Online Worship Resources

These are the worship resources for Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Welcome
Please work through this liturgy at the time that is familiar or convenient to you and at a pace that is meaningful to you.  When you click on a link to a YouTube video, watch the video then click the back arrow on your browser to return to this worship outline.

There are a couple things you’ll want to get for worship.  Please get some elements for communion and a candle and lighter.

Please take a moment to check-in to First Christian Church, Covington on Facebook to let your friends know where you are worshiping today.  You may also share a link to this service on your page to invite others to worship.

Passing the Peace
Send a text to someone whom you normally greet on Sunday mornings.  Send a “thinking of you” message.  Consider a waving hand emoji.

Prelude: Prelude by Organist, Randy Gudvangen
Please prepare your hearts and minds for worship as you listen to the Prelude.

The Light of Christ
It is our practice to light the candles on the Communion Table during the Prelude to remind us of the Presence of Christ in our worship.  Please take a moment to light a candle to symbolize Christ’s Presence in your worship space.

Call to Worship: Let Us Worship by Pastor Sheri Jackson

Opening Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness by Anthem Lights

Pastoral Prayer: Where There Is by Rev. Tracy Siegman
A list of our prayer concerns list was sent out on Friday afternoon with the newsletter.  Please refer to that list for friends in need of prayer.  If you did not receive that list, please email the office: firstonfifthcc@gmail.com to be put on the list.

There will be an online prayer meeting at noon on Sunday.  Please join this time of prayer by logging into the Zoom meeting at this link. In memory of those we have lost recently, our time of prayer will be a time to remember those we have lost, share stories about their life and faith, and pray for those who grieve.

The Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the
Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Scripture: John 20: 19 – 29

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

A Time for Children: Doubting Thomas by South Elkhorn Christian Church

Song of Preparation: Prince of Peace by Hillsong

Sermon: Peace Be With You by Rev. Tracy Siegman

Hymn of Response: It is Well With My Soul by BYU Vocal Point

Invitation to Communion: All Are Welcome by Pastor Sheri Jackson
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) practices an open table at which all believers are welcome.  You are welcome to partake of communion with us while the Communion Hymn plays below.  If you have a piece of bread and a cup of grape juice, you may use those elements for communion.  If you do not have those items, you are welcome to use what you have in your home to put on a plate and fill a cup that will represent for you Christ’s body and blood.

Words of Institution
The Bible tells us the story about the last time Jesus gathered around a table with His friends.  He took a loaf of bread; after giving thanks, He blessed it, broke it and gave it to His Disciples saying, “Take and eat.  This is my body which is broken for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, He took a cup after supper.  He shared it with His Disciples saying, “This is the cup of the New Covenant filled for the forgiveness of sin.  Drink it in remembrance of me.”  For as often as we eat this bread and drink from this cup, we remember the Lord’s death until He comes again.

Blessing of the Bread and Cup:  Prayers by Hilde and Doug Baldridge

Communion Hymn: Sweet Lamb of God by Sarah Reeves

Offering
The church appreciates your continued gift of your tithes and offerings.  If you would like to send a gift by mail, please send your check to: First Christian Church, 14 W 5th St., Covington, KY 41011.  If you would like to give a gift online, please visit the Give a Gift link at the top of this page.

Closing Hymn: Peace Be With You by Shaina Noll

Benediction
God be with you ’til we meet again.
Peace be with you ’til we meet again.
God is with you now and always.
Peace is with you here and now.

Postlude: Postlude by organist, Randy Gudvangen

The Light of Christ
As the Postlude plays, consider what you want to do with the Light of Christ burning while you worshiped.  You may leave the candle burning as a reminder that Christ remains with you in your home.  Or, you may extinguish the candle and remember that the Light lives on in your heart.

Share God’s Love
Please contact someone on our list of friends that do not have internet.  That list was emailed with the link to this worship resource.  You may: read the Scripture and read the Pastoral Prayer.  You may also discuss the Scripture reading or provide a summary of the sermon.

Welcome Statement

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, divorced, remarried, gay, trans, filthy rich, dirt poor, y no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Taylor Swift or if you can’t carry a tune in bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion (we’ve been there too). If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, can’t work, can’t spell, or came because grandma is in town and she wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you! (If any part of this statement offends you…you’re welcome too!)

Community Meals

During this time of social distancing under the Healthy At Home orders of the Governor, the following meals will be served as carry out:

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday breakfasts at 8:00 am Cornerstone Church on Madison Ave.

Saturday dinner at 5:30 pm

Sunday morning at 9:00 am – Cornerstone Church on Madison Ave.

Sunday night at 3:30 pm – CANCELED

Join us for breakfast or dinner this week

We have partnered with the Breakfast Ministry of Covington, Immanuel Methodist Church and others to provide food for those in the community who would otherwise go without a nutritious meal for the day.   Breakfast is served on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 am.  On Thursday mornings, breakfast is followed by Bible Study at 9:00 am.  On Wednesday and Friday mornings, guests are welcome to stay warm throughout the morning.  Dinner is served on Saturday evenings at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm.  Come eat with the community.  Meals are free and served in our fellowship hall.

Looking for a place to volunteer and connect with the community?

Serving meals is an excellent opportunity to volunteer and connect with the people of Covington.  Be the hands of Christ by meeting the needs of the ones who need it the most.  Stop in and ask to speak to a volunteer about where to help or call the church office for more details.

Recovery Groups

During this time of social distancing under the Healthy At Home orders of the Governor, our recovery groups will not meet again until orders have been lifted.  The GLAST meeting is meeting online in the interim. Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/504503298

Whatever your path to recovery, you don’t have to do it alone.  All of the groups hosted by the church are open.  Come to hear and share experience, strength and hope.  May your Higher Power give you strength, courage and wisdom.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tuesday at 7:00 pm

Narcotics Anonymous

Friday at 8:30 pm
Saturday at 10:00 pm

LGBTQ+ Recovery Group

Wednesday at 7:00 pm

The Original Full Text of the Serenity Prayer

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

 Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)