East Jewett & Kaaterskill UMC

A spirited community, sharing God’s grace.

6th Sunday of Easter

May 17, 2020




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PRELUDE                                                                                                                     Chris Pierce




From fire and storm, we come, O God.

Gather us in, and make us whole.

From suffering and pain, we come, Holy One.

Gather us in, and make us one.

From the highways of life, we come, Great Spirit.

Gather us in, and make us your disciples.



Sometimes, O God, your ways are a mystery to us.  When we cry out in desperation, we don’t really expect you to hear our prayers.  When we suffer for doing the right thing, it just seems like par for the course.  When we deny or doubt your presence, forgive us, O God.  Make your presence known to us, and receive our prayers and praise, as those who long to feel your presence.  Amen.


PSALM READING                                                                                                  Psalm 66:8-20


Bless our God, O peoples,

let the sound of his praise be heard,

who has kept us among the living,

and has not let our feet slip.

For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried.

You brought us into the net;

you laid burdens on our backs;

you let people ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.

I will come into your house with burnt offerings;

I will pay you my vows,

those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised

when I was in trouble.

I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings,

with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;

I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah

Come and hear, all you who fear God,

 and I will tell what he has done for me.

I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened.

But truly God has listened;

he has given heed to the words of my prayer.

Blessed be God,

because he has not rejected my prayer

or removed his steadfast love from me.



GOSPEL READING                                                                                                  John 14:15-21


”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.


”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”




HYMN                               Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose                                  UMH 153


  1. 1 Thou hidden source of calm repose,
    Thou all-sufficient love divine,
    My help and refuge from my foes,
    Secure I am if thou art mine;
    And lo! From sin and grief and shame

I hide me, Jesus, in thy name.

  1. 4 In want my plentiful supply,
    in weakness my almighty power,
    in bonds my perfect liberty,
    my light in Satan’s darkest hour,

in grief my joy unspeakable,
my life in death, my heaven in hell.



PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  { Lord, in your mercy….Hear our prayers}


  1. For our churches and the ongoing ministries here, especially Food Pantry and the volunteers. May God grant us wisdom, discernment, and grace at this time. 2. Prayers for our shut ins and homebound individuals. 3. For the medical professionals including Antoinette Romito & Kelly Transue, and first responders in our community. 4. For the leaders of the nation and the church and their discernment. 5. Pastoral transition  6. Please, add your prayers …



OUR LORD’S PRAYER ~ Together, we 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


OFFERING OF OURSELVES & OUR GIFTS                                           2 Corinthians 9:6 – 11



God of love, you are present in all things.  Be present to a hurting world in these gifts.  Help us use this offering to create a community of love and a place of belonging for all people.  Help us reach those who seek, and those who doubt.  Use these gifts to help people know the blessings of being your beloved children.   Amen.



HYMN                                              When We Are Living                                             UMH 356


  1. When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus,
    and when we’re dying, it is in the Lord.
    Both in our living and in our dying,
    we belong to God; we belong to God.

    2. Through all our living, we our fruits must give.
    Good works of service are for offering.
    When we are giving, or when receiving,
    we belong to God; we belong to God.

    3. ‘Mid times of sorrow and in times of pain,
    when sensing beauty or in love’s embrace,
    whether we suffer, or sing rejoicing,
    we belong to God; we belong to God.

    4. Across this wide world, we shall always find
    those who are crying with no peace of mind,
    but when we help them, or when we feed them,
    we belong to God; we belong to God.




Go in the name of God, the one who created all the nations of the earth.

Go in the name of Christ, the one who abides in love and abides in you.

Go in the name of the Spirit of truth, the one who advocates for you and guides you.  Amen.