Sunday May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter – Mother’s Day
Welcome to First Congregational, United Church of Christ in Charlevoix’s online worship experience. Though we are separated physically for one another’s physical health, we still join together to worship God, be inspired, and care for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
You are invited to find a comfortable place in your house and set aside a time for worship and prayer. This could be your usual Sunday morning time, or at sunset. Light a candle if you wish, or get a cup of tea.
Take your time as you read, listen, watch, sing, pray, and share in this worship of God. Whether you worshiping on Sunday morning or whenever you have time, we are glad you are a part of our community.
As always, we want your feedback on how we can worship better with you in this time of physical distancing. Feel free to give feedback and suggestions to email@example.com Ok, let us begin!
Welcome – Rev. Greg Briggs
Introit “Oh Jesus I Have Promised”
Call To Worship – Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Please read aloud. If you are worshiping with someone else, alternate readings.
“I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you,
you also should love one another.
By this everyone will know you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Opening Hymn – “I Know My Redeemer Lives”
Please choose which version you’d prefer (each will open into a new window):
Prayer of the Day – Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Anthem “Ride On King Jesus”
First Reading – Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
I take refuge in you, Lord.
Please never let me be put to shame.
Rescue me by your righteousness!
Listen closely to me!
Deliver me quickly;
be a rock that protects me;
be a strong fortress that saves me!
You are definitely my rock and my fortress.
Guide me and lead me for the sake of your good name!
Get me out of this net that’s been set for me
because you are my protective fortress.
I entrust my spirit into your hands;
you, Lord, God of faithfulness—
you have saved me.
My future is in your hands.
Don’t hand me over to my enemies,
to all who are out to get me!
Shine your face on your servant;
save me by your faithful love!
Second Reading – Acts 7:55-60
But Stephen, enabled by the Holy Spirit, stared into heaven and saw God’s majesty and Jesus standing at God’s right side. He exclaimed, “Look! I can see heaven on display and the Human One standing at God’s right side!” At this, they shrieked and covered their ears. Together, they charged at him, threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses placed their coats in the care of a young man named Saul. As they battered him with stones, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, accept my life!” Falling to his knees, he shouted, “Lord, don’t hold this sin against them!” Then he died.
Gospel Verse – John 14:1
Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me.”
All scripture is taken from the Common English Bible translation
Sermon – Guest Preacher Rev. Cheryl Burke, Associate Conference Minister, Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ
Hymn – “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”
We are witnesses to the power of the Holy Spirit and the glory of God,
and now we turn in thanksgiving to share the good news of forgiveness and grace to all the world.
Let these our gifts be a living testimony to those who most need the healing grace of Christ this morning,
cornerstones of faith and joy for the entire world.
You can mail your donations into the church, and you can also give online by clicking here: Donate to the church
Offertory “A Place at the Table”
performed by Shelley Fisher, music in public domain
Jesus, God has made you both Sovereign and Christ.
Therefore we pray your blessing upon these gifts, upon us, and those whose lives will benefit from them.
May your victory over death empower all whom you call to trust in God.
In faith and hope we pray. Amen.
Prayer of Our Savior
- Our Father who art in heaven,
- Hallowed be thy name.
- Thy kingdom come.
- Thy will be done
- on earth as it is in heaven.
- Give us this day our daily bread,
- and forgive us our debts,
- as we forgive our debtors,
- and lead us not into temptation,
- but deliver us from evil
- For thine is the kingdom,
- and the power, and the glory,
- for ever and ever.
Prayer for Mother’s Day by Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Mothering God, we cherish Your great love for us.
Hold us, Loving Parent, in Your healing hands, on this day.
A flower and a kiss for Mother, sweets to the sweet they say.
We’ll give her a royal welcome. For this is her own glad day.
A flower and a kiss for Mother. She’s dearer than any other.
God bless her today. And keep her always. A flower and a kiss for Mother.
Go forth, knowing God has always loved you, loves you now, and will always love you.
No matter what.
Postlude “Lift High the Cross”
Join us this Sunday at 11 am on Zoom for us to have a virtual coffee hour and share our joys and concerns.
We will also have our weekly Bible study on Tuesday at 10 and Pastor Greg’s Open Office Hours on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm, both via Zoom.
Check your email for instructions for zoom, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join our discussions. They are truly open to everyone, but we are not posting the link publicly to discourage zoom bombers.