Sunday, April 3, 2016 Francis Asbury Remembered

Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude:                                “As Pants The Hart” English Methodist Gallery Hymn, 1795

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit: Lead Me, Lord                                                       Wesley

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness;
make thy way plain before my face.

† Call to Worship (adapted from the United Church of Canada’s 300th anniversary of John Wesley’s birth service)

The Living God gathers us
to celebrate our common heritage.
The Risen Christ invites us
to explore our identity as Christians in the Wesleyan tradition.
The Loving Spirit longs to transform us
not through nostalgia, but new birth.
Let us join together to praise our God, the same yesterday, today, and forever!

† Hymn: “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”                                      No. 57

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!
My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.

He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive;
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.

In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven;
anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.

Morning Prayer (unison)

Lord God, who inspired your servant Francis Asbury with burning zeal for the sanctification of souls, and gave him eloquence in speech: Kindle in your Church, we ask you, this fervor, that those whose faith has cooled may be warmed, and that those who have not known Christ may turn to him and be saved; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Adapted from the John & Charles Wesley Prayer in Lesser Feasts and Prayers of the Anglican Church

To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 12:1-7

Susan Allenback is the Liturgist.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

† A Scripture for the day (from Rev. 3:7-11, the text Thomas Coke preached from on the day of Francis Asbury’s Ordination)

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David,
who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens:
“I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.
I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon;
hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

Anthem:                            “Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace”                       Samuel Wesley

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee. The darkness is no darkness with Thee, but the night is as clear as the day. The darkness and the light to Thee are both alike. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. O let my soul live, and it shall praise Thee, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory for evermore. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.

Sermon: Rev. Alfred Day

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn: “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast”                                    No. 616

Come, sinners, to the gospel feast; let every soul be Jesus’ guest.
Ye need not one be left behind, for God hath bid all humankind.

Sent by my Lord, on you I call; the invitation is to all.
Come, all the world! Come, sinner, thou! All things in Christ are ready now.

Come, all ye souls by sin oppressed, ye restless wanderers after rest;
ye poor, and maimed, and halt, and blind, in Christ a hearty welcome find.

My message as from God receive; ye all may come to Christ and live.
O let his love your hearts constrain, nor suffer him to die in vain.

This is the time, no more delay! This is the Lord’s accepted day.
Come thou, this moment, at his call, and live for him who died for all.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory:                             “Except the Lord Build the House”            William Scanlan Murphy

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

† 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.

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

† The Great Thanksgiving: (with Musical Setting A: pp. 17-18)

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.

Breaking the Bread                           “O Lord My God”                                                    Wesley

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Grant that we may go into the world
in the strength of your spirit,
to give ourselves for others,
in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “Marching to Zion”                                                  No. 733

Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord, join in a song with sweet accord
and thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne.

Refrain: We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.

Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God;
but children of the heavenly King, but children of the heavenly King
may speak their joys abroad, may speak their joys abroad. (Refrain)

The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets
before we reach the heavenly fields, before we reach the heavenly fields,
or walk the golden streets, or walk the golden streets. (Refrain)

Then let our songs abound, and every tear be dry;
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground, we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
to fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high. (Refrain)

† Dismissal with Blessing

Let us go, remembering from whence we’ve come, to be what God calls us to be today
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “Thank the Lord”                                  American folk tune

Thank the Lord, O thank the Lord; tell all the world what God has done. Let all the people praise God’s name. Alleluia.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “O For A Thousand Tongues”                   Original melody, 1803

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