East Jewett & Kaaterskill UMC:  A spirited community, sharing God’s grace.

Ascension/7th Sunday of Easter

May 24, 2020

 

 

** Please, keep your phone mute unless you speak.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                                     Chris Pierce

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Called to be one,

We are here.

Called to be strong,

We are here.

Called in devotion to God,

We gather to worship and pray.

 

OPENING PRAYER (Cathy)

Holy God, we celebrate your presence this day.  For the gift of resurrection, we give you thanks and praise.  For the gift of your ongoing presence in our lives, we rejoice and sing.  Overwhelm us with your presence here, that we might be overwhelmed with joy.  In joyous gratitude, we pray.  Amen.

 

EPISTLE LESSON                                                                                                        Acts 1:6-14

 

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

 

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                  John 17:1-11

 

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

 

I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

 

SERMON

 

HYMN                                                     You Are Mine                                               TFWS 2218

 

I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near

 

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

 

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name

 

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

 

 

 

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 …

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

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

OFFERING PRAYER

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us.  Pour out your Holy Spirit on these gifts.  And pour out your Holy Spirit on the ministries we offer to your world.  Through our gifts and our offerings, may others may find generous friends and a loving community of faith.   Amen.

 

 

HYMN                                                We All Are One in Mission                               TFWS 2243

 

  1. 1 We all are one in mission;
    we all are one in call,
    our varied gifts united
    by Christ, the Lord of all.
    A single great commission
    compels us from above
    to plan and work together
    that all may know Christ’s love.

 

v.2 We all are called for service, to witness in God’s name.

Our ministries are different; our purpose is the same:

To touch the lives of others by God’s surprising grace,

So every folk and nation may feel God’s warm embrace

 

  1. 3 Now let us be united, and let our song be heard.

Now let us be a vessel for God’s redeeming Word.

We all are one in mission;

We all are one in call,

Our varied gifts united by Christ,

The Lord of all.

 

BENEDICTION

 

As you go forth, plunge into the waters of life unafraid, for God goes with us.  Move forward in life with purpose and passion, for Christ is our guide and guardian.  Live as people of powerful hope, for the Spirit renews us each and every day.  Go with God’s blessings.  Amen.

 

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  1. Webinar on Church Reopening: Tuesday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m.
  2. Pentecost Sunday (5/31)