may 10 sunday service

The singular mark of patience is not endurance or fortitude but hope. 

To be impatient . . . is to live without hope.  

Patience is grounded in the Resurrection. 

It is life oriented toward a future that is God's doing, and its sign is longing, 

not so much to be released from the ills of the present, 

but in anticipation of the good to come.

Tertullian

prelude

Let the Prelude this week, with the voices of the children raised to honor their mothers, remind you to pray for the parents in our church as they disciple their children and teach them what it means to love and follow Jesus.

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call to worship

Take turns reading the Call to Worship, joining your voices for the bold.


In this moment, let us quiet our hearts and rest in the Lord.

Let us slow our thoughts and pause our rushing.


Let us breathe in and out and be mindful that it is God's Spirit that gives us the breath of life.

As we raise our voices in praise, let us quiet our inner clamor of ideas, tasks, hurts and worries.


Let us find rest, like a little child half asleep, in the arms of God.

Let us learn to quietly trust the Lord but wait expectantly for his salvation.

Amen.


Hymn - Come Thou Long Expected Jesus


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confession of sin

Father, we feel like we have been sheltering in place for too long. We are bored and weary. 

Forgive us for not waiting with expectant hope for what you will do in us, in our church and in our country during this time.


Father, we are tired of the same walls and the same meals. Tired of waiting. Tired of virtual chats and online worship. We long for physical communion. For hugs and handshakes, for sharing the bread and the cup together. And all this waiting and longing and lack has made us complainers.

Forgive us for our impatience with your timing. Forgive us for focusing on our lack rather than our many gifts.


Father, you and you alone know the depth of our need and what we truly need. And yet we grumble about another week of things not going the way we had planned or desired.

Forgive us for our unholy discontent because we do not fully trust you to provide for our needs.


Take a few moments to silently confess your sins.

the good news of forgiveness

Jesus knows our every weakness and loves us still. Rejoice in the promise of Christ's amazing grace to sinners. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

gospel partner glimpses

We reached out to the gospel partners that our church supports financially to ask them to provide a glimpse of what life looks like for them during this pandemic. This week we hear from Dan and Becky Young who serve with Mission to the World (MTW) on the US/Mexico border. You can email them a personal note of encouragement at danyoung4@me.com.

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prayers for the church and world

Click the audio file below to participate in the prayers of the people. Conclude your prayer with the 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 our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory forever.

Amen.



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tithes and offerings

Thank you for your ongoing generosity to the church! With all the upheaval in our world, let us continue to invest our money, time and talents in the kingdom of God.


To donate online (the easiest and safest method right now), click the Tithe button below. It will open a form in a new browser.

You can, however, continue to write and mail checks to the church address.


Hymn - My Worth Is Not In What I Own


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sermon


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sermon discussion/application

Where are you putting in the hours right now? How can you invest your time, like Anna, more fully in God's eternal kingdom?


Put differently, if what you long for, you work for, what are you longing for right now? Does it hold eternal value?


When you pray this week, think about how it is an act of protest (for what is not well) and petition (for things to be made well). Let those truths help shape your prayers.


Do you have anything to bear witness to about God this week? Has He shown you anything about His character or purposes? Who can you tell?

Hymn - Amazing Grace


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words of sending

Based on Romans 8:25


Let us hope, like Anna, for what we do not see, as we wait for it with patience.

song of sending (postlude)

Sing or say the following:


Come, Thou long expected Jesus

Born to set Thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us, 

Let us find our rest in Thee.


Israel's strength and consolation,

Hope of all the earth Thou art;

Dear desire of every nation,

Joy of every longing heart.

announcements

If you are new to our church, welcome! We would love to get to know you and encourage you to complete the form below so that we can follow up with you!


A reminder that our church is participating in a 31 Day Challenge towards Community in an intentional effort to lean into our church family while we maintain social distance. We are praying that we emerge from this season more connected than ever before, only by the power and unity of the Spirit.


Children! Pastor O'Donnell loves seeing your sermon notes and the activities you complete as part of our Westminster Kids! Your parents can take a picture of what you complete and share it with him at dodonnell@wpchurch.com.


We have several virtual small groups to help us connect while we cannot be together. To learn more, email Emily O'Donnell at eodonnell@wpchurch.com.


It is a privilege to pray for each other as we face challenges and joys. To share a specific prayer request with the church leadership, email Pastor O'Donnell at dodonnell@wpchurch.com. You can also contact the Deacons at deacons@wpchurch.com. We are blessed by sharing each other's burdens, however big or small.


The Youth Group continues to meet virtually on Wednesday nights. If you are interested in learning more, contact Erik Schwartz at eschwartz@wpchurch.com. 


A reminder that our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place Sunday, June 14. Mark your calendars now!

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