6th Sunday After Worship
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. -Malcolm X
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude “In Illo Tempore” Gregorian Proper
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit “We Praise You, O God” Joseph Barnby
We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship You, the Father everlasting. Amen.
† Call to Worship
We gather together to call upon the Lord, our help and our hope.
Come, Lord Jesus, come!
† Hymn “Trust and Obey” No. 467
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Refrain: Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey. (Refrain)
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey. (Refrain)
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey. (Refrain)
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey. (Refrain)
Morning Prayer (unison)
God, our teacher, you graciously provide direction to guide us through Scripture. Thank you for the joy we feel when we do what is right and live according to your ways. By your Spirit, nurture our growth as individuals and as a congregation. Let our community of faith readily share with our neighbors the love of your Son, our Savior. Accept our offerings in his name. Amen. (Psalm 119:1-8)
To Hear the Word
From the Hebrew Scripture Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Carrie Harnick is the Liturgist.
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Anthem “And Didst Thou Travel Light?” Richard Shephard
And didst Thou travel light, dear Lord, was Thine so smooth a road,
That Thou upon Thy shoulders broad, could hoist our heavy load?
Too frail each other’s woes to bear, without Thy help are we;
Can we each other’s burdens share, if we not burden Thee?
O wonder of the world withstood! That night of prayer and doom,
Was not the sunset red with blood, the dawn pale as a tomb?
In agony and bloody sweat, in tears of love undried,
O undespairing Lord, and yet with man identified.
As in dark drops the pitting rain, falls on a dusty street,
So tears shall fall and fall again, to wash Thy wounded feet.
But Thy quick hands to heal are strong, O love, thy patients we
Who sing with joy the pilgrims’ song, and walk, dear Lord, with Thee.
From the Epistles 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Sermon “This, not that” Rev. Travis Knoll
Matthew 5:21-37 – “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell. “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” No. 358
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise; in deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard, beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord, let us, like them, without a word,
rise up and follow thee; rise up and follow thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee! O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity
interpreted by love! interpreted by love!
Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace; the beauty of thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm; O still, small voice of calm.
† 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 “Call To Remembrance” Richard Farrant
Call to remembrance, O Lord, Thy tender mercy and Thy loving kindness which hath been ever of old. O remember not the sins and offences of my youth: but according to Thy mercy think Thou on me, O Lord, for Thy goodness.
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99
To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done. With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
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 “O For a Heart to Praise My God” No. 417
O for a heart to praise my God, a heart from sin set free,
a heart that always feels thy blood so freely shed for me.
A heart resigned, submissive, meek, my great Redeemer’s throne,
where only Christ is heard to speak, where Jesus reigns alone.
A humble, lowly, contrite heart, believing, true, and clean,
which neither life nor death can part from Christ who dwells within.
A heart in every thought renewed and full of love divine,
perfect and right and pure and good, a copy, Lord, of thine.
Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart; come quickly from above;
write thy new name upon my heart, thy new, best name of Love.
† Dismissal with Blessing
God, help us to see more of you and your desire for us and our world!
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing” J.-J. Rousseau
Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing; Fill our hearts with joy and peace.
Let us each, thy love possessing, Triumph in redeeming grace.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us, Trav’ling thru this wilderness.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us, Trav’ling thru this wilderness.
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude “Giocoso” Willis