Nov. 15 Livestream

November 15, 2020 by  
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Good Sunday morning once again to everyone. Even while we cannot be together in our sanctuary here at Ivy Chapel, we hope you can find some comfort in this shared experience.

Here’s today’s order for worship:

Prelude/ Anna DiVesta

Responsive Call to Worship/ Pastor Dan Wilson
One: Come, one! Come, all! All: God is worthy of our highest praise!
One: There are certain things which God alone can do. All: God’s wonders never cease!
One: We come together in amazement to praise God our Savior! All: Come, one and all!
Prayer of Invocation / Pastor Dan
One: Let us pray.
All: Merciful and Gracious God, remind us this morning that you delight in all creation. It is a joy to be with you on this day of life that you have given! Each one of us is a uniquely valuable part of your Church. By bringing all of us together, you form us into your spectacular masterpiece. You are the Potter, and we are the clay. Refresh us through your Living Word, and teach us your way, O God. May human hearts everywhere learn to delight in you. Focusing on you brings life! Lead us as we continue learning to give away the gifts which you so abundantly are giving us. From everlasting to everlasting, you are God! Age to age, you’re still the same; by the power of your name. El Shaddai, God Almighty; we will praise and lift you high! Amen.

Hymn/ “El Shaddai” #18

El Shaddai, El Shaddai, El Elyonna Adonai,
Age to age You’re still the same by the power of the name.
El Shaddai, El Shaddai, Er-kahm-ka na Adonai;
We will praise and lift You high, El Shaddai.

Children’s Message/ Sarah Wilson

Special Instrumental Music/ Anna DiVesta and Sarah Wilson

Scripture Reading/ Pastor Dan Psalm 90:1-8, 12-16 and Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon/ Pastor Dan

Prayers of God’s Church concluding with the Lord’s Prayer/ Pastor Dan

Hymn/ “Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord” #424

  1. Teach me Thy way, O Lord, Teach me Thy Way!
    Thy guiding grace afford – Teach me Thy way!
    Help me to walk aright, More by faith, less by sight;
    Lead me with heavenly light, Teach me Thy way!
  2. When I am sad at heart, Teach me Thy way!
    When earthly joys depart, Teach me Thy way!
    In hours of loneliness, In times of dire distress,
    In failure or success, Teach me Thy way!
  3. When doubts and fears arise, Teach me Thy way!
    When storms o’respread the skies, Teach me Thy way!
    Shine thro’ the clouds and rain, Thro’ sorrow, toil and pain;
    Make Thou my pathway plain, Teach me Thy way!
  4. Long as my life shall last, Teach me Thy way!
    Where’er my lot be cast, Teach me Thy way!
    Until the race is run, Until the journey’s done,
    Until the crown is won, Teach me Thy way!

Benediction/ Pastor Dan

Postlude/ Anna

Nov. 8 Livestream

November 8, 2020 by  
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We had originally hoped to take the first steps toward in-person worship today. However, with the increase in COVID-19 cases, it’s best to put these plans on hold for the health of our members and the community. Please continue to stay safe as we all work together to find the healthiest way forward.

Responsive Call to Worship/ Pastor Dan
One: We come to worship, because we want to know God,
All: who helps us to leave behind the past, and to walk ahead on a path to new life.
One: We pause on this Sabbath day, because we want to know Jesus,
All: who offer us grace, and who inspires us to be givers.
One: We share in joyful acts of praise, because we want to know the Spirit,
All: who guides us to serve God with gladness!

Prayer of Invocation / Pastor Dan
One: Let us pray together.
All: God of this new day; we rejoice that you are God of all the earth! We worship you, Christ Jesus. Singing your praises fills us with joy, and blesses us beyond words. In you, Jesus, we find a treasure. In you, we experience a pure goodness that cares for and affirms everyone. In you, we receive a comfort that delivers us from all our fears.
In you, we come in contact with an exceptional love that surrounds and encourages, reassures and calms.
You are a true refuge, O God, in time of trouble. Your faithful support strengthens us in our weakness, fills us in our hunger, and finds us when we are lost. During every sacred time of worship, you bless us anew. Here and now, we are found.
Thank you, Gentle Shepherd, for watching over us and for leading us. Amen.

