We will not gather in person tomorrow, but you’re invited to join us for a live stream of worship at 11:00 am (if you miss it, you can watch it later). We’ll have it on our website, www.bluffpc.org or you can go directly to the youtube video. If you have a smart tv and app, go to the youtube app and search for bluff presbyterian church, once you find our channel, subscribe so it will be easier to get to in the future! We will also be on Facebook live, which you can find on our Facebook page. If you need help getting to the right place, just ask for some help! If you have older relatives who are in your “circle” during this time, consider having them join you for worship tomorrow morning or show them how to access it at their house. We look forward to welcoming John Rea, Donna Jo Mangus, Glen Godwin and Jenna Jo Mangus to the live stream worship in the morning! Here is the order of worship if you’d like to follow along at home:
Order of Worship
Bluff Presbyterian Church
4th Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:00 am
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS – Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley
OPENING SENTENCES OF SCRIPTURE – John Rea
God sent Christ into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
God’s love endures forever
God is our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
Though the water roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble with its tumult
God’s love endures forever
PRAYER OF CONFESSION -Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley
God, we worry. We worry about what we will eat and what we will drink, we worry about our health and we worry about what we look like. We are very worried right now. God, we judge. We judge those who aren’t taking this crisis seriously, we judge those who we think are taking it too far, we judge the people making decisions and the people sitting back and doing nothing. We are very judgmental right now. Forgive us. Remind us that you care for us as the birds of the air and the lillies of the field, so that we may strive first for the kingdom of God. (moment of silent confession). Gratefully we pray, Amen.
INVITATION TO THE OFFERING – John Rea
If you’d like to give electronically, you can Text the amount to (910) 406-6405 or https://bluffpc.breezechms.com/give/online. You’ll have to fill out your information the first time but after that you can simply text the amount. You can still send checks to PO Box 96, Wade, NC 28395 as well or call Rhonda Walker for her to pick up a check or cash from you.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Blessed are you, O God maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions.
Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love; through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.
PRAYER CONCERNS AND CELEBRATIONS -and PASTORAL PRAYER- Rev. Meg Linday Dudley
Church Members and Family
Donnie McIntyre, Deb Young, Juanita Wilburn, Cordie Daughtry, Jean McLaurin, Scottie Godwin, Danielle Rea, Tracey Gardner, Vann Gurganus, Vernon Williford, James Carter, Glen Godwin, Wesley Turner, Randy Gillmore, Frankie McLaurin, Roye Bostick, Tonya Young, Johnny Carter, Margaret Barnes, Barbara Lloyd, Tommy Menefee
Doris Starling, Faye Lucas
Sybil Lucas (Hillside, Wake Forest), Doris Moore (Bethesda, Eastover), Mac Williams (Elmcroft, Hillsborough)
Friends of the Church
Sarah Burchett, Waylon Mitchell, Lois McLamb, Bill Norman, Ronnie Whitman, Michelle Fitzgerald, Ben Buchanan, Wilda Mae Stewart, Phyllis Matthews, Wingate Collier, Richard Crunkleton, Pam Thompson, Wade Hall, Norman Hall, Vivian Smith, Camrin Hales, Janet Collier, Lynne Laber, Becky Hill, Andy Lepper, Judy Burge, Nancy Watts, Theresa Hall, Clark Young, Eula Hall, Lamar Smith, Gary Thornton, Donnie White, Anna Corbin, Barry Helms
Ashleigh Aponte (FTCC), Ashlyn Hall (ECU), Katie Murphy (William Peace), Casey Williford (FTCC)
Armed Services Tripp Lloyd (Army), Joshua Taylor (Afghanistan)
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 us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen
ANTHEM – “Surely the Presence” – Donna Jo Mangus and Glen Godwin
SCRIPTURE READING- Matthew 6:19-7:12
‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
‘The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
‘No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Let me take the speck out of your eye”, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.
‘Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.
‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
SERMON – “Why we Worry, Why We Judge” – Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen