Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
“Be a sadist. No matter how sweet & innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
- Khalil Gibran
Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.
- Nelson Mandela
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude: “Adveniat Paracletus” Gregorian
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit: “Gracious Spirit, Dwell In Me” Richard Redhead
Gracious Spirit, dwell in me,
I myself would gracious be;
And, with words that help and heal,
Would your life in mine reveal;
And, with actions, bold and meek
Would for Christ my Savior speak.
† Call to Worship
And in the last days it shall come to pass, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
And your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old shall dream dreams, and your young shall see visions.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all gathered together in one place.
And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
† Baptism: Laure Cecilia Littleton No. 39
† Hymn: “Many Gifts, One Spirit” No. 114
God of change and glory, God of time and space, when we fear the future, give to us your grace. In the midst of changing ways give us still the grace to praise. Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways. In our difference is blessing, from diversity we praise one Giver, one Lord, one Spirit, one Word known in many ways, hallowing our days. For the Giver, for the gifts, praise, praise, praise!
God of many colors, God of many signs, you have made us different, blessing many kinds. As the old ways disappear, let your love cast out our fear. Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways. In our difference is blessing, from diversity we praise one Giver, one Lord, one Spirit, one Word known in many ways, hallowing our days. For the Giver, for the gifts, praise, praise, praise!
Freshness of the morning, newness of each night, you are still creating endless love and light. This we see, as shadows part, many gifts from one great heart. Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways. In our difference is blessing, from diversity we praise one Giver, one Lord, one Spirit, one Word known in many ways, hallowing our days. For the Giver, for the gifts, praise, praise, praise!
Morning Prayer (unison) Day of Pentecost No. 542
God of grace, you sent the promised gift of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the women, upon Mary the Mother of Jesus and upon his brothers. Fill your church with power, kindle flaming hearts within us, and cause us to proclaim your mighty works in every tongue, that all may call on you and be saved; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
To Hear the Word
† The Psalter: Psalm 104:24-35 (sung response ) No. 826
Michael Rouse is the Liturgist.
Response: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation.
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
The earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
Creeping things innumerable are there,
Living things both small and great.
There go the ships,
And Leviathan whom you formed to play in it.
These all look to you,
To give them their food in due season.
When you give to them, they gather it;
When you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
When you take away their breath, they die
And return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
And you renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of the Lord endure for ever,
May the Lord rejoice in his works,
Who looks on the earth and it trembles,
Who touches the mountains and they smoke!
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to the Lord
In whom I rejoice.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
And let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!
Response: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation.
Anthem: “Listen, Sweet Dove” Grayston Ives
Listen, sweet dove, unto my song,
And spread Thy golden wings in me;
Hatching my tender heart so long,
Till it get wing and flie away with thee.
Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
The earth did like a heaven appeare,
The starres were coming down to know
If they might mend their wages and serve here.
The sunne which once did shine alone
Hung down his head and wisht for night,
When he beheld twelve sunnes for one
Going and giving light.
Lord, though we change, Thou art the same,
The same sweet God of love and light:
Restore this day for Thy great name
Unto his ancient and miraculous right.
From the Gospel: John 14:8-17
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
Sermon: “Children of God – if” Rev. Travis Knoll
Romans 8:14-17: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “Are Ye Able” No. 530
“Are ye able,” said the Master, “to be crucified with me?” “Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered, “to the death we follow thee.” Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.
Are ye able to remember, when a thief lifts up his eyes, that his pardoned soul is worthy of a place in paradise? Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.
Are ye able when the shadows close around you with the sod, to believe that spirit triumphs, to commend your soul to God? Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.
Are ye able? Still the Master whispers down eternity, and heroic spirits answer, now as then in Galilee. Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory: “A Simple Song” Leonard Bernstein
Tod Myers, Bass
Sing God a simple song, Lauda, Laude . . .
Make it up as you go along, Lauda, Laude . . .
Sing like you like to sing; God loves all simple things, for God is the simplest of all.
I will sing the Lord a new song, to praise Him, to bless Him, to bless the Lord.
I will sing God praises while I live, all of my days.
Blessed is the man who loves the Lord, blessed is the man who praises Him;
Lauda, Lauda, Laude . . .and walk in God’s ways.
I will lift up my eyes oo the hills from whence comes my help;
I will lift up my voice to the Lord, singing Lauda, Laude.
For the Lord is my shade, is the shade upon my right hand;
And the sun shall not smite me by day nor the moon by night.
Blessed is the man who loves the Lord,
Lauda, Lauda, Laude, and walk in God’s ways.
Lauda, Lauda, Laude, all of my days.
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 393
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
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: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord” No. 540
I love thy kingdom, Lord, the house of thine abode, the church our blest Redeemer saved with his own precious blood.
I love thy church, O God! Her walls before thee stand dear as the apple of thine eye, and graven on thy hand.
For her my tears shall fall, for her my prayers ascend, to her my cares and toils be given, till toils and cares shall end.
Beyond my highest joy I prize her heavenly ways, her sweet communion, solemn vows, her hymns of love and praise.
Sure as thy truth shall last, to Zion shall be given the brightest glories earth can yield, and brighter bliss of heaven.
† Dismissal with Blessing
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response: “Hallelujah!” Baines
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude: “Veni, Creator Spiritus” Molyneux