Worship at Home for Sunday, May 10 2020

Dear Friends,

In our Gospel lesson for Sunday, Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled and to believe in him. During this time of pandemic, this is so important. It is so easy to let our hearts be troubled. No matter what is happening Jesus is there guiding us with love and preparing a home for us with God.

At St. Peter’s we are preparing to return to worship in our sanctuary. There is a lot to do and consider before we reopen. We are looking at guidelines from the state and our denomination. We will do our best to keep you informed as to when we will reopen, and about the social distancing measures that will be in place to keep us safe. I will let you know more in next week’s mailing.

As part of our gradual reopening, I plan to have office hours this week on Tuesday and Friday from 9am to Noon. If you would like to stop by the church during these times, I welcome you. I am praying for you. If you need me for anything, please call my cell phone number
573-832-2475.

Praying,

Pastor Stephanie

Fifth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day: Prayer and Meditation

Join Pastor Stephanie on Facebook Sunday Morning around 9am

 

Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 31 and John 14:1-14)

One:    God when I am troubled,

Many: You offer me comfort.

One:    When I am frightened,

Many: You offer me security.

One:    God is my rock and salvation.

Many: A mighty fortress is our God!

 

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

 

Opening Hymn                   “A Mighty Fortress”
HeartSong Cedarville University ”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vT6HQ1QaU4

 

Opening Prayer

Loving God, when this world is filled with scary things, you offer us comfort. You are the rock that we cling to in uncertain times. Guide us during this time of worship and prayer. Amen.

 

Scripture:

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

John 14:1-14

Meditation: Do Not Let your Hearts Be Troubled

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” John 10:1. Jesus is giving this pastoral advice to his disciples on the evening of his betrayal. Jesus knows that troubling and frightening events will happen. He knows that the hearts of the disciples will be trembling with fear. Jesus is letting them know that they need to believe in God and in him. That night and the next day would be among the worst the disciples would ever experience. Jesus assures them to trust in him. Trust that all will work out for the best. That promise becomes revealed to them on Easter morning, but those next few days would be troubling and heart wrenching for Jesus’ followers. They need to take Jesus’ words of assurance to heart.

Many parents have experienced that heart wrenching moment when they leave their child at preschool or kindergarten for the first time. Their child often bursts into tears at being separated from mom or dad. I know that leaving my boys at daycare when they were small was hard. I recall dropping Eddy off at his daycare playground and watching him quietly sob. My heart was breaking too, but I needed to go to work. I turned to walk away then looked back. A little girl had gone over to Eddy to comfort him. I heard her say, “Eddy don’t cry. It’s going to be alright.” At that moment by troubled heart was comforted. Eddy slowly stopped crying and joined the others in playground activities. Often the comfort of God comes in the voice and hands of those who reach out to us in love. Sometimes we are the ones who are called to offer God’s comfort and words of assurance.

Jesus assures the disciples that all will be well. Many centuries later Jesus offers this same comfort to us. We may be confused now but believe in Jesus, and he will comfort. Just as a parent will return to pick up her child from school at the end of the day, so Jesus will arrive to take us to our heavenly home. Do not let your heart be troubled, believe.

As adults our troubles are more complicated than being separated from a loving parent for a few hours. Due to the pandemic many people are separated from physically seeing others for long periods of time. This is truly troubling. It is up to us to reach out to God in prayer and to reach out to one another with loving words of comfort.

Currently the church council and others at St. Peter’s are prayerfully grappling with how and when we are to return to worship and fellowship in our church building. How should we do so in the most responsible way? Our denomination has guidelines. Our state government has guidelines. We want everyone to be safe. We want to be faithful people of God while lamenting the current situation.

Psalm 31 is a lament. The psalmist is lamenting the troubles in his life. Through all the difficulties, God is there. God is the rock that comforts and gives safety. It is in God that we must trust for strength and guidance. “If we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing,” begins the second verse of A Might Fortress by Martin Luther. The hymn goes on to say that our trust needs to be in Jesus. Only Jesus is strong enough to win these battles. Jesus tells us to believe in him; to believe in God. Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled, trust in him to win the battle and bring us home. Let us do that. Amen.

 

Hymn              “Nothing Can Trouble (Nada te Turbe)”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go1-BoDD7CI

 

*Prayer:
On this Mother’s Day we give thanks for the women in our community who care for others in faith and in love. Take time to thank a woman who has treated you with loving kindness.

God who eases our troubled hearts, we believe and follow you. You are our guide in all times. You are rock and salvation. We lift up to You in prayer all that trouble us as we give them over to Your care: We entrust into your care the ones we lift up in prayer…
Those who are sick. Those who care for the sick.
Those who hunger. Those who feed the hungry.
Those who are lonely. Those who reach out to the lonely.
Those who are poor. Those who care for the poor.
Those who grieve. Those who comfort.
Those who need a mother’s care. Those who show loving care to others.
Alleluia! We believe and trust in your way.

Let us now prayer the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Lord’s Prayer

 

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, aryann, 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:

  • 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.

Goodwill/Offering

  • Take time to create a box to put food in to give to Helping Hands. Decorate the box with loving messages.
  • Write your troubles on a piece of paper. Place that paper in a box. Give that box and your troubles of
  • Paint a prayer/worry rock to place somewhere that someone will find it and be inspired.
  • Donate via PayPal on our website or write a check.
  • Send a loving note to someone.

            Prayer of Dedication

God, we give you thanks for calming our troubled hearts and preparing homes for us to live here on earth and in your heavenly realm. We offer up our hearts and gifts to you. Bless these gifts of our hearts. 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, always filling your cup to overflowing,

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.

Closing Hymn            “Come From the Heart” by Kathy Mattea

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMaQ1EjmGkk

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

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