Worship June 27, 2021; the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Great and Wonderful” Campfire p. 6 ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude:         arr.

   Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship  

I wait for the Lord,

My soul waits, and in God’s word I hope. 

My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,

More than those who watch for the morning.

In faith, let us turn to our God, whose love is sure, praying together:

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you show us the breadth of your power and the depth of your love.  You listen to our cries of pain and hear our laments.  You see the fear in our eyes and know the secrets of our hearts.  You do not turn from our distress, but stretch out your hand to heal, to comfort, and to save.  All thanks and praise be to you, O God; your steadfast love endures forever. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #59 “The Steadfast Love of the Lord”

Invitation to Healing

Because of such great mercy, God is ready to forgive all the ways we fail to live in faithfulness. Relying on that mercy, let us submit ourselves to God and one another.

Prayer of Wholeness

Trusting you does not always come easy when each day we are faced with the ugliness of the world.  We do not believe that love conquers fear. We are not convinced that power comes through weakness. We cannot conceive how you could heal us. Forgive our lack of faith, O God, and renew our trust in you, for we would be disciples of Jesus, in whose name we pray.

Kyrie: #752 “Dona nobis pacem Sing twice through in a round

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response: #583 “Gloria, gloria2x in a round

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, Halle” (2x through)

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

By the power of your Spirit, speak your Word to us, O God. Show us who you are and who you are calling us to be, for the sake of your Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 130

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 5:21-43

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Two Stories” ~ Pastor Scott Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response #161 “Woman in the Night”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from A Brief Statement of Faith, section 4

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voice of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

“Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

God has provided us with all that we need. It is our privilege to give back to God; therefore let us humbly return a portion of what God has so freely given to us.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offertory “      ”

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Most Holy God, Who hears our prayers and answers them and gives us more than we can ask or imagine. Accept these offerings and use them to your glory, that even now we might imitate your coming reign of justice, peace, and love; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #747 “The Lord Now Send Us Forth”

Charge:

Go in peace, trusting even where you have not seen.

Benediction:

May God our Guardian protect you, Christ the Healer restore you, and the Holy Spirit sustain you this day and forever more.

Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us at the outdoor pavilion for coffee, refreshments and conversation following worship. 

Questions for Reflection:

In this week’s readings, various people bring their suffering to God, through lament (David in the 2 Samuel passage and the writer of Psalm 130), through requests for spiritual and fiscal assistance (Paul to the Corinthians) and the search for healing (Jairus for his daughter and the hemorrhaging woman for herself). How does Christ enable you – and how might you enable others – to be honest with God in doubt and pain?

Household Prayer: Morning

By your grace I arise from my bed this morning, Lord; by the power of your Spirit I draw my breath. As the dawn brightens into day, enlighten my mind with your truth and open my heart to all those I meet, that I might reflect the light of Jesus Christ, in whose name I give thanks and praise. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

As the night deepens, Lord, I give myself to your care. For the ways you enabled me to live faithfully today, thank you. For the ways I failed to follow Christ, forgive me. And if I do not awaken in the morning, receive me into your everlasting arms. Amen.

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Worship for June 20, 2021; the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Beautiful Lord/Give Ear Medley” Campfire p. 37 ~ Scott

Welcome and Announcements Followed by Lighting of the Christ Candle

Prelude: Deep River/Shall We Gather at the Riverarr. Lloyd Larson

Call to Worship

God alone laid the foundations of the earth.

The morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy.

From the midst of the whirlwind, God speaks with power.

We have seen the deeds of the Lord, who commands and raises the stormy wind and also makes the storm be still. We ourselves have seen the wondrous deeds of the Lord!

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day

Holy God, you created the world and all that is in it. The wind and the sea obey your Son. You are the source of our strength and our confidence is in you. All praise be to you, our stronghold and savior. Amen!

Hymn of Praise #624 “I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art”

Invitation to Healing

God has said: “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” Let us offer our brokenness to God, who will listen, help, and heal us.

Prayer of Healing

Saving God, we confess that our faith is too small, our fear is too great. When we are overwhelmed, we think you do not care enough for us. When life is uncertain and risky, we are not sure we can trust you with our whole hearts. Even when you move among us in powerful ways, we question who you are, and even sometimes if you are. Forgive us and calm our fears, we pray. Teach us to trust in your power to save and guide us in every circumstance. Grant us your peace, which is clearly beyond our understanding. In Christ’s name we pray.

