June 7, 2020 Virtual Communion Sunday

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Sermon:           “Called to Be Somebody”       

Theme:            God’s call enables us to have a role which gives our lives meaning and shapes us as whole and joyful people.

Purpose:          To learn and embrace that our identity comes from submission to God and service to others.

Scriptures:       Genesis 1:1-5, 26-2:3  God created the heavens and earth, and created humanity in God’s image. And then rest was given.

                        Matthew 28:16-20      Jesus commissioned the disciples to make disciples of all nations.

Questions:

What does it mean to us to be created in the image of God? How does our origin shape us and determine what is really fulfilling in life? What happens when we ignore our original mission in life? How do we learn to be the people who we need to be in order that we may have fulfillment? How do we relate to God as our Creator and Source of our lives? What difference does serving make in our relationship with God and our identity?

Description for Sunday June 7, 2020

Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)

Permission to podcast/stream the service music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-730666 and CCLI Streaming License CSPL069066. All Rights reserved.

Glory to God Hymnal #761  “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”

TEXT: Jane Parker Huber, 1981; © 1981 Jane Parker Huber (admin. Westminster John Knox Press)

MUSIC (BEECHER 8.7.8.7.D): John Zundel, 1870

The Presbyterian Hymnal #579 “Gloria Patri”  

Public Domain 
Glory Be to the Father 
TEXT: Trad. liturgical text. Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851) 

Glory to God Hymnal #203 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”
TEXT: Tom Colvin, 1969; rev. 1997, alt.; © 1969 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

MUSIC (CHEREPONI 7.7.9 with refrain): Ghanaian folk melody; adapt. Tom Colvin, 1963; arr. Jane Marshall, 1982; © 1969 Hope Publishing Company; arr. © 1982 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

All rights reserved. Used by permission. First Presbyterian Church, FDL CCLI License #1644445

Liturgist: Carol Wetzel

May 31, 2020 Pentecost Sunday

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Sermon:           “A Rushing Mighty Wind”

Theme:            God’s gift of renewal and healing is poured out on God’s people as they worship and learn to trust in God’s power over their own strengths.

Purpose:          We will celebrate Pentecost by seeking to envision God working through us in new ways.

Scriptures:       John 7:37-39   “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” The Holy Spirit is offered to all who want to be filled with living water.

                        Acts 2:1-21      The coming of the Holy Spirit, Peter speaks to the crowds of Jesus, the Savior.

Questions:

How is God moving us from being in our isolated fear and small expectations to bringing a message of renewal and transformation to the world today? What is the new movement of spreading God’s hope and peace that is happening now? How do we allow God’s grace to change us from thinking in small and restricted ways to seeing greater possibilities and opportunities for sharing God’s grace? What is God calling us to envision for our world today?

Description for Sunday May 31, 2020

Liturgist: John Neville

Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)

Permission to podcast/stream the service music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-730666 and CCLI Streaming License CSPL069066. All Rights reserved.

Glory to God Hymnal #289  “On Pentecost They Gathered”

TEXT: Jane Parker Huber, 1981; © 1981 Jane Parker Huber (admin. Westminster John Knox Press)

MUSIC (MUNICH 7.6.7.6.D): Neuvermehrtes Meiningisches Gesangbuch, 1693; adapt. Felix Mendelssohn, 1847

Prayer of Adoration

The Presbyterian Hymnal #579 “Gloria Patri”  

Public Domain 
Glory Be to the Father 
TEXT: Trad. liturgical text. Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851) 

Organ Solo: “Vater Unser im Himmelreich” (Our Father in the Heaven Who Art) – J.S. Bach
                                                                                                                        Organist, Kris Bartelt

Sending Hymn Glory to God Hymnal #291 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”
TEXT: James K. Manley, 1975, alt.; © 1978 James K. Manley
MUSIC (SPIRIT, Irregular): James K. Manley, 1976; © 1978 James K. Manley
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May 27, 2020 Midweek Worship

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Sermon:           Serve the God of Truth and Justice

Theme:            We recognize that God is the source of our understanding and the one who has established what is true and what is just.

Purpose:          We will seek to raise our behavior to a standard that reflects God’s truth and justice.

Scriptures:       Psalm 99          God is the God of justice and equity, and those who follow as God instructs have wisdom and strength.

                        John 3:31-36   Jesus speaking to Nicodemus explains that God is the one who created all and is the source of eternal life.

Questions:

What do we believe God expects of the way people treat one another? How should we respond to the injustice and hatred in the world? In what ways do we need to align our hearts with God’s law in order to be people who can speak with integrity? What do we need to do to be part of God’s message of peace and justice? What does it mean to speak from God’s love and instruction rather than from our own reactivity and defensiveness?

Description for Wednesday May 27, 2020
Liturgist: Jolene Schry
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE,
License #A-730666 and CCLI Streaming License CSPL069066. All Rights reserved.
Glory to God Hymnal #177 “I Will Come to You” (You Are Mine)
TEXT AND MUSIC: David Haas, 1991; © 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved. First Presbyterian Church, FDL Onelicense.net License #A-730666
ACCOMPANIMENT: Shane Raynor, Resound Worship
The Presbyterian Hymnal #579 “Gloria Patri”  
Public Domain 
Glory Be to the Father 
TEXT: Trad. liturgical text. Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851) 
Sending Song: Glory to God Hymnal #613 “ O Lord, Our Lord”
CCLI Song # 26007
Michael W. Smith © 1981 Meadowgreen Music Company (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
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May 24th, 2020 Confirmation Class Worship Memorial Day Weekend

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Sermon:           “Heaping Burning Coals”

Theme:            We overcome the problems and challenges of the Coronavirus and troubles of today through practicing God’s instructions of compassion as we build endurance through faith.

Purpose:          We will learn to be strong as we do what is good and care for one another.

Scriptures:       Hebrews 10:23-35       Let us hold fast to our confession without wavering, because Jesus is faithful. Provoke one another to do good works.

                        Romans 12:9-21  Bless those who persecute you, do not repay evil for evil, heap burning coals upon the head of your enemy.

Questions: What does it mean to “heap burning coals” on the head of your enemy? What do we need to do in order that we can more than survive this time of the Coronavirus? What is it mean to more than endure, we can show God’s compassion? How do we demonstrate the knowledge of God and love of God without being rude or pushy? What is Jesus teaching us to do through this time when we are having to give up so much?

05/10/2020 Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Sermon:           “Becoming God’s Holy House Together”

Theme:            We are moving into a relationship with God in which God’s love and presence is made known through our fellowship with God and with one another.

Purpose:          We will envision growing into a fellowship that reflects the presence of God and love of Christ.

Scriptures:       1 Peter 2:1-10 Long for the pure spiritual milk to grow in salvation, we are being built into a spiritual house, a holy temple; you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.

                        John 14:1-14   Do not let your hearts be troubled, we see the Father in the son. Believe in Jesus and in the Father.

Questions:

What is most important about the nature of our fellowship and our relationship with God in this new era? What actually matters in how we live our faith and share God’s love? What do we need to do so that people see Christ’s love and teaching in our lives and fellowship? What do we need to do in order to envision relationships that truly reflect God’s love and grace? How do we make it a priority to practice the love of God? How do we focus on making our identity as “God’s chosen people” our foundation for sharing compassion and hope with the world?

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