Niles Discovery Church Triweekly – May 14, 2020

Today’s Prayer

As light gives way to darkness
and the busyness of day concedes to night’s stillness,
As conscious thought surrenders to dreams
and our bodies long for rest,
we pause to listen
for the beat of your Presence in all things
pulsing in the light of distant galaxies,
sounding in the depths of our soul,
vibrating in each vein of earth’s body.
One Sound as vast as the universe,
one universe filled with Presence,
one Life within every life.
In the darkness of night,
in the stillness that surrounds us,
in the unknown depths of our being,
we pause to listen.

~ by John Philip Newell, excerpt from Praying with the Earth

In the Days Ahead

(Doing what we can to make your Zoom experience safe, we are now using “waiting rooms” for some of our meetings and require advanced registration for others.)

Sunday

9:00-9:50 a.m. – Adult Sunday School. The discussion of the book, Climate Church, Climate World, continues. Contact John Zlatnik about how to join this group and for information about what part of the book they are discussion this Sunday.

10:00 a.m. – Worship Service. We celebrate communion every week, so please have “bread” and “cup” available so you can participate with us. If you haven’t already registered for worship, do so now at bit.ly/reg4worship. Once you’re registered, you’ll get the link to join us on Sunday mornings for the worship of God, brought to you on the Zoom platform. Click here to preview the order of worship and to listen to the music ahead of time. Please note that everyone registered for worship will received (on Saturday) a new link for the worship service. See the announcement below.

11:00 a.m. – Annual Meeting. Stay in the worship service; the Annual Meeting will begin at the conclusion of the worship service, around 11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m. – Bay Association Meeting. The Bay Association of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ holds their Spring Meeting. Get more information here.

Monday

11:30-12:30 – Monday Morning Bible Study. Join us every Monday morning on Zoom for a discussion about the coming Sunday’s scripture lesson. Click here to join us.

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Daytime Fellowship virtual lunch. Stay after the Bible Study, or click the same link at 12:30 to join the Daytime Fellowship for a virtual lunch. You supply your own food; the gathered community supplies the fellowship.

7:15 p.m. – Cabinet Meeting. You are welcome to attend the Cabinet meeting. Click here to join.

Inspiration

A Pastoral Word

How are you sleeping? How are you eating? These are two questions I’ve been asking myself fairly regularly for the past eight weeks, ever since the shelter in place order started in Alameda County. I’ve been asking these questions because changes in our sleeping, appetite, and eating patterns can be symptoms of a shift in our emotional wellbeing.

At first, I was running on adrenaline. There was a crisis and so I responded as if it was a crisis. And then the crisis dragged on. Everything we know has been disrupted and it is exhausting. And upsetting. And grief inducing.

So, how are you sleeping? How are you eating?

There are other signs, too. One author suggests we watch for these eight signs of emotional and mental exhaustion:

  • Easily irritated
  • Feeling completely unmotivated – even about things we normally enjoy
  • Experiencing anxiety or panic attacks
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Have almost no patience and find yourself short with colleagues and family
  • Experiencing indigestion or a low-grade stomachache all the time or feel like there’s butterflies in your stomach
  • Crying unexpectedly
  • Feel detached from reality – you go through your days without really responding or connecting to anything. You feel empty.

Our Regional Minister, the Rev. LaTaunya Bynum, advises, “Reach out to someone you trust, talk to people who can help ease your anxiety. Pray and practice the disciplines that give you a sense of calm.” I second that advice.

And hope. Hope is real. Hope, as the photo above reminds us, is closer than you think. God is at work and you can choose to trust it.

Toni reminds us, “We will not be the same after this pandemic as we were before it devastated so much of what we have known. There will be new ways of understanding ourselves, of imagining church, and of understanding God.

“Until we can be together in all the ways we want again, have hope.”

Happy Easter,
Pastor Jeff

Announcements

Use the New Worship Link:  To increase safety, we’ve added a password to our worship service Zoom gathering. If you’ve saved an old email with the link to worship, delete it. Use the link in the email you will receive on Saturday. Please do not share your link (it’s unique to you) with anyone else. If you have a friend who wants to join us at worship, ask them to register at bit.ly/reg4worship.

