Sacred Worship for the UPC Community

June 5, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 Welcome to Virtual Worship for the community of United Presbyterian Church.
From our various spaces, on our various devices, we enter sacred time.
God meets us here—in our living rooms and at our tables, in our beds with coffee,
on our porches and in our yards, in our fear, anxiety, and loneliness.
Be here in this sacred moment. God is with you. God is with us.

May this homebound worship of saints be blessed, be nourishing, be comforting, be church.

Restored (The Conversion of Saul) by Lislie Gwynn Garrity | Inspired by Acts 9:1-20

“God has a plan to help bring justice to the world and God’s plan is us. There is no back-up plan.”
–Gary Haugen (President of International Justice Mission)

Prelude | Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory | trad. American melody arr. A.I. | Amy Isted

Allow the prelude to help you pause and be still; to breathe slowly and re-center your scattered senses upon the presence of God. Light a candle to remind you of Christ’s resurrection light.

Invitation to Worship          

Come all who are weary of wealth, of poverty, of power, of struggle, of division.
Come all who are heavy-laden with too much, with too little, with anxiety, with fear, with anger.
Come all who have hope, for liberation, for peace, for freedom, for the kingdom.
Let us worship the God who is making all things new.

Hymn 452 | Open the Eyes of My Heart | Misha Mayers & Amy Isted

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord.
Open the eyes of my heart;
I want to see you;
I want to see you;

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord.
Open the eyes of my heart;
I want to see you;
I want to see you;

to see you high and lifted up,
shining in the light of your glory.
Pour out your power and love
as we sing “Holy, holy, holy.”
Holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see you.

Children’s Message | Sara Staton

Unison Prayer

God of new life, what would we give to have you appear with a flash of light and a clear voice like you did for Saul? Maybe then, our doubts would disappear. Maybe then, we would live as you called us to live. However, when our lives depend on faith, we forget your surprising grace. Instead, we draw lines around enemies and friends, who’s in and who’s out. We see the “other,” faster than we see our “neighbor,” and refuse second chances. Pull the scales from our eyes. Help us see as you see. Help us live as you live, and forgive us when we fail to. Humbly we pray, Amen.

Scripture Reading | Acts 9:1-19 (The Message) | Hillary Lewis

Sermon | Clear Eyes, Full Hearts | Brandon Lewis

Invitation to the Table and Communion

While we are prevented from gathering in person to share in Communion, we hope you will obtain your own elements and participate in the most sacred way possible. The Body of Christ can be bread, tortilla, rice cakes, crackers, etc. The Cup can be wine, juice, or any liquid. Know that the Spirit of Christ communes us together.


Hymn 340 | This Is My Song | Misha Mayers & Amy Isted

1 This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2 My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
So hear my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.

3 This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms:
thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him,
and hearts united learn to live as one.
So hear my prayer, O God of all the nations:
myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

Passing of the Peace

We cannot be physically close to one another in this time, but we can be relationally close. You are invited to offer the peace to those you are with or receive it on your own, and take a moment to text or call people and let them know you are thinking about them.
The peace of Christ be with you…


May you depart knowing the invitation of God
to move from comfort to insecurity,
from what we know to what we have yet to discover,
from where we have been to where we have yet to go,
from safety to a place of risk.

Go in the example of the saints before you,
the Israelites in the wilderness,
Paul blind in Damascus waiting for Ananias.

Go in the name of Jesus, our Christ,
who said ‘follow me’ without saying where he was going,
just promising transformation and relationship,
with the Triune God along the way. Amen.

Postlude | Battle Hymn of the Republic | 19th century American Folk Song–arr. Mark Hayes | Nancy Kirkelie

Change the Light

As a reminder that the light of Christ goes with us wherever we go, we extinguish the candle and allow the smoke to billow as a reminder of Christ’s abiding presence.

Offering Our Gifts to God

Even though we are not able to pass the offering plate on Sunday mornings, your generosity will continue to be important to United Presbyterian Church. We will continue to pay staff, keep our facilities running, and try our best to creatively live out our ministry and mission. It is important to note that we have halted any spending that isn’t critical during this time, and we are continuing to be good stewards of our money as we expect an interruption to normal weekly giving. Please, as you are able, continue to give—either online or you may mail a check to the church (330 5th Ave SW, Albany OR 97321).
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