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UDLC Sunday Worship, March 15th

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Online Worship from Upper Dublin Lutheran Church

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UDLC Sunday Worship, March 15th

  1. 1. UDLC ONLINE WORSHIP Sunday, March 15, 2020
  2. 2. WELCOME TO WORSHIP! ➤ Grab a coffee or beverage ➤ Take some deep breaths ➤ Make sure you are connected to us via ➤ Email (udlc.org/email) ➤ Facebook (facebook.com/ upperdublinlutheran) ➤ Update Blog udlc.org/ covid19
  3. 3. WELCOME TO WORSHIP! ➤ How This Works (We Hope! It’s our First Time!) ➤ Please Sing Along, Read Along, and Pray Along ➤ Recording and Resources will be Available Afterward ➤ Sharing and Prayers in the Zoom chat and YouTube comments
  4. 4. PANDEMIC BY LYNN UNGER What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath —the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down.
  5. 5. PANDEMIC BY LYNN UNGER And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.)
  6. 6. PANDEMIC BY LYNN UNGER Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch. Promise this world your love–for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. –Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
  7. 7. Healing Rain by Michael W. Smith
  8. 8. GREETING AND PRAYER OF THE DAY ➤ The grace of our Savior Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the presence of the Holy Spirit be with you all. ➤ And also with you. ➤ Let us pray. Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
  9. 9. FIRST READING: EXODUS 17:1-7 ➤ From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 
  10. 10. FIRST READING: EXODUS 17:1-7 ➤ The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
  11. 11. PSALM 121 (LET’S READ THIS TOGETHER) I lift up my eyes to the hills —  from where will my help come?  My help comes from the LORD,  who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved;  he who keeps you will not slumber.  He who keeps Israel  will neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD is your keeper;  the LORD is your shade at your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day,  nor the moon by night.  The LORD will keep you from all evil;  he will keep your life.  The LORD will keep  your going out and your coming in  from this time on and forevermore.
  12. 12. FIRST READING: JOHN 4:5-42 [Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
  13. 13. FIRST READING: JOHN 4:5-42 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
  14. 14. FIRST READING: JOHN 4:5-42  Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
  15. 15. FIRST READING: JOHN 4:5-42 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.
  16. 16. FIRST READING: JOHN 4:5-42 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
  17. 17. FIRST READING: JOHN 4:5-42 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
  18. 18. Life Kids: The Woman at the Well
  19. 19. Woman at the Well
  20. 20. Reflections on the Readings
  21. 21. Nobody by Casting Crowns
  22. 22. SHARING TIME We will be lifting up prayer requests, concerns, joys, and God moments from the YouTube comments, Zoom chat box, and Facebook.
  23. 23. PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (prayers written by the Lutheran World Federation for the world during the spread of COVID-19) ➤ O God our Healer, show your compassion for the whole human family that is in turmoil and burdened with illness and with fear. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer. ➤ Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may come together, working to control and eliminate the coronavirus. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer.
  24. 24. PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION ➤ Make us vigilant, attentive, and proactive in the eradication of all diseases, malaria, dengue, HIV & AIDS, and others [may be named out- loud or in silence]... that create suffering and often result in death for many people. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer. ➤ Heal our self-centeredness and indifference that makes us worry only when the virus threatens us, open ways beyond timidity and fear that too easily ignore our neighbor. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer.
  25. 25. PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION ➤ Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and in the medical profession: care- givers, nurses, attendants, doctors, all who commit themselves to caring for the sick and their families. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer. ➤ Inspire, give insight and hope to all researchers focused on developing a vaccine. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer.
  26. 26. PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION ➤ Sustain all workers and business owners who suffer loss of livelihood due to shut-downs, quarantines, closed borders, and other restrictions... protect and guard all those who must travel. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer. ➤ Guide the leaders of the nations that they speak the truth, halt the spread of misinformation and act with justice so that all your family may know healing. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer.
  27. 27. PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION ➤ Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds, and in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer. ➤ Hold in your gentle embrace all who have died and who will die this day. Comfort their loved ones in their despair. Hear our cry, O God, ➤ Listen to our prayer. ➤ Remember all your family, the entire human race, and all your creation, in your love. ➤ Amen.
  28. 28. THE LORD’S PRAYER (READ TOGETHER) 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 and ever. Amen.
  29. 29. OFFERING ➤ We will be receiving today’s offering via text message, Breeze, and by regular mail. ➤ Online: udlc.org/give ➤ Text: text “give” to (616) 266-7110 ➤ Mail: 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA 19002
  30. 30. BLESSING BY KERRY WEBER Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
  31. 31. BLESSING BY KERRY WEBER Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
  32. 32. BLESSING BY KERRY WEBER Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well- being of the people they are meant to serve.
  33. 33. BLESSING BY KERRY WEBER Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth. Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us. Amen.
  34. 34. THANKS FOR JOINING US! ➤ Opportunities to Digitally Gather are Coming! ➤ Feel free to reach out at kanderson@udlc.org ➤ Feedback is welcome! ➤ Make sure you are connected to us via ➤ Email (udlc.org/email) ➤ Facebook (facebook.com/ upperdublinlutheran)
  35. 35. Healing Rain Reprise by Michael W Smith
  36. 36. GO IN PEACE. GOD IS WITH YOU. THANKS BE TO GOD.

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