Let us prepare our hearts and minds for worship.
(If you like any of the music I have chosen for you here and want to hear me play it in person, I encourage you to request it when we are officially back. ~Tony)
Rev. Andrew Wirt is taking a little time off this week. He will be back leading worship again next Sunday. Graciously filling in with the prayers, children's message, sermon, and benediction for this Sunday is Rev. Liddy Barlow.
The Rev. Liddy Barlow serves as Executive Minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania. Christian Associates brings together 28 church bodies – Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant – in the 10 counties of greater Pittsburgh to make visible the unity of the church and work for the wholeness of communities. Rev. Barlow leads all of Christian Associates’ projects and programs, including unanimous public statements, worship services and community forums, The Call newsletter, and The Word in Our Voices sermon collection series. Through Christian Associates’ ministry of connectedness, she holds a variety of leadership roles in local organizations that serve people experiencing hunger, discrimination, or incarceration, including the Foundation of HOPE, the Allegheny County Emergency Food & Shelter Board, and the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. Rev. Barlow grew up in New Hampshire and previously served United Church of Christ congregations in downtown Pittsburgh and North Huntingdon. She is married and has two children.
Inspired by Psalm 66
Bless our God, O people: let the sound of God’s praises be heard.
God kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.
Come and hear, all you who fear God, and tell of what God has done for us.
Truly God has listened, and given heed to the words of our prayers.
Blessed be the Holy One: God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Loving God, gather up our hearts today. From our separate places, call us into community. Help us feel our siblings in Christ side by side with us, lifting their voices with ours. Help us to trust we are all surrounded by your Spirit, our Advocate and Comforter, who accompanies us always. Banish our loneliness that we might know you with
Loving God, gather up our hearts today. From our separate places, call us into community. Help us feel our siblings in Christ side by side with us, lifting their voices with ours. Help us to trust we are all surrounded by your Spirit, our Advocate and Comforter, who accompanies us always. Banish our loneliness that we might know you with us, as close as every breath. Help us hear the words of Jesus, to trust in his promises, to rest in his strength. Let this time of worship strengthen our love for him and for one another, as we pray in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
Make a Joyful Noise to God! (Psalm 66)
I Love Thee
Thank you, Logan Ressler!
God of grace and glory, we give thanks that you are always with us, in ways both familiar and unexpected. While we are separated from our church building and from the familiar greetings of our friends, you have sent us another advocate, the Holy Spirit, to come alongside us and strengthen us for loving service. You will never let us go; you will never leave us orphaned. We are so grateful for your compassionate presence.
Loving God, we trust you with our troubled hearts and seek your peace. Calm our anxiety about the future; quiet our irritation at the stresses of this strange moment; cure our nostalgia for more normal times. Call us away from our self-pity, and turn us toward those in our community who need us most: people who are lonely or hungry, coping with addiction, or living with abuse. Show us how to be your hands and feet to show your love to others.
Great Physician, we bring before you all who seek your healing touch. We pray for all in our communities and across the globe who suffer from COVID-19. We pray for patients separated from their loved ones in isolated hospital and nursing home rooms. We pray for those sick at home, afraid of seeking treatment because of its cost. We pray for all who are delaying surgeries or tests for other conditions because of the pandemic. And we pray for all those dear ones known to us who have special need of your care today: we call them to our minds and pray you will surround them with your love.
God of Eternity, we pray now for all who make the journey from life to death, called into the nearer light of your love. We pray for all who grieve, whether their losses are recent or long ago: draw near to them in their pain and assure them of your presence. Remind us to trust in Jesus, who rose from the grave to make a way for us into everlasting life.
We ask all of these things through Christ, who taught us to pray, saying:
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.
Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
Go forth assured that you are never alone. Know that the same God who made you now goes with you, to inspire, to comfort, to challenge, and to guide, no matter what may lie ahead. And may the blessing of God, who is Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit, rest on you and on this whole Earth, today and forever. Amen.
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Thank you for joining us for this worship at home service.
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