Kyrie: #752 “Dona nobis pacem Sing twice through in a round

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response: #583 “Gloria, gloria3x in a round

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Great Good and Gifting God, by your mysterious power speak to us your truth and show us your wisdom, that we may know you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 150 pp. 775-776 OT

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: James 1:1-18 p. 310 NT

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35-41 p. 55 NT

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 6-20-2021 Storms ~ Pastor Scott Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 Song of Response: “Only You” Campfire Songbook p. 38

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from A Brief Statement of Faith, section 4

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voice of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

Intercessory Prayers of the People (“Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers”)

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

God has provided us with all that we need. It is our privilege to give back to God; therefore let us humbly return a portion of what God has so freely given to us.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offertory “The Gift of Love” (Hymnal #693)

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

How grateful we are, O God, that you call us to serve with the Holy Spirit, who fills us with patience and generosity and genuine love. We pray that all we return to you will be used faithfully in ministry to the world. In the name of Christ, Amen.

SENDING

 Closing Hymn #816 “If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee”

Charge:

In every circumstance, trust in God, who has great power to save and keep us.

Benediction:

May the power of God uphold you, the peace of Christ rest upon you, and the Holy Spirit defend you, now and always.

Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” Lyrics inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us at the outdoor pavilion for coffee, refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection:

Mark 4:35-41 tells of a time when the disciples were in great fear in a storm. Can you remember a time when you were in a frightening storm (literal or figurative) and felt in danger of being “swamped?” Did God feel far away or near to help you?

Household Prayer: Morning

Whether I wake to birdsong or sirens or the deep silence before dawn, I awake to your presence, O God.  Enable me to trust completely in you as I meet the challenges of this new day. Make me watchful for your grace at work; may all I do be a testament to your glory.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

As I give myself over to sleep, dear Lord, I thank you for the gift of rest. Let me relinquish the cares of the day. Forgive the ways I have failed you. Restore me to you and renew my faithfulness, that I may awake to serve you more, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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Worship for June 13, 2021, the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Down in My Heart” Camp Songs p. 11 ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements Followed by Lighting of the Christ Candle

Prelude: “Amazing Grace” arr. Joel Raney

 Call to Worship  

The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of seeds on earth;

It grows up and becomes the greatest of shrubs, and the birds of the air make nests in its shade.

Give thanks to God, whose promised reign is coming.

Thanks be to God!

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day

God, you are the gardener of all creation.  You planted this world with the seeds of your love and grow them with your faithfulness.  We are your harvest; we find our meaning and sustenance in you.  May our minds listen to you calling, may our hearts be attuned to your will, may our feet follow you in the world, through Jesus, the Word become flesh.

Hymn of Praise #263 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”

Invitation to Healing

When we gather to worship God, we remember that we are God’s people, but we have often preferred our way instead of God’s.  Trusting God’s power to make us new persons in Christ, let us submit to God, praying together:

Prayer of Healing

Holy God, the parable of the mustard seed teaches us that a little faith can produce great work in your kingdom.  Yet we are too timid to bear the fruit of your righteousness, for we walk by sight and not by faith.  Forgive us, Lord; we do not uphold the poor or the oppressed.  We do not advocate for the powerless or the voiceless.  We do not sacrifice ourselves for the needs of our neighbors. Renew us with the love of Christ so that we live no longer for ourselves, but for Christ who became the seed of your
righteousness in us. Amen

Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response: #583 “Gloria, gloria3x in a round!

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, by your mysterious power speak to us your truth and show us your wisdom, that we may know you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13      p.

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: Psalm 20      p.

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 4:26-34         p.

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 6-13-2021 Growing Spiritual Lives ~ Pastor Scott Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #684 “Faith Begins by Letting Go”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from A Brief Statement of Faith, section 4

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voice of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

Intercessory Prayers of the People (“Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers”)

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

God has provided us with all that we need. It is our privilege to give back to God; therefore let us humbly return a portion of what God has so freely given to us.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offertory “Give Thanks” 

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Bless, O God, the gifts that we bring this day, that they may be a sign of our commitment to your kingdom and a pledge of our love for you and your world. Multiply the work done by our time, treasures, and talents, that your presence and compassion may be known in all the earth. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #720 “Jesus Calls Us”

Charge:

Our Lord Jesus says that whoever does the will of God is his kindred. Go now and serve others as Jesus did.

Benediction

Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” Lyrics inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us at the outdoor pavilion for coffee, refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Where do you see people placing their trust these days?  What secular sirens do we hear every day that remind us of the contest between the Word and the World?
  2. In what do you trust? What helps you re-center your trust and faith on God?
  3. How do you rise above the din of the world to remember that God is working in both the short-term and the long-term, sometimes in ways we may never see? In our impatient, immediate-satisfaction culture, are the days past when people can trust in a God who works across generations and even eons?
  4. How have you heard the seed/kingdom of God parables that Jesus tells in Mark 4 interpreted through the years? Has your understanding of those parables evolved or changed and, if so, how?

