Sermons

                                   First Presbyterian Church
                                             Wooster, Ohio
                                 Palm/Passion Sunday 2020

                                                                          

First Presbyterian Church is a Christian community dedicated to showing God’s love through worship,study, social justice, mission outreach, and fellowship.

More Light Church and Member of Covenant Network

Earth Care Congregation and a Matthew 25 Church

Welcome                                                                                          Reverend David Rice

PRELUDE                        Choral  (Joseph Jongen)                                   Eric J. Gastier


PALM PROCESSIONAL                           Hosanna                                     Lynn Russel


INTROIT                                       Hosanna in the Highest!             Ruth Elaine Schram
      (2016)  Godly Play, Bible Town, and Merry Mariachi Classes led by Rachel King 

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                      John Scott

      One:  Humble and riding on a donkey,
      All:            we greet you.
      One:  Acclaimed by crowds and caroled by children,
      All:            we cheer you.
      One:  Moving from the peace of the countryside to the corridors of power,
      All:            we salute you, compassionate one.
      One:  You are giving the beasts of burden a new dignity; 
                        you are giving majesty a new face;
                        you are giving those who long for redemption a new song to sing.
      All:    With them, with heart and voice, we shout “Hosanna!”
                Come let us worship our God of healing and wholeness. 

PRAYER OF THE DAY
We tell your story…  We follow in your footsteps…  Lead us into Holy Week
We walk towards the city…  We wait in the garden…  Lead us onto Holy Ground
We journey towards death…  We hope for new life…  Lead us into Holy Joy.  Amen

PASSING OF THE PEACE     
              The Peace of Christ be with you . . .    and also with you.

Holy Week                           a poem by Ann Weems from ‘Kneeling in Jerusalem’

THE LORD’S PRAYER

     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
sins, as we forgive those who sin 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

MUSICAL OFFERING           Pie Jesu, from ‘Requiem’               Gabriel Fauré
   Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest.  Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
                              Claudia Thompson, soprano and Eric Gastier, piano

SCRIPTURE     Matthew 21:1-11       Matthew 27:15-23        Pew Bible pages 21, 30

SERMON                                        Following the Way

HYMN  624              I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art                  TOULON

    I greet thee, who my sure Redeemer art, 
    my only trust and Savior of my heart,
   Who pain didst undergo for my poor sake; 
    I pray thee from our hearts all cares to take.

    Thou art the King of mercy and of grace, 
    reigning omnipotent in every place:
    So come, O King, and our whole being sway; 
    shine on us with the light of thy pure day.

    Thou art the life, by which alone we live, 
    and all our substance and our strength receive;
    Sustain us by thy faith and by thy power, 
   and give us strength in every trying hour.

    Thou hast the true and perfect gentleness; 
    no harshness hast thou and no bitterness.
    O grant to us the grace we find in thee, 
    that we may dwell in perfect unity.

    Our hope is in no other save in thee; 
    our faith is built upon thy promise free;
    Lord, give us peace, and make us calm and sure, 
    that in thy strength we evermore endure.


BLESSING AND BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE       O Man, Bewail Thy Grievous Sin          Johann Sebastian Bach

   Many thanks go to Jacob Gooch for recording this service, remastering it, and
      loading it onto Youtube, where you can find the link for it on the FPC website
                                 (www.firstpreswooster.org) and the
                  FPC Facebook page (Facebook.com/fpcwooster).

                                    First Presbyterian Church

                                             Wooster, Ohio

                                    Fifth Sunday in Lent 2020

                                                                                                                      
First Presbyterian Church is a Christian community dedicated to showing God’s love through worship,study, social justice, mission outreach, and fellowship.

More Light Church and Member of Covenant Network

Earth Care Congregation and a Matthew 25 Church

 

 Welcome                                                                          Reverend David Rice

 
Prelude                 Elegy  (George Thalben Ball)              Eric J. Gastier

 
Call to Worship                                                                  Ann Gastier

One:    In the stillness . . .
            In the quiet . . .
            In all that rests on our minds and hearts . . .

            All:      Our souls wait for you, O God.

            One:    In everything moving too quickly . . .
                        In our feelings of helplessness before all the obstacles that surround . . .
                        As anxiety abounds and needs exceed our capacities . . .

            All:      Our souls wait for you, O God.

            One:    Though we cannot yet perceive the way from here . . .
                        We do not give up on each other.  We do not give in to despair.
                        We trust in the One who has companioned life and love
                                 through the troubles of every generation.

