We had a productive Little Dresses meeting on May 6 making pillow cases. We have new easier to follow directions for making these pillowcases if you are interested in joining us. These will eventually be given to various organizations that distribute them to children in hospitals or in other difficult situations.
These are a new sewing project for the Little Dresses organization and more potential new projects to be considered at our next meeting, Wednesday June 2nd from noon to 4:00 pm.
We decided this year to meet on the first Wednesday of each month. Watch for more information. Please mark your calendars and hope to see you then.
During the season of Lent, Delafield Presbyterian Church and Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church will join together to host an adult education class on Zoom!
Each week, we will discuss the topic that will explored in worship the following Sunday. Like we did in Advent, we will use resources from the Bible Project. We will show a short, informative video, read some scripture and discuss.
Classes will be at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, every week of Lent (except the Wednesday of Holy Week).
Here are the dates that we will have our study:
Wednesday, February 24
Wednesday, March 3
Wednesday, March 10
Wednesday, March 17
Wednesday, March 24
Here is the Zoom Link, call-in number, along with the Meeting ID and Passcode that you can use each week!
Since the Covid numbers have been dropping in our area, the session of DPC has decided that it is time to open our sanctuary for in-person worship. It will be wonderful to be back together again, but there are a few things you should know before coming. Please read the rest of this note carefully before attending!
The service will be pared-down a bit, when compared to a pre-covid service. Services will be similar to our parking lot services that we held over the summer. They will be shorter, with less music and interaction.
Masks will be required for attending worship. We’re trying to take every possible precaution. If you forget yours, one will be provided when you enter the building.
You’re asked to maintain a distance of six feet from anyone who is not a member of your household.
We will not be participating in any congregational singing because many studies have shown that singing spreads particulates far more efficiently than speaking. Robin and I are working to creatively incorporate music into the services.
We will also not be passing the peace or passing the offering plate. Instead of passing the offering plate, there will be a box at the back of the sanctuary. You may drop offerings into the box on your way in or out of the sanctuary.
Another thing that needs to go into the box is a card with the name of all people from your household who attended worship, a phone number and the date: This is for the purpose of contact tracing. Should a positive case occur in the congregation, we will want to be able to call everyone who attended a service with that person.
Unfortunately, we will not be having social time before or after the service. You are asked to simply go to your car after the service is over. As much as I would love to give you all handshakes and hugs, I will not be able to in this setting.
Nursery care will not resume yet, and Sunday School will continue to be conducted over Zoom for the time being.
The most difficult issue is still the bathrooms. We’re encouraging anyone who uses the bathroom to wipe down every surface they’ve touched. But the honor system is a difficult thing. So since you can never be sure if the person before you wiped everything down when they left, you’re encouraged to wipe everything down before you use it. And when you leave too! But doing it beforehand ensures that it’s clean You will find cleaning supplies in each stall and near the sinks.
I want everyone to be aware that DPC’s session is continuing to watch Covid numbers in our area. Should they go back up, there is a chance that we will need to close again. Please be prepared for this to happen.
Finally, please be aware that we will continue to offer YouTube services for anyone who is not yet comfortable attending in-person services. If for any reason at all, you are not comfortable attending, if you or someone you live with has a health condition that puts them at risk or if you feel even slightly sick or are running a fever, you are STRONGLY encouraged to stay connected via YouTube rather than joining us for in-person worship.
I am excited to see you all. And I am hopeful that we can start getting back to a more normal type of worship soon. Remember, the fastest way for us to start getting back to normal is for as many of us as possible to get vaccinated as soon as we can! This will make gathering safer for everyone!
Come by Delafield Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, February 17 any time between 2 PM and 6:30 PM for drive through ashes! Come receive ashes and a blessing! If you’d like to join, there will be a VERY brief parking lot service beginning at 3PM. If you wish participate in the service, be on time, as it will be a quick one!
Dec. 21- LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE Come and walk the labyrinth any time between 4 and 8 PM at KMUPC!
Dec. 24- CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE On this day, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus with a virtual Christmas pageant! Our children will tell us the Christmas story once again. This service will also feature a lot of special music and some Christmas carols. It should be a wonderful celebration of our Lord! This service will become available on YouTube on Christmas Eve day. Even though you can watch it any time, it is designed to be attended in the evening. Everyone’s encouraged to logon around 7 PM.
Dec. 27- YouTube Service of Lessons and Carols Since this is the first Sunday of Christmas, we’re taking the chance to celebrate the incarnation and to sing a few more of our favorite carols on this day!
This is your official invitation to DPC’s very first Zoom Worship Service on November 29! The service begins at 10 AM, and you can logon as early as 9:30 AM to make sure that your technology is working properly and have some time to settle in!
