Leader: In the Holy Spirit, we are gifted, again and again, and are called
onward toward a future in which we are surrounded with love
People: We praise and worship you, O God, for there is no other
God like you.
This week, we will discuss the lament of creation.
We’re going to move away from thinking about people.
Instead, we will think of things like plants, animals, and even the earth.
Before we begin, think about your answers to the following questions. What are the places in creation that call you to praise God? Is there one place in particular, over all others, you want to go?
When I thought about this question, I was reminded of Rev. Mason’s recent sermon on The Thin Place (which you can watch here). The big idea was that some places can make you feel closer to God. Those places are the thin places.
We're so happy you've joined us!
Today is the first Sunday in Lent.
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other before we focus on our Sunday school lesson. Think about your needs and concerns right now, and if you like, you can share them in the comments. This is a time when our church is beginning to think about searching for a new pastor. It is a challenging and exciting time, but as we pray about finding the right pastor for the future, we should remember that we are all coworkers with Christ and with each other in sharing the gospel right now.
The prayer below may serve to guide us in our opening prayer. It is from the Vanderbilt University website.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.