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4.26.20 - What We Know

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 Welcome to First Presbyterian Sterling Online!
*Prelude with Erik & Nicole

Prelude Pondering
Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity. -- Henri Nouwen

*Welcome Message

*Call to Worship 

Leader: Risen Savior, on the road to Emmaus, you walked with the travelers.
People: Walk alongside us, now.
Leader: As you walked with them, you interpreted the stories of yourself.
People: Let the light of your presence illuminate our worship.
Leader: They did not know you, Jesus, until you broke the bread with them.
People: Open our eyes to your presence, and kindle anew in us the joy of…

Earth Day Prayers

4.19.20 - Second Sunday of Easter

Welcome to First Presbyterian Sterling Online!
*Prelude with Vincent - Boccherini Cello Concerto, mvt. 2

*Prelude Pondering
“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
                           Rainier Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, 1903

*Call to Worship with Vincent and Christina

Leader: We come as we are: doubting and faithful; brave and fearful, exhausted and exultant.
People: And the Risen Christ welcomes us.
Leader: We bring what we have: belief, questions, songs, prayers.
People: And the Risen Christ embraces us.
Leader: We offer our hearts to the …

4.12.20 - Easter Sunday

Welcome to 
First Presbyterian Sterling Online! Christ is risen! 
Christ is risen indeed!

As you scroll through the parts of the service, just click on the pictures to see the video and hear the music. You may want to prepare for communion ahead of time - you'll just need bread and juice for whoever is in your household.
*Prelude with Amy and Emma

*Prelude Pondering
We are not eye-witnesses to an event, as were Mary and the disciples; we have not journeyed through a dangerous city to seek answers or consolation; we have not seen angels gathering at the rim of this day, or wept in the garden this morning because we could not find Him.

But we are here to attest to a story that has not lost its power during twenty centuries of change and conflict. We are here because those before us carried this story as if it were precious gold; cherished it as if it were the key to a hidden wisdom.

Siblings in Christ, take your places here today in celebration and in awe. What you are about to hear aga…

4.9.20 Maundy Thursday

Welcome to FPC Online!
Worship at Home: Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020
If you are able, join us in spirit at 6:00 PM
After you have prepared your table, scroll through the service, taking all the time you need. 
Click on each video to play when you are ready.

The following is adapted from materials prepared by the Rev. Carol M. McDonald,  Parish Associate, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis.
*Words of Welcome and Meditation 

*Music “Let Us Break Bread Together”

*Scripture and Reflection 

John 13: 12-15: After Jesus had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

What is the invitation to you in this passage?
What is the challenge to you in th…

4.5.20 - Palm Sunday

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church Online!

As you scroll down, click on the picture to play the video for each part of the service. May you be blessed on this Palm Sunday 2020 and throughout this Holy Week. Our Maundy Thursday Service will be posted by Thursday afternoon.  You'll find more information in the April newsletter. If you didn't get your newsletter and you would like a copy of the Maundy Thursday at Home service, please contact the church or Pastor Christina.
*Prelude with Amy

*Welcome/Telling the Story Part 1 VIDEO

Jesus Prepares to Enter Jerusalem - Mark 11: 1-3
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it a…