Household Prayer: Morning

The sunlight greets me in morning, reminding me that I begin this day in your presence.  The air I breathe instructs me that I live by your constant love. Lord, I acknowledge you are my God!  I will seek your face in those I meet and make my aim to please and serve you alone, Jesus, my Lord. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

The numerous stars shine the wonder of God whose grace is beyond measure; whisper to me your abundant grace, which sustains me.  As I lay down my head, I recall Jesus saying that the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.  I imagine Jesus being with those who look for a place to lay their heads.  O God, I ask for your mercy and pray for the day when we all can sleep in shalom, trusting in your mysterious work through Jesus Christ, the Savior for all. Amen.

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Worship with Communion, June 6, 2021

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THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #627 “I Love You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements Followed by Lighting of the Christ Candle

Prelude: “Bread, Blessed and Broken” by Michael B. Lynch

Call to Worship  

O give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart.

On the day I called, you answered me.

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Thanks be to God!

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day

God of days, we praise your name, for your grace sustains us. We wait for you, Lord, for your word strengthens us. Our outer nature is wasting away day by day, but our inner nature is being renewed by your daily bread. Grant us the eyes to see what cannot be seen and to gaze on what is eternal. May we revel in your work and be a visible witness of your invisible kingdom. In Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #631 “In the Presence of Your People” ~ Pastor Scott

Invitation to Healing

The gift of God’s grace is lavished upon us, through the life and death of the risen Lord. Trusting in the love and goodness of God, let us seek wholeness.

Prayer of Healing

Gracious God, have mercy on us, for we have failed to be faithful to you, though you have been faithful to us. You show us your wisdom, but we prefer to go our own way. Our broken relationships with you and one another have created poverty in us and our neighbors. In your mercy, reconcile us to you, one another, and our neighbors for the work of justice, peace, and love, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer…

Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”      Amen.

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response: #583 “Gloria, gloria(3x) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Song of Response: Hymn #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy God, let your Spirit now move in us, to turn us away from the temporary and move us to your eternal love made visible in Creation and in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 138:1-8

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 3:20-35

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: Boundless Jesus ~ Pastor Scott Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #816 “If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32

The life, death, and resurrection, and the promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people. His service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well-being.

Intercessory Prayers of the People (“Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers”)

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us continue to worship the Lord through our gifts of talents, tithes, and ourselves.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offertory and Doxology Hymn #607   

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Eternal God, your son Jesus teaches us that a house divided cannot stand. Together, we offer ourselves and our gifts, that they may be used to extend your grace to others for your glory, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

We come from north and south from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast he has prepared. It is a right and joyful thing to offer thanks to you, O God, the source of all creation. Your holy energy flows in animals and plants, makes them move, and gives them desire to live. You brought forth the world in love, and in your great love creation finds at last its proper end. And so with the hosts of heaven we join the everlasting hymn of praise:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

You fill our world with glory and light, and yet our mortal eyes cannot behold so bright a truth. Then you sent us Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.” We give you thanks that on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take, eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  “Believe in me and never thirst.” After supper, he poured the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Great is the mystery of faith:

Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen”

According to Christ’s commandment:

We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

Let us pray together:

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.  Calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask: That we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; that we may be faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world, that we may live in anticipation of the fullness of God’s realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People

Hymn of Reflection #507: “Come to the Table of Grace” (Join as able)

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray together:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the worldin the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for othersin the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SENDING

 Closing Hymn #720 “Jesus Calls Us”

Charge:

Our Lord Jesus says that whoever does the will of God is his kindred. Go now and serve others as Jesus did.

Benediction

Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection:

Jesus says in Mark 3:35, “Whoever does the will of God…is my brother and sister and mother.” How do you prepare yourself to do God’s will? Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:16 that it is possible for our “inner nature” to be renewed every day. In your life, what contributes to your renewal? How are these connected?  What keeps us from renewal?

Write your own morning and evening prayers for this week.

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Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021

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Mt. Tabor Bulletin 05-30-2021 Trinity

Bulletin-Trout Lake 05-30-2021 Trinity (Booklet)

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: O God,[1] We Adore You~ Pastor Scott

O, God we adore you; *lay our lives before you; *how we love you.

Jesus, we adore you; *lay our lives before you; *how we love you.

Spirit, we adore you; *lay our lives before you; *how we love you.

            [1]Original text “Father” in title and first verse; *In person, may be sung as a canon.

Welcome and Announcements Followed by Lighting of the Christ Candle

Prelude: “Until Then” arr. Fred Bock

Call to Worship            

Blessed be God, Eternal Majesty, Living Word, Abiding Spirit

Glory to God forever!

Jesus said to be a part of God’s realm, you must be “born of water and Spirit.”

This gift is available to us, this day, right now.

May you receive God’s Spirit, be made whole, and dwell more deeply in love divine. Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Holy God, source of all goodness, you gave your Son for the life of the world and sent your Spirit that your love might abide within us. Teach us how to love each other this day, that we may have life abundantly with you, in Christ, and through the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise #1 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!”     