Hymn/ “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” #389

  1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling for you and for me;
    See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching, Watching for you and for me.

REFRAIN
Come home, come home, Ye who are weary, come home;
Earnestly tenderly, Jesus is calling. Calling, O sinner, come home!

  1. Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, Pleading for you and for me?
    Why should we linger and heed not His mercies, Mercies for you and for me?

REFRAIN

  1. Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing, Passing from you and from me;
    Shadows are gathering, death’s night is coming, Coming for you and for me.

REFRAIN

  1. O for the wonderful love He has promised, Promised for you and for me!
    Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon, Pardon for you and for me.

REFRAIN

Children’s Message/ Ashton

Prayers of the Church concluding with the Lord’s Prayer/ Pastor Dan

Special Music/ “Keep Your Lamps” Anna and Aaron DiVesta

Scripture Reading/ Pastor Dan Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon/ Pastor Dan

Prayers of God’s Church concluding with the Lord’s Prayer/ Pastor Dan

Hymn/ “Hymn of Promise” #277

  1. In the bulb there is a flower; In the seed, an apple tree;
    In cocoons, a hidden promise: Butterflies will soon be free!
    In the cold and snow of winter There’s a spring that waits to be,
    Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.
  2. There’s a song in every silence, Seeking word and melody;
    There’s a dawn in every darkness, Bringing hope to you and me.
    From the past will come the future; What it holds, a mystery,
    Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.
  3. In our end is our beginning; In our time, infinity.
    In our doubt there is believing; In our life, eternity.
    In our death a resurrection; At the last, a victory.
    Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.

Benediction/ Pastor Dan

Postlude/ Anna

Nov. 1 Livestream – Totenfest

November 1, 2020 by  
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Today, on All Saint’s Day, we pause to remember those we have lost in the last year. Join us for prayers and a celebration of life.

As is our custom here at Ivy Chapel, we start each worship with announcements. Here’s what’s going on this week.

Prelude / Anna diVesta

Responsive Call to Worship/ Pastor Dan Wilson
One: What a joy! What a comfort to know Loving God hears our borning cry
and Loving God sees our lives unfold.
All: We marvel at the unending grace of God!
One: We praise the One who is with us every moment of our lives!
All: Let us worship Christ our Savior!

Prayer of Invocation / Pastor Dan
One: I invite you to bow with me, and let us pray together.
All: God of wonder, God of grace; let your Spirit fill our souls. Remind us this day that you are the Creator of all life. Through terrors of night, among arrows flying by day; we need to sense your power,… your guidance,… your higher purpose.
Living God, we gather to praise you. We are grateful for any earthly glimpse of eternity which you give us. All that we already have received whets our appetite for more. And so it is that we come now seeking still more glimpses of you, O Holy One. Who knows? Maybe your closeness to us will be revealed through the breaking of bread or the filling of a cup.
On this Sabbath day, lead us away from this world’s distractions, we pray. Draw us toward a clearer vision of who you are, Faithful God. This will help us to see more clearly who you would like us to be.
Eternal Savior; in every age, you call people to follow you and to love you. It is you, Living God, who we were raised to praise! To you, we now belong! Amen!

Hymn / “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry“ worship booklet, pp. 54-55

I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry

  1. I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old.
    I rejoiced the day you were baptized, to see your life unfold.
  2. I was there when you were but a child, with a faith to suit you well;
    in a blaze of light you wandered off to find where demons dwell.
  3. When you heard the wonder of the word I was there to cheer you on;
    you were raised to praise the living God, to whom you now belong.
  4. If you find someone to share your time and you join your hearts as one,
    I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme from dusk till rising sun.
  5. In the middle ages of your life, not too old, no longer young,
    I’ll be there to guide you through the night, complete what I’ve begun.
  6. When the evening gently closes in and you shut your weary eyes,
    I’ll be there as I have always been with just one more surprise.
  7. I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old.
    I rejoiced the day you were baptized, to see your life unfold.

