Online Worship Guide
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17, 2020
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J oin Pastor Marie for "Coffee Hour " at 9:30am (CST) on Zoom; click here to join our casual check-in on Sunday for a short time of seeing friendly faces and chatting.

The Fellowship Sunday School class that once met in the parlor is meeting in this Zoom from 10:15-10:45 to discuss the book " Ten Gospel Promises for Later Life" by Jane Marie Thibault ! You can call in by dialing 1-346-248-7799 and using the Meeting ID 531 235 271#.

Then click here to join the Disciples Class for Sunday School at 9:45am (CST) focusing on biblical texts for preaching; Psalm 133 and Matthew 28:1-10 and 15-20.

Bored? New Adult Bible Class Starting!
Rev. Dr. Ryan Rush is starting a Google Classroom Bible Study on Genesis, starting May 15 (no, it isn't too late to join in). Please go to and enter the class code  gnoyb4v in the upper right hand corner of your screen at the + sign. For some who are uncomfortable with Zoom, this is a simpler method, and you'll enjoy the direct the teaching style of Ryan.

Save the Date-- VBS IN A BOX is June 8th-14th! We are partnering with Ferncliff to send a VBS "Camp-in-a-Box" set "Deep Roots, New Leaves" to each kid Pre-K-5th grade for this fun week of hands on, minimal-parental support activities designed to be fun, hands on, and in nature--even if that's just your backyard! Each box has ALL of the materials and supplies needed for hours and hours of fun! Parents be on the lookout for more info!

The June meeting of the Presbytery is going on-line and EVERYONE is invited! If you would like to participate as an observer or visitor, simply visit to preregister and learn more about how to engage. A great way to connect with our fellow presbyterians, worship, and celebrate our connectedness despite coronavirus!

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IF LINKS ARE DISABLED DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH CONSTANT CONTACT, or if you otherwise find this guide challenging, there is also a worship video of the entire service found on the front page of our website at and on our Facebook page. This video will walk you through most of the service for a full worship experience and becomes available at 11:00am on Sunday.

For anyone new to this format, this is our online worship guide. Once worship begins, items in bold are for speaking aloud. (Items in italics are instructions).
And items in blue underlines are links to external videos , which you are encouraged to click, watch, and return to this guide. Our music is licensed by CCLI #260559 3.

For more worship and education resources for Presbyterians, check out the incredibly useful page at The Presbyterian Outlook, an online magazine for Presbyterians interested in deeper discipleship, study, liturgy and worship! This excellent resource is free online, but comes in a print copies too, and includes wonderful ideas for parents and mindful Christians.

Let's worship together at 11:00am Sunday, and be together in spirit. 
  • Please keep the Heidelberg and Jones families in prayer, following the death of Harry Heidelberg and the continuing illness of his wife Suzy.
  • Prayers for Pat C., who had a bone density scan Thursday, and for the peace of her neighbors in the apartment complex.
  • Prayers of continued healing for Vickie T., who is still feeling unwell following diverticulitis.
  • Continued prayers for the Lidge family of Hope, Arkansas after the death of their child Cameron Loudermill in a tragic housefire.
  • Prayers for Casimiro Sanchez, friend of the Martinez', who injured his fingers with a table saw and needs healing.
Session will meet today following worship at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss future worship and precautions related to COVID-19.
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The Wednesday Bible Study will not meet next week, as Pastor Marie is taking leave to recuperate and think deeply about transitioning our worship into a new future for a congregation that is both online and in-person.
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The chair yoga class has resumed online on Thursdays at 10am, as has the Wednesday mat yoga class at 6pm. Contact Jenny Lewis for more information on how to connect and participate by emailing
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Although there won’t be a Presbyterian Women Birthday Luncheon in May this year, the Coordinating Team challenges you to make a donation of whatever amount you can for each year of your life to celebrate and continue funding important mission projects. Checks can be made to PW Birthday offering and sent to the office, or make a donation online and note in the memo line: Birthday Offering.
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The Giving Tree this month is Layettes for the new babies of women in need at UAMS. Drop off your onesies, bibs, burp clothes and tiny socks for newborns at the front door of the church; call our administrative assistant Kay in the church office to arrange a time she can be there to receive your donation.
CALL TO WORSHIP (Please read this call out loud)
Alleluia, Christ is risen. 
The Lord is risen, alleluia! 
Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise!

Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid. Confess your sins and God will give you peace, and so let us confess together.
( Please pray aloud if able)
Loving God, we confess we are an anxious people, who deny your blessing and fail to keep your word. Our worries and fears keep us from loving each other, 
and keep us from acting out that love. In this silence, hear us confess our regrets.
Forgive us, we pray, for these and all our sins, that we might live in peace and reflect your love in the world.
Let your hearts be still, for God loves you and forgives all your wrongdoing. Beloved, receive the peace of Christ, for in Jesus Christ you are Forgiven!   Thanks be to God!

Please read the bold aloud, or
G od of sending, you call us to serve, love, and share with all your children. We look for ways to reach out to one another, as we live our baptism. We tell the stories -- the stories that inspire, encourage, and sometimes disappoint. The messages touch and offer hope and light.

Father God, we look for wisdom. Loving son, we look for direction.
Holy spirit, we look for inspiration.

Remind us that we often do not understand what happens around us -- we try to learn and grow and understand, but there is still confusion and doubt -- that may cause unease, but it is all right. We can struggle with what to do and how to overcome and why we should be heard. 

God of sending, you gently push us as we are reminded that you are with us, through all the pain, hurt, celebration, and renewal. You remind us who we are and how we can find comfort in the prayer that you shared with your followers…
 H elp us to pray for ourselves and the world like Jesus taught us, 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.  

We are happy to announce that Family Promise is on our June schedule for Missions and Outreach. Note that our tentative plans are for Park Hill Presbyterian and First Christian Church to host the families, but due to the COVID-19 policies of Family Promise, we will only provide meals to the families at the hotel in North Little Rock where they will be staying. Currently there are two family units with two adults and three teen-age youth. We will have more accurate plans by May 25 and will update all the details. 

We have a sign-up sheet for meal volunteers. To get on this sheet, please contact Phil or Liz Terrell 601-248-7484 or 601-810-1813 or email Phil at Thank you for serving others in this difficult time.

          Your general financial support remains vital to our ability to do ministry as well. You can give online by going to and the tab “giving.” You can also mail your offerings to
Park Hill Presbyterian Church, 3520 JFK Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 72116
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance —supplies, health or hope— please call Pastor Marie at 214-686-6347. We are all the hands and feet of Christ.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise God, all creatures high and low. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, in Jesus fully known: Creator, Word and Spirit one. Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, allelulia!
(Please read aloud)
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me.  
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear,
for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.   
- Thomas Merton
As you go forth into the world, know that the one who thwarted death by his own death, who lives and will never again die, goes with you into the world. You are not alone. Be not afraid.
  “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord’s face shine upon you, and be
gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”