Dear PPC Community,

This Sunday, 3/22, Providence Presbyterian Church will offer a virtual worship service beginning at 10:00 AM via Zoom. Please join us by connecting on your computer or dialing in by phone.

To connect on your computer, just click this link:
To dial in on your phone, call 646 558-8656 and enter meeting ID 197 761 344

You can follow along with the order of worship below, or click here for the large-print PDF version. And you can find the words and music to the opening hymn here: In the Cross of Christ I Glory.

You can submit tithes and offerings here (also linked at the bottom of this email and on our website).

We hope to "see" you Sunday!


March 22, 2020
Worship at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom

To connect:         Meeting ID: 197 761 344
One tap mobile:  +16465588656, 197761344#
Or just call  646 558-8656 and enter meeting ID 197 761 344

"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 
   John 9:5 (NRSV)

Prelude: Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley (Livingston)

Welcome and Announcements        

Call to Worship (responsive):  
Leader:    Lord Christ, open our eyes 
People:    to see clearly the light of the world.
Leader:    Holy Spirit, illumine our minds 
People:    to perceive God's glory shining among us.
Leader:    Almighty God, prepare our hearts
People:    to see, to trust, to worship the Messiah.

Hymn: In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Invitation to Confession         

Time of Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison):
Wonder-working God, forgive us when preconceived notions cloud our vision and blind us to your activity in our lives.  We watch for signs of your glory in the successful and strong, in pious acts and answered prayers, in favorable outcomes and dreams fulfilled.  But you make yourself known in unexpected ways; in shepherd boys lifted to the throne and outcasts returned to community; in death haunted valleys transformed by your presence, and ordinary pools made extraordinary by your grace, through water and mud, and a table prepared with sacrificial love.  We long for a salve that relieves our stubborn focus on inconsequential questions, and for water that heals our blindness to revelations of your love.  Open our eyes, illumine our minds, and prepare our hearts, to receive your amazing grace.

Assurance of Pardon

Sung Congregational Response: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, verse 3:
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain that morn shall tearless be.

Special Music: O God, Thy Goodness Reacheth Far (Beethoven)
Elena Kishkovich, piano

Joys and Concerns of the Church                              

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Reading:
 1 Samuel 16:1-13  (NRSV)         
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah. 
         Leader:    This is the word of the Lord.
         People:    Thanks be to God!

Sermon: Something Different, Rev. John D Sweet

Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed (Traditional)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the
communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Invitation to Send Our Tithes, Offerings and Gifts

Prayer of Dedication for Gifts and Tithes


Congregational Sung Response:
Lead Me, Guide Me – sung twice:
Lead me, guide me, along the way, 
for if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with thee. 
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

Postlude: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us (Paxton)


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