Children’s Message / Sarah Heend

Totenfest All Saints’ Day Thanksgiving for Loved Ones / Pastor Dan

Prayers of the Church concluding with the Lord’s Praye r/ Pastor Dan

Special Music / “Come to Jesus” Anna

Scripture Reading / Pastor Dan Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon / Pastor Dan

Celebrating Communion / Pastor Dan

Hymn / “We Are a New Creation” worship booklet, p. 91

We Are a New Creation

  1. We are a new creation Of Christ, the living Word,
    Our songs of jubilation Shall everywhere be heard.
    New life blooms fresh and glorious For those who heed the call
    Of Christ, who reigns victorious O’er sin and death and all.
  2. We are a new creation Of God for this new day.
    As partners let us follow The life, the truth, the way.
    Christ bids us work to gather As colleagues, old and young,
    As women, men, and nations, God’s folk of every tongue.
  3. We are a new creation For service here on earth.
    We live our faith in action To tell our Savior’s worth.
    Let love and justice blending Now show for all to see
    God’s grace is never ending It reaches you and me.
  4. We are a new creation By God’s own gracious hand,
    Old burdens cast behind us, A daring future planned.
    In ministry and mission, United let us live,
    In Christ a shining vision To God’s wide world to give.

Benediction / Pastor Dan

Postlude / Anna

Oct. 25 Livestream

October 25, 2020 by  
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Be a force for positivity in the world! Embrace the good, even when it’s a challenge. Focus on the can-dos, rather than the do-nots. Love your neighbor. Be kind to all.

The order for Sunday, October 25 Worship:

Prelude / Anna diVesta

Responsive Call to Worship / Rev. Dan Wilson
One: Morning has broken!
All: Let us worship God.
One: We are drawn to worship by the unseen.
All: In worship, we sense God’s closeness.
One: The Creator of all living things gives us life!
All: There are wonders all around us!
One: Holy God is more than we can imagine.
All: Together, let us sing God’s praises!

Prayer of Invocation / Pastor Dan
One: I invite you to bow with me, and let us pray together.
All: God Who Leads; we know that we have not reached your Promised Land. We know that we have not yet seen the fulfillment of all that you have spoken across the generations. We know that there remains much to be done as your disciples in pursuit of “a just world for all.”
God Who Fulfills Promises; grant that we may have the faith of Moses, who trusts fully in you. Moses trusts ‘sight unseen’ that your Promised Land of Milk and Honey steadily is drawing near. Grant that we may display such trust to continue working on behalf of your justice, especially when we are tempted to despair that our efforts may be futile.
“Sometimes Unseen, but Always Faithful God,” we praise you
for guiding us toward loving as Christ loves;
for guiding us toward being willing to sacrifice our lives on behalf of others.
Fill us with your Spirit of unselfishness, Christ Jesus. We pray for your blessing on the whole world this day. Lead us to love you and to follow you, Jesus. Amen.

Hymn/ “With My Whole Heart” worship booklet, p. 98

Children’s Message / Sue Wilson

Special Music/ “Toccata in D” / Anna

Scripture Reading / Pastor Dan Matthew 22:34-46

Sermon/Prayer / Pastor Dan

Hymn / “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love” # 119

Benediction / Pastor Dan

Postlude / Anna

Oct. 18 Virtual Worship – Consecration Sunday

October 17, 2020 by  
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https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=836114787133714

Prelude / Anna diVesta

Call to Worship & Prayer of Invocation / Pastor Dan Wilson

Responsive Call to Worship
One: The earth is alive with the splendor of God!
All: We thank God for love!
One: Our God generously shares love.
All: Together, let us rejoice and worship God!

Responsive Prayer of Invocation
One: Let us pray.
All: God of Generous Love, you are the very breath of life within every human being. We praise you for your abundant blessings! This opportunity to offer you our gifts and to receive nourishment from you fills us with joy.
You are a Gracious and Loving God! Open our hearts to receive you. Jesus, you are our Risen Savior. We long to follow you by walking in your footsteps. O Spirit of Christ, breathe among us and breathe within us now as we worship you. Amen.

Hymn/ “More Love to Thee” (#428)

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make On Bended Knee;
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, Sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, Give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be: More, love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, Send grief and pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, Sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me; More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath Whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry My heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be; More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee!