Call to Annual Meeting:  Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Niles Discovery Church will take place on Sunday, May 17, immediately following worship, on Zoom. All church members are urgently and prayerfully requested to attend. The annual report is available online here. Please download it and read it prior to the meeting.

How this will work:  To attend the meeting, register for worship at bit.ly/reg4worship. The worship service that day will simply continue into the Annual Meeting. If you are having problems getting onto Zoom for worship, please contact our Moderator John Smith as soon as possible. We want every church member to be able to attend.

In Memoriam:  A service celebrating the life of Mark McConville will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:00 p.m., PDT. Advance registration is required; to register for the memorial service, click here. Michele McConville welcomes you to send her a brief memory, thought, story, or picture about Mark in this time of her grieving. These can be written or videos. She may ask four or five of you to share these during the service.

Something You Can Do Now

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Order of Worship for Sunday, May 17, 2020

For a pdf of this order of worship that you can print, please click here.

Prelude:  “Alleluia,” by Elaine Hagenberg

Welcome, announcements, credits, Zoom tips, order of worship review

A Bell Calls Us to Quiet Meditation

Easter Acclamation
One:  Alleluia! Christ is risen!
All:  Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Gathering Prayer
One:  Please join me in prayer:
All:  Holy One, surprise us with your presence in unexpected places.  Summons us with your voice in unexpected ways.  Call us to act in new ways, to move past our assumptions of what works so we may embrace your abundance.  Feed us in body, mind, and spirit during this time of worship.
(a time of quiet prayer)
One:  United in Christ’s love, we pray.  Amen.

Passing the Peace

Song:  “Gather Us In,”                                                  Chalice Hymnal, No. 284
by Marty Haugen, performed by David Haas, Mart Haugen, and Michael Joncas

Scripture Lessons:  John 21:1-14

Sermon:  “Have You Caught Any Fish?”

Quiet Reflection

Reception of New Members
Invitation and Introductions
Questions of the Candidates
Welcome
L:  Let us, the members of Niles Discovery Church express our welcome, and affirm our mutual ministry in Christ.
People:  We welcome you with joy into the common life of this church.  We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.
Prayer

Song:  “Welcome to This Circle,”
by written and performed by Trish and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

A Time of Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
All:  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.

Communion Invitation

Communion Prayer

Words of Institution/Sharing the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Leader:  Please join with me in giving God thanks.
All:  Thank you, God, for feeding us today, just as Jesus fed the disciples with bread and fish and word of your reign.  Strengthen us, renew our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love.  Teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread, and enable us to live by every word that proceeds you.  Amen.

Benediction

Annual Meeting

Coffee Hour Breakout Rooms

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Niles Discovery Church Triweekly – May 11, 2020

Today’s Prayer

This day and this night,
may I know O God
The deep peace
of the running wave
The deep peace
of the flowing air
The deep peace
of the quiet earth
The deep peace
of the shining stars
The deep peace
of the Son of Peace.

~ by John Philip Newell, from Celtic Prayers from Iona

In the Days Ahead

(Doing what we can to make your Zoom experience safe, we are now using “waiting rooms” for some of our meetings and require advanced registration for others.)

Tuesday

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. This link, j.mp/ndc-cdi, will take you to the Community Drop-In every time it’s held.

Wednesday

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Pray with Terri Hord Owens. The General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – one of our denominations – invite you to pray with her when she livestreams on her Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to join her.

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. This link, j.mp/ndc-cdi, will take you to the Community Drop-In every time it’s held.

3:00-3:30 p.m. – Zoom with the Children. The kids of our church are invited to join Pastor Jeff on Zoom for conversation and sharing. You must register for this event. Click here to register. This week’s assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to create some hand motions to go with the song “I’ve Got Peace Like a River.” (Of course, parents and grandparents and other interested adults are welcome to listen to what the kids have to share, too.)

Thursday

7:00-7:05 p.m. – Applaud for Our Heroes. Each Thursday during the shelter in place order, you are invited to step outside and applaud all the front-line, essential workers. Support everyone from paramedics and pulmonary specialists to grocery clerks. Learn more here.