Invitation to Healing

With faith in Christ’s righteousness and confidence in God’s grace, let us submit to God’s transforming Spirit.

Prayer of Wholeness

Holy God, we know that you are always there to lead us, yet we somehow lose our way and fall back into fear. We confess that we have stumbled, and we recognize our need for you to lift us up and help us start again. Forgive us our failings, restore us to strength, and reconcile us with you, ourselves, and each other, through the power of Christ and the gift of your Spirit. Amen.   Please continue in silent prayer

Hymn of Reflection: Hymn #519 “You Are My All in All” ~ Pastor Scott

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” Chorus 2x ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Song of Response: “The ‘Thank you, God’ Song” ~ Pastor Scott 

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy, Holy, Holy One, guide us by the Spirit of Truth to hear the Word of life you speak, and to give all glory, honor, and praise to your threefold name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Romans 8:12-17

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 3:1-17

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon: TL 5-30-2021 Nicodemus~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #291 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967

Jesus Christ is God with humankind.  He is the eternal Son, who became human and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation.  He is present in the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission. 

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Minute for Mission:

Invitation to Present Our Offerings with Thanksgiving

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that all who love him may have life eternally. With loving hearts, let us bring our offerings to God.

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year! Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of our life together is precious. You can send checks made out to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA  98650.

Offertory in Poetry or Song: ~ Poem by Chief Dan George

The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass,

speaks to me.

The summit of the mountain,

the thunder of the sky,

the rhythm of the sea,

speaks to me.

The faintness of the stars,

the freshness of the morning,

the dewdrop on the flower,

speaks to me.

The strength of fire,

the taste of salmon,

the trail of the sun,

and the life that never goes away,

they speak to me.

And my heart soars.

Doxology

            Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

            Praise Christ all creatures here below!

            Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

            Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication:

Holy God, your love overflows in the gift of your Spirit. Bless these gifts we offer that they may spread your blessing in a world of hurt and need; in Christ’s name, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #69 “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”

Charge:

God said, “Whom shall I send, and who shall go for us?” And Isaiah said, “Here am I; send me!” Life-giving God, free us from our fear, fill us with your love, and send us forth in peace.

Blessing:

May the Lord give strength to the people, may the Lord bless the people with peace! May the blessing of God, who creates, redeems, and restores, be with you now and always.

Friends, this worship has ended; let our service begin!

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

Jesus invites us to be born from above to receive new and abundant life. One interpretation of Salvation is abundant life. This is how it is understood in the gospel of John. Does this interpretation strike a chord with you? Now try to step outside yourself and “walk in another’s shoes” for a moment.  Who are you? A homeless neighbor?  Someone from another race or ethnicity? A complete stranger? Your friend? Your enemy? What does salvation look like to you now? How can we reconcile all these different “salvations?”

Household Prayer: Morning

Life-giving God, awaken me to your threefold presence in the world this day that I may share your love with others as freely as you have done for us in Christ. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

O God, I give thee thanks for the immeasurable gifts of this day; above all, for the gift of your love made known in Christ. I am grateful that by your love in Christ, I am counted as a precious member of your family. Mere words cannot convey the wonder of this love. Amen.

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Pentecost Sunday May 23, 2021

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MT Bulletin 05-23-2021 Pentecost

Bulletin-TL 05-23-2021 Pentecost (Booklet)

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: #300 We Are One in the Spirit~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: “Joyful, Joyful ,We Adore Thee” arr. John Purifoy

Call to Worship            

God declares: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

The young shall see visions.

The elders shall dream dreams.

Both men and women shall prophesy.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.”

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Gracious God, you come among your people as One who fashioned all things, who, face-to-face, revealed your knowledge of our lives, and whose presence brings assurance and hope. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love so that in hearing and seeing the gifts of this life, we may know the way to live in thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #289 “On Pentecost They Gathered”  

Invitation to Healing

Whatever good we may have done is nothing compared to the righteousness of Christ.  Whatever wrong we may have done is nothing compared to the grace of God. With faith in Christ’s righteousness and confidence in God’s grace, let us submit to God.

