Sunday, June 11, 2017

First Sunday After Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

You dream a dream, and you go with it.
You may think you know where you are going,
but you will never know where it is going to take you.
It takes you to places you never thought.

You have got to have a dream, an idea, concept.
And then you have to do something about it.
There is no big merit in just being a dreamer.
But there is a lot of merit to dreams.
If you are just willing to go with some of them,
things happen.

- Verlen Kruger

 

 

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “In illo tempore”             Gregorian proper

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge


†  Choral Introit “The Eyes of the Lord Are Upon You”           Donald Moore

The eyes of the Lord are upon you. Alleluia, Amen.


†  Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

This is the day the Lord has made.

Let us give thanks:

for our ancestors in the faith who have made

this day of gathering with God’s people a reality,

for our brothers and sisters in the faith

who walk beside us

to help find the possibilities of faith today,

for our ancestors in the faith

who began telling the story of God’s extravagant love

for us through Jesus Christ,

for our sisters and brothers in the faith

who listen to us tell of the hope and joy

we know in Christ who lives among us.

Let us live as stewards of both past and promise,

blessing the ancient story

and celebrating the new day of our life together.


†  Hymn “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”              No. 89

1. Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

2. All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

3. Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

4. Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began; love divine is reigning o’er us, binding all within its span. Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife; joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.

 

Morning Prayer

Covenant God, by whom we are given life,

by whose love we are sustained,

by whose grace we sense your participation

in what we do in this place: speak to us now,

that your will may be apparent, your love a palpable fire within us,

your grace the impetus that drives us out again into your world,

to live as the embodiment of will, love, and grace.

So may others, through us, come to you. Amen.


To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture Genesis 12:1-9

Aimee Delaney 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. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.

 

†  The Psalter Psalm 40 (responsive with sung response) No. 774

Response: O Lord, do not withhold your mercy,
let your steadfast love preserve me.

I waited patiently for the Lord, Who inclined to me & heard my cry.
The Lord drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog,
Set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
The Lord put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and be in awe, and put their trust in the Lord.

Response: O Lord, do not with hold your mercy,
let your steadfast love preserve me.

Blessed are those who make the Lord their trust,
Who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods!
O Lord my God, you have multiplied your wondrous deeds
and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you!
Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be numbered.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire;
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering, You have not required.
Then I said, “Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
I delight to do your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

Response: O Lord, do not with hold your mercy,
let your steadfast love preserve me.

I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation;
Lo, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.
I have not hid your saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and faithfulness
From the great congregation.
O Lord, do not withhold Your mercy from me,
Let your steadfast love and faithfulness ever preserve me!

Response: O Lord, do not with hold your mercy,
let your steadfast love preserve me.


Anthem “Thy Church, O God, Her Heart to Thee Upraiseth”  Eric Thiman

Thy Church, O God, her heart to Thee upraiseth;
With her the nation bows before Thy face:
With high thanksgiving Thee Thy glad Church praiseth;
Our strength Thy Spirit, our trust and hope Thy grace.

Unto great honor, glory undeserved,
Hast Thou exalted us, and drawn Thee nigh.
Nor, from Thy judgments when our feet had swerved
Didst Thou forsake nor leave us, Lord most high.

Unto our minds give freedom and uprightness,
Let strength and courage lead o’er land and wave;
To our soul’s armor grant celestial brightness,
Joy to our hearts, and faith beyond the grave.

Our joyous people still in joy extending,
Increase our joy, uphold us by Thy word;
Beauty and wisdom all our ways attending,
Goodwill to man and peace through Christ our Lord.


From the Gospel Matthew 9: 9-13, 18-26

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.

And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.

 

Sermon “Prepare to Move”                        Rev. Roberta Scoville


To Respond in Faith

†  Hymn “I Will Trust in the Lord”              No. 464

1. I will trust in the Lord, I will trust in the Lord, I will trust in the Lord, till I die; I will trust in the Lord, I will trust in the Lord, I will trust in the Lord, till I die.

2. Sister, will you trust… Till you die

3. Brother, will trust… Till you die

4. Preacher, will you trust… Till you die

 

Affirmation of Faith

We come together in partnership and mission,

knowing we are called to be the church:

to celebrate God’s presence, to serve others, to seek justice,

to offer the hope of the Resurrected One.

We are called to be the body of Christ -

a community of believers, a household of faith,

a communion of saints, the people of the covenant.

We are called to the one hope of our high calling -

one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God.

As members of the body of Christ, we covenant together in this hour

to build on our sure foundation of Jesus Christ our Lord

and to seek the vision of Christ’s hope for the world.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings


Offertory “Dedication”               Albert Troy Hardy

Just where He needs me, I will go,
Just where He needs me, here below;
Many are longing for His word,
And I would labor for my Lord.

Just where He needs me, I will go,
Just where He needs me, here below;
Just when He calls me, I will say:
“Lord, I will live for Thee today.”

Just where the suffering are,
Wherever sin has left a scar,
There I will serve with heart and with hand,
Just as the Master gives command.

Where He has work for me to do,
There will I be, a servant true;
Just as my Lord desires of me,
For I remember Calvary.

Just where He needs me, I will go,
Just where He needs me, here below;
Just when He calls me, I will say:
“Lord, I will live for Thee today.”


†  Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
praise Him, all creatures here below
praise Him above, ye heavenly host
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

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 “Marching to Zion”        No. 733

1. 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. (Thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne.) We’re marching to Zion, (We’re marching to Zion,) beautiful, beautiful Zion; we’re marching upward to Zion, (Zion, Zion, the) the beautiful city of God.

2. 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. (Speak their joys abroad, may speak their joys abroad.) We’re marching to Zion, (We’re marching to Zion,) beautiful, beautiful Zion; we’re marching upward to Zion, (Zion, Zion, the) the beautiful city of God.

3. 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. (Walk the golden streets, to walk the golden streets.) We’re marching to Zion, (We’re marching to Zion,) beautiful, beautiful Zion; we’re marching upward to Zion, (Zion, Zion, the) the beautiful city of God.

4. 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. (Fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high.) We’re marching to Zion, (We’re marching to Zion,) beautiful, beautiful Zion; we’re marching upward to Zion, (Zion, Zion, the) the beautiful city of God.

 

†  Dismissal with Blessing


†  Choral Response “Amen”                                John Stainer

Amen.


†  Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


†  Organ Postlude “Allegro con brio”           Blake

 

 

 

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