All:      Our hope is this: through all things,
            God resides with us, within us, around us.

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

            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 
sins, as we forgive those who sin 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

 

Passing of the Peace

            The Peace of Christ be with you . . .      and also with you.

Musical Offering                            Suite Antique, No. 5 ‘Chanson’                                         John Rutter

Karolyn Rice, flute and Eric Gastier, piano

 

Scripture                                                      Ezekiel 37:1-14                                         Pew Bible page 759

 

Sermon                                                             . . .  Hope

 

Hymn  795                                            Healer of Our Every Ill                                 healer of our every ill

 
            
Refrain:

            Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow,

            Give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.

             You who know our fears and sadness,

             Grace us with your peace and gladness;

             Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.

 
            Refrain

 
            
In the pain and joy beholding

            How your grace is still unfolding,

            Give us all your vision, God of love.


            Refrain

           Give us strength to love each other,

           Every sister, every brother;

           Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.

 
           
Refrain

           You who know each thought and feeling,

           Teach us all your way of healing;

           Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.

         
           
Refrain

 
Blessing and Benediction


Postlude                                                       Prelude on ‘Slane’                                                  Dale Wood

 

Many thanks go to Jacob Gooch for recording this service, remastering it, and loading it onto Youtube,

where you can find the link for it on the FPC website (www.firstpreswooster.org)

and the FPC Facebook page (Facebook.com/fpcwooster).

First Presbyterian Church March 22, 2020 - COVID Series

    First Presbyterian Church 

    Fourth Sunday in Lent

    First Presbyterian Church is a Christian community
     dedicated to showing God’s love through worship, study, social justice, mission outreach, and fellowship. 

    More Light Church and Member of Covenant Network  Earth Care Congregation and a Matthew 25 Church 

    Welcome     Reverend David Rice 

    Prelude       Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now (Johann Sebastian Bach) 
                       Eric J. Gastier
     

    Call to Worship 

    “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all that dwells therein.”     (Psalm 24:1) 

    We live in God’s world and we are not alone.We share this life with the heavens and the earth, the waters and the land, the trees and grasses and countless plants, the fish, birds, and animals, creatures of every form and microscopic beings, and with all our brothers and sisters. Together we form strands in the web of creation, woven and held together in the mystery of the Divine. God saw all that was made, and indeed, it was very good. (Genesis1:31a)  Together with all creation, let us worship Creator God with thanksgiving. 

     A Litany for Healing 

    One:  We join with God, the earth, and with each other, 

    All:to bring new life to the land, to restore the waters, to refresh the air. 

    One:We join with God, the earth, and with each other, 

    All:to renew the forests, to care for the plants, to protect the creatures. 

    One:We join with God, the earth, and with each other, 

    All:to celebrate the seas, to rejoice in the sunlight, 

    to sing the song of the stars. 

    One:We join with God, the earth, and with each other, 

    All:to recreate the human community, to promote justice and peace, 

    to remember our children. 

    One:We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery: 

    All:for the healing of the earth and the wholeness of all life. 

    Passing of the Peace 

    The Peace of Christ be with you . . .   and also with you. 

    ScripturePsalm 23      Pew Bible page 474 

    Sermon In the Shepherd’s Care 

    Hymn  22      God of the Sparrow  roeder 

    God of the sparrow, God of the whale, God of the swirling stars, 

    How does the creature say Awe . . . How does the creature say Praise . . . 

    God of the earthquake, God of the storm, God of the trumpet blast 

    How does the creature cry Woe . . . How does the creature cry Save . . . 

    God of the rainbow, God of the cross, God of the empty grave 

    How does the creature say Grace . . . How does the creature say Thanks . . . 

    God of the hungry, God of the sick, God of the prodigal 

    How does the creature say Care . . . How does the creature say Life . . . 

    God of the neighbor, God of the foe, God of the pruning hook 

    How does the creature say Love . . . How does the creature say Peace . . . 

    God of the ages, God near at hand, God of the loving heart 

    How do your children say Joy . . . How do your children say Home? 

     
    Blessing and Benediction 

    Postlude        versets on ‘Brother James Aire’          Noel Rawsthorne 

    Many thanks go to Jacob Gooch for recording this service, remastering it, and loading it onto Youtube, where you can find the link for it on the FPC website (www.firstpreswooster.org) and the FPC Facebook page (First Presbyterian Church - Wooster, Ohio). 

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