Prayer of Wholeness

Holy and Merciful God, we do not know how to pray as we ought, and we know too well our constant failures to do as you have commanded and to hold fast to your word. Forgive us for the divisions we nurture, guide us to your way, keep us in your care, and lead us into faith. We trust your word that the Spirit of truth will show us all things and grant us courage and peace.   Please continue in silent prayer

Hymn of Reflection: “Waiting for Spirit, Come” ~ Arr. Scott T. Crane; May 2021

Waiting For Spirit Come

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” Chorus 2x ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Song of Response: “The ‘Thank you, God’ Song” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, come again.  As long ago you inspired, astonished, and confused the people, come to us now to fill our ears with the sound of your breath, fill our eyes with the brilliance of your presence in each other, and fill our hearts with your good Word.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Second Reading: Acts 2:1-21

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

 “The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon: TL 5-23-2021 Pentecost~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn: #515 “I Come with Joy”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967

Jesus Christ is God with humankind.  He is the eternal Son, who became human and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation.  He is present in the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission.  This work of our Trinitarian God is the foundation of all confessional statements about God, humanity, and the world.  Therefore, the church calls all people to be reconciled to God and to one another.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings with Thanksgiving

The Holy Spirit was sent to increase our compassion and to make us glad to spread good news by caring for those in need. May you enter into the discipline of giving as a work of the Holy Spirit within you.

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year! Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of our life together is precious. You can send checks made out to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA  98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving: Hymn # 288: “Spirit of the Living God”

Minute for Mission: Update feeding TL Families with Children, PCT Trail Angels

Prayer of Dedication:

God of mercy, we give you thanks for all that your bounty creates. The gifts we bring today acknowledge our debt to you and our intent to relieve others of their burdens. Bless what we offer and bless those who will be shown deeds of power through them; in Jesus’ name, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #539 “We Will Go Out with Joy”

Blessing:

The Holy Spirit has come to inhabit this world with freedom, truth, and understanding. You are not alone. May God keep you and make your prayers bear fruit.

Charge:

Jesus did not leave us without hope but sent the Holy Spirit to nurture faith and love in this world. Live this vision in all that you do: respond to rancor with kindness, be patient where there is pain, and let your dreams become reality. And above all, deep peace of the running wave to you. 

Friends, this worship has ended; let our service begin!

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

How many ways and through which persons you are shown new paths for your life? How do you watch for startling nudges or sudden epiphanies? How best can do you listen for and recognize signs from God that signal the need to let go of something pressing so that you can hear the Spirit’s guidance?  When you do heed the Spirit, how do you know when it’s right? How can you give thanks?

Household Prayer: Morning

God of newness and delight, you greet your world again with light and life.  I awaken to your presence behind, before, beneath, above, and within me.  I thank you for another day and ask only that you keep me so firmly in your care that I can move gracefully through all I have to do.  Guard my family, my friends, and all my brothers and sisters in faith.  Let me be a peacemaker today; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Good and Holy One, you have led me through this day of many encounters to the time when I may close my eyes and dream.  I thank you for the people you have sent my way today, for the work I have had to do, for the food, shelter, and safety you have given.  I pray that people everywhere may have all necessary comfort and nourishment and that I may lie down in peace, resting in the trust that you are watching over all creation.  I pray this in the name of the One who made Earth, called the children to come, and blows through our days with wisdom. Amen

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Worship May 16, 2021 The Seventh Sunday of Easter

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Download Bulletin-05-16-2021 E7 (Booklet) here

THE GATHERING

Welcome and Announcements: Next week is Pentecost; wear red for the Spirit!    

Centering Bowl and Gathering Song: “Sanctuary” ~ Pastor Scott          

Lighting the Flame of Christ

Prelude: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” arr. John Purifoy

Call to Worship            

Happy are those who do not ridicule and scoff

But who delight in God’s teachings and meditate on them.

They are like trees planted by streams of water.

They yield fruit in due season, and their leaves do not wither.

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Holy One, open us to the possibility that we are being chosen to be new disciples with new ministries in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #612 “We Praise You, O God”

Invitation to Healing

The Lord watches over our ways. Let us put our trust in God’s grace and offer our prayer confessing our need for healing and wholeness:

Prayer of Wholeness

God, though you call us to delight in your teachings, we can become cynical and full of doubt.  Do not judge us, we pray, but heal us and restore us to you.  Guard us and protect us from internal doubt and external tribulation and sanctify us in truth; in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

                                                    Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie: Hymn #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” Chorus 2x ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Song of Response: “The ‘Thank you, God!’ Song” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Enlighten the eyes of our hearts, O God, and grant us a spirit of wisdom and revelation through the reading of this, your Word. Amen.

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11; 15-17, 21-26

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading:  John 17:6-19

 “The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Message: 5-16-2021 Waiting Again~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

 RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn: #458 “Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Brief Statement of Faith

Life in Christ is life eternal. The resurrection of Jesus is the sign that God will consummate the work of creation and reconciliation beyond death and bring to fulfillment the new life begun in Christ.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings with Thanksgiving

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year! Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of the community of your Church is precious. You can send checks made out to your church and send them in the mail, or in the case of Mt. Tabor, use the donate button at the bottom of the weekly online newsletter.

