As many of you heard me mention in worship this past Sunday our church is continuing to be in conversation with the congregation of Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana [PIP] in Oakland. Their congregation/community is being particularly impacted during this COVID-19 pandemic and our church is feeling called to come alongside their church during this time. For those of you wanting/able/feeling called to help, there are a number of ways you can do so:
There are a number of ways you can help as we assist PIP immediately à
- First and foremost their leadership is asking you/our church to pray – to pray for all those being impacted by this difficult time and in particular a family in their congregation that has tested positive for COVID-19.
- You can drop items [from the list below] off at the church Saturday morning [May 23rd] between the hours of 10:00-11:30am. We will have people present who will remove the items from your trunk
- You can email me your name, address and what you have to donate and I/we will coordinate picking the items up from your house
- You can make a financial donation that will be given to the Primera Iglesia Church so that they can provide assistance/food as they see best fit. Donations can be made on our church web site: www.fpcl.us
Items we are accepting:
- Diapers – this is a new and significant need. In particular they need diapers for newborn-9 months old
- Cooking Oil
- Canned meats
Thanks so so much for your willingness to help if you are able. And regardless of whether or not you can give at this time – please be praying for the many people being hit hard by this time of sheltering in place and its economic impact.
Grace & Peace, Steve
Hello FPCL family,
As we think about the way things were and the way we envision they might be, we have a chance to do things differently. The old ways are no longer working, and the new ways are flexibly still becoming. As we find a way forward to be together, work together, live and do business together, we are invited to ask:
• What has this time-out taught us?
• In what ways are we called to change our society?
• How can we intentionally make space and time for what matters?
I look forward to exploring chapter 5 of James with you as we conclude our journey through this book of Wisdom literature on Sunday!
Join us online at 10:00am as we continue in our sermon series – “Walking Our Talk” as we focus on the letter of James. You can join us and access the service on the home page of the church web page:www.fpcl.us
This week's bulletin information:
5Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. 2Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. 3Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasurefor the last days. 4Listen! The wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts on a day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.
7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.11Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
12 Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘Yes’ be yes and your ‘No’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
1 Samuel 7:7-12
7 When the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it they were afraid of the Philistines. 8The people of Israel said to Samuel, ‘Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, and pray that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.’ 9So Samuel took a sucking lamb and offered it as a whole burnt-offering to the Lord; Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. 10As Samuel was offering up the burnt-offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel; but the Lord thundered with a mighty voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion; and they were routed before Israel. 11And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as beyond Beth-car.
12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’
May 24, 2020 Worship
HYMN OF CELEBRATION: #488 The God of Abraham Praise (all verses)
Vs. 1 The God of Abraham praise, Who reigns enthroned above; The ancient of eternal days, The God of love!
The Lord, the great I Am, By earth and heaven confessed, We bow before Your holy name, Forever blest.
Vs. 2 Your spirit still flows free, High surging where it will; In prophet’s word You spoke of old and You speak still.
Established is Your law, And changeless it shall stand, Deep write upon the human heart, On sea, or land.
Vs. 3 You have eternal life implanted in the soul; Your love shall be our strength and stay, While ages roll.
We praise You, living God! We praise Your holy name; The first, the last, beyond all thought, And still the same!
GATHERING PRAYER & AFFIRMATION
Pastor Josh Jonas
Hear the good news of the Gospel: God’s love is unconditional, and God’s mercy is everlasting. When we ask to be forgiven, we are assured of God’s grace. Thanks be to God!
NEWS OF THE COMMUNITY
Pastor Steve Wilde
OFFERTORY: Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
arr. Keith Christopher
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love and pow’r.
I will arise and go to Jesus; He will embrace me in His arms; In the arms of my dear Savior, Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify; True belief and true repentance, ev’ry grace that brings you nigh.
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 7:7-12
HYMN OF CELEBRATION: #356 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (all verses)
Vs. 1 Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above;Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, Mount of God’s unchanging love!
Vs. 2 Here I raise my Ebenezer, Hither by Thy help I’m come;And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God;He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.
Vs. 3 O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let that grace now, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING: James 5
SERMON SERIES: Walking Our Talk - Message: Crossing the Threshold
Pastor Denia Segrest
PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER
HYMN OF DEDICATION: #262 God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand (verses 1,3,4)
Vs. 1 God of the ages, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.
Vs. 3 From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, Be Thy strong arm our ever-sure defense; Thy true religion in our hearts increase; Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.
Vs. 4 Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way, Lead us from night to never-ending day; Fill all our lives with love and grace divine, And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.