Sunday, June 5, 2016

Third Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.   – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “Salus Aeterna” Sarum

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit: “Come, Let Us Gather” Trad, arr. Donald Moore

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

† Call to Worship

May those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
Yea, our heart is glad in God, because we trust in God’s holy name.
Let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!
We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.

† Hymn: “Rejoice the Lord is King”         No. 715

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!

Morning Prayer (unison)

O God, our Guide and Guardian, you have led us apart from the busy world into the quiet of your house.  Grant us grace to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the comfort of our souls and the upbuilding of every good purpose and holy desire.  Enable us to do more perfectly the work to which you have called us, that we may not fear the coming of night, when we shall resign into your hands the tasks which you have committed to us.  So may we worship you not with our lips at this hour, but in word and deed all the days of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture: 1 King 17: 8-24

Nancy Brannan is the Liturgist.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.
After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. She then said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!” But he said to her, “Give me your son.” He took him from her bosom, carried him up into the upper chamber where he was lodging, and laid him on his own bed. He cried out to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I am staying, by killing her son?” Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried out to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” The Lord listened to the voice of Elijah; the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. Elijah took the child, brought him down from the upper chamber into the house, and gave him to his mother; then Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” So the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”

Anthem: “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace”    Luigi Zaninelli

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Let me sow love, that burgeoning hate my cease.
Pardon I’d grow where bitterness grew before,
Faith in men’s hearts, that doubt there shall thrive no more.
Let me raise hope where now there lies deep despair;
To minds in darkness, bring learning’s light so fair,
And, Lord, into lives which misery’s wall surrounds,
With joy I’d break, Thy joy that in love abounds.

Lord, grant to me, as slowly my days unfold,
More to console than asking to be consoled.
May I understand , not seeking to be understood,
And love all, judging not as to which are good.
Lord, take my life, which first I received from Thee,
Not measured out or counted, but full and free.

Then, Lord, as I go from this small earth’s pain and strife,
With Thee I’ll know eternal and infinite life.

A Reading from the Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

Sermon: “The way of the chosen”           Rev. Isaac Mawokomatanda

Bible Lesson: Galatians 1:11-24

To Receive the Sacrament

† Hymn: “Breathe on me Breath of God” No. 420

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure, until with thee I will one will, to do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine, till all this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die, but live with thee the perfect life of thine eternity.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory: “Prayer for the City”      Bernard Walston

The streets of our city are huddled in pain,
A desert of sorrow, despairing of rain;
The light shines so dimly, but where is the Hand
That reach-es to com-fort and bless-es the land?

The lost, the forgotten, the hated, the poor,
Imprisoned, despised, born and left at a door;
Your children, to those who have clear eyes to see,
Who know from Your  Word there’s a way to be free:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord, lift up our eyes
To see in-to the shadows; let us hear the cries of
Alleluia, Alleluia to a tune we don’t know
In a language unknown, in a place we don’t go.

We know the truth will set us free, But freedom can’t come
Till our responsibility Is met, and we are one.

Lord, cast Your love across our streets;
Let this place be where Your heart beats.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord, lift up our eyes
To see in-to the shadows; let us hear the cries of
Alleluia, Alleluia to a tune we don’t know
In a language unknown, in a place we don’t go.

† 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 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

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.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “Here I am, Lord”         No. 593

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.
I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain. I have wept for love of them. They turn away. I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.
I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them. My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, now, to live the way of the chosen through all of life.
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “Hallelujah”       William Henry Monk

Hallelujah!

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “The Eyes of the Lord” Moore

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