Moment for Mission:

Both churches here today have participated in the “four for four” mission giving partnership giving opportunities of One Great Hour of Sharing, the Pentecost Offering, the Peace and Global Witness, and the Christmas Joy offerings.  Next week is Pentecost! If you feel moved to give toward this offering, please drop a check in the mail to your church with Pentecost Offering on the Memo line.

A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “George Herbert” ~ Malcolm Guite

Gentle exemplar, help us in our trials

With all that passed between you and your Lord,

That intimate exchange of frowns and smiles.

Which chronicled your love-match with the Word.

Your manuscript, entrusted to a friend,

Has been entrusted now to every soul,

We make a new beginning in your end

And find. Your broken heart has made us whole.

Time has transplanted you, and you take root,

Past changing in the paradise of Love.

Help me to trace your Temple, tune your lute,

And listen for an echo from above.

Open the window, let me hear you sing,

And see the Word with you in everything.

Prayer of Dedication:

Lord God, we offer to you only a portion of what you have given us. All that we have is from your creative hand. All that we can give away we do through the love of Jesus. All our renewal comes from the Holy Spirit’s wisdom. So we pray any gifts we offer are done so others may have joy in you; in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #733 “We All Are One in Mission”

Charge:

The word of God assures us: What we will be has not yet been revealed. Living in the love of Christ, be open to God calling you into new ministries. Live, therefore, with hope, share your joy, withhold your anger, shed your disappointments, and turn to all people with gentleness, for they too are loved by God even as you are.

Benediction:

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and give you peace.

Friends, our worship has ended, let our service begin.

Congregational Song “Go Now in Peace”

Mt. Tabor: Go now in peace        Trout Lake: Go now in peace

All together: May the Love of God surround you!

Mt. Tabor: Everywhere               Trout Lake: Everywhere

All together: You may go!

Coffee Hour Fellowship Questions:

In the first chapter of Acts, when the eleven seek to replace Judas with a new apostle, they ask God to reveal who that should be by casting lots. How do you think God’s will is revealed to us today? Is it revealed in more than one way?

Household Prayer: Morning

Holy One thank you for the ability to begin my day in prayer. Guide my path today. No matter what happens, help me to feel that I belong to you, and bring home to you at the end of the day. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Loving God, thank you for the claiming me as your own. I have been in the world all day, but I also know that I am in you. Give me the grace to let go of this day and entrust it to your care. Be with me as I sleep this night and continue to sanctify me in your embrace. Amen.

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Worship for May 9, 2021; The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Download MT Bulletin 05-09-2021 E6 here

Download TL Bulletin 05-09-2021 E6 here

THE GATHERING

Welcome and Announcements: May 16th Joint Worship with Mt. Tabor PC at 10:00 on Zoom

Centering Bowl and Lighting Christ’s Flame (Mt. Tabor 9:00)

9:00 Prelude/10:45 Gathering Song: “Love Canon” ~ Pastor Scott

Lighting Christ’s Flame (Trout Lake 10:45)

10:45 Prelude: “Children of the Heavenly Father” ~ arr. Larry Shackley

Call to Worship 

This is Christ’s new commandment:

to love one another as he loves us.

And there is no greater love than this:

to lay down one’s life for others.

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

Holy One, you made known to us the greatness of your love in Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us.  Keep us always in Christ’s love so that we may abide by your commandments and bear lasting fruit for the world; through Jesus Christ, our faithful friend. Amen.

Hymn of Praise: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” ~ Patti Moomaw (Mt Tabor 9:00)

Hymn of Praise #639 “O Sing a New Song” (Trout Lake 10:45)

Invitation to Wholeness

The Light has come into the world, for people loved darkness rather than light. Let us uncover our faults before the liberating light of Christ. Let us pray together:

Prayer of Wholeness

God of all hope and joy: in Christ you claim us as children, but we do not always follow faithfully. By the power of your Spirit help us to abide in your love and share that love with others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~ Pastor Scott

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” (Chorus 2x) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Sung Response: “The Thank You God Song” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Merciful God, your commandments show us the way of truth and life. Created in us hearts that are brimming with your Holy Spirit, so that we may receive your grace and declare your love forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Acts 10:44-48

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God!”

Epistle Reading: 1 John 5:1-6 (Trout Lake 10:45)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God!”

Gospel Reading (and Mt. Tabor 9:00 Participatory Reflection): John 15:9-17

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon: TL 5-9-2021 Something Unexpected~ Pastor Scott (Trout Lake 10:45)

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” ~ Patti Moomaw (Mt. Tabor 9:00)

Hymn of Response: #802 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (Trout Lake 10:45)

Affirmation of Faith: ~ From A Brief Statement of Faith, Section 2

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the broken hearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel….God raised this Jesus from the dead,…delivering us from death to life eternal.