7:15-8:15 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. Click here to join the Community Drop-In on Thursday evenings.

Inspiration

A Pastoral Word

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”  ~ Acts 2:1-4

That’s how the story of Pentecost begins, the day that is seen as the birth of the church.

The Ministry of Spiritual Life Team, Pastor Brenda, and I think it’s time for us to have a party, so why not celebrate the birthday of the church? Pentecost if the fiftieth day after Easter, so the date float. This year, Pentecost is on May 31. We will do what we can to make that day’s worship service festive. You can do your part, too. Here are some ideas:

Play with the image of tongues of fire. Create a background to sit in front of that somehow incorporates “tongues of fire” (or create a virtual background). Dress in reds, oranges, and yellows. Create your own “tongues of fire” spiritual headgear to wear (here’s one idea, and here’s another). Print and color this Pentecost coloring page, then hang in where it can be seen by your camera. Bring a cupcake (maybe with a birthday candle) to coffee hour.

Our goal is to have some fun as the season of Easter comes to an end.

Happy Easter
Pastor Jeff

Announcements

Sheet Music for Worship:  We can’t put the sheet music up on the newsblog where we publish the order of worship each week. Doing so would be a violation of copyright. However, there is a way to share music, at least some of the time, with those of you who want it, if you promise to only use it for worship. If you would like to be emailed a copy of the music we will use in worship each week, send an email to Pastor Jeff and he’ll put you on a special email list.

Call to Annual Meeting:  Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Niles Discovery Church will take place on Sunday, May 17, immediately following worship, on Zoom. All church members are urgently and prayerfully requested to attend. The annual report is available online here. Please download it and read it prior to the meeting.

How this will work:  To attend the meeting, register for worship at bit.ly/reg4worship. The worship service that day will simply continue into the Annual Meeting. If you are having problems getting onto Zoom for worship, please contact our Moderator John Smith as soon as possible. We want every church member to be able to attend.

Giving by App:  The church has signed up with Givelify to be the app to allow your giving from your smart phone. Pastor Jeff downloaded, set up, and used the app today. Read about his experience here. You can watch a video overview of the app (once it’s set up) here.

Something You Can Do Now

Join the Poor People’s Campaign:  The plan had been to get thousands of people out and onto the streets of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 20, to create a mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington. Because of the pandemic, it’s all moving online. On June 20, the Campaign will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. A global pandemic is exposing even more the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. On June 20, the 140 million poor and low-income people across this nation will be heard!

Here’s what you can do now:

  • Click here to learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign in general.
  • Click here to learn more about the online Assembly and March, and go here to sign up for the mailing list.
  • Organize your friends to create a virtual banner to post on June 20; click here to learn how the Rev. Rowan Fairgrove is creating her virtual banner

Submit Something for The Bell:  We will be publishing another special Shelter In Place edition of The Bell in early June. Have something you want to share? A poem or short, original fiction you’ve written, a spiritual reflection, wonderful photos you’ve taken (or photos of art you’ve made), stories about sheltering in place – these are all appropriate for this special edition. We also plan to have a little bit of news. Send your submissions to tothebell@comcast.net. The deadline is May 26.

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Niles Discovery Church Triweekly – May 9, 2020

Today’s Prayer

Joyful Giver of unending hope,
pour your Holy Spirit into us until it overflows,
remind us of the call to service
that you bring us through the risen Christ,
and turn us out to face the pain and suffering of this time,
so we can let your living water flow
into those painful places
where hope and joy have lost their foothold.
O Holy One, we raise this prayer for those in pain and need,
and for ourselves,
for we know how it is to wander in the wilderness.

~ Adapted from Peter Bankson and Deborah Sokolove, Calling on God.

In the Days Ahead

(Doing what we can to make your Zoom experience safe, we are now using “waiting rooms” for some of our meetings and require advanced registration for others.)

Sunday

9:00-9:50 a.m. – Adult Sunday School. The discussion of the book, Climate Church, Climate World, continues. Contact John Zlatnik about how to join this group and for information about what part of the book they are discussion this Sunday.

