Sunday, June 25, 2017

Third Sunday After Pentecost
Anniversary Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

Spring overall.  But inside us there’s another unity.
Behind each eye here, one glowing water.
Every forest branch moves differently in the breeze,
but as they sway, they connect at the roots.   – Rumi

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “In illo tempore”             Gregorian Proper

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “Be Joyful in the Lord” Donald Moore

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before His presence with a song. Amen.

 

Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

For everything there is a season, & a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, & a time to die;

a time to plant, & a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, & a time to heal; a time to break down & a time to build up;

a time to weep, & a time to laugh; a time to mourn, & a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, & a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, & a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, & a time to lose; a time to keep, & a time to cast away;

a time to rend, & a time to sew; a time to keep silence, & a time to speak;

a time to love, & a time to hate; a time for war, & a time for peace.

God has made everything beautiful in its time.

Whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it,
nor anything taken from it. God has made it so.

 

Hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”         No. 140

1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

 

Morning Prayer

O God, searcher of all hearts, you have formed us and claimed us as your own. As we come to acknowledge your sovereignty and grace, reveal any reluctance and falsehood within us. Let your Spirit impress your truth on our inmost being, and receive us in mercy, through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture Ecclesiastes 1:1-2, 12-18  & 12: 9-14

Susan Allenback is the Liturgist.

The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
What is crooked cannot be made straight,    and what is lacking cannot be counted.I said to myself, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a chasing after wind.
For in much wisdom is much vexation,and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.
Besides being wise, the Teacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs. The Teacher sought to find pleasing words, and he wrote words of truth plainly.
The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd. Of anything beyond these, my child, beware. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

 

The Psalter Psalm 73 (with sung response Pg. 787)

Response: I sing your praise for steadfast love;
fulfill your purpose for me.

Truly God is good to the upright: to those who are pure in heart.

Nevertheless my feet had almost stumbled:
my steps had well-nigh slipped.

For the boasting of the wicked roused me to envy:
when I saw how greatly they prospered.

So it was all in vain that I kept my heart clean:
and washed my hands in innocence.

If I had said, ‘I will go on speaking like this’:
then I should have betrayed the children of God.

So I kept thinking how to understand this:
but found it too hard for me.

Till I went into the sanctuary of God:
and then I perceived what becomes of the wicked.

Like a dream when one awakens:
so Lord you arise to dismiss them as phantoms.

When therefore I was embittered and envy goaded my heart,
stupid was I and ignorant: no better than a beast in your sight.

Yet I am always with you, for you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, & afterwards will receive me in glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And having you I desire nothing else upon earth.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my possession forever. I have made you Lord God my refuge, and I will speak of all you have done.

Response: I sing your praise for steadfast love;
fulfill your purpose for me.

 

Anthem “New Songs of Joy Now Sing” Dale Wood

New songs of joy, new hymns of praise, new melodies now sing!
Our festive anthems let us raise to Christ, our Lord and King.
With Him, as Head and Cornerstone, this temple firmly stands;
Wed dedicate before His throne the labors of our hands.

We honor those who labored here to build this house of prayer:
The artisans with visions clear created all we we share.
They fashioned beauty out of steel; they sculptured wood and stone.
Like them, may be filled with zeal to make God’s glory known.

O God of all creative art, Your goodness we proclaim;
Let choir and organ do their part to magnify Your name.
Together let us all rejoice with every living thing,
And join as one, in heart and voice this day as thanks we bring.

 

From the Gospel John 21:15-22

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!”

 

Sermon “Isn’t that right, Preacher?” Rev. Roberta Scoville

 

Wesleyan Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but yours.

Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by you or set aside for you,

exalted for you, or brought low by you.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things

to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

You are mine, and I am Yours.  So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven.   Amen.

To Respond in Faith

Hymn “Where He Leads Me I Will Follow”        No. 338

1. I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling, “Take thy cross and follow, follow me.” Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.
2. I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him, with him all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.
3. I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him, with him all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.
4. He will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory, and go with me, with me all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

 

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

 

Offertory “The Lord Worketh Wonders”  Handel

Tod Myers, Bass

The Lord worketh wonders,
His glory to raise.
And still as He thunders
Is fearful in praise.

 

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.

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

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 “Jesus, Friend of Thronging Pilgrims” Cwm Rhondda

Jesus, Friend of thronging pilgrims

as of those who walk alone,

look upon our crowded cities

with compassion from thy throne;

Loving Shepherd, Loving Shepherd,

move among us as thine own,

move among us as thine own.

 

Thou didst know the market places

and the streets in days of yore;

Thou could’st see beneath the pleasures

broken hearts and spirits sore;

Gracious Healer, Gracious Healer,

how we need thy touch once more,

how we need thy touch once more!

 

Send thy servants to the highways

where are heard the doleful cries;

call again the hungry masses

to the feast that satisfies,

for the supper, for the supper

now is spread before their eyes,

now is spread before their eyes.

 

By thy power be streets transfigured,

haunts of sin be purified;

rich and poor be found in concord

Zion’s courts their hope and pride;

Lord of Cities, Lord of Cities,

here make healing peace abide,

here make healing peace abide.

 

This hymn was composed by W. Nantlais Williams for the

Convocation on Urban Life in 1954.

It is copyrighted by the Hymn Society of America

which has given us permission to use it as our theme hymn for Baltimore City Station.

 

Dismissal with Blessing

 

Choral Response “Moravian Benediction”             Trad. Moravian, 1759

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 


† Organ Postlude “Allegro Fiero”                 Blake

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