Sunday, April 25, 2021

Third Sunday of Easter

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

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Good morning FCCG online and in-person family! Our Joys, Concerns and Announcements this week include:

  • Birthdays or anniversaries coming up this week: Mike Rosier’s Birthday (April 25), Carolyn Fabian’s Birthday (April 26), Diane MacNeille’s Birthday (April 28), Carrie Carter’s Birthday (April 30th), Sharon & Clyde Jones’ Anniversary (May 1)…what a week! Let us know if we missed yours!

Introit ………………… The Gift of Love
Performed by Koine

Come away from apathy and complacency.
Awaken! God is calling us to listen and to hear.
The heavens are telling the glory of God.
The firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.
How long will we ignore the wisdom God offers?
How long will we ignore God’s counsel and reproof?
The law of God is perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of God are sure, making wise the simple.
Our waywardness separates us from God.
Then, when we call on God, we hear no answer.
We gather to renew our relationship with God.
We seek enlightenment and revival of our souls.

OPENING HYMN …………………………………………….. #666 The Voice of God

God of wisdom, renew our sense of awe and wonder as we gather before you, the source of all knowledge.  Make your word known to us, and stretch out your hand to touch us.  Draw us away from our own devices that we may truly listen to the witness of all creation, speaking wonders we have ignored. Give us eyes to see beauty in all around us.  Align us with truth and righteousness. Quiet our scoffing and awaken our trust. Show us the disciplines we need to stay in touch with you each day. Amen.

As we prepare to make our confession, we recall that the scriptures remind us that we are accountable to our creator.  Instead, in our times of panic and distress, we put God on trial, wondering why we cannot find the help we seek.  Shutting our eyes and ears to God becomes a habit we cannot break in times of desperation. That is why, together, we come to God, asking to be cleared of secret faults and to detect the error of our ways in time to turn around, letting God’s word reach our hearts. Let us confess our sin, and may God have mercy.
May Christ have mercy.
May God have mercy.
O God, we are anxious and frightened, for there are bad tidings all around us and we do not know well enough that we can count on your help.  We cannot hear your voice or feel your presence.  There is a void within us that things cannot satisfy.  We have reached for various recognitions, but they provide no lasting fulfillment. Forgive our mistaken priorities and draw us to you, the source of true and lasting life.  Amen.

Hear now these words of assurance:
Words of confession are not enough to break the patterns of complacency and self-justification that separate us from God.  Thankfully, our creator knows our predicament.  He opens for us a new way and welcomes us as partners in the gospel. Thanks be to God in Jesus Christ!

GLORY PATRI ………………………………………. #35

All readings are from the English Standard Version bible.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON ……………………………………………………. Amos 6:4-7
“Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music, who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away.”

PSALTER LESSON ……………………………………………………………. Psalm 19

The law of God is just, reviving all your soul.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
   and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
   and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
   whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world.
   In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
   and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them,
   and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
   making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
   enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
   enduring forever;
   the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
   sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.                   

The law of God is just, reviving all your soul.

EPISTLE LESSON ………………………………………….. I Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

HYMN ………………………………………………………………… #654 Here Am I

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

SERMON ……………………..…… Sins of Omission…………….……….. Rev. Rebecca Clancy

The Lord’s Prayer
performed by CP Pursell and Alley Faulk

SPECIAL MUSIC …………. For the Healing of the Nations
performed by Ruth and Joy Everingham

The ways we use the wealth entrusted to us teach even more than our words. What message does our offering send to the world?  May it communicate our delight in knowing God and following Christ.
We offer the treasure of this world as a way of recalling all of us to a right relationship with you, O God, the source of all wisdom and truth.  You design for life is more to be desired than the finest gold. To learn from you and to serve you is our highest joy.  May our offering and our daily lives communicate this message. Amen.

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CLOSING HYMN ……………………………. #656 God of Freedom, God of Justice

May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are apart one from the other, Amen.

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Please keep the following individuals in your prayers this week:

  • Jodi Holleran’s mom (illness);
  • Mercedes Nuss (illness);
  • Jess Reddy’s friend, Keeley (illness);
  • Sue Cechner’s friend, John (Illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s nephew’s daughter, Kenzie (illness);
  • Lisa Peterson (illness);
  • Lisa Peterson’s niece-in-law, Wendy (illness);
  • Linda Moran (illness);
  • Faith DiMaria’s brother, Steve, and family (illness);
  • The Connolly Family (lots of prayers);
  • Karen’s Cousin, Dwight, (Illness);
  • Sheree Womack’s dad, Frank (surgery);
  • Those affected by violence as well as those serving in the military;

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