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Sunday, June 28th

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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CENTERING WORDS
Society is endangered not by the great profligacy of a few,
but by the laxity of morals amongst all.
-Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


PRELUDE “La Réjouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks – G.F. Handel, arr. S. Conrady

The Preparation

CANDLE LIGHTING
If you have a candle, let us light our candles together to remind ourselves that there is light in the darkness and that 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.

A moment of silence

MORNING PRAYER
Welcoming God, you have given each of us an identity to cherish and rejoice in. We thank you for the uniqueness, which is our self. Yet you have made us all of a kind, and you bring us to our true maturity through relationships with one another.    Help us to trust you enough to give ourselves away in love: and in that death of self, may we find life and lasting fulfillment following in the steps of Jesus Christ our Lord.
-Rev. Elsa A. Peters

OPENING HYMN “When Morning Guilds the Skies”  No. 35

  1. When morning gilds the sky,
    our hearts awaking cry:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    in all our work and prayer
    we ask his loving care:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  2. All those of humankind,
    In this your concord find,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Let all the earth around
    Ring joyous with the sound,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord God, forgive us:
Lost in ourselves, we dwell endlessly on yesterday’s embarrassment, anger, and grief.
Lost in our domain, it is hard to see beyond yesterday’s fighting, suspicion, and fear.
Lost in our fantasy, it is tempting to live in yesterday’s illusions.
So fill us with the Spirit of Jesus Christ, that we might be lost in the wonder and sanity of your hope for us today. Amen. 

James S. Lowry, Prayers for the Lord’s Day

A moment of silence for personal reflection

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
We worship a forgiving God, whose mercy is never ending,
whose heart abounds in steadfast love.
God hears your prayers and lifts you to newness of life.
Thanks be to God.

The Message

A Time for Children of all Ages

ANTHEM “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – J.Rosamond Johnson / J. Weldon Johnson (text)

Scripture Reading Matthew 10:40-11:1  (NIV)

40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
11 1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.   

MORNING REFLECTION “Welcoming Others”



HYMN “Jesu, Jesu Fill Us With Your Love” No. 17 HS

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

SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS & PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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 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” – Scottish Psalter, 1615

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

OFFERING
Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference.

DOXOLOGY

“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”.

OFFERTORY PRAYER
Welcoming One, bless these gifts with your Spirit
Transform these gifts into the balm that your world needs.
In these gifts, may we welcome in a new world of love. Amen.

-Rev. Elsa A. Peters

The Departure

CLOSING PRAYER
Holy One…
Call us by name . . .
so that we know,
Call us to you . . .
so that we live,
Call us into the world . . .
so that we care,
Call us to risk . . .
so that we trust beyond ourselves.
You speak / we listen /
and comes life, abundant,
Beyond all that we ask or think. Amen.   

Walter Brueggemann

CLOSING HYMN “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” No. 440

  1. O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain;
    for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!
    America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
    and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
  2. O beautiful for pilgrim feet, whose stern, impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness!
    America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!


POSTLUDE “La Réjouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks – G.F. Handel, arr. S. Conrady


Music Notes: Today’s anthem was introduced in 1900 as a poem by African-American educator and activist James Weldon Johnson to mark Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and later set to music by John Rosamond Johnson. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was adopted by the NAACP as a song of faith and freedom. (Source: CBS Sunday Morning)

The hymn preceding the sermon, “Jesu, Jesu”, is in our hymn supplement at the church. We don’t have the license to record and publish this hymn (only photocopy), so we share this recording from another source. The lyrics are shared in the video.

The Prelude/Postlude music is an extract from the allegro movement (fast section) of Handel’s Suite for Royal Fireworks (1749). It was composed at the behest of King George II of Great Britain for the great fireworks display celebrating the signing of the peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, which concluded the War of the Austrian Succession on October 18, 1748.

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.

CENTERING WORDS
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

CANDLE LIGHTING
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!

MORNING PRAYER
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.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
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

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
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.”

MORNING REFLECTION  


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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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 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.”

OFFERING
Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference.

Doxology

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”.

OFFERTORY PRAYER
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

CLOSING PRAYER
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