Sunday, May 29, 2016

Second Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

“…You say to God, “I have never seen you provide for me.” God says to you, “You have never trusted Me.”

― Corallie Buchanan, Watch Out! Godly Women on the Loose

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “Whan that Somer Cometh”      Medieval Carol

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit: “Come, Let Us Gather”             Trad. American

Come, let us gather now to sing
Praises and thanks to God, our King.
God’s love surpasses everything.

† Call to Worship

With the whole church
We affirm that we are made in God’s image, befriended by Christ, empowered by the Spirit
With people everywhere
We affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity, planted more deeply that all that is wrong.
With all creation
We celebrate the miracle and wonder of life, the unfolding purposes of God, forever at work in ourselves and the world.

† Hymn: “Alleluia”          No. 186

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
He’s my Savior
I will praise Him

Morning Prayer (unison)

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others; open my ears that I may hear their cries; open my heart so that they need not be without succor; let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong, nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich. Show me where love and hope and faith are needed, and use me to bring them to those places.  And so open my eyes and my ears that I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Epistles: Galatians 1:1-12

Marisa Olszewski is the Liturgist.

Paul an apostle—sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the members of God’s family who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!
Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Anthem: “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”      Richard Shephard

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down thy head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place, and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say “Behold, I freely give the living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk till traveling days are done.

† The Psalter: Psalm 96 (sung response)           No. 815-816

Response: The Lord comes, the Lord comes, and all creation sings for joy.
O sing to the Lord a new song;
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless God’s name;
Proclaim God’s salvation from day to day.
Declare the Lord’s glory among the nations,
The Lord’s marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised,
To be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols;
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before the Lord
In whose sanctuary are strength and beauty.
Response: The Lord comes, the Lord comes, and all creation sings for joy.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name!
Bring an offering, and come into the courts
Of the Lord!
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
Tremble before the Lord, all the earth!
Response: The Lord comes, the Lord comes, and all creation sings for joy.
Say among the nations,” The Lord reigns!
The Lord has established the world, it shall
Never be moved.
The Lord will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
Let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
Before the Lord, who comes to judge the earth.
The Lord will judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with his truth.

Response: The Lord comes, the Lord comes, and all creation sings for joy.

Sermon: “The source of our confidence” Rev. Travis Knoll

Luke 7:1-10

To Respond in Faith

Solo: “Silence Frenzied Unclean Spirit”                        No. 264

“Silence, frenzied, unclean spirit!” cried God’s healing Holy One. “Cease your ranting! Flesh can’t bear it; flee as night before the sun.” At Christ’s words the demon trembled, from its victim madly rushed, while the crowd that was assembled stood in wonder, stunned and hushed.
Lord, the demons still are thriving in the gray cells of the mind: tyrant voices, shrill and driving, twisted thoughts that grip and bind, doubts that stir the heart to panic, fears distorting reason’s sight, guilt that makes our loving frantic, dreams that cloud the soul with fright.
Silence, Lord, the unclean spirit in our mind and in our heart; speak your word that when we hear it, all our demons shall depart. Clear our thought and calm our feeling; still the fractured, warring soul. By the power of your healing make us faithful, true, and whole.

† An Act of Commitment from the Iona Community

We believe that God is present in the darkness before dawn; in the waiting and uncertainty where fear and courage join hands, conflict and caring link arms, and the sun rises over barbed wire.
We believe in a with-us God who sits down in our midst to share our humanity.
We affirm a faith that takes us beyond the safe place: into action, into vulnerability and into the streets.
We commit ourselves to work for change and put ourselves on the line; to bear responsibility, take risks, live powerfully and face humiliation; to stand with those on the edge; to choose life and be used by the Spirit for God’s new community of home.  Amen.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory: “A Musician’s Prayer”    Charles Callahan

Thy word so tuned led me be, that in each part I may thereto agree.
He sings and plays the songs which best Thou lov’st
Who does and says the things which Thou approv’st.

Teach me the strain that calmeth minds enraged,
And which from vain affections doth recall.
So to the choir where angels music make I may aspire when I this life forsake.

† 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.

Pastoral Prayer

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: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” No. 213

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates; behold, the King of glory waits; the King of kings is drawing near; the
Savior of the world is here!
Fling wide the portals of your heart; make it a temple, set apart from earthly use for heaven’s employ, adorned with prayer and love and joy.
Redeemer, come, with us abide; our hearts to thee we open wide; let us thy inner presence feel; thy grace and love in us reveal.
Thy Holy Spirit lead us on until our glorious goal is won; eternal praise, eternal fame be offered, Savior, to thy name!

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go now, to live confidently with and for God
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “Hallelujah!”      Lowell Mason

Hallelujah! Amen.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “Recessional in D”        Blake

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