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Sunday, MAY 16 and previous weeks.....
We are currently in the 7 week season of EASTER!
DUE TO THE CURRENT MEDICAL GLOBAL CRISIS
NO IN-HOUSE GATHERING FOR AT LEAST THE UNKNOWN PERIOD.
BUT OUR RADIO IS BROADCASTING Simulcast on www.wphm.net at 8:30 AM SERVICE, WPHM, 1380 AM, AND PODCAST, is always running 24/7 for several months of music
PLAYLIST FOR EASTER MAY 16, 2021 COMMUNION
PRELUDE #6, GO TO TELL IT MOUNTAIN
SPARK, cd, 2:13
GATHERING HYMN: # 3, 3:11, HE TOUCHED GATHER PRAISE BAND
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
HYMN OF PRAISE # 4, TO GOD BE THE GLORY, instrumental piano THE MUSIC OF LIFE, VOL. 3 BRUCE HUGHES
HYMN OF THE DAY: # 7, 4:31, JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS
ALL DAY SINGING, GAITHERS
OFFERING: # 10, SEEK YE FIRST THE KINDOM OF GOD, 3:38
HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS (BLUE COVER)
SENDING # 1, 3:04, WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN
CASTING CROWN.GLORIOUS DAY: SONGS FAITH
POSTLUDE: # 2, 4:04, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME,
THE BEST OF DAVID PHELPS
FEED ON THESE THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK…
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Psalm 1 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19
FIRST READING: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
In the days between Jesus' ascension and Pentecost, Peter oversees the process whereby one of the members of the community of believers is chosen to be the twelfth apostle, in order to fill the vacancy created by Judas's treachery and death.
15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16"Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus—17for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry." 21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of
these must become a witness with us to his resurrection." 23So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
WORD OF GOD, WORD OF LIFE.
THANKS BE TO GOD.
PSALM: Psalm 1
The LORD knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6)
1Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel | of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats | of the scornful!
2Their delight is in the law | of the LORD, and they meditate on God's teaching | day and night. The LORD knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6)
3They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season,
with leaves that | do not wither; everything they | do shall prosper.
4It is not so | with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind | blows away.
5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when | judgment comes, nor the sinner in the council | of the righteous.
6For the LORD knows the way | of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall | be destroyed. The LORD knows the way of the righteous. (Ps. 1:6)
SECOND READING: 1 John 5:9-13
God has borne witness to the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Whoever believes in the Son of God believes in the witness of God and has the promise of eternal life.
9If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
WORD OF GOD, WORD OF LIFE.
THANKS BE TO GOD.
TODAY’S GOSPEL IS FROM THE 17TH CHAP OF ST. JOHN
GLORY TO YOU, O LORD.
GOSPEL: John 17:6-19
In this reading the church hears Jesus' words on the night before his death—his prayer for his disciples and for all who would believe in him through their words.
[Jesus prayed:] 6"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. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for 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. 9I 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. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And 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. 12While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth."
THIS IS THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD.
THANKS BE TO GOD.
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OUR HUMAN NEEDS BEFORE WE CAN SAFELY OPEN:
For planning purposes, we need FIRM COMMITMENTS for specific dates/times on an ongoing schedule for several months.
Please remember our only paid staff (for the past 5+ years, unlike larger churches fully opened) is: PASTOR DON and a part-time custodian on weekdays, who only maintain things for us on both levels.
So, here are our needs of people weekly to open, we need leaders NOW, as always!
PERSON 1: TO ORGANIZE and monitor this plan, requires VOLUNTEER 1.;
PEOPLE 3: WEEKLY to 3 DAYS BEFORE: Team of 2-3 to clean/sanitize Sundays. Chancel, narthex, pews, doors, restrooms, only upstairs;
PEOPLE 5-7: WEEKLY AT ANY SERVICE OF WORSHIP to re-sanitize, all parts of the narthex, chancel entrance points, chancel, and all pews.
No need for deacons, offering plates in the narthex. Maybe a worship liturgy sheet, but no traditional bulletin. No greeters. No visiting in the narthex or after service, outside clear of the stairs.
OVERSEERS (3-5): ALL worshippers have and use face masks (Over their noses); worshippers maintain 6 ft. social distancing in church and hallway. Sorry! Worshippers must sign up at the door of entry!
After every service: clean up (no deacons), sanitize, especially if there are 2 services.
These and more details will be present as we come closer in April and/or May to in-house worship. BUT NOW, we must organize these often not thought of for regathering, or it delays reentry!
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Some significant changes may occur, beyond our control. We may have lost our organ player with retirement.
ON WEB PAGE: SERVICES AND CLASSES, BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES FOR APRIL
Diet of Worms
April 18, 1521 April 18, 2021
Today marks 500 years since Martin Luther stood before the emperor at the Diet of Worms to defend his beliefs. This is where he is said to have famously proclaimed, “Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” He spoke truth to power and did not back down from the fear of being cast out or excommunicated.
500 years later, here WE stand hoping to do the same. Our current reality IS NOT OKAY. It is NOT okay to speak words of hate. It is NOT okay to use xenophobic words or phrases. It is NOT okay to act violently. It is NOT okay to stay silent when people are being murdered in our very own neighborhoods. It is NOT okay.
Here we stand AGAINST hate speech.
Here we stand AGAINST racism.
Here we stand AGAINST systematic discrimination.
Here we stand FOR equity.
Join us in standing for what we believe in just
as Martin Luther did all those years ago.
Here we stand, we can do no other. God help us. Amen.