Sunday, May 17, 10:00 at Delafield Presbyterian Church
Join us for our very first Drive-In Church Service!
You are invited to join Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church and Delafield Presbyterian Church for our first-ever drive-in worship service! Come and be in the same space with your church family for a little while! Together and apart, we will pray, sing and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. But before you come, please take some time to review the following details carefully!
The church building will NOT be open. We do not have the correct sanitation protocol in place in order to open our restrooms for public use. Though the service will be very short, it is best to make sure that you will be comfortable by using the restroom before leaving your home.
The parking lot will have every other space marked off with an X. You are asked to avoid parking on the X’s, as you will likely open your car window to hear during the service, and we want to maintain proper social distancing. When you park, make sure your car is facing the building, and turn off your radio and engine during the service so that you can see and hear well during the service.
Additionally, we are asking that the spaces closest to the building be reserved for those who have hearing impairments. If you can hear well, you are asked to leave those spaces for others who need to use them so that they can participate in the service meaningfully.
We are hoping to make our service as contact-free as possible. Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to bring their own bread (or crackers or pretzels or whatever else you might want to use for communion) and their own juice (or other beverage you might want to use for communion). Additionally, you’re encouraged to bring your own bulletin. You can do this by simply printing off this email, which contains the order of worship at the bottom! Should you forget your bulletin or communion elements, we will have them available, but it is safer for you to bring them from home.
We will take up an offering at the end of this service. It will benefit La Casa de Esperanza, a charter school and social services organization in Waukesha, which has many young students with families that are unemployed and not yet receiving their unemployment benefits. They are laboring to get food onto their students’ tables, as well as cleaning and school supplies into their homes. To learn more about La Casa, you can visit their website at this link: https://www.lacasadeesperanza.org/ If you would like to assist children whose families are struggling at this time, come prepared with cash or a check made out to Delafield Presbyterian Church with “La Casa” written on the memo line, or drop some cash in our bucket as you’re leaving! Remember, every little bit helps!
Remember: If you are at all uncomfortable joining us or you do not feel well, STAY AT HOME! I’m excited to see those of you who join us!
Yours in Christ,
MAY 17 2020 DRIVE-IN COMMUNION SERVICE
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pastor Nikki Blanks
OPENING PRAYER: Pastor Matt Lee: God, thank you for bringing us all here and letting us be together, even as we stay separated. We praise you that we are one in you, whether we are together or apart. We thank you for giving us all a part to play in your Kingdom and letting us all contribute to the work you are doing in our world. Empower us today, with tongues of fire and hearts of love. May we, as the body of Christ, be the best evidence of your love in all that we do and say. Enliven these moments of prayer and silence and song and scripture so that we may hear your word and also do it. Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING: Pastor Nikki Blanks: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31: Just as a human body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
HYMN: Pastor Matt Lee: One Bread, One Body (The congregation is invited to join in singing the refrain of this song.)
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 this one Lord.
Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.
Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.
Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one for all.
CELEBRATION OF COMMUNION: Pastor Nikki Blanks
Invitation to the Table: Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. Scripture tells us that in God’s Kingdom, people will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south and all will feast together at Christ’s Table. This is Christ’s Table. It’s not my table. It’s not a Presbyterian table. It is Christ’s table and he is our host. Therefore, anyone who is hungry or thirsty is welcome here.
Great Thanksgiving: God, thank you for knowing what we need. Thank you for inviting us to come and receive it, and by this, be inspired to offer it to the world. Teach us to go and do likewise when we leave this place. It is good to cry out for the waters of justice to roll down , bringing heaven on earth, watering it with God’s will for love-soaked humanity since creation began. For God continues to stand with and for all people.
New birth for creation broke forth upon us in Jesus. Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. In these acts of love and justice we see the birth of our call as Church to let the waters of justice roll, knowing we have been delivered from death through a covenant of water and the Spirit. In this moment, we remember all who suffer in our day and imagine how Jesus would respond to them. In this silence I invite you to call to mind and heart, remembering to God the people and places, known and unknown, that need our prayers, that so desperately need a place at our Table of Love. (Pause for People to silently name concerns)
Just as he said it that last night with his disciples, Jesus says to us “come, gather around my friends.” This common bread at our table is much more than it seems. This is the brokenness of the world and I feel it as my body. Whenever there is suffering, I suffer with you. I am broken for you. This common cup at our table is much more than it seems. The blood of innocent ones is too often shed at the hands of oppressors. Whenever there is suffering, I suffer with you. I am poured out for you. And so, we proclaim this truth once again: Death is part of life. Christ has died. But death will not have the last word. Christ has risen! And suffering will end. Christ will come again…and again and again, every time suffering is alleviated, comfort is given, food is offered, hope is restored.
Dear Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit on this body gathered here and on our union with each other and with these gifts of bread and cup. May we become your body for the sake of a world where justice rolls down like an ever-flowing stream. We ask these things in the name of our brother and table-mate Jesus, the one who taught us to pray, saying…
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.
Words of Institution
Communion of the People:
Prayer After Communion:
Thank you, God, that through Word and sacrament, you give us your Son, true bread from heaven and food of eternal life. We are so grateful to you that we ask you to help us make our everyday living reflect our thanks. Amen.
BLESSING: Pastor Matt Lee
You are the hands and feet of God in Lake Country. You are called to soothe suffering, to live with compassion, to build up God’s loving peace. So as you leave this place, how will you live?
Will you go from this place of worship to share the gifts you have been given?
If yes, honk your horn!
Will you go from this time of worship to build up the Body of Christ?
If yes, honk your horn!
Will you go from this holy place to carry the Holy to the world around us?
If yes, honk your horn!
Go in love, go in peace, go with God. Amen.