Children’s Message/ Ashton

Special Music / “Sanctuary” / Vocalist and Anna

Scripture Readings/ Pastor Dan 1 Cor 13:4-13 and Romans 5:5-8

Sermon/Prayer / Pastor Dan

The Act of Consecration: Offering God Our 2021 Giving Commitments / Pastor Dan

Inviting God to Consecrate Our Gifts

Responsive Prayer
One: Let us pray. From everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
All: We offer you our praises, Dear God.
One: You are the Creator of all life!
All: It is by your mercies alone, O God, that we live.
One: You share love generously.
All: It is in response to your generosity, O God, that we give.
One: You provide the world with life abundant!
All: We are grateful for your blessings, O God.
One: Our giving to the ministries of your Church is an expression of our gratitude.
All: We ask you, O God, to receive and bless our Commitments of Giving for the year ahead.
This we pray, in your holy name, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Hymn /   “To Be God’s People”  (#121) 
Almighty Father give us a vision of a dying world that needs Your love and care.
We see the need, the yearning for a Savior, In Jesus’ name, grant this our prayer.

REFRAIN
To be God’s people in this place, live His goodness, share His grace,
Proclaim God’s mercy thru His Son be His love to everyone.

And when we falter be Thou our comfort; Guide us as our children that our lives may be
A beacon in this darkness that surrounds us, A light that others then may see.

Benediction / Pastor Dan

Postlude / Anna

Oct. 11 Livestream – Guest Steward, Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo

October 11, 2020 by  
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Thank you for joining us this week. We are please to welcome Donna Smith-Pupillo, the Executive Director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry Network, as our guest steward.

We were unable to welcome Donna into our live worship, however she was kind enough to prerecord her inspiring message so we could share it with you.

Here is the Order for Sunday, October 11 Worship:

Prelude / Anna DiVesta

Invocation / Pastor Dan Wilson

Hymn: “Amazing Love”

You Are My King (Amazing Love)

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken.
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well
Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You.

In all I do I honor You
You are my King
You are my King
Jesus, You are my King
Jesus, You are my King

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You.

In all I do I honor You

Children’s Message/ Liz Schurwan

Special Music/ “A Welcome Place”

Scripture Readings/ Romans 16:1-2 / Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo
Luke 5:17-26

Sermon / Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo

Hymn: “Live Into Hope” worship booklet, p. 65 #317

Live into Hope

  1. Live into hope of captives freed, O sight regained, the end of greed.
    The’oppressed shall be the first to see The year of god’s own jubilee!
  2. Live into hope the blind shall see With insight and with clarity,
    Removing shades of pride and fear – A vision of our Got brought near.
  3. Live into hope of liberty, The right to speak, the right to be,
    The right to have one’s daily bread, To hear God’s word and thus be fed.
  4. Live into hope of captives freed From chains of fear or want or greed.
    God now proclaims our full release To faith and hope and joy and peace.

Benediction / Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo

Postlude/ Anna

Oct. 4 Livestream – World Communion Sunday

October 4, 2020 by  
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Gather around the virtual table with us as we celebrate World Communion Sunday. We hope you are able to share in this meaningful experience.

The service will begin at 10 a.m.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=367322024405621

Prelude / Anna DiVesta

Invocation (Call to Worship & Prayer) / Pastor Dan Wilson

Hymn / “One Bread, One Body”
worship booklet, pp. 72-73

REFRAIN
One bread, one body; one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many throughout the earth,
we are one body in the is one Lord.

  1. Gentile or Jew, servant or free, Woman or man, no more.

REFRAIN

  1. Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.

REFRAIN

  1. Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all.

REFRAIN

Children’s Message / Linda Lowry

Special Music / “In Remembrance” Anna & Aaron DiVesta and Sue Wilson

Scripture Reading John 6:35ff / Pastor Dan

Message / Pastor Dan

Sacrament of Communion / Pastor Dan

The Lord’s Prayer / Pastor Dan

Hymn / “Spirit Song” worship booklet, pp. 84-85

  1. O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love,
    let Him fill your life and satisfy your soul.
    O let him have the things that hold you and Spirit, like a dove,
    will descend upon your life and make you whole.

