WORSHIP AT OLD FIRST REFORMED UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST,
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020 AT 11 O’CLOCK
Rev. Michael Caine, Pastor; Holly Phares, Music Director; William Lowden, Organist
Prelude The Good Shepherd
Dom Paul Benoit
William Lowden, organ
Words of Gathering (adapted from Andrew King’s poem “FACE OF GOD”)
Somehow the veil was parted:
we gained glimpses
of the glory
of the nearness
of your love —
as the hurting were healed,
the outcast befriended,
the lost restored,
and the powers of death
had their dominion challenged,
by this Jesus
and then by his followers.
Hymn Fairest Lord Jesus
(Silesian Folk Song; Munster Gesangbuch, 1677)
Anna Sherr, Alexa Sherr, Sarah Sherr, Suzanne Cole, vocal leaders
Fairest Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all nature,
Son of God and son of all!
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.
Fair are the Meadows,
Fair are the Woodlands,
Robes in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine,
Fair is the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heav’n can boast.
Good God, we have looked the other way;
we have failed to see you in our neighbors,
even our neighbors in need.
We have preferred ourselves to others.
We have thought our own ways better.
Put ourselves first.
Met our desires rather than the needs around us.
Forgive us. Call us to be like Jesus:
living mercy, reaching out in love and concern,
laying down our lives for others.
In his name who is still our Way,
we pray. Amen.
Silence for personal confession
A Time with the Children Appearances
Passing the Peace Do You Have A Promise / Sentence about God’s Peace to Share?
The Scripture Lesson John 14:1-14
The Sermon Series This Season’s Choreography:
a lot of movement to get everyone in the right places,
and doing the right step for what God means to be a long dance
Sermon 1: We See God When We Look at Jesus
Affirmation of Faith Jesus Has Come to Your House
Offertory The Call
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Audra Casebier, soprano
Prayers of the People
(We will break up in smaller prayer rooms; the response after each person’s prayer is
“Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.” When the one minute notice comes up (that you
are about to be returned to the main room or our Sanctuary), please say the Lord’s
Prayer together slowly)
- Today is Blanket Sunday (Kris F.)
- A Shower of Letter’s for Aaron (Beth)
- Giving Tuesday for our 24 / 7 Shelter (Billi)
- Weekly Bible Study, starting this Wed. @ 1 pm (Bob R.)
- WISE congregations training, Sat., May 16 from 9 am to 12 noon
Postlude Think About His Love
arr. Mark Hayes