Click on this link to our Alignment Interfaith Advent Calendar. It has been a wonderful experience putting this together with 16 spiritual leaders from 10 different traditions to offer you a calendar of daily contemplative practices for December – a beautiful collection of images, verses, chants, prayers, and meditations.
Each day starting on December 1, click on the date on the calendar, and a new contemplative practice will open for you. I hope it brings you peace in this month of waiting and expectation when we respect the darkness in our lives and recognize the gifts that are present in the darkness.
Please consider sharing this with friends and post on social media. We hope that it will be a gift to be shared with many communities.
Our Youth Group, Discovery, is taking on a new challenge, and they need your help. They are trying to provide those who are incarcerated in Montgomery County Correctional Facility with much requested copies of the Qur’an. Requests for copies of the Qur’an have skyrocketed during these difficult times. Our hope is that people can have access to the sacred text that is important to them. So the members of Discovery would like to earn copies of the Qur’an by donating service hours. On this sheet you will see volunteering hours that they have completed or intend to complete. Would you consider sponsoring them by donating a $10 copy of a Qur’an for every hour they volunteer in the community? Add your name to this sheet to be a sponsor for one hour or several and then make your donation in one of these ways:
- by sending $10 online by credit card and marking Prison Ministry in the notes section
- by purchasing this version of the Qur’an yourself and having it shipped to Margaret (417 Yorkshire Rd, Rosemont 19010)
- or by sending a check to the church office, marked for Prison Ministry
Also if you have some work you would like them to do outside or online for you, let me know and I can add that to the list.
In worship we expressed our gratitude for these gifts that we identified and recognized that we have received. We raised them as our psalm of thanksgiving. We consecrated them during our celebration of the Lord’s Supper with the intention that, having received these gifts, we will use them as a part of our ongoing ministry and work of reconciliation in this world.
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 (regular and decaf)
Canned fruits and vegetables
Applesauce/Fruit – cans or cups
Canned meats: tuna, chicken, Spam
Canned/Pouched Meals (beef stew, chili, ravioli)
Condiments: relish, ketchup, mustard, mayo – smaller sizes (15 – 22 oz)
Toiletries: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant
Bread, sliced loaves
Peanut Butter, Jelly
Spaghetti Sauce (24 oz jars/cans)
Saltine or Ritz Crackers (sleeves)
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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?”
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
*Charge and Benediction