10:00 a.m. – Worship Service. We celebrate communion every week, so please have “bread” and “cup” available so you can participate with us. If you haven’t already registered for worship, do so now at bit.ly/reg4worship. Once you’re registered, you’ll get the link to join us on Sunday mornings for the worship of God, brought to you on the Zoom platform. Click here to preview the order of worship and to listen to the music ahead of time.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Ministry of Evangelism Team. The ME Team will meet at noon on Zoom (click here to join the meeting) to start discussion on how to lead the church’s evangelism efforts in the online context.

Monday

11:30-12:30 – Monday Morning Bible Study. Join us every Monday morning on Zoom for a discussion about the coming Sunday’s scripture lesson. Click here to join us.

7:30 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting. You are welcome to attend Finance Committee meeting by clicking here.

Tuesday

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. This link, j.mp/ndc-cdi, will take you to the Community Drop-In every time it’s held.

Inspiration

A Pastoral Word

I miss going to church. I know, I know… Pastor Jeff would say (and I would too, frankly) that we don’t go to church; we are the church—and we can be church wherever we are. I know. But you know what I mean. I miss the usual Sunday routine of getting ready for worship, being inside our beautiful sanctuary, hearing and singing live music, worshiping God together in one room, and then sharing fellowship at coffee time.

I still have a Sunday routine, of course—it’s just different now (and I won’t lie; I like the quick commute to my living room, and the fact that I can wear flip-flops!). Worship is different, but it still feeds me spiritually, and I like singing loudly to the music Pastor Jeff and I have been choosing to accompany our worship themes. I love seeing all your faces at home. Still, I’m missing the personal connections we have, you and me.

This is why I really enjoyed the breakout rooms we tried after worship last Sunday. It was good to be in a small group (that wasn’t for a business meeting), to chat and get caught up, and to get to know some folks a little better. And, although I’m a person who likes to plan and know what’s coming next, I even enjoyed not knowing who would be in my group until we all showed up together. It was a fun surprise!

We’ll be doing breakout rooms again tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to seeing who will show up in my group. I hope you’ll be there. I especially want to encourage those of you who have only recently joined our community as we transitioned to online worship to stay for the breakout groups. We are so happy that you’ve joined us for worship, and we want you to feel a part of the loving and supportive community that is Niles Discovery Church. Participating in the breakout groups is a great way to get to know us better—and for us to get to know you.

See you in church tomorrow (you know what I mean)!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Brenda

Announcements

Call to Annual Meeting:  Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Niles Discovery Church will take place on Sunday, May 17, immediately following worship, on Zoom. All church members are urgently and prayerfully requested to attend. The annual report is available online here. Please download it and read it prior to the meeting.

How this will work:  To attend the meeting, register for worship at bit.ly/reg4worship. The worship service that day will simply continue into the Annual Meeting. If you are having problems getting onto Zoom for worship, please contact our Moderator John Smith as soon as possible. We want every church member to be able to attend.

Bystander Intervention Training:  Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice are offering free, online Bystander Intervention Training during May. In this one-hour, interactive training, you’ll learn how to effectively use Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct. Sign up at https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/.

The Future of Camping:  The Outdoor Ministries Committees of both the Region and the Conference have canceled camps this summer. This reality and a long-term decline in camp participation have led the Conference to start revisioning what the Conference’s camping program might look like in the future. Would you take 5-10 minutes to complete this opinion survey about the future of Conference’s camping programs to help with that process? (Some alternatives are being explored for the fall, as well as creating a space to acknowledge high school seniors who grew up in the Region’s summer camping program.)

Something You Can Do Now

Study the Bible with crayons:  Download and use this Bible study (new each week, designed for kids and adults are welcome to use it, too). It comes with discussion/reflection questions and a couple pages to color. When you’re done, share your art in the Niles Discovery Church Facebook Group.

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Niles Discovery Church Triweekly – May 7, 2020

Today’s Prayer

May the angels of light
glisten for us this day.
May the sparks of God’s beauty
dance in the eyes of those we love.
May the universe
be on fire with Presence for us this day.
May the new sun’s rising
grace us with gratitude.
Let earth’s greenness shine
and its waters breathe with Spirit.
Let heaven’s winds stir the soil of our soul
and fresh awakenings rise within us.
May the mighty angels of light
glisten in all things this day.
May they summon us to reverence,
may they call us to life.