Together, we will celebrate the beginning of Advent in a brand new way! We will be lead by Lori Petersen, Mike O’Connor, Larry Laux, Duane and Rosie Lawson, Candy Morakinyo, Robin Wohlfeil and Pastor Nikki. We’ll also receive a special Advent greeting from Pastor Emerita, Rev. Margaret Towner! It is my sincere hope that you all will join us. I’m including the order of worship in this email so that you can print it and use it as a bulletin. And of course, I’m including the link to the service and instructions about how to logon. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88210545946?pwd=aDhjc2hXak1wd3BNWUZwdVJ0SnROUT09 Then, use this Meeting ID: 882 1054 5946 And this Passcode: 350106
If you have a poor internet connection or are not able to logon using your computer for other reasons, you can call in! It’s as easy as making a regular phone call. Just dial this number: (312)626-6799, and when prompted, use this Meeting ID: 882 1054 5946 And this Passcode: 350106
Dear Friends, I’m writing to invite you to join musicians and pastors from Delafield Presbyterian Church, Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Saint Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church and Saint Catherine Roman Catholic Church for a special Thanksgiving service! We will make this service available at 7PM on Wednesday, November 25. You may attend this virtual service by clicking on the blue button at the bottom of this email. Additionally, you may want to print this email out so that you can use it to follow along with the service. Happy Thanksgiving! Yours in Christ, Pastor Nikki
THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE Christ the King, Delafield: Pastor Jackie Cook & Mark Gould, Music Director Delafield Presbyterian Church: Pastor Nikki Blanks Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church: Pastor Matt Lee St. Joan of Arc: Leisha Smith Director of Liturgy and Music St. Catherine: Pastoral Associate, Bill Frederick
GATHERING For the Beauty of the Earth, St. Joan of Arc Parish Choir-arr. by John Rutter
GREETING AND WELCOME
THANKSGIVING DIALOGUE Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100: 4-5) Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us and we rejoiced. (Psalm 126:2-3) Praise God from whom all blessings flow… The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him. (Psalm 67: 6-7) Praise God all creatures here below… Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and awesome above all that are around him? (Psalm 89:5-7) Praise God above ye heavenly host… Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples! For great is his steadfast love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 117:1-2) Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER by Marty Haugen Service of Light Jesus Christ, you are the light of the world; the light no darkness can overcome; Stay with us now, for it is evening, and the day is almost over. Let your light scatter the darkness, and shine within your people here. Evening Hymn 1 Joyous light of heav’nly glory, loving glow of God’s own face, you who sing creation’s story, shine on ev’ry land and race. Now as evening falls around us, we shall raise our songs to you, God of daybreak, God of shadows, come and light our hearts anew.
2 In the stars that grace the darkness, in the blazing sun of dawn, of the light of peace and wisdom, we can hear your quiet song. Love that fills the night with wonder, love that warms the weary soul, Love that bursts all chains asunder, set us free and make us whole.
3 You who made the heaven’s splendor, ev’ry dancing star of night, make us shine with gentle justice, let us each reflect your light. Mighty God of all creation, gentle Christ who fights our way, Loving Spirit of salvation, lead us on to endless day.
Evening Thanksgiving May God be with you all, and also with you. Let us sing our thanks to God, It is right to give God thanks and praise. Blessed are you, Creator of the universe from old you have led your people by night and day May the light of your Christ make our darkness bright, for your Word and your presence are the light of our pathways, and you are the light and life of all creation. Amen.
Psalm 141 Refrain: Let my prayer rise up like incense before you, the lifting up of my hands as an offering to you.
1 O God, I call to you, come to me now; O hear my voice when I cry to you. Refrain
2 Keep watch within me, God; deep in my heart may the light of your love be burning bright. Refrain
3 All praise to the God of all Creator of life; all praise be to Christ and the Spirit of love. Refrain
Prayer May our prayers come before you, O God, as incense, and may your presence surround and fill us, so that in union with all creation, we might sing your praise and your love in our lives. Amen.
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:7-18 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you. Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Psalm 65 You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; to you shall vows be fulfilled. To you, the one who answers prayer, to you all flesh shall come. Our sins are stronger than we are, but you blot out our transgressions. Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! They will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple. Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, O hope of all the ends of the earth and of the oceans far away. You make firm the mountains by your power; you are girded about with might. You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the clamor of the peoples. Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy. You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; the river of God is full of water. You prepare the grain, for so you provide for the earth. You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase. You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths over-flow with plenty. May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, and the hills be clothed with joy. May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; let them shout for joy and sing.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
THANKSGIVING HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER PRAYER
ANNUNCIATION Katie Berg The Light shines in the darkness And the darkness has not overcome it. An angel went from God to a town called Nazareth to a woman whose name was Mary. The angel said to her “Rejoice, O highly favored, for God is with you. You shall bear a child, and his name shall be Jesus, the Chosen One of God Most High.” And Mary said, “I am the servant of my God, I live to do your will.”
MAGNIFICAT The Light shines in the darkness And the darkness has not overcome it. 1 My soul proclaims your greatness, O God, and my spirit rejoices in you, You have looked with love on your servant here, and blessed me all my life through. Great and mighty are you, O Holy One, strong to your kindness ever more. How you favor the weak and lowly one, humbling the proud of heart.
2 You have cast the mighty down from their thrones, and uplifted the humble of heart, You have filled the hungry with wondrous things, and left the wealthy no part. Great and mighty are you, O Faithful One, strong to your justice, strong your love, As you promised to Sarah and Abrahm, kindness forever more.
3 My soul proclaims your greatness, O God, and my spirit rejoices in you, You have looked with love on your servant here, and blessed me all my life through. Great and mighty are you, O Holy One, strong to your kindness ever more. How you favor the weak and lowly one, humbling the proud of heart.
LITANY AND PRAYERS Bill Frederick, Pastoral Associate, St. Catherine’s God of mercy, hold us in love. In peace, in peace, we pray to you: Help us, comfort us, all of our days. Keep us, hold us, gracious God. Great and merciful God, Source and Ground of all goodness and life, give to your people the peace that passes all understanding, and the will to live your Gospel of mercy and justice, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
LORDS PRAYER Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
BLESSING Bill Frederick
POSTLUDE Be Thou My Vision – CTK Mini Bells, directed by Mark Gould, arr. by Sandra Eithun
If you have unreliable internet connection, or are not comfortable logging onto zoom, you can dial in on your phone. It’s as simple as making a regular phone call! Just call: (312)626-6799.
When you are prompted to dial in Meeting ID, dial in this number: 852 2727 6988
And when you’re prompted to dial in the meeting Passcode, dial in this number: 068397
I hope that everyone will attend, since we need to nominate our new officers before we can install them! Also, I will offer a brief update about how our church is handling the COVID-19 epidemic. I’m looking forward to being together virtually!