FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
5th SUNDAY OF EASTER | MAY 10, 2020 10:00 AM
WELCOME TO VIRTUAL WORSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH!
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First, we’re not just friendly, we’re friends! Our primary belief is that everyone (no exceptions!) is created in the loving image of God, who is love itself.
Second, in everything we do, we strive to live our mission: By the power of Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing!
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP
PRELUDE: “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” (MIT FREUDEN ZART)
CHIMING OF THE HOUR
WELCOME + CALL TO WORSHIP
(the people’s words in bold print)
In you, O Lord, we seek refuge. Incline your ear, and rescue us speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for us, a strong fortress to save us.
You are indeed our rock and our fortress; lead us and guide us.
Let your face shine upon your servants, O Lord. Save us in your steadfast love!
HYMN OF PRAISE: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (EIN' FESTE BURG)
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
EPISTLE LESSON: I Peter 2:2-10
read by Carol Kidwell
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
ANTHEM: “Give Me Jesus” (Spiritual, arranged by Tom Fettke)
GOSPEL LESSON: John 14:1-7
read by David Kidwell
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
MESSAGE: “Sheltering in the Refuge of God”
Rev. Lisa Martin, Pastor, FPC
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE + THE LORD’S PRAYER
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, forever. Amen.
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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WE DEPART TO BE A BLESSING
CLOSING HYMN: “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” (SPARROW)
BLESSING + BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE: “He Hideth My Soul” (TEXT: Fanny Crosby, MUSIC: William Kirkpatrick)