Intercessory Prayers of the People followed by the Lord’s Prayer  

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year! Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of our life together is precious. You can send checks made out to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA  98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song:

Mother…
You filled my days with rainbow lights,
Fairytales and sweet dream nights,
A kiss to wipe away my tears,
Gingerbread to ease my fears.
You gave the gift of life to me
And then in love, you set me free.
I thank you for your tender care,
For deep warm hugs and being there.
I hope that when you think of me
A part of you
You’ll always see.
           ~ Anon.

Prayer of Dedication:

Holy God, in Christ you have chosen us to be your friends and to know your will in the world. Therefore we pray in Jesus’ name that all we might offer may spread your love near and far.

SENDING

Hymn of Sending: #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”

Charge:

Go out with joy and seek out those who abound with sacred questions, and be ready to answer their mystery with love.

Benediction:

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. May God give you: For every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each prayer. Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!

Congregational Song:  (Mt. Tabor 9:00)

Go now in peace            Go now in Peace

May the love of God surround you

Everywhere                   Everywhere

You may go.

Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (Trout Lake, 10:45)

Question for Reflection

In our Gospel lesson this week, Jesus speaks of his extreme love for us, calls us his friends, and says that he makes known to us everything that he hears from God. How does thinking of Christ as our friend and lover—or Lord and Master—affect our daily living?

Household Prayer: Morning

Holy One, I begin today breathing in your love for me,

for others, and for the world.

Keep me mindful of all the marvelous things

you are doing around and within me today.

Help me to feel my friendship with Jesus

and his confidence in me.

Maintain in my heart the image of myself as a tree,

bearing the fruit of Christ’s love everywhere I go today. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

God, you are both judge and friend.

Even as I review my day,

I give it over to you.

I let go of the good, the bad, and the in-between,

trusting in your care for me.

I am content this night to abide in your love.

I breathe in your joy and your peace.

Whatever I need, I ask of you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Worship with Communion May 2, 20201; the Fifth Sunday of Easter

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“I am the vine, you are the branches…” ~ Jesus of Nazareth

Download Mt. Tabor Bulletin 05-02-2021 E5

Download Trout Lake Bulletin 05-02-2021 E5

THE GATHERING

Welcome and Announcements: May 16th Mt. Tabor and Trout Lake Joint Worship at 10:00 on Zoom

Gathering with Bowl and Flame (Mt. Tabor, 9:00)

Gathering Song: “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” ~ Pastor Scott        

Prelude:Amazing Grace” ~ arr. Joel Raney (Trout Lake, 10:45)

Lighting the Christ Candle (Trout Lake, 10:45)

Call to Worship 

In the wilderness, water brings life.

Seek us out, O God, and take us to the water.

In the Word of God, the good news gives light.

Seek us out, O God, and fill us with understanding.

In the bread and the wine, the body of our Savior nourishes everyone.

Seek us out, O God, and give us yourself.

Here is the water of life, the word that feeds, the food of eternity.

We come to praise the vine that gives all goodness.

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

Wondrous Vinegrower, you make all things new in water and Word, feeding your people with love, joy, and peace. Lead us today and every day to the fount of new beginnings. Teach us to love what you have commanded and to prune what does not nourish your creation, in the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #393 “O Day of Rest and Gladness” (Trout Lake, 10:45)

Invitation to Wholeness

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess to God and to one another our failure to love our neighbor.

Prayer of Wholeness

God of mercy, we confess that we have not borne the fruit of the Spirit. We have not loved others as you have loved us. We have denied the promises of baptism and cut ourselves off from you. Forgive us, restore us, that we may abide in your love and live out your mercy, for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy(Trout Lake, 10:45)

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response Glory to God Hymnal #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” (Chorus 2x) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Sung Response: “The Thank You God Song” ~ Pastor Scott (Trout Lake 10:45)

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Come, Holy Spirit, that through your word we may be guided into the love of God for all the world. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Psalm 22:25-31

 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God!”

Epistle Reading: 1 John 4:7-21 (Trout Lake, 10:45)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God!”

Gospel Reading: John 15:1-8

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Participatory Meditation on the Gospel Reading (Mt. Tabor, 9:00)

Meditation: TL 5-2-2021 A Pruning of Branches~ Pastor Scott (Trout Lake, 10:45)

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #523 “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ From A Brief Statement of Faith, Section 1

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

Intercessory Prayers of the People followed by the Lord’s Prayer  

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year! Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of our life together is precious. You can send checks made out to the Church, or in the case of Mt. Tabor, use the online donation button in the electronic newsletter.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song:

Hymn #538 “Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises” vs.1 only

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

This is the joyful feast of the people of God! People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

This is the Lord’s table.  Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Lift up your hearts.  We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

How can we thank you, O God?  For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.  With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:

Hymn Glory to God Hymnal #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Together, we continue: We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm.

We remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. 

