North Presbyterian Church June 28, 2020 Sunday Worship
Silent Prayer of Preparation: There is one body and one Spirit, just as we were called to the one hope of our calling. Welcome Remember while we are in different places, God is always with us, Emmanuel.
Introit: Red 159 Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet heavenly dove, stay right here with us, filling us with your love; and for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise; without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived, when we shall leave this place.
Call to Worship: Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray. Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Come Holy Spirit, Come! Let us worship God!
Hymn R238 Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does His successive journeys run, His kingdom spread from shore to shore, ‘Til moons shall wax and wane no more. To Him shall endless prayer be made, and endless praises crown his head; His name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice.
Prayer of Confession: (Unison) Holy God, forgive us when we think that you are our God only. Forgive us when we limit your grace to our definitions. (please pray silently). Lord, speak to us, help us to hear. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, in Christ we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon The Spirit of Christ reminds us of the life we have in his name! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, in Christ we are forgiven and set free, all of us! Response: Red 148 Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace; where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is love. There is comfort in life’s darkest hour; there is light and life, there is help and power in the Spirit, in the Spirit of the Lord.
Prayer for peace God, speak your peace and patience quietly into our hearts and souls, there are those in great need, breathe your Spirit of peace in us, In Christ we pray. Amen. Prayer for Illumination: Your word is Spirit and Life, O Lord, richer than gold, stronger than death, your word is Spirit and Life, O Lord, Life everlasting.
New Testament Lesson Acts 12: 19-26
Children’s Time “How far away can God reach?” Song of Songs 7
New Testament Lesson Acts 2: 37-47
These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God
Sermon “All Who are Far Away” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch
Creed - Brigid May God the Father be the guardian of this place and bring his peace, that fear may find no entry here. May Christ be a chosen companion and friend. May loneliness be banished. May the Spirit bring lightness and laughter, and be the comforter of tears. Courage be at each going out; rest be present at each return; each day, each night, each going out and each returning.
Hymn O Holy Spirit, root of life, Creator, cleanser of all things, anoint our wounds, awaken us with lustrous movement of your wings. Eternal Vigor, saving One, you free us by your living Word, becoming flesh to wear our pain, and all creation is restored 2121
Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer
Please keep the congregation in your prayers. Thanks for sending cards and calling on the phone those of our members and friends.
Hymn Ref: Spirit, spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness, calling and free, Spirit, spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, Wind, wind on the sea. You moved on the waters, you called to the deep, then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep, and over the eons you called to each thing, Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings. Ref. You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes, from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams; Our women see visions, our men clear their eyes. With bold new decisions Your people arise. Ref. 2120
Charge I charge you to look for the far away in your heart. Realize that God brings all near to us to liberate ourselves first and then them because God’s freedom is contagious.
Benediction May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the community of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.
Benediction Response In the name of the Maker and the Savior and the Spirit, In the name of the Artist and the Lover and the Friend, In the name of the Parent and the Child and the Presence, In the name of the Source and the Journey and the End, In the name of the Three in the One in the
Many, be it so. Amen
Thank you to those who are giving tithes, offerings and gifts.