Sunday, April 19, 2020

Copies of the Upper Room are in a plastic bin on the bench right outside the doors of the church. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy for your daily devotions.

Join the pastors for a coffee chat over Zoom next Sunday, April 26 from 9-9:45 am. Drop in anytime and let us know how you’re doing! Zoom code to be sent next week. New to Zoom? Sign up here.

Also, join PUMC for drive-in worship on May 3, 17, and 31. Weather permitting, we will hold worship outdoors just as we did Easter Sunday. You can tune in to our station 95.9 FM just as you would for a drive-in movie. Please be sure to stay in your cars. No bathrooms will be available. Online worship will still be sent out as usual on weeks we also hold "car church."

"Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbols" arr. Hal H. Hopson
by Darlene Skinner (length 3:46)

Set a timer for 5 minutes and use a breath prayer.
On the inhale, mentally say: “Breathe of God...”
On the exhale: “...breathe on me.”

Praise God with trumpet sound;
     praise God with lute and harp!
Praise God with tambourine and dance;
     praise God with strings and pipe!
Praise God with clanging cymbals;
     praise God with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:3-6

"Crown Him with Many Crowns"
by Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner (length 3:15)
Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul and sing of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high,
who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end, and round his piercèd feet
fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side,
those wounds yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For thou hast died for me;
thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

The shortest verse in the Bible is not “Jesus wept.” It’s “pray without ceasing”—in the original Greek, anyway (I Thess. 5:17). Short prayers are how we indeed pray without ceasing. You may have heard of the “Jesus prayer,” a tiny prayer Christians have been memorizing for centuries: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. It is a beautiful way to continually redirect your thoughts back to God.

Here are a few more beautiful ways to rhythmically, gently center your mind on God. All it takes is 3 minutes to learn 3 new prayers you’ll use again and again throughout your day. Pastor Sarah has put the prayers in a three-minute video using springtime imagery from our own Moore County.

"Because He Lives" with "He Lives (My Peace)" arr. Tim Paul
by Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner (length 4:33)

In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we find life and freedom. Yet we know there are those in our community who can feel only a sense of being trapped, being heavy with burdens, being locked in by fear. Click here to help provide the freedom and resources so needed by our neighbors in Moore County.

"Because He Lives"
by the Connections Band (length 3:22)

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

John 20:19-23


"Easter in Captivity: Behind Locked Doors"

by Rev. David Beam

"In the Garden"
by Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner (length 3:00)
I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses,
and the voice I hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses.

And he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own;
and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of his voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
and the melody that He gave to me within my heart is ringing.


I’d stay in the garden with him, though the night around me be falling.
But he bids me go; through the voice of woe his voice to me is calling.


Dear God,
As you did your Son, drag us out of our tombs.
As you did for the disciples, bust through our shut doors.
Even if we have given up, yank us out of our graves of choice.
Rescue us from despairing.
When we return to tombs that are no longer meant for us—
  revive old resentments,
  pick up a drink after years of sobriety,
  again give pieces of our hearts to that which can never love us back—
remind us that you never tire of reaching into tombs and loving us back to life.
You never tire of bursting through the locked doors we’re hiding behind.
So come to us again.
Comfort the dying, Lord.
Revive the faltering.
Grant us joy and make our song Alleluia.
- Nadia Bolz-Weber, arr. Pastor Sarah