Welcome

May 24, 2020 Sunday Worship via ZOOM

Please join us for live, interactive weekly worship Sundays at 10:30am.

The room opens at 10:15am and worship begins with a

lighting of the Christ candle at 10:30am.

You are welcome to set your worship space with a candle to participate in this invocation of the light of Christ.

Worship Guide May 24, 2020

Today’s worship leaders:
Slideshow: George Reasoner
Tech Support and Waiting Room Welcome: Kevin Burchett and Gerri Jensen
Scripture Readers: Luanne Bellfy and Chuck Gehrke
Prayers of the People: Louise Salamin
Children’s Message: Christine Tracy, Ark staff
Music: Francisco Fernandez, Director of Music Ministry
Song leadership: Lance Wiesmann and Stephanie Jass
Sermon and liturgy: Rev. Cathi King

Prelude

Opening Psalm Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,

And though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea;

Though its waters rage and foam,

And though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Be still and know… Be still and know

that I am God… that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God… Be still and know that I am God.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken;

God shall help it at the break of day.

The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake;

God speaks, and the earth melts away.

The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Be still and know… Be still and know

that I am God… that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God… Be still and know that I am God.

Come now, regard the works of the LORD,

what desolations God has brought upon the earth;

behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world;

who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire.

“Be still, then, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Be still and know… Be still and know

that I am God… that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God… Be still and know that I am God.

Centering Prayer: Isaiah 40

O Lord, everlasting God,

    Creator of the ends of the earth.

Come to us; meet us here.

Whisper your ancient promise upon our weary hearts:

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,

    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

    they shall walk and not faint.

Our edges are frayed.

Wait and trust…

For you… in you.

Strength.

Perseverance.

Grace.

Scripture:

Acts 9:1-25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul[b] and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus[c] was the Messiah.

After some time had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night so that they might kill him; but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

2 Corinthians 6:1-10 The Message (MSG)

Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time;

The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

This is the Word of the LORD; Thanks be to God.

Response

-Taken from Morning Prayer from Northumbria Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer published by Collins

Go peaceful

in gentleness

through the violence of these days.

Give freely.

Show tenderness

in all your ways.

Amen, let it be so.

Through darkness,

in troubled times

let holiness be your aim.

Seek wisdom.

Let faithfulness

burn like a flame.

Amen, let it be so.

God speed you!

God lead you,

and keep you wrapped around His heart!

May you be known by love.

Amen, let it be so.

Be righteous.

Speak truthfully

in a world of greed and lies.

Show kindness.

See everyone

through heaven’s eyes.

Amen, let it be so.

God hold you,

enfold you,

and keep you wrapped around His heart.

May you be known by love.

Amen, let it be so.

— Silent prayers of confession

Assurance of Love and Grace:

To whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life,

and we have believed and have come to know

that You are the Holy One of God.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ,

King of endless glory.

In you we are forgiven! In you we are called to new life.

Passing of the Peace

Memorial Day Recognition of Service Personnel

Joys and Concerns (spoken in person or shared by chat)

The Word with Children

Sermon

Offering of Thanksgiving

Filled with gratitude for the blessings God so freely gives, let us remember to give generously.

Please continue to support the ministries of this church for our faith family, the wider community and the connection through the denomination to the wider world through:

Fulfilling and making a 2020 pledge

Donating through the church to:

The Pentecost Offering

(note in check memo line)

Electronic and online giving

Checks mailed to the church:

211 W. Chicago Blvd. , Tecumseh, MI

c/o Doug Bird, Financial Secretary

Closing HYMN God of Grace and God of Glory

Blessing from the Northumbria Community, England

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,

wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness,

and protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing

at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing

once again into our doors.

Postlude

A Call to Fellowship: From Brian McLaren:

Let us stand and extend our hands:

The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!

We too are rising up! We are rising up indeed!

Let us arise in fellowship. In Fellowship indeed!

Breakout fellowship

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