Worship for April 25, 2021

A Prayer for Preparing to Worship:

God of mercy, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you,
and voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may celebrate and worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Welcome - Jeff Foels

Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, and Assurance of Pardon

Trusting in God’s hopes for us, let us come before God with contrite hearts, asking for reconciliation and seeking peace.

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. 

Through forgiveness in Christ, we are brought to new life. This is the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.

Prayer of the Day - Mark Baker

God our redeemer, we too often fail to be messengers of your forgiveness and hope.

renew us by your Holy Spirit, that we may follow your commands, be your disciples, and proclaim your reign of love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture: Psalm 23

1   The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 

2        He makes me lie down in green pastures; 

     he leads me beside still waters; 

3        he restores my soul. 

     He leads me in right paths 

          for his name’s sake.

4   Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 

          I fear no evil; 

     for you are with me; 

          your rod and your staff — 

          they comfort me.

5   You prepare a table before me 

          in the presence of my enemies; 

     you anoint my head with oil; 

          my cup overflows. 

6   Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me 

          all the days of my life, 

     and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD 

          my whole life long.

Second Scripture: Jeff Japinga

Luke 17:5-6
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Sermon: Jeff Japinga

Matthew 6:24‭-‬34 NIV

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.   “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?   “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Music: Glorious Things You Are Spoken

by Haydn, Set. by Young Jusun Kim, Organ

Prayers of the People and The Lords 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 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.


Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:

Be in the world in peace;

Have courage;

Hold onto what is good;

Return no one evil for evil;

Support the weak;

Help the suffering;

Honor all God’s children;

Love and serve the Lord, 

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith, buoyant in hope, and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Thank you for what you can give, joyfully, to God!


Plymouth Presbyterian Church
3755 Dunkirk Ln N
Plymouth, MN 55446

Office: 763-559-2946
Email: Office@PlymouthPC.org