~ by John Philip Newell, posted on Facebook

In the Days Ahead

(Doing what we can to make your Zoom experience safe, we are now using “waiting rooms” for some of our meetings and require advanced registration for others.)

Sunday

9:00-9:50 a.m. – Adult Sunday School. The discussion of the book, Climate Church, Climate World, continues. Contact John Zlatnik about how to join this group and for information about what part of the book they are discussion this Sunday.

10:00 a.m. – Worship Service. We celebrate communion every week, so please have “bread” and “cup” available so you can participate with us. If you haven’t already registered for worship, do so now at bit.ly/reg4worship. Once you’re registered, you’ll get the link to join us on Sunday mornings for the worship of God, brought to you on the Zoom platform. Click here to preview the order of worship and to listen to the music ahead of time.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Ministry of Evangelism Team. The ME Team will meet at noon on Zoom (click here to join the meeting) to start discussion on how to lead the church’s evangelism efforts in the online context.

Monday

11:30-12:30 – Monday Morning Bible Study. Join us every Monday morning on Zoom for a discussion about the coming Sunday’s scripture lesson. Click here to join us.

7:30 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting. You are welcome to attend Finance Committee meeting by clicking here.

Tuesday

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. This link, j.mp/ndc-cdi, will take you to the Community Drop-In every time it’s held.

Inspiration

A Pastoral Word

I learned a new word this week: “rota.” According to dictionary.com, a rota is “a round or rotation of duties; a period of work or duty taken in rotation with others.” I learned the word because of this cartoon, which I saw on (you guessed it) Facebook.

Back before this pandemic, our church had plenty of rotas without even knowing the word. There were the rota of people opening the church building and setting up for worship, the rota of Sunday School teachers, the rotas of greeters, ushers, liturgists, Communion Elders, and time with the children leaders, the rota of coffee hour volunteers, the rota of offering counters, and the rota of people who secured the building.

That has changed. Now, we are each responsible for many of these duties within our own homes. This became clear to me on Monday evening when the Ministry of Spiritual Life Team was asking the members of other Ministry Teams if they had an opinion about how frequently we should celebrate communion while we are worshiping God via Zoom (keep reading to learn the decision). One of our leaders pointed out that one of his children was especially enjoying preparing communion for the family each week. That got me thinking again about the process of preparing for worship in each of our homes.

Pastor Brenda and I will try to have by the Thursday email, and certainly by the Saturday email, a link to the order of worship on the church’s newsblog. Within this page, there will be links to the music we are using in worship, which you can click to familiarize yourself with the songs. This page will also (at least most of the time) have a link to a pdf of the order of worship so you can download it to print, if that is helpful.

You can also sign up to get an email each Saturday with links to both the recordings of the music and to the sheet music (when available). Send me an email and I’ll put you on this special email list. You have to promise to only use this music on Sunday for worship; we don’t hold a copyright permission to publish the music beyond that purpose.

Saturday’s edition of the Triweekly email will have a link to a Bible Study with coloring pages. The Bible Studies are designed for kids; adults may find them interesting, too. Look in the “Something You Can Do Now” section of Saturday’s email for the link. The scriptures these Bible Studies focus on are different from what Pastor Brenda and I are preaching on, not that it particularly matters; I just thought I’d let you know.

Then on Sunday morning, get yourself ready for worship. Create some sacred space by clearing away clutter and distractions. Set up for communion; we’ll be celebrating communion every week. If it’s safe to do so, light a candle or use an electric candle. Make your head and your heart ready for worship.

One more worship note:  Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church. We’re planning on celebrating this year, which is May 31. Pastor Brenda or I will be writing more about this in a future edition of the Triweekly.

Happy Easter,
Pastor Jeff

Announcements

Call to Annual Meeting:  Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Niles Discovery Church will take place on Sunday, May 17, immediately following worship, on Zoom. All church members are urgently and prayerfully requested to attend. The annual report is available online here. Please download it and read it prior to the meeting.

