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
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Pledges and Offerings

GPC, like many non-profits and small businesses, will probably suffer from the financial implications of Covid-19. While we are no longer holding gatherings in the building, we still have expenses associated to the building plus salaries of staff who have continued working. In order to help maintain our financial order, please mail your pledges and offerings to the church at 1321 Beaumont Drive, Gladwyne, PA 19035.

In the meantime, the staff are looking into the possibility of setting up on-line giving. However, most on-line providers charge about 3% of the donation as a service charge, so if we do set up this form of giving, we would hope that you could help cover this cost.

As more information develops we will keep you informed. Blessings!

Calendar and Birthdays

Events: All via Zoom

Monday, March 23rd:

9 am Prayer and Share

Tuesday, March 24th:

9 am Prayer and Share

10 am Bible Study: Letter of James

Wednesday, March 25th:

9 am Prayer and Share

7 pm Lenten Program

Thursday, March 26th:

9 am Prayer and Share

Noon: Zoom Call with Students at Givat Haviva International School

7 pm COALESCE: Study of Holy Envy

Friday, March 27th

9 am Prayer and Share

Saturday, March 28th:

1 pm Memorial Service for Wicky Dayton

Sunday, March 29th:

11 am Worship

5 pm Alignment

Monday, March 30th:

9 am Prayer and Share

Tuesday, March 31st:

9 am Prayer and Share

10 am Bible Study: 1 Letter to the Thessalonians

Birthdays:

March 25th:

Douglas Pratt

March 29th:

Sandy Drayer

Prayers for the Week of March 23rd

Prayers of comfort for Marilyn who recently went to hospice care.

Prayers of healing for Norman.

Prayers of mourning for Linda at the passing of her brother.

Prayers for Marianne and her family as they attempt to get home from Zambia.

Prayers for the people of Washington, in particular Mark and Hanna and Brianna.

Prayers for all the small businesses that have been forced to close due to covid.

Prayers for the health and well-being of the Loux family.

Prayers for all those who are presently living in refugee camps.

Prayers of support for parents whose children are on the frontline in the fight against the pandemic.

Prayers for all the healthcare providers.

Prayers for Nancy and Bill

Prayers for all those on the margins and those in vulnerable places.

Prayers for Patty and Art.

Prayers for teachers and student.

Dealing with Social Distancing

As we near the middle of the first week of official Social Distancing, we are experiencing the challenges of losing our communal connections and bonds. For us, as human beings, it is a very powerful reminder that we are social animals, we need others to truly survive and embrace the fullness of life.

We also understand that for the safety of so many in our society, that these are steps that must be taken to slow the spread of coronavirus and allow our medical industry to care for as many as possible without being overloaded.

As a community of faith, this means we need to find ways to stay engaged and in touch with one another. While the pastoral staff at GPC is exploring some ways to do this, we are certainly open to suggestions.

As some first steps, we have begun:

  • Prayer and Share: A daily gathering on Zoom to allow us to begin the day with an opportunity to check in and offer prayers. The Zoom link is sent out around 8 am each morning for those interested in joining,
  • Bible Study: At 10 am on Tuesdays, we are continuing to meet for Bible Study via Zoom. 
  • Worship: We continue to gather at 11 am for a time of Worship.
  • Lenten Program: We are continuing our conversation with the Bethel AME community this evening at 7 pm.

Other programs that are in the work:

  • We are attempting to set up a time to have a Zoom call with students at the Givat Haviva International School in Israel. This is an opportunity to hear more about their experience. These students are presently in lockdown as Israel has really cracked down on social movement, so this gathering also gives them a chance to cure some of their cabin fever.
  • We hope to create a time for us to discuss Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor. This is the book that COALESCE has just begun, but the topics of the book are ones that we all can relate to from our own experiences. We will be in touch about this.
  • We have looked into utilizing Google products to allow the members of the GPC Community to chat or even video chat with each other. We hope to have this set up sometime next week and we will schedule a time to walk people through it. This will allow us to have connections with each other without having to go through Zoom.

Again, these are just some of the things that we are working on, but feel free to share ideas if you have them.

Calendar and Birthdays

Events: (All Events Will Be Held on Zoom)

Tuesday, March 17th:

9 am Prayer and Share

10 am Bible Study: Letter of James

Wednesday, March 18th:

9 am Prayer and Share

7 pm Lenten Program with Bethel AME

Thursday, March 19th:

9 am Prayer and Share

Friday, March 20th:

9 am Prayer and Share

Sunday, March 22nd:

11 am Worship

Monday, March 23rd:

9 am Prayer and Share

Tuesday, March 24th:

9 am Prayer and Share

10 am Bible Study

Birthdays:

March 19th:

Helen Holmes

March 20th:

Jennifer Stavrakos

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.

Prayers for the Week of March 16th

Prayers of thanks for the technology that allows us to stay connected during this time.

Prayers of peace, that we may all find the Peace of Christ as we struggle together.

Prayers of the children and the vulnerable.

Prayers for those who work hourly jobs and those who might experience layoffs.

Prayers for college students, particularly seniors, whose lives have been turned upside down,

Prayers for the people of Washington state, particularly for Brianna.

Prayer for Joyce’s family who also resides in Washington,

Prayer for Larry’s sister who lives near Kirkland,

Prayers for healthcare workers and those on the front line, especially Sarah.

Prayers of support for Shaun and Matt.

Prayers for Norman who is post op.

Prayers for Dennis.

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.”

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