Pastor Luke posted this message today:
Right now, we’re streaming on Facebook Live at the JLP Facebook Page. This may change as we learn more about the world of streaming technology.
We’re looking into overlaying text on the screen, but we don’t have the technology for that yet. In the meantime, we’re posting a worship program with the liturgy. If you’re viewing on a computer, you can open it in a different browser window. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, you may want to print it out before the service.
We look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!
- 9:30 am Sunday, March 22: the worship program is online here.
You can also download a printable version of this program.
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
or loose the cords of Orion?
Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
— Job 38:31–33 (NRSV)
♫ My Lighthouse Lyrics
♫ You Are My Hiding Place Lyrics
Reconciliation with God
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
— Micah 7:18–19 (NRSV)
… In Christ you are forgiven.
R Thanks be to God!
♫ All the People Said Amen Lyrics
Sharing the Peace
… The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
R And also with you.
Time with Young Disciples
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
— Matthew 6:19–20 (NRSV)
Prayers of the People
and 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 sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Scripture: Luke 13:1–17 (NRSV)
1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8 He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” 17 When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
… This is the Word of the Lord.
R Thanks be to God.
“Pandemic Faith: What Would Jesus Say About the Coronavirus?”
(Spiritual Agriculture, Part 3)
♫ Thy Word Lyrics
Blessing & Sending
*Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Here are some ideas for how we might pray as we worship apart from each other this weekend. UPDATE: I’m still working through the avalanche of news in my email and social media. I just learned that tomorrow is, by presidential proclamation, a national day of prayer. — Pastor Luke
Pray that God will give the scientific community insight and intelligence as they work to find effective treatments. Pray too that God will bless the medical community with strength and compassion as they treat the afflicted.
Pray for the world’s political leaders, that they can implement strategies that slow the rate of transmission of the coronavirus and flatten the curve of the pandemic.
Pray for Church and its members everywhere, that through their work and witness, their acts of grace and mercy, the Church demonstrates the love of Christ, as it has in every age, back to the founding of the first hospitals and even to the miraculous healings performed by the Apostles. And specifically:
Pray for pastors and other church leaders as they seek to guide their congregations in their ministry to the people of God and to the wider world that God loves.
Pray for those who are voluntarily self-isolating, that their spirits will be kept up, as people who know they are in Christ’s hand, and no one can take them from him.
Pray for friends and families of the sick and unwell, whether from the coronavirus or another cause, that they may lovingly balance care for those dear to them with appropriate care for themselves and others.
Pray for those who grieve loved ones lost to this disease, that they will know God hears their cries, even in a time when no one seems able to listen.
Pray for those who do not know God’s love in Christ, that God’s Church, although hampered by social distancing, will be find ways to be faithful to its mission to proclaim the Good News to them.
JLP’s worship service for March 15 is cancelled. Here are some alternatives that will allow you to gather “virtually” with other Christians.
Many churches stream their services online, so many options are available to you. You can try something more familiar and connected through a church in one of our denominations, or something ecumenical and different from a church.
First Presbyterian Church downtown will hold its worship service on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. (No Facebook account is required.)
AUMC superintendent Carlo Rapanut will lead worship for the AUMC Conference at 11 a.m. on Sunday via Facebook Live.
Several churches in the Alaska UMC will have some kind of online worship on Sunday, March 15. You can find times and connection details here.
The UMC website lists some other churches that stream worship.
Changepoint in Anchorage livestreams as described on their website.
Pastor Luke doesn’t get the opportunity visit a lot of churches on Sundays, but he can recommend this little megachurch in Colorado, whose services are streamed live at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Alaska time.
A lot of the music we sing in worship originates with people in the worship team at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Their worship services at 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Alaska time.
Another church known for their worship music is Hillsong. They’re based in Australia, but they have many other locations, including Hillsong Phoenix, with services 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 5:00 pm Alaska time.