Worship for Sunday, April 19, 2020

Prayer:

God who loves us for who we are,

You feel our pain, joy and love.

You understand when we need to feel your presence in our lives,

And you show up to let us know how much we are loved.

Thank you for showing yourself in our risen Savior, Jesus. Amen.

In your Bible please read:

Acts 2:14a, 22-36

John 20:19-31

 

Meditation: God Still Shows Up (link to podcast)

We feel like Thomas. The great events are happening, but we are missing them. Do not worry, even when we are stuck at home. God still shows up. Even when we cannot worship together God still shows up. Even when we are kept apart, God still shows up. Thomas just wants what everyone else has, the risen Christ to show up in his life. He feels as though he has missed the great event and only heard the after story. Thomas wants Jesus in his life and wonders why he is missing out. Then Jesus shows up…

What great events have you been missing? Funerals have become private affairs with only the immediate family at the service and burial. We feel left out of comforting our grieving friends. Easter worship was held at home with printed material or listening online. We feel left out of worshiping with our friends and family. Easter celebrations with family and friends were restricted. No egg hunts, no large gatherings, we feel left out. High School Seniors will not have their traditional commencement in May. Project Graduation funds may not be used for a big party. Parties with family and friends will be delayed. We feel left out and cheated.

Thomas was left out of the party when Jesus appeared to the disciples. Mary had told of the risen Christ after her garden meeting with him on Easter morning. Jesus appeared in the locked room to the others showing his hands and sides, wishing them all peace and empowers them with the Holy Spirit with his breath. Thomas was not there for this. Thomas felt left out. Thomas wants his encounter too and seems to demand it. Where is God for him?

Many people are asking where is God at this time? Where is God when people are dying? Where is God when the economy is sliding into recession? Where is God when someone loses their job? Where is God when I am restricted to my home or my one room in a care center? Where is God when I do not have enough money for food? Where is God in all of this?

Even in all our pain and confusion, God still shows up! Mary was in a place of despair when Jesus came to her in the garden. The disciples in the locked room were frightened and grieving when Jesus appeared and wished them peace. Thomas was feeling left out, when Jesus showed up and let him feel his hands and side. Even in the pandemic, God still shows up!

Where? In the meals delivered to school children on Mondays at Owensville High School and Gerald Elementary School. Meals are shared at the Senior Center. Helping Hands is still open. God is showing up in our community. God shows up in the hospital rooms to care for the sick and comfort their dying. God shows up as we pray for one another. God shows up even when we least expect it. God shows up!

God shows up in the form of laughter at our current situation. There are those who like having worship at home in their pajamas with their breakfast. Bob Depperman shared this story with me for Holy Humor Sunday,

Monsignor Dolan of NY said he got a call from a lady telling him she kinda liked worship at home   She said she could enjoy a Bloody Mary during his sermon.  Finally recognizing the voice,  he said  "Oh Come On Mom....

God shows up in the laughter and joy that we can bring to a difficult situation. when you feel ready to give up. Say a prayer, because God will still show up!

* Prayer:

It is difficult in this moment not to be near some of the people we love and might be worried about. Take a moment and say out loud the names of people you wish were right there next to you at your table today. As we name them, they are present with us in our hearts.

[pause a minute to do so]

We also want to call to mind, the people we cannot name, whose names we do not know. But we know they need our prayers and God’s comfort.

This list could be read by several voices in attendance:

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

[add other categories as feels right for you]

Leader: Let us take another breath of Spirit as our “Amen.” We know that God sends out our prayers and the Spirit, Breath of God, is blowing from within us outward, as a Spirit of Compassion and Presence. [pause for a deep breath]

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:

  • For the family and friends of Caden Moss who passed from this life this week due to injuries from a car accident.
  • 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.

 

*Benediction (based on Psalm 16)

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, whispering “Peace be with you,”

guiding and directing your path.

So do not live in fear, but in joy.

Take heart! This is the heart of the matter.

Amen.

 

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

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