He said to them, I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.  After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes. Together, we offer this supplication:

O God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these your people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world. Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord. Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone.  Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever; and all God’s people said: Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.

Communion of the People. You are invited to share your own bread and cup together at home, then rest in the silence of God’s growing vineyard until all who wish have participated.

Prayer following Communion 

Let us pray together:

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand.  Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory.  Amen.

SENDING

Hymn of Sending: #538 “Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises” vs. 1 & 2

Charge:

Go out with joy that you have been fed and healed, securely abiding as branches of the true vine. Go and tell the story of faith that is given to you by the One who never lets you go. Seek out those who abound with sacred questions, and be ready to answer a mystery with love.

Benediction:

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. May God give you: For every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each prayer. Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!

Question for Reflection:

What is your deepest desire? Jesus says that “whatever you wish…it will be done for you” (John 15:7). Spend time in the next days asking yourself at evermore profound levels what you most devoutly wish for in this life and the next. Then ask for it.

Household Prayer: Morning

God of all beginnings, you bring a new day, and you promise to journey with me through the hours. I thank you for the breath and strength I have, and I beg your help that I may use my powers wisely and with compassion toward everyone I meet. Let my questions today be a form of pruning to bring forth in me new understandings, healing, and good fruit; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Household Prayers: Evening

         Sweet Jesus, in this night of rest, heal my broken places and restore my faith. You are my vine, only in you am I strong enough to face the darkness of this world. I thank you for the safety of my home and pray for those who have no shelter or bed tonight. May gratefulness overflow and compassion move me to wake again tomorrow ready to serve.

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Worship for April 25, 2021; the Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Download MT Worship Bulletin 4-25-2021 E4 (Booklet) here

Download TL Worship Bulletin-TL 04-25-2021 YB E4 here

THE GATHERING

Welcome and Announcements

Gathering with Bowl and Flame (Mt. Tabor 9:00)

Prelude/Gathering Song:Hymn #413 “Come into God’s Presence” ~ Pastor Scott Mt. Tabor 9:00

Prelude: “Gentle Shepherd” arr. Fred Bock Trout Lake 10:45

Call to Worship            

The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.

He lays down his life for his sheep.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.

He knows us, and we belong to him.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.

He speaks, and we listen for his voice.

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

We are your people, O God; the sheep of your pasture, the flock you have gathered. Lead us beside still waters; teach us the way of righteousness; and feed us at your table; through Jesus Christ, our good shepherd. Amen

Hymn of Praise: “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” ~ arr. Glad Acapella Project; Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM

Hymn of Praise #610 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” Trout Lake, 10:45 AM

Invitation to Healing

If we are honest with ourselves, our wills condemn us. But God, who knows everything, is greater than us; and God’s deep desire for our hearts is mercy, love, and peace.  Therefore, let us submit to God’s love.

Prayer of Wholeness

Lord, have mercy on us. We talk about love, but our actions betray us. We talk about love, but we neglect the poor. We talk about love, but we fail to love one another. Lord, have mercy on us. Forgive us, and abide in us by the power of your Spirit so that our lives may show our love for Jesus Christ, in whose body we live and in whose name we pray. Amen.

                    Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” Chorus 2x ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

God of all who doubt and all who believe, by the gift of your Spirit enable us to hear with our ears, to see with our eyes, and to follow our shepherd’s voice.  Amen.

First Reading Acts 4:5-12

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading 1 John 3:16-24 (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Participatory Reflection on the Gospel Reading: John 10:11-18

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon:TL 4-25-2021 Reframing the Question~ Pastor Scott Crane (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #187 “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967

New life in Christ takes shape in a community in which people know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are.  They therefore accept themselves and love others, knowing that no one has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace. 

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings with Thanksgiving

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year and more. Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of our life together is precious.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry & Song: “My Shepherd” (trans./arr. Michael Card) ~ Pastor Scott

My Shepherd

Prayer of Dedication:

Gracious God, we give you thanks that you have shown us the meaning of love through Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us. Show us how to share Christ’s love by giving our lives for one another; to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #182 “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

Charge: In the name of the Good Shepherd, love one another. Amen!

Blessing: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. May God give you: For every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each prayer.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

What does it mean to lay down our lives for one another (1 John 3:16)? Think about people who have been “good shepherds” for you, sharing the love and showing the way of Jesus Christ. Who has helped to lead you in right paths or walked with you in dark valleys? Who has given you comfort and calmed your fears? Who has shown you hospitality and grace, making a place at the table for you, even when you felt surrounded by enemies? How have you done these things for others?

Household Prayer: Morning

Good shepherd, walk beside me through the joy and trouble of this day, and lead me in right paths for your name’s sake. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Good shepherd, remain with me in the dark and stillness of this night, and let me lie down in safety to restore my soul. Amen.

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