Growing in faith, serving with love
Order for Worship - Ascension Sunday
May 24, 2020
GATHER & PRAISE
We gather together in the presence of our Good Shepherd, who calls us each by name, who restores our souls, who leads us in the way of righteousness, and whose goodness and love never stops pursuing us. This is the God we have come to worship! Let us rejoice and be glad! Please pray the prayer below and then sing the hymn we have provided on our YouTube page. Lyrics for the hymn are provided in the description on the YouTube page.
 
Lord, we rejoice in the one who leads us beside still waters, sand gives us refreshment of soul. Christ our Shepherd shows us the way we should go, so that your name will be glorified. Though all manner of evil befall us, we will not be afraid, for the Good Shepherd of our souls is with us. We are never away from the love and mercy of the Lord, and we shall be with him for ever and ever. Because you love us, we gather to worship you!
CONFESS
God’s love for us is as powerful as it is unending. With confidence in the forgiveness that follows, let us confess to God where we have fallen short.
 
Pray aloud in unison with others who are gathered, both in body and spirit.
Thank you, Lord, for leading us through all seasons of life. We confess that we are sheep that go astray at times. We wander into the snares of selfishness, pride, greed, and lack of concern for others. Forgive us when we fail to follow you. Help us to be your sheep, trusting in your ability and willingness to guide us and provide for us.
 
MEMORIAL DAY LITANY
Leader: Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace. For the service of men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; may God give peace.
People: Lord, lead us to peace.
Leader: For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return; may God give peace.
People: Lord, lead us to peace.
Leader: For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatred of humanity; may God give peace.
People: Lord, lead us to peace.
Leader: For peacemakers and peacekeepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; may God give peace.
People: Lord, lead us to peace.
Leader: For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace; may God give peace.
People: Lord, lead us to peace.
Leader: God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.
All: Lord, lead us to the day when we will beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. Lead us to the day when the truth of your love overcomes all feelings of hate and enmity. Lord, lead us to the day of peace.
RECEIVE PEACE
Family, receive this Good News. We are members of Christ’s flock, and nothing we can do will ever change that fact. Be at peace with God and one another, for in Christ, we are all forgiven. Praise be to God!
 
CHILDREN’S SERMON
PRAYER REQUESTS
If you would like to share a joy or prayer concern, please email Pastor Dan at dan@tequestapres.org and your request will be shared in next week’s worship packet. Prayer requests will remain for 3 weeks unless updated.
 
  • For all impacted by the COVID-19 virus. For our medical professionals, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers. For those suffering from illness or facing treatment.
  • Our leaders at every level, for wisdom and discernment as they make difficult decisions, for our Session and deacons.
  • For those burdened with stress and anxiety during this time, as well as those who facing financial uncertainty.
  • For all of our students, teachers, and parents who transitioned into virtual learning.
  • Tim Brown (Carol Taylor’s son-in-law), the Sparger Family, Sharon Gordon, Mia Villegas, Ginny Willoughby, Joan and Ken Stuart, Families who have lost loved ones; Adrian Salsman (cousin of Candace Morgan), Brian Overfield.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Joyce Conklin - May 28, Keith Rowe - May 29, Marilyn Mote - May 30
 
SERMON SERIES
Promise Keeper: God’s Promises Found in Psalm 23
Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and read passages in the Bible. It’s been a source of comfort and guidance for the church for thousands of years. As beautiful as it is to read, it also points us to many promises God gives us. As people who believe in the miracle of Easter, we know that Christ is the fruition of all God’s promises. For six weeks, we will walk through Psalm 23 to see how God’s promises known to us in Jesus Christ can help strengthen our faith, both in seasons of blessings and seasons of hardship.
 
SERMON
Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 23
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 18:12-14
 
Sermon: “You Will Always Be My Sheep”
LORD'S PRAYER

GIVE BACK
Thank you to everyone who has responded to this crisis with generosity! Together, we will endure this temporary season of physical separation. In the meantime, please know that your giving makes our ministry possible. With gratitude, let us return a portion of what God has given us. You can give by clicking the “give online” button or by mailing a check to our church office at:

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CHARGE & BENEDICTION
We are Christ’s sheep! No matter where we go, Christ is there. No matter how much we stray, Christ brings us back. May we continue to follow our Good Shepherd, who promises to lead us for all eternity.
 
As we continue to embrace and share God’s love in this time, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit guide and sustain us until the day Christ comes again. Amen!
Announcements
Thank you and God Bless, Marlyce!
After 18 years of serving as our Music Director and Organist, Marlyce is retiring, and May 31 will be her last day with us. When she announced her retirement to the Session last fall, we set this date thinking we would be able to celebrate her service to our congregation. Unfortunately, this terrible pandemic has postponed that celebration. When we can gather again, we will set a date in the fall to properly celebrate and recognize Marlyce. In the meantime, be sure to reach out to her to convey your gratitude for all she has done for us! Cards and well wishes can be sent to the church office.
Dear Family,
 
I continue to pray that you are well and navigating this pandemic the best way possible. This week, our session approved a tentative timeline for reopening the church grounds to in-person gatherings. Next week, I will share with you the details of that timeline, but today I want you to know how we are making our decisions and forming our plan. In an effort to embrace and share God’s love in the best way possible (while also conveying a message of care to our community), we have committed to a data-based approach to discern when it’s best to return. Our return will be phased, beginning with small group gatherings and eventually working our way to worshipping together in the sanctuary. The primary source of data we are following is the continued decline of positive COVID-19 test rates over the course of 14 days in Palm Beach County before considering moving from one phase to the next. It’s important for all of us to realize that gathering in person again, whenever that occurs, will look different than it has in the past. I also want to assure anyone who is vulnerable or feels uncomfortable gathering soon that, even after we resume worship in the sanctuary, we will continue to offer a virtual worship experience for the foreseeable future.
 
I write this to you this week to not only keep you informed, but also to ask for your continued prayers. As I said last week, we are continuing to work through hundreds of questions, from big picture (“What does it mean to be connected as a faith family yet remain safe when we worship together?) to small picture (How do we sanitize wood pews after worship?). This will take some time to form so we can ensure that we gather safely in any capacity. Please pray for wisdom and clarity, as well as courage as we look to move forward as Christ’s disciples in this new world. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or any of our elders. As you pray for us, know we are praying for you as well. We are in this together, so continue to lean on Christ and one another as well.
 
In Christ,
 
Pastor Dan
Gather with us via ZOOM!
We have begun a Bible study on hope, and you are invited! Join us via ZOOM every Wednesday at 10am.
 
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