Drive and Drop: food collection

Discovery youth are organizing a food collection to support ElderNet, Mantua Food Pantry, and Ardmore Food Pantry.
Fill a bag with some of the items listed below which are in highest demand in our area right now – or with any other non-perishables.
Drive by the parking lot of GPC on July 14 between 4-6 pm where you will be greeted by a member of Discovery who will take your bags of food from your car and make sure they get to the food pantries.
Invite your friends to join us in this Drive and Drop party, dance a little in your car as you listen to our music, and see the faces of our youth who will be so happy to see you!

Items most needed:
Gift cards to Acme or Giant
Shelf stable milk
Tea, coffee, decaf coffee
Canned fruits
Canned meats: tuna, chicken, Spam
Condiments: relish, ketchup, mustard
Toiletries: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant
Depends

Alignment: Dancing in Nature

This week’s Alignment led by Nora-Simone

Concept, Choreography, and Editing by Nora-Simone
Filming and Editing by Spencer

Take half an hour to sit in quiet meditation in the spiritual practice of alignment.

Maundy Thursday Bread Sharing

As we prepare for our events of Holy Week, we are going to stay closely connected as we are able, but, of course, we are faced with the reality of not being around the same table. We would like, however, to share of the same bread as we celebrate the events of the last supper of Jesus with his disciples on Maundy Thursday.

Attached is a list of our Fellowship Teams which usually prepare our coffee hour refreshments each month. We are hoping that by team, we can make sure that anyone who wants to share of the same bread will be able to.

Ways you can share:
1. Enter your name on this Fellowship Teams doc or email Margaret.
2. Mark whether you would like to receive a piece of our shared sourdough starter or if you would like someone to leave a loaf on your doorstep for Maundy Thursday, April 9.

On the document are instructions for how to keep your starter alive, how to make a loaf, or how to cook your starter as a flatbread without needing any other ingredients or baking skills.
By sharing this starter, we will be sharing of the same bread at our celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, from the expansive table that is the Lord’s.

Alignment Online

Alignment will continue online Sunday at 5 pm. Light a candle, find a quiet spot, and join us to hold the space together for half an hour of connected meditation.
You can always find our Zoom meeting location on the homepage of the website. We use the same Zoom room for all of our programming. https://zoom.us/j/6388516404
Or call in to join the service: +1 646 876 9923

Or connect with us on our Facebook page, on Instagram, or on Twitter. We would love for you to share images, poems, songs, or quotes that bring you alignment during this time. Post with #AlignmentOnline @GladwynePres
Thank you to those of you who have filled in the feedback survey already.

Helping our IHN families

As I’m sure you can imagine, the families that we host through Interfaith Hospitality Network needs some extra help. We are looking into ways that we can support them as most of their host congregations can’t take them in right now. For starters, we can send supplies to the IHN office.
You can find their particular needs on their Amazon wishlist. This is an easy way to shop and support them from afar.

Service for March 15, 2020

GLADWYNE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Order of Morning Worship
3rd Sunday of Lent
March 15, 2020

*Call to Worship 
Come, you who are thirsty—
here is water that sustains weary souls.
Come, you who are despairing—
here is the Rock of Our Salvation.
Come, make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Let us enter God’s presence with praise!

Psalm 95
Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, and a great Sovereign above all gods.
The Lord holds the caverns of the earth, and sustains the heights of the hills.
The sea belongs to God, who made it, whose hands have molded the dry land.
Come let us bow down and bend the knee and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Call to Confession 
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Let us pray.

Prayer of Confession
Lord, time and again, you defy our expectations. You cross barriers of culture and creed and look into the eyes of a stranger, and we are astonished. We confess that we are not keen to do the same. While you teach inclusion, we preserve division; while you model hospitality, we default to suspicion. Open our eyes to see your mission for what it is—the healing of the world. Astonish us with your grace, O God, that we might move from surprise to service, and from doubt to faithfulness. By your Spirit, inspire and empower us to proclaim your good news in word and deed.

Silence

Assurance of Pardon

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand. . . . But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” 
Brothers and sisters, in Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

                   PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

Scripture:    

Exodus 17: 1-7

1 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

John 4:5-42

5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, “I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” 27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him. 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35 Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

Thoughts on the Scripture

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

EMBRACING GOD’S CALL

Announcements

*Charge and Benediction

Interfaith Hospitality Network: our next week of hosting March 1-8

We need lots of helpers for our next week of hosting families who are currently without homes. Our congregation along with our friends from Beth David host the families together for the week. This means we provide their dinner and overnight coverage. You can sign up via this link to help set-up, prepare dinner and eat with the families, or stay overnight.

Set up takes about an hour on Sunday, March 1.
Dinner commitment is from 6-8 pm daily.
Overnight commitment is from 8 pm – 6 am.

If you have any questions about what to do, please contact Margaret Somerville.

Souper Bowl 2020

Sunday, February 2, after morning worship and our congregational meeting, we will celebrate Souper Bowl Sunday will a feast of different kinds of soups and breads. Please sign up here if you can contribute a soup or dessert.

The youth of GPC will be collecting the bags full of groceries that you bring that will go to Mantua Food Pantry.
Studies suggest that we waste and end up throwing away 25% of the groceries we buy every week. Could you consider buying an extra 25% of your weekly groceries to donate this week? We’ll take them right in the paper bags you pack.

Alignment: an alternative worship experience

Alignment
Interfaith Contemplative Practices: Chanting, Meditation, and Prayer
Sundays, 5-6 pm
Starting February 9

For the last three years, we have held a series in the fall called Interfaith Contemplative Practices. This has brought together our neighbors of many different traditions as we have shared our practices of chanting, meditation, prayer, and poetry. This year over sixty people attended our programming, half of whom were not from GPC. We had time during these sessions to learn about and talk about as well as engage in these different practices. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with many people saying that their own spiritual practices have been enriched by the incorporation of the practices of different traditions.

This has led the session to approve the decision to offer an alternative worship experience at GPC. Sundays at 5 pm, we will gather in the Community Room for an hour of contemplative practices from different traditions. Different from the fall programming, this will be a purely experiential time, a time for chanting, meditation, and/or prayer. We hope that it will similarly include our friends of many different faith traditions as well as those who have no faith tradition. It might be a time for those who are not able to come to our traditional 11 am worship service, or for those who are seeking something different.

We will begin with two months, starting February 9, and then ask for feedback to see if this is something we would like to continue.

The first week will be a Sound Bath with crystal bowl ringing and chanting. Several of our members have gone to experience this already and have found it to be an incredibly moving experience and practice. Come and sit in a chair to experience the vibrations of sound or bring a mat, cushion, or blanket to make yourself comfortable on the floor. Please consider inviting your friends to join us.

DateSessionLeader
2.9.2020Healing Sound Bath: bowl ringing and chantingLaura Kellogg
2.16.2020Hindu Mantra ChantingSavita Singh
2.23.2020Tibetan Bowl Ringing Indigo Sanctuary 
3.1.2020Healing Sound Bath: bowl ringing and chantingLaura Kellogg
3.8.2020Zen Buddhist Chanting and MeditationJohn Gruber
3.15.2020Taize and Iona ChantsGPC members
3.22.2020Healing Sound Bath: bowl ringing and chantingLaura Kellogg