May 17, 2020 Worship

Thank you for worshiping with us this morning.  You can follow along with the order of worship below.  Each video will play on this page and the words to the prayers and hymns are listed below the video.  If you so choose, there is a YouTube playlist listed below for “one-click worship.” The words to hymns and prayers for the playlist can be found by clicking “show more” on the bottom left, below each video.  For both choices, closed captions can be used by clicking the “CC” button at the bottom right in the video screen.

YouTube Playlist



“Benedictus” by Max Reger

Noel Werner


Call to Worship, Welcome, Confession of Sin,
& Assurance of Pardon

Mark Edwards

Lord as we gather in our homes we confess that we are far from your holy temple.
As we live distanced from one another,
we admit we let our own concerns consume us, giving little thought to others in need.
As we have time, we confess we too often fill it with empty entertainment,
rather than the healthy guidance of your Word.
As we remain healthy, we admit we look down upon those who are sick.
As we remain fed, we confess we blame the hungry for not being like us.
As we are sad, weary, and overwhelmed, we admit we do not trust in your leadership,
your plan, and your ability to heal and redeem.
Teach us your way, O Lord, and lead us on a level path,
that we might draw near to you,
be close to others, have time for truth,
be compassionate to those who are ill,
be giving rather than consuming,
and that we might live in hope rather than in despair.



A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Marissa Chalker, soloist & Michael Ryan, organist

1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing.
Our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe.
His craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he.
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world with devils filled
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him.
His rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure.
One little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth.
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also.
The body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still.
His kingdom is forever.


Time with Children

Corrie Berg

Old Testament Lesson

Jade Hage

Isaiah 40:3-11


Gospel Lesson & Sermon

“For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven 2.0”

Rev. David A. Davis

Matthew 5:9



“God of Grace, and God of Glory” 

George Somerville, soloist & Michael Ryan, organist

1. God of grace and God of glory,
on thy people pour thy power;
crown thine ancient church’s story;
bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.

2. Lo! the hosts of evil round us
scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
From the fears that long have bound us
free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the living of these days,
for the living of these days.

3. Cure thy children’s warring madness;
bend our pride to thy control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

4. Save us from weak resignation
to the evils we deplore.
Let the gift of thy salvation
be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving thee whom we adore,
serving thee whom we adore.


Affirmation of Faith, Call for offering, and Moment for Mission

Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters

from Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God!


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Felicia Spitz, The Princeton Children's Fund


Pastoral Prayer

Rev. Andrew Scales

Tending the Flock
Freda Gardner, the Princeton Theological Seminary Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education Emerita, and Moderator of the General Assembly (1999) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on May 9, 2020 in Troy, New York.

Arline Pass, mother of Wendi Werner, mother-in-law of Noel Werner, grandmother of Sophie and Emily on May 16, 2020 in Monroe, New Jersey.



“Fix Me, Jesus”  arr. Uzee Brown, Jr.

Maria Palombo, soloist & Michael Ryan, pianist


Benediction & Response

“We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” arr. William Appling

Steve Updegraff, George Somerville, Elem Eley, Noel Werner


Adult Education

Eric Barreto


All-Ages Zoom Coffee hour

Check your email for the link. We will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.


“Benedictus,  Op. 59, No. 9” Max Reger. Public Domain.

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” Martin Luther, 1529; trans. Frederick Henry Hedge, 1852. Copyright permission granted by “Glory to God” the Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal.

“Fix Me Jesus” arr. Uzee Brown, Jr. © 1994 Roger Dean Pub./div. of The Lorenz Corp. Podcast/Streaming and print rights through CCLI#11457258.

“God of Grace, and God of Glory” Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1930, alt. John Hughes, 1907. Permission granted by Glory to God.

“We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” arr. William Appling © 1970 World Library Publications. Podcast/Streaming and print right through OneLicense #A-730100.

Hymns from “Glory to God” the Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal. Musical streaming and print rights granted under OneLicense #A-730100 and CCLI#11457258.