Graduate of Hempfield Area School District
Attending in the fall: University of Pittsburgh (Pitt).
She is accepted into the Pre-Pharmacy program.
Graduate of Norwin High School
Attending in the fall: Penn State at either University Park or Greater Allegheny
Mechanical Engineering with Trumpet Minor
Spenser Collier will be attending Seton Hill University and will be majoring in cyber security. He will continue on with band and will play the bass drum in the Griffin Marching Band
Pomp and Circumstance
Let us prepare our hearts and minds for worship.
Our service today will be reflecting on Holy Communion as it corresponds with WHPC's at home communion on June 7, 2020.
Reflecting on communion I have been thinking about the words of hymn number 507 in our Glory to God hymnals. Hear those words now as our call to worship.
Come to the table of grace.
Come to the table of grace.
This is God's table; it's not yours or mine.
Come to the table of grace.
God of Love, thank You for inviting us to Your table. As we worship this week, once again separated in body, we ask that You would unite us in spirit around Your table. Help us to be welcoming and to invite others to Your table as well. Give us eyes to see all of the saints gathered around at the table with us. May Your Name be praised by
God of Love, thank You for inviting us to Your table. As we worship this week, once again separated in body, we ask that You would unite us in spirit around Your table. Help us to be welcoming and to invite others to Your table as well. Give us eyes to see all of the saints gathered around at the table with us. May Your Name be praised by people of all colors, all nations, and all languages. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
I've enjoyed taking this opportunity to highlight written prayers (usually adapted only slightly) from a variety of places to, hopefully, show that there are a number of places we can turn, in just about any time or situation, to find words to guide us in prayers larger than ourselves and to help us find the words when they may not come naturally.
However, with all that is going on right now, I felt today's prayer needed a personal touch. As we take a moment now to invite the Holy Spirit in close and to speak our hearts to our Creator, I hope you are guided by my words, but I also invite you to share your own words (aloud or in silence) in the areas marked [pause for personal prayer]
You reveal Yourself to us as the Three-in-One, displaying relationship as one of Your core traits.
And you invite us into that relationship!
God, You are our God. Help us to be Your people.
We confess that we struggle with relationship.
You instruct us to love our neighbors, but so often we can't even be bothered to remember that real people actually live in that house across the street.
People are dying, right now, of diseases both old and new, but unless it touches someone we know, someone we love, we struggle to find the time or emotional energy to have empathy.
Your body was broken for us. Your blood was poured out for us. But, too often we don't want to make sacrifices for others. And we really don't want to think about the sacrifices others were forced to make for us. The full truth of the discrimination, sexism, racism, classism, and more that built the very foundations of all that we consider "ours" would be too much to bear.
Forgive us for the ways that we have, directly or indirectly, broken the bonds of relationship and failed to be a loving neighbor.
[pause for personal confession]
Of course, while we are all guilty of sin in one form or another, we are also all hurting. It is not only me breaking relationships with others. Others have hurt me too. We have all been hurt, in obvious visible ways and in subtle invisible ways.
Lord, please, listen, without judgement, as we share our pain with you.
[pause to share your scars and wounds with God]
The experience of pain can cause us to close ourselves off. We don't want to experience it again.
But You extended Your wounded and scarred hands to Your disciples, the same disciples who deserted You when You got those scars, ... and You extend those same hands to us today.
Lord, through the pain, let us have empathy for others who are suffering as well.
Help us to extend a hand to those in need. Not because we have something to offer, but because we have something in common. Not because we know all the answers, but because we are asking the same questions.
[pause to pray for your neighbor ... at home ... at work ... around the world]
Lord, be with us, be with me, as we struggle to make sense of all that is happening right now. Give us wisdom for the decisions that are in front of us.
[pause to pray for those in positions of authority over you]
[pause to pray for those whom you have authority over]
[pause to share with God any difficult decisions you have been struggling with]
Lord, please, protect our communities, because we are not alone. You have designed humanity to be in relationship. Whenever anyone suffers, we all suffer, whether we fully realize it or not. We are at our best, our strongest, our safest, when we are all supported.
[pause to pray for your community]
[pause to pray for the weak and the vulnerable]
Jesus taught us that whatever we do for "the least of these" we do for You. When we lift others up, it is a gift to You, but it is also a gift to ourselves. Jesus' teachings are a blessing to us still. And so we close our time of prayer with the words You taught us to pray ...
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.
Let Us Break Bread Together
In the Bulb There Is a Flower (Hymn of Promise)
Go in the grace, mercy, and peace of God, the Father
the love of Jesus Christ, His one and only Son
and the fellowship of His Holy Spirit
both now and forever
Live into Hope
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