Worship – May 10th – The Way

How to use this resource:
Set aside intentional time to read the words below, watch the videos, listen to the music, and be in prayer. Gather together everyone in your house for this time. Treat the time and space as sacred: shut of electronics, silence the cell phones, and minimize distractions.

As you move through the service, share the leadership! If you have kids or youth in your household, invite them to do a piece or two of the service.

The kids’ bulletin, which is based upon the Psalm reading, can be found here for this week!

Time for Silence and Reflection
During this season of Easter, we are taking time to quiet our hearts in preparation of worship. Set aside this time, at the beginning of worship, to be silent and have your house be silent. As we spend this time apart, focus in the silence upon that which connects us: the love of God in all places and times.

[Silence]

Seeking peace in a broken world,
but also knowing God’s peace through God’s presence,
we pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Seeking peace in suffering, illness, and pain,
but also feeling God’s peace through healing, prayer, and those who help,
we pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Seeking peace through our distress, depression, isolation, and fear,
but also feeling God’s peace through the words of loved ones
and the hope we see in the world,
we pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Seeking peace through the pain of worshiping separately,
longing for our holy community to be gathering,
but also feeling peace through God’s presence with each of us
as we worship together distantly,
we pray to the Lord.
Lord have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, loving Lord.
We need you now, as we have needed you every day.
We cannot live without you.
Amen.

Gathering Song – God of Wonders
Words are included in the video.

Scripture Readings

Reading – 1 Peter 2:2-10
The reading can be found here.
Read below by Sandy Swaby

Psalm Reading – Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 – Read Together and Responsively
The reading is below.
Read below by Beverlee Gibbs-Cassady

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
    do not let me ever be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily.


Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.

Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
My times are in your hand;
    deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love.

Gospel Reading – John 14:1-14
The reading can be found here.
Read below by Molly Wiles

Message – Pastor Adam

Questions for Reflection
How do you look for certainty for comfort?



Is there an appropriate and inappropriate time for this search?



As you think of Jesus’ life, death and, resurrection, what are pieces of “the way” that you see?



Should Pastor Adam be allowed to buy outdoor gear solely for the sake of sermon illustrations?

Centering Songs
Traditional Song – A Mighty Fortress
Words are included in the video.

Contemporary Song – Your Name is Power – Rend Collective
Words included in the song.


Prayers
There are two options for our prayers during this worship. You can pray for our healthcare workers who faithfully serve as our healers as the pandemic continues. That prayer is below.
Or, you can take time to pray a prayer of celebration and lament for Mother’s Day, which can be found on this page.
Or do both!

Prayers for Our Healthcare Workers
Loving God,
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
[Silence for Reflection]

Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Guide them to peace of heart and mind.
[Silence for Reflection]

Keep them safe from harm.
Guide them in safe practices.
[Silence for Reflection]

May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
Guide them into a place of deep self-worth.
[Silence for Reflection]

God of all wisdom and guidance
may they know your way and peace.
May all who care for other
find paths of wholeness
for themselves and their patients.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families.
Amen.

Blessing – Based on John 14:1-4
Don’t let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God, and in God’s son, Jesus Christ,
who is the way, the truth and the life,
and through whom we come to know the Father.

And may the blessing of God,
the grace of Jesus Christ,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit
go with you as you leave this place.
Amen.

Offering and Giving
Shepherd of the Hills will continue to provide worship, support and outreach as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Of course, your giving helps support these efforts. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries. There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.
Thank for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.

Kyrie written by Pastor Nissa Peterson