Pastoral Message

for May 10, 2020

Mother's Day - 5th Sunday of Easter
9th Sunday of Shutdown due to Pandemic

The Rev. Dr. Brenda M. Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor

Below is a full video of this service. Please join us in reciting the Gathering Prayer and the Lord's Prayer, as well as sing the hymn! The words and lyrics are beneath the video. Enjoy and be safe!!


PRELUDE: God So Loved The World (arr. Benjamin Harlan)
Mary Lou Keefe, organ


     Creator God, who gives us life,
     may we know you on this day
     as a deep and nurturing love,
     a strong and gentle peace,
     a wisdom that teaches us,
     a compassion that opens us,
     a grace that sustains us.
     Whatever our personal needs and our common need
     right now,
     may we not miss this day’s beauty and blessing
     that you offer to us all,
     as you call us to live the way of Christ.
     We gather our prayers into one prayer,
     in the words Jesus has taught us:

     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 debts
     as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,  
     but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
     and the glory forever.  Amen.

READING FROM SCRIPTURE              Psalm 139:1-18, from The Common English Bible

SERMON                         If Only We Had Known

HYMN                           For the Beauty of the Earth

     For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies;
     For the love which from our birth over and around us lies,
     Lord of all, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.

     For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,
     Hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light,
     Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

     For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind's delight,
     for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight,
     Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

     For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
     Friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild,
     Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

            Joys and Concerns, Pastoral Prayer


POSTLUDE: Bring, O Morn, Thy Music (arr. Howard Helvey)
Mary Lou Keefe, organ

Steve Byko, Deacon
Mary Lou Keefe, Director of Music
Jerry Alonzy, Webmaster and videographer
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor