Welcome & Community Sharing
We welcome you to our First Online Worship service during this time of “pause” as directed by NY State. We understand that this is not an ideal situation, but we must remember to keep the greater needs of our community as priority right now. We have tried to put together a worship service that you can follow along with at home, at a time that is convenient for you this Sunday. Rev. Jenna Heery, our pulpit supply for this week, has graciously agreed to record a message for us. Since we had already put together the bulletin, we have decided to include the whole liturgy below. If you have any you would like to share with the congregation, concerns, or would like to request prayers, please leave a comment at the bottom. Take a minute to check those comments throughout the upcoming week and pray for those who need it.
Call to Worship
Some of us are exhausted.
We come to rest.
Some of us are curious.
We come to learn.
Some of us are hungry.
We come to be fed.
Some of us are disoriented.
We come to pray.
Some of us are broken.
We come to be healed.
We gather around you this morning, O Christ.
Teach us, feed us, hear us, heal us. Grant us your peace. Amen.
“Be Thou My Vision”
Call To Confession
(words inspired by Hebrews 4:14-16)
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, as we walk with Christ to the cross, you remind us time and time again that you walk with us. Even in the darkest of valleys, we are not alone. Yet, when the world is filled with fear and we feel surrounded only by darkness, too often we do not see your light. We are blinded by the darkness. Open our eyes. Remind us of your presence. Help us love you, your world, and all of your children better. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Believe the good news of the Gospel: in Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Sharing our Gifts
If you are able, please continue your monetary support of First Presbyterian by mailing your checks into church (PO Box 306, Cazenovia, NY 13035) or setting up to donate online via our online giving system at Tithe.ly. If you need assistance setting up the online giving, please contact the office.
“Open My Eyes That I May See”
The Psalter: Psalm 23 (NRSV)
The Divine Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
“Born Blind” by Rev. Jenna Heery
Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer
Almighty God, we bow before you mindful that too often we ask the
wrong questions, fail to see others as you see them and respond to your
healing mercy with skepticism rather than joy. Grant us clear vision,
especially during this time when so many are reeling from the impact of
We pray for the church, that we might truly be Christ’s Body, tending to
the most vulnerable, extending compassion to all and bearing witness to
the healing love Jesus came to bring the world.
We pray for our congregation, help us to draw closer together in this time
of social distancing. As we recognize the gift of being in close physical
proximity, we treasure every opportunity to be together by whatever
means available to us. May our ministry be a blessing and a beacon of
hope in our community.
We pray for our world, the needs of which seem overwhelming. Knowing
that Jesus is Lord of all we remember those around the globe who suffer
due to a lack of life’s basic necessities. You tell us, God, not to hoard or
build bigger barns, but instead to share what we have and care for the
least of these. In this time of increased stress and strain, a time when
those already on the edge may well be pushed into the abyss, we seek
your strength and your wisdom. We offer to you the resources that you
have given us to steward and trust that you will bless and multiply them
so that all may be nurtured and fed.
We pray for those on the front-lines of combating this virus, healthcare
workers, first responders, caregivers and leaders, grant them clear
thinking, rest and the peace that passes understanding.
We lift up to you now, Lord, the concerns that weigh on our minds and
the deepest longings of our hearts. (Silence) We entrust them all to you,
knowing you will do more than we can ever hope or imagine.
Open our eyes, that we may see, believe and follow Jesus Christ, the
Messiah, who taught us to say when we pray, Our Father…
© Presbyterian Outlook, 2020. Liturgy written by Jill Duffield
“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil; support the weak; help the suffering; honor all
people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of
the Holy Spirit be with you all.