Worship at Home for Sunday, April 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

We have been in Corona virus isolation for a long time. I really miss seeing your faces, but we will need to keep at this a little while longer. This is one of those times in life that we do not understand but must live through. We do not always understand why things happen. The disciples who were walking home from Jerusalem to Emmaus were trying to make sense of the happenings of Holy Week when a stranger joined them. After being welcomed into their home, the stranger revealed himself in the sharing of a meal to be Jesus. In the strangeness of this time, Jesus is in our homes if we just invite him. Jesus is with us through our isolation and beyond. Thanks be to God for that!

A friend shared an Isolation Check List with me. I am including it on a separate page in this mailing as a way to help you walk through this time of isolation. Remember you are not alone as Jesus’ is in our home.

You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. If you need anything or know of someone who needs anything, please do not hesitate to call my cell phone 573-832-2475. You can call, if you just want to chat. I would like that!

Prayers,

Pastor Stephanie

 

Call to Worship (Responsive, Based on Psalm 116)

One:    When I cry out in pain and fear,

Many: God hears my cry!

One:    When I come close to death,

Many: God is with me!

One:    How can I thank God for all the love I have been given?

Many: I will sing God’s praises and love God with my whole heart.

 

*Passing of the Peace (Call, text, write a note or email a friend.

 

Hymn "What Wondrous Love is This"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acOZB3u5_Gk

                  

*Prayer:

Holy Living God, Heartbeat of Creation

help us to take this time to center on you,

for you made us,

you gave us life,

and you continue to be with us

every moment… every breath… every step.

Into your care, we offer now,

our worries, fears and strife.

We turn to you and know you’re near–

Your light, our love and life.

Amen.

Children's Message

Scripture

Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Luke 24:13-35

Meditation Jesus Is in Our Homes

I love the story about Jesus’ encounter with the two followers on their way home to Emmaus. Jesus feels like one of those superheroes who keep their identity hidden until the last moment when it is revealed that the mild-mannered reporter is really Superman. It is humorous the way that Cleopas and the unnamed disciple cannot believe that Jesus is the only one who has been in Jerusalem and has not heard about the crucifixion and rumors of an empty tomb. It is like encountering a famous author and trying to tell them about their own books.

It makes me wonder how many times I have tried to tell God what is going on when God has another purpose in mind. Am I being completely foolish in my understanding of a situation? Jesus calls the two disciples fools in their understanding of what has happened in Jerusalem. Don’t you understand that this is what was supposed to happen and not the tragedy that you are making it to be? Jesus explains to them that the crucifixion was all part of the larger plan for salvation. To their credit the two disciples listen and invite this learned new friend into their home for the night.

Once in their home, Jesus is revealed in the sharing of the meal. Jesus is in our homes, if we invite him to be there. Jesus is in our lives, if we are willing to open our eyes and hearts to the truth of God’s will in the world. During this time when we cannot go out and see one another physically, Jesus is present in our homes and in our daily lives. Jesus is our heartfelt, but unseen superhero who walks with us during this strange and difficult time.

Peter and the disciples were living in a strange and difficult time. They were living in that uncertain place between the promise of the resurrection and the birth of the church. When the Holy Spirit came that Pentecost morning, Peter was filled with the power of God to preach an amazing sermon that moved the hearts of many to become followers of Jesus. These early church members would share meals in their homes as they prayed and worshipped God.

God is in our homes during this strange transitional time. We are waiting to go back out into the world and be the Church. That day will come, and the Church will grow into an amazing new movement. But we can share meals and worship in our homes like the members of the early church in Jerusalem.

I invite you to take some bread, it could be biscuit, a cookie, a donut or whatever you have in your home. Sit at your table and imagine that you have invited a stranger to join you for your meal. Say a prayer of blessing over your bread. Use one from your childhood, if you find that comforting. Now break the bread and offer a piece to you guest. Suddenly that guest becomes Jesus. Jesus is in your home, now and always. Open your heart in prayer to hear what God has to say to you...

Prayer:

God who is in our hearts and in our homes, be with us as we pray. There are so many people that we are missing, but they are in our hearts and minds. Loving God surround us all with your comfort.

We pray…

For those who have lost loved ones

For those who are sick and recovering

For those who are caring for loved ones who are sick at home

For those who are caring for persons in medical care

For those who are separated from loved ones

For those who are feeling alone and isolated

For those who are helping and are so very tired

For those who are struggling to find friends, food, and comfort

For those who are afraid

For all who are on our prayer lists

 

Let us pray confidently knowing that God is in our hearts and homes always and in the assurance that through the grace of Jesus that we have new life in him. Let us pray the prayer that he taught us to pray saying,

Lord’s Prayer…Amen.

 

Prayer list:

Simon, Howard, Julia, Ahna, Mike, Josh, Priscilla, Duane, Janet, Grandpa David, Dorothy, Jacob, Jenny, Ann, Dale, Gayle, Don, Cheryl, Dustin, Pat, Student with eating disorder, Tate, Patricia, Roland, Maryann, Amanda, Virginia, Matthew, Tom, Naomi, Vic, Jennelle, Charlie, James, Rick, Christy, Reagan, Kim, Lee, Kevin, Gaylynn, Liz’s sister in law, Naomi, Nathan, Jason, Cheryl, Daniel, Betty, Dax, Carter, Laurie’s mom, Jock, Nancy, Pat, Malachi and Karen, Carolyn, Ellen, Shirley, Mary, Karen, Paul, Hal, Richard, Crystal, Edie, Paula, Jim, Truett, Brett and Danielle, Judy, Laura F, Shirley, Butch, Joyce., Macie, Michel, Dorothy L, family of child who donated a heart to Truett, Corey, Lauren, Anonymous Cancer Patient, Luis, Bernice, Mike, Clyde, Gary S., Linda, Pat, Gary, Dave, Laurie Lee, Gail, Brenda, Breana, Dean, Corey, Jeff, Nancy, Terry, Rev. Cantrell.

Special prayers:

  • Prayers for James Conner and family at the loss of his father.
  • Prayer request for all the people who have been affected by the Coronavirus.
  • Those members of our church and wider community who have been serving others at this time: Senior Center, Helping Hands, Gasconade R-2 Schools, Nursing Homes, Pharmacies, Medical Offices, Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, 911 and more.
  • Joy! Elle Marie Fletcher was born on April 14th! She is the daughter of Hannah and Matt Fletcher. Grandmother is Shelby Uffmann.

 

Offering of Gifts and Selves

            Take a moment to place your offering in an envelope, donate to St. Peter's through Paypal or to make a commitment to give a gift of love to someone this week.

            Prayer of Dedication

God who loves us and hears the concerns of our hearts,
May our gifts and deeds help to let someone know that they are not alone, and that God loves them. Amen.

 

*Benediction

As we close this time together, remember:

God is always with you. No matter what you face,

no matter what trials or hardships come your way,

God is right beside you, offering love straight from the heart,

guiding and directing your path.

So, acknowledge your fear and your worry

and know it is as true and holy as any feeling,

including joy and hope and love.

Take heart! This is the heart of the matter. Amen.

 

Postlude “Straight from the Heart” by Brian Adams. Have a celebration!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ebtjgK8NNU

 

*Adapted from www.worshipdesignstudio.com by Dr. Marcia Mc Fee
St. Peter’s CCLI #133033 for hymns used.

 

 

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