REFRAIN
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your Lambs.

  1. O come and sing this song with gladness as your hears are filled with joy,
    lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name.
    O give him all your tears and sadness, give him all your years of pain
    and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.

REFRAIN

Benediction / Pastor Dan

Postlude / Anna

September 27 Livestream – Stewardship Week 2

September 27, 2020 by  
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Thank you for joining us on our continuing exploration of generosity and love, as we make our journey through this year’s stewardship campaign.

This week’s order for worship:

Prelude/ Anna DiVesta

Invocation (Call to Worship; Prayer) / Pastor Dan

Hymn/ “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” #439

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

  1. O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;
    I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow
    May richer, fuller be.
  2. O Light that foll’west all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee;
    My heart restores its borrowed ray, That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day
    May brighter, fairer be.
  3. O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee;
    I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain
    That morn shall tearless be.
  4. O Cross that lightest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee;
    I lay in dust life’s glory dead, And from the ground there blossoms red
    Life that shall endless be.

Children’s Message/ Linda Lowry

Special Music/ Anna

Scripture Reading 1 John 4:8-20 / Pastor Dan

Message (concludes w/ prayer) / Pastor Dan

Hymn/ “Love Lifted Me” #317

Love Lifted Me

  1. I was sinking deep in sin, Far from the peaceful shore,
    Very deeply stained within, Sinking to rise no more;
    But the Master of the sea Heard my despairing cry,
    From the waters lifted me, Now safe am I.

CHORUS
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help, Love lifted me.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help, Love lifted me.

  1. All my heart to Him I give, Ever to Him I’ll cling,
    In His blessed presence live, Ever His praises sing.
    Love so mighty and so true Merits my soul’s best songs;
    Faithful, loving service too To Him belongs.

CHORUS

  1. Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves;;
    He will lift you by His love Out of the angry waves.
    He’s the Master of the sea, Billows His will obey;
    He our Savior wants to be – Be saved today.

Benediction / Pastor Dan

Postlude/ Anna

September 20 Livestream

September 20, 2020 by  
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Join us (virtually) this week as we begin our 2020 stewardship journey. We are blessed to share our gifts with the world.

This week’s order for worship:

Prelude/ Anna

Invocation (Call to Worship; Prayer) / Pastor Dan

Hymn/ “Seek Ye First” (Chorus Book #159)

Children’s Message/ Linda Lowry

Prayer concluding w/ Lord’s Prayer/ Pastor Dan

Special Music/ Anna DiVesta

Scripture Reading/ John W 1 John 4:7-11 / Proverbs 11:24-25

Message/ John Weiland

Prayer/ Dan

Hymn/ “Great Is the Lord” # 7

Benediction/ John

Postlude/ Anna

September 13 Livestream

September 13, 2020 by  
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Thank you for joining us this week. We have made some adjustments to our video and audio. Please let us know in the comments how we are doing.

This week’s order for worship:

Prelude/ Anna

Invocation (Responsive Call to Worship; and Unison Prayer) / Dan

Hymn/ “Think About His Love” (worship booklet, p. 87)

Think About His Love

Think about His love, think about His goodness. Think about His grace that’s bro’t us through.
For as high as the heavens above, so great is the measure of our Father’s love.
Great is the measure of our Father’s love.

Children’s Message/ Linda

Special Music/ Anna

Scripture Reading/Dan Matthew 18:21-35

Sermon/Prayer/ Dan

Hymn/ “I Then Shall Live” (#133)

I Then Shall Live

  1. I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven; I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
    I know my name is clear before my Father; I am His child, and I am not afraid.
    So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother; The law of lover I gladly will obey.
  2. I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion; I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving, too.
    I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges; I dare to see another’s poinot of view.
    And when relationships demand commitment, Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
  3. Your kingdom come around and thru and in me, Your pow’r and glory, let them shine thru me;
    Your pow’r and glory, let them shine thru me; Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
    And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
    The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor, And may you fee a hungry world thru me.

Benediction/ Dan

Postlude/ Anna

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