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May 24 Virtual Worship
  Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church

  May 24, 2020   7th Sunday of Easter

Welcome to Worship! We invite you to join with those in your home – or in spirit with others from Shepherd – and worship God this day. You are invited to use as little or as much of these resources as you like. (If you experience any trouble accessing this material, including links, please send feedback to Cathy Lovejoy at children@shepherdpres.org.)

Instrumental Prelude:  Great Is the Lord   click here

Welcome:   click here 

Call to Worship: Let the righteous be joyful! Let them rejoice before God. Let us all be jubilant with joy! Sing to God, all peoples of the world. Sing praises to God most high. From the sanctuary of heaven, God gives life and renews the face of the earth. Let the righteous be joyful! Let them rejoice before God. Let us all be jubilant with joy!

Hymn:  The Heart of Worship  click here

Call to Confession: Friends, in as much as God is our shepherd, let us not fear, but confess our sin that God may restore our souls.

Prayer of Confession: Loving God, we confess that we do not always bring honor and glory to your name. We are rebellious and weak; we flee before your goodness. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us by the grace and mercy of Christ, that we may rise up again in peace to love and serve your world. Amen.  (Please take a moment for silent confession.)

Assurance of Forgiveness: Sisters and brothers, the Spirit of God is resting on you, to restore, support, and strengthen you. Therefore, be at peace in the One who forgives and loves you; rise up and give God thanks.  Friends, believe the Good News! In Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

Sung Response:  Marvelous Light   click here

Passing of the Peace: Click here for photo greetings from some of our Shepherd friends. Additionally, if you wish to stay connected with others from Shepherd, find us on Facebook here. Or, search for “Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church. “Like” or “Follow” us, or say hello on today’s worship post.

Time with Young Disciples:   After watching the message from Ms. Cathy, talk with your family about some of the Bible heroes you know in our "great cloud of witnesses." What kinds of things did these people do to show their faith? Talk also about the people in your lives today who are great examples of faithful living. Finally, talk about the ways that Jesus teaches us how to live faithfully with God and one another.

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Click here to access the children's materials for your family, including a video about Jesus' ascension, and some worship coloring bulletins. Because these materials are copyrighted, you will need to enter the user ID and password included in the Friday email. The word "ascension" means "rising." This week we remember Jesus' ascension -- the day he rose back to heaven after being with the disciples for 40 days after his resurrection. It was like Jesus was visiting from heaven! If you could visit with Jesus, what would you ask him? What would you talk about? What would you do? While we can't talk and visit with Jesus physically in front of us, we can still include Jesus in our daily lives. What are some ways your family could include Jesus in your lives?
Scripture and Sermon:   “A Narrative of Presence”
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Scripture Prayer:   Loving God, we pray that your Holy Spirit will strengthen us to be devoted to the teachings of your Word, that through it we may hear your voice and follow it into eternal life. Amen.

Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2a   29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned.  30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days.  31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.  32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets --  33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,  34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.  35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection.  36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.  37 They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented -- 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.  39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised,  40 since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. 
12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Hymn:  They Did Not Build in Vain   click here

Offering & Prayer of Dedication:   click here   We invite you to continue to give by mailing a check to the church office, using your online bill pay service, or click here to donate online now.

Sung Response:  Doxology   click here

Minute for Mission - Pentecost Offering   click here to view video
Forty percent of the offering stays locally to be used for children at risk in our own community.

Prayers of the People / The Lord’s Prayer    

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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.

If you are feeling vulnerable, have a specific need for assistance, or are experiencing financial distress, please reach out to your deacon or Pastor Dave at 916-652-4851. For prayer requests, email pastor@shepherdpres.org.

Hymn:  America the Beautiful   click here

Sending:  You have given yourself to us, Lord. Now we give ourselves for others. You have raised us with Christ and made us a new people. As people of the resurrection, we will serve you with joy. Your glory has filled our hearts. Help us to glorify you in all things. Amen.

Sending Hymn:  Shalom   click here

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