How this will work:  To attend the meeting, register for worship at bit.ly/reg4worship. The worship service that day will simply continue into the Annual Meeting. If you are having problems getting onto Zoom for worship, please contact our Moderator John Smith as soon as possible. We want every church member to be able to attend.

Pledges and Donations:  If you are able to keep up with your pledge or if you are able to continue making donations to the church, please do so. We continue to have and pay expenses. Checks mailed to the church (by you or your bank/credit union) are deposited weekly. Contributions made online (www.nilesdiscoverychurch.org/give) or through the Givelify app are processed almost immediately. Cecilia continues to record your giving in our records. Thank you for helping our church continue to be a voice of hope in our community.

Contacting the Pastors: If these numbers and email addresses aren’t already in your address book, please add them. Pastor Jeff’s mobile is 510-579-8851 and his email is jeff@nilesdiscoverychurch.org. Pastor Brenda’s mobile is 510-828-4107 and her email is brenda@nilesdiscoverychurch.org.

Something You Can Do Now

Advocacy:  Since we can’t take to the streets, we need to take to our phones and computers to make our opinions known to the politicians. Let them know what you think about the stimulus packages and priorities. Let them know if you think immigration detainees need to be released so the coronavirus doesn’t spread in the detention centers. Remind them to pay attention to protecting the elections and voting rights (maybe by mandating that voting by mail be acceptable nationwide). Make your opinions known.

Love Your Neighbor:  Sometimes fulfilling this commandment, to love our neighbors as ourselves, can be fulfilled by regularly washing our hands and wearing a mask when we are going to be near people outside our household. It can seem pretty strange, but right now, keeping physical distance is an act of love.

Pray through Art:  Draw or color your prayers. Express you joy and gratitude, your grief and fears, whether realistically or abstractly, with art. Prayer for someone else with crayons, colored pencils, or paint (and maybe mail the art to them as a way of sharing your prayers).

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Order of Worship for Sunday, May 10, 2020

If you would like to download a pdf of this order of worship to print, click here.
To register to join us in worship on Zoom, go to bit.ly/reg4worship.

Prelude:  “You Do Not Walk Alone,” by Elaine Hagenberg

Welcome, announcements, credits, Zoom tips, order of worship review

A Bell Calls Us to Quiet Meditation

Easter Acclamation
One:  Alleluia! Christ is risen!
All:  Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Gathering Prayer
One:  Please join me in prayer:
All:  Holy Companion, you never leave us or forsake us; for that we give you thanks.  You never leave us for forsake us, which means that this gathering must be in your presence.  Speak to us as we pray and sing and learn and feast together.  Call us into a deeper discipleship and show us how we can share your love in this fragmented world.
(a time of quiet prayer)
One:  United in Christ’s love, we pray.  Amen.

Passing the Peace

Song:  “Something Beautiful for God” written and performed by Bryan Sirchio

Scripture Lesson:  Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon:  “Go Into the World”

Quiet Reflection

Song:  “You Are the Seed”                                                                NCH #528
You can listen to the music at https://youtu.be/94jnanUWCko.

A Testimony of Blessings

A Time of Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
All:  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.

Communion Invitation

Communion Prayer

Words of Institution/Sharing the Elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Leader:  Please join with me in giving God thanks.
All:  Holy and loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of Jesus our Liberator, and for this holy meal that we have shared.  Transform us and transform this community, so that we might be free to love without condition, invite without hesitance, go without reservation, and proclaim your freedom to all the world.  Amen.

Benediction

Celebrating Milestones

Coffee Hour Breakout Rooms

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Niles Discovery Church Triweekly – May 4, 2020

Today’s Prayer

In the Days Ahead

(Doing what we can to make your Zoom experience safe, we are now using “waiting rooms” for some of our meetings and require advanced registration for others.)

Tuesday

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. This link, j.mp/ndc-cdi, will take you to the Community Drop-In every time it’s held.

Wednesday

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Pray with Terri Hord Owens. The General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – one of our denominations – invite you to pray with her when she livestreams on her Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to join her.

