Sunday, April 10, 2016
Third Sunday of Easter
Native American Awareness Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
It is now time for people of faith to understand the true inclusivity of God’s creation.
- The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, Jr.
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude: “He Riseth” English Medieval Carol
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit: “O Raise Your Glad Voices” Welsh hymn, 1839
O raise your glad voices, all people, and sing:
Bring sweet Easter praises to Jesus, the King.
† Call to Worship (inspired by Chief Seattle, 19th cent)
Every part of the earth is sacred.
Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy.
The rocky crest, the meadow, the beasts and all the people, all belong to the same family. Teach your children that the earth is our mother.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. We are part of the earth, and the earth is part of us.
The rivers are our brothers, they quench our thirst.
The perfumed flowers are our sisters, the air is precious, for all of us share the same breath.
The wind that gave our grandparents breath also receives their last sigh.
The wind gave our children the spirit of life.
This we know, all things are connected.
Like the blood which unites our family, all things are connected.
Our God is the same God, whose compassion is equal for all.
For we did not weave the web of life and the circle that connects us. Thanks be to God, the God of all.
† Hymn: “Many and Great, O God” (drum accompaniment) No. 148
Many and great, O God, are thy things,
Maker of earth and sky.
Thy hands have set the heavens with stars;
thy fingers spread the mountains and plains.
Lo, at thy word waters were formed;
deep seas obey your voice.
Grant unto us communion with thee,
thou star abiding one;
Come unto us and dwell with us;
with thee are found the gifts of life.
Bless us with life that has no end,
eternal life with thee.
Morning Prayer (unison) (trad. Native Am.)
O Great Spirit, whose voice we hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear us. We come before you as your children. We are small and weak; we need your strength and wisdom. Let us walk in beauty and make our eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. May our hands respect the things you have made, our ears be sharp to hear your voice. Make us wise, so that we may know the things you have taught your people, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. We seek strength not to be superior to our brothers and sisters, but to live in harmony with ourselves and all of your creation. Helps us to be ever ready to come to you, so when life fades as a fading sunset, our spirits may come to you without shame. Amen.
To Hear the Word
From the Acts: Acts 9:1-6 Lewis Knoll is the Liturgist.
Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
Anthem: “Christ Will Be Lifted Up” (insert) Mary McDonald
O day of rest and gladness, O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness, Most beautiful, most bright;
On thee, the high and lowly, Through ages joined in tune,
Sing “Holy, holy, holy,” To the great God Triune.
Today on weary nations The heavenly manna falls;
To holy convocations The silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing With pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing With soul-refreshing streams.
New graces ever gaining From this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining To spirits of the blessed;
To Holy Ghost be praises,To Father, and to Son;
The Church her voice upraises To Thee, blessed Three in One.
The Psalm: Psalm 30 No. 762
Response: For the night weeping may tarry; with the morning light comes joy.
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. (Response)
Sing praises to the Lord, O his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.
Surely the Lord’s anger is but for a moment; the Lord’s favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face; I was dismayed. (Response)
To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. (Response)
Sermon: “Worship” Rev. Travis Knoll
Revelation 5:11-14: Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “Sing with All the Saints in Glory” No. 702
Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease;
in God’s likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace.
O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on high our welcome waits.
Every humble spirit shares it; Christ has passed th’eternal gates.
Life eternal! heaven rejoices; Jesus lives, who once was dead.
Join we now the deathless voices; child of God, lift up your head!
Patriarchs from the distant ages, saints all longing for their heaven,
prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages, all await the glory given.
Life eternal! O what wonders crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
when, amidst earth’s closing thunders, saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal, see that glowing firmament;
know, with thee, O God Immortal, “Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!”
† Our Mission:
We understand as our mission: To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy, learning & life through the revitalization of our congregation, the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions, while recognizing our unique presence & mission in the city.
We feel this is where God’s Spirit is leading our congregation at this time in our history.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory: “O Day of Rest and Gladness” (insert) Franklin Ritter
“It is finished,” He cried; My Lord was crucified
As He hung upon the cross and died. But His death on Calvary became a victory;
And Christ will reign as Lord eternally!
Christ will be lifted up, robed in majesty and crowned with grace.
Every eye shall see, Every knee shall bow,
When we see our King face to face!
We will rise and go to Him when Christ shall come again.
Heaven’s glory will descend when Jesus comes.
Let us follow now in faith until that glorious day when Christ will reign as Lord eternally!
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 95
Praise God, from who m all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Pastoral Prayer with moment of silence
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn: “Rejoice the Lord is King” No. 716
Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore;
mortals, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice; rejoice; again I say, rejoice.
Jesus the Savior reigns, the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains, he took his seat above.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice; rejoice, again I say, rejoice.
His kingdom cannot fail; he rules o’er earth and heaven;
the keys of earth and hell are to our Jesus given.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice; rejoice, again I say, rejoice.
Rejoice in glorious hope! Jesus the Judge shall come,
and take his servants up to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th’archangel’s voice; the trump of God shall sound, rejoice!
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go now, to worship God at all times, and in all places
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response: “Hallelujah!” Caribbean, arr. Donald Moore
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude: “Hilariter” German Easter Carol