Sunday, June 21, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 8: 3-5 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
Painting by Margrit Prigge (South Africa), Watercolor.

If people from all races and cultures are equally created in the divine image, and if God’s desire is that all live in a world community marked by justice, freedom, and peace, then there must be room for a positive appreciation of the diversity of human religious as well as cultural life.
-Cynthia M. Campbell, A Multitude of Blessings: A Christian Approach to Religious Diversity

PRELUDE “Largo” -J.S. Bach, arr. Conrady

The Preparation

If you have a candle, let us light our candles together to remind ourselves that there is light in the darkness. We can share that light with one another in our own times of darkness, and we can share that light of love with the world. Please light your candles if you have one as we enter into our time of worship.

A moment of silence

OPENING HYMN “Holy, Holy, Holy”

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
  2. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Almighty God, in the midst of turbulent lives and turbulent times, we gather in the name of Jesus, your risen one, to proclaim the wonder of your love. With praise in our hearts and thanksgiving on our tongues, we celebrate Your life living, life changing energy.
Today, proclaiming Jesus as perfecter of our faith, and we seek to live as he lived; full of grace, telling truth, and risking all for the sake of your realm, for the sake of justice this day, for the sake of grace this day, may it be so we pray. Amen. -June Goudey, Before the Amen.

God of grace, love, and communion, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your way, and follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life, that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your presence in all people. Amen.

A moment of silence for personal reflection

Beloved people of God, believe the good news, in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

The Message

A Time for Children of all Ages

ANTHEM “How Excellent” – Janay Boughton

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Psalm 8 and Acts 5:27-39

Psalm 8 (NIV)
Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Acts 5:27-39 (NIV)
27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”


HYMN “There’s a Wideness In God’s Mercy” No. 101

  1. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea.
    There’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty.
    There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven.
    There is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given.
  2. For the love of God is broader than the measures of the mind.
    And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
    If our love were but more simple, we should take him at his word,
    And our lives would be all sunshine in the sweetness of our Lord.

The Thanksgiving

Choral Call to Prayer “Hear our prayer”- D. Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us and grant us Thy peace


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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Choral Response to Prayer “Thou will keep Him in perfect peace”- Scottish Psalter, 1615

Thou will keep Him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below
Praise God above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen”.

Gracious Lord, giver of all good things: for our home on earth and your unfailing mercy, we give you thanks. Christ, our redeemer: for your sacrifice on the cross and rising from death that we might live, we give you thanks and praise. Holy Spirit, giver of life: for your abiding presence in our lives and for comforting and guiding us, we give you thanks. Bless these givers and bless their gifts. Amen.

The Departure

O Lord. Our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
Thank you for refreshing us to new life this morning. Let us see your energy and power, which flows in everyday events. Become in us a stream of kindness, justice, and truth, for Christ’s sake and for the sake of your beloved world. Amen

CLOSING HYMN “Now Thank We All Our God” No. 29

  1. Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,
    Who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices;
    Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
    With countless gifts of love and still is ours today.
  2. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
    With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,
    To keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed
    And free us from all ills of this world in the next.

POSTLUDE “Largo” -J.S. Bach, arr. Conrady