Outdoor Service June 7

Outdoor Service June 7

Welcome to St. John’s! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing health and safety concerns in Pennsylvania, St. John’s will hold Worship at 9:30 AM in the parking lot with the following guidelines:

  • No bulletins will be handed out, but the service is available on Facebook and below.
  • Even as restrictions are being lifted, please remember to keep social distancing and wear masks for your and others’ protection

We will continue to respect our leaders’ directives and conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner. If you choose to worship with us please stay in your cars and distance from others. Despite these dark days, we will keep turning toward the light. May our Lord Jesus have mercy on us and the whole world. Contact Pastor Jody at godtalk@ptd.net for more information! Please note that the Sunday School building and its bathrooms will remain closed to protect the health and safety of all.

WORSHIP SERVICE: June 7, 2020 at 9:30 AM “The Holy Trinity Sunday”

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Pastor: To God be all glory, the One who visits us in three persons, the Holy Trinity of hope and love.
People: For there is no place which is without you, O God, and no time when you are not there.
Pastor: For you are the beginning and the end,
People: The source of all that is in the wonder of eternity.
Pastor: And yet, you take us by the hand and lead us, as the life of Christ walks our human way and shows us that life is stronger than death.
People: In the Holy Spirit, we are gifted, again and again, and are called onwards toward a future in which we are surrounded with love and grace.
Pastor: We praise and worship you, O God,
People: For there is no other God like you!

SONG: “Shall We Gather at the River”
1) Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever, flowing by the throne of God?

Refrain: Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.

2) On the margin of the river, washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever, all the happy golden day.

3) Ere we reach the shining river, lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown.

4) Soon we’ll reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease;
Soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace.

GREETING:
Pastor: The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.

KYRIE ELEISON:
Refrain: Kyrie Eleison on our world and on our way, Kyrie Eleison every day.
1) For peace in the world, for the health of the church, for the unity of all. For this holy house, for all who worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord.

2) That we may live out your impassioned response to the hungry and the poor; that we may live out truth and justice and grace, let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord.

3) For peace in our hearts, for peace in our homes, for friends and family. For life and for love, for our work and our play, let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord.

4) For your spirit to guide, that you center our lives in the Water and the Word. That you nourish our souls with your body and blood, let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord.

PRAYER OF THE DAY:
Pastor: Let’s all pray together as one,
People: Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

HOLY SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:1-2:4
PSALM 8

Response: O Lord our Lord, how exalted is your name in all the world!

GOSPEL HYMN: “Wonderful Words of Life”
1) Sing them over again to me, Wonderful words of life.
Let me more of their beauty see, Wonderful words of life.
Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty.

Refrain: Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

2) Christ, the blessed one gives to all, Wonderful words of life.
Sinner, list to the loving call, Wonderful words of life.
All so feely given, Wooing us to heaven.

3) Sweetly echo the gospel call, Wonderful words of life.
Offer pardon and peace to all, Wonderful words of life.
Jesus, only Savior, Sanctify forever.

HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 28:16-20
MESSAGE

SONG: “The River is Here”
1) Down the mountain, the river flow, and brings refreshing wherever it goes
Through the valleys and over the fields, The river is rushing and the river is here.

Chorus: The river of God set our feet a-dancing, The river of God fills our hearts with cheer.
The river of God fills our mouths with laughter and we rejoice for the river is here.

2) The river of God is teeming with life, And all who touch it can be revived,
And those who linger on this river’s shore, Will come back thirsting for more of the Lord.

3) Up to the mountain we love to go, To find the presence of the Lord
Along the banks of the river we run, We dance with laughter giving praise to the Son.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
LORD’S PRAYER:
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.

BENEDICTION
CLOSING HYMN: “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb”

1) Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Chorus: Are you washed (are you washed), In the blood (in the blood)
In the soul cleansing blood of the lamb? Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2) Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

3) When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

4) Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb.
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean
O, be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

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