Sunday, November 5, 2017

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints Sunday
Homecoming Sunday

Morning Worship at 11:00  am


“Praise the Lord!  O give thanks to the Lord who is good; whose steadfast love endures forever!.”
― Psalm 106:1


*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude Salus Aeterna (Sarum)  Bill Scanlan Murphy


Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge


* Introit Come, Let Us Gather (trad., arr. BSM)   Choir

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

* Litany of Praise Rev. Dr. Emora T. Brannan for the Homecoming Service

Pastor:  Holy God, who sent your only Son into the world that whoever would believe in him should have eternal and abundant life.

People:                Thanks be to God for this divine gift.

Leader: For our goodly heritage stretching beyond nation or race and for the force of your spirit which led men and women to cross oceans and brave the danger of new continents to proclaim, “Salvation to all:”

People:                We thank you, O God.

Pastor:  For preachers sent out to call your wandering people and for the “few serious people” in Baltimore who, two hundred and forty-five years ago, resolved to form the congregation of which we today are privileged to be a part:

People:                We thank you, O God.

Leader:                For the noble determination of your servants, O Lord, who amidst hardship and toil, through Revolution and invasion, in Civil War and strife, in fire and storm, in prosperity and adversity, led in the building of houses of worship, the laying of bold     plans for the evangelization of a nation and world, the promotion of education, founding of Sunday Schools, and the organization of other churches throughout this City:

People:                We praise you, O God.

Pastor:  For conquests of the spirit; for lives reborn; for solemn vows and high resolves; for strength and comfort drawn from you in life and at death; for the work of this church and people:

People:                We praise you, O God.

Leader: For all near and dear to us, for our fathers and mothers, our brothers and sisters, for those who have helped and  defended  and loved and cherished us; for the generation of the faithful who have served you in godliness and love, and who dwell forever in your presence:

People:                We lift our hearts in gratitude and praise.

Pastor:  For the foresight and vision which led to the construction of this splendid house in which we gather today –for pastoral leadership, for architects’ planning, for the strong and substantial construction –for the blending of wood and glass and stone to remind      us of your perfect beauty and for the rising spire to point us to your purpose above time or place:

People:                We glorify you, O God.

ALL:       Blessed be your name, O Lord, for putting it into the hearts of your servants of a former time to build and erect this Church for your honor and worship; grant that we, who enjoy in our day the benefit of their faithful work, may show forth our thankfulness by a continued resolve to accomplish its restoration now and to make a right use of it, that your glory may be known in future generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

* Song for Homecoming Jesus, Friend of Thronging Pilgrims (Tune CWM Rhondda)

1. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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.

4. 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.

(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.)

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring


Special Music Awake, My Heart (Jane Marshall) Choir

Awake, my heart, and render to God, thy sure defender,
Thy Maker, thy preserver, a song of love and fervor.

Confirm my deeds and guide me:  My day, with Thee beside me,
Beginning, middle, ending, will all be upward tending.

My heart shall be Thy dwelling, with joy and gladness swelling;
Thy word my nurture, given to bring me on toward Heaven.

Scripture Lesson – From the New Testament                     Revelation 7:9-17

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon “Reunion”         Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring


*  Song For All the Saints (Verses 1 and 2) UMH 711

1. For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!

2. Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia, Alleluia!


All:         We bless your holy name, O God, for all your servants who, having finished their course in faith, now rest from their labors.  Give us grace to follow their example of steadfast devotion and faithful service, to your honor and glory, through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

* Song For All the Saints (Verses 3 and 4) UMH 711

3. O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, and win with them the victor’s crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!

4. O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.


Celebration of Holy Communion - Service of Word and Table III               UMH pp. 15-16

Taking The Bread and Cup

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

{The pastor gives thanks appropriate to the occasion, remembering God’s acts of salvation, and concludes:}

And so,
With your people on earth
And all the company of heaven
We praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

{The pastor continues the thanksgiving. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recalled. The pastor concludes:}

And so,
In remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
As a holy and living sacrifice,
In union with Christ’s offering for us,
As we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

{The pastor invokes the present work of the Holy Spirit and then praises the Trinity, concluding:}

All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God),
Now and for ever.


The Lord’s Prayer

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer of Gratitude after all have received

Giver of every good and perfect gift, we give you thanks for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.  As you made the grapes and the wheat
become more than simply food and drink by blessing them with your Spirit,
so too bless us to be more than we have ever been
to be a blessing  to a world hungry for hope and thirsting for love.  Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory             My Shepherd Shall Fulfill My Need (arr. Larson)                Choir

My shepherd shall fulfill my need, giving me rest in green and pleasant fields,
reviving my soul by finding fresh water, guiding my ways with a shepherd’s care.
Though I should walk in death’s dark valley, I fear no evil with you by my side,
your shepherd’s staff to comfort me.  You spread my table in sight of my foes,
anoint my head, my cup runs over; you tend me with love always loyal.
I dwell with the Lord as long as I live.

Prayer of Dedication

Lord Jesus,

You have fulfilled our needs and now we seek to fulfill your desires.
We share of our abundance, in response to your love and forgiveness.
Take these gifts that we release to the work of your church, & bless them and us,
that together we may carry forward our legacy of faith and our heritage of hope,
to those who need to know what our ancestors faithfully proclaimed:
Christ is Lord!  Amen.

* Presenting our Gifts For All the Saints (Verses 5 and 6)            UMH 711

5. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, steals on the ear the distant triumph song, and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!

6. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, Alleluia!


Leader: The saints who have gone before us have shown us the way to live faithfully.

People:                Their lives have given us a place to move into our future.

Leader: May we as today’s saints share our inheritance in Christ with the saints of tomorrow.


* Choral Response Amen (Donald Moore)  Choir


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude Allegro Spiritoso (Blake)               Bill Scanlan Murphy



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