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. This link, j.mp/ndc-cdi, will take you to the Community Drop-In every time it’s held.

3:00-3:30 p.m. – Zoom with the Children. The kids of our church are invited to join Pastor Jeff on Zoom for conversation and sharing. You must register for this event. Click here to register. There’s no special assignment this week. Just be ready to do a little singing and dancing. (Of course, parents and grandparents and other interested adults are welcome to sing and dance, too.)

Thursday

10:00 a.m.-noon – Retirement Reinvention Group. During the Shelter In Place order, contact John Zlatnik for information about joining this Zoom gathering of retirees who are supporting one another during this time of physical distancing and as they live into new ways of being retired people.

7:00-7:05 p.m. – Applaud for Our Heroes. Each Thursday during the shelter in place order, you are invited to step outside and applaud all the front-line, essential workers. Support everyone from paramedics and pulmonary specialists to grocery clerks. Learn more here.

7:15-8:15 p.m. – Community Drop-In. A simple a time to chat, hang-out, and pray. One of our Pastors will be present. Bring your own coffee; no agenda; just a time to be together. Click here to join the Community Drop-In on Thursday evenings.

Inspiration

A Pastoral Word

How are you doing?

I get asked this question, as I’m sure you do, fairly often. Colleagues, church members, friends and family. Sometimes – most of the time – I shrug it off: I’m fine. And really, all things considered, I’m doing quite well. But that’s not why I shrug it off. I give the simple, two-word answer because it’s easier than really reflecting on how I’m doing.

You probably know where this is going. I’m going to ask you how you’re doing. And if you don’t want to really reflect on that question right now, please don’t delete this email. Leave it in your inbox until you’re ready to reflect on how you’re doing.

How are you feeling physically?
How are you feeling emotionally?
How is your thinking going (how noisy is your mind)?
How is it with your soul?

While I ask these like they are four separate questions, they are actually interwoven. An achy body can lead to feelings of insecurity. Loneliness can make our soul ache. A noisy mind can distract us from what’s really going on. You get the idea.

So, how are you doing?

And once you answer that question, I’ve got one more for you:  What do you need?

If you need a listening ear, in addition to friends and family, you can call me or Pastor Brenda. If you need a small group to pray with you, I want to know (we’re looking into creating such an opportunity). If you need a walk, go and take one.

Remember to stay hydrated, to get enough sleep, to eat as well as you can. And when you identify something else you need, a need that you can’t meet on your own, let someone know about that need. Niles Discovery Church is a caring community and I know we want to be there for each other in our needs. So, let your needs be known.

Happy Easter,
Pastor Jeff

Announcements

#WeApplaud:  The Tri-City Interfaith Council is calling on residents who are sheltering at home to come to their front doors, their balconies, and their driveways each Thursday (for as long as the shelter in place order is in force) at 7:00 p.m. (for just a few minutes) to cheer, applaud, and otherwise encourage and support the essential workers who are on the front lines during this pandemic. Invite your neighbors to join you. Make yard signs to show your support.

Continue collecting for a SAVE ditty bag:  May’s special offering for SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments). The offering typically includes ditty bags – hand-sewn bags filled with personal hygiene items. Because we can’t meet in the same room right now, we’re asking you to hold on to the personal hygiene items you’ve collected. When at least small groups can gather, we’ll put out a call for these and create the bags to deliver to SAVE. For more information on the ditty bags, click here. To make a monetary offering for SAVE, click here and selected SAVE from the Special Offerings options (or use the Givelify app).

All Summer Camps Canceled: The Outdoor Ministries Committee of the Region announced that they, like the Conference, are canceling summer camps this year because of the coronavirus. Some alternatives are being explored for the fall, as well as creating a space to acknowledge high school seniors who grew up in the Region’s summer camping program. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Something You Can Do Now

Complete you census (if you haven’t done so already).

Give Thanks. You can start your own gratitude journal today. Or you could start a family/friends group gratitude journal (you just need to figure out the logistics). Or start a group gratitude journal online and invite people you care about to join you.

Reach out. Send cards, mail, and prayers to people who are on your heart. Make a phone call.

Smile

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