Sunday March 15, 2020

Welcome to our Virtual Worship experience! Please light a candle if you wish to represent the light of Christ and have a small bowl of water available.  We invite you to dip your finger in the water and make the sign of the cross upon your forehead as Pastor Kim shares the Thanksgiving for Baptism.

Welcome & Thanksgiving for Baptism

Song: Jesus We Are Gathered (ELW#529)

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, it is good for us to gather as your beloved in community. We treasure your presence with us in word and meal, song and prayer. Be with us in these days when gathering together as often as we would like is not possible. When we must be apart for reasons of safety, we trust that you surround us with your sheltering wings. Encourage us in connecting as we are able, reaching out to our neighbors in need and being persistent in prayer. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our constant companion. Amen.

Reading: Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade by your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Holy Gospel & Message

Song: God Whose Will is Health and Wholeness

This hymn was written in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

God whose will is health and wholeness, hear your people as we pray:

Many now are facing illness; more face sickness every day.

As we lift our song toward heaven, may we use the gifts you give –

Science, justice, and compassion – to help others safely live.

Jesus taught that your commandments call for us to use the mind.

May we use the gifts of science to seek health for humankind.

Bless the ones who work for healing; bless the ones who seek to be

Builders of a health care system that protects society.

Loving God, we ask your blessing on the sick and those they love,

And we pray for those now grieving as they lift their cries above.

There is trouble all around us; illness causes pain and fear.

Give compassion, love and kindness as we serve your people here.

Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Prayers of the Faithful & Benediction

A Message from Bishop Elizabeth Eaton