Sunday, June 10, 2018

Prelude

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitAlmighty Father, Hear Our Prayer (Mendelssohn)

Almighty Father, hear our prayer, and bless all souls that wait before Thee. Amen.

* Call to Worship

Leader: Let us give thanks to God with our whole hearts;
People: Let us bow down before the temple of the Lord.
Leader: All shall sing of the ways of the Lord.
People: For great is God’s glory.   (
from Psalm 138)

* Hymn Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know UMH 163

1. Ask ye what great thing I know, that delights and stirs me so? What the high reward I win? Whose the name I glory in? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

2. Who defeats my fiercest foes? Who consoles my saddest woes? Who revives my fainting heart, healing all its hidden smart? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

3. Who is life in life to me? Who the death of death will be? Who will place me on his right, with the countless hosts of light? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

4. This is that great thing I know; this delights and stirs me so: faith in him who died to save, him who triumphed o’er the grave: Jesus Christ, the crucified.

Prayer for the Day (In Unison)

Almighty God, you love us so much that you called us to be your children through the grace of baptism and adoption: Grant, we pray, that we may always join together in seeking you with our whole heart, in serving you obediently, and for ever rejoicing in your blessings: Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God in glory everlasting. Amen. (from Gelasian Sacramentary)

Anthem - O Quanta Qualia (Healey Willan)

O what their joy and their glory must be,
Those endless Sabbaths the blessèd ones see;
Crown for the valiant, to weary ones, rest;
God shall be all, and in all ever blessed.
 

Truly, “Jerusalem” name we that shore,
Vision of peace that brings joy evermore;
Wish and fulfillment are not severed there,
Nor do things prayed for come short of the prayer.

There, where no troubles distraction can bring,
We the sweet anthems of Zion shall sing;
While for Thy grace, Lord, their voices of praise
Thy blessèd people eternally raise.
 

Low before Him with our praises we fall,
Of whom, and in whom, & through whom are all;
Of whom, the Father; and in whom, the Son,
Through whom, the Spirit, with Them ever One.

A Time with Younger Disciples

A Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures – I Samuel 8:4-9:2, 9:27-10:1      Nancy Brannan, Liturgist

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” When Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and set a king over them.” Samuel then said to the people of Israel, “Each of you return home.”

There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else.
As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God.” Samuel took a vial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him; he said, “The Lord has anointed you ruler over his people Israel. You shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their enemies all around. Now this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you ruler over his heritage:

* Psalter – Psalm 138 (without sung response)                                                                         UMH 853-854

L: (1)     I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;

L:     Before the gods I sing your praise;

ALL:     (2)     I bow down toward your holy temple

ALL:     And give thanks to your name for your steadfast

ALL:     Love and faithfulness;

L:     For you have exalted your name

L:     And your word above everything.

ALL:     (3)     On the day I called, you answered me,

ALL:     You strengthened my life.

L: (4)     All the rulers of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,

ALL:     For they have heard the words of your mouth;

L: (5)     And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord.

ALL:     For great is the glory of the Lord.

L: (6)     For the Lord is high, but regards the lowly;

ALL:     Yet knows the haughty from afar.

L: (7)     Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

L:     You preserve my life;

ALL:     You stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies

ALL:     And your right hand delivers me.

L: (8)     O Lord, fulfill your purpose for me;

ALL:     O Lord, may your steadfast love endure for ever.

ALL:     Do not forsake the work of your hands.

* The Gloria Patri (sung by all)                                                                                                                    UMH 70

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospels – Mark 3:20-35                                                        Nancy Brannan, Liturgist

And the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Sermon – “Choosing Your Family”                                                                                 Dr. Emora T. Brannan

Morning and Pastoral Prayer (by the Minister)

The Lord’s Prayer UMH 895

ALL:     Our Father, who art in heaven,

ALL:     Hallowed be thy name.

ALL:     Thy kingdom come,

ALL:     Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

ALL:     Give us this day our daily bread.

ALL:     And forgive us our trespasses,

ALL:     As we forgive those who trespass against us.

ALL:     And lead us not into temptation,

ALL:     But deliver us from evil.

ALL:     For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

ALL:     Amen.

* Hymn – Lord, Speak to Me UMH 463

1. Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of thy tone; as thou has sought, so let me seek thine erring children lost and lone.

2. O strengthen me, that while I stand firm on the rock, and strong in thee, I may stretch out a loving land to wrestlers with the troubled sea.

3. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious things thou dost impart; and wing my words, that they may reach the hidden depths of many a heart.

4. O fill me with thy fullness, Lord, until my very heart o’erflow in kindling thought and glowing word, thy love to tell, thy praise to show.

5. O use me, Lord, use even me, just as thou wilt, and when, and where, until thy blessed face I see, thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory Anthem – O Day of Rest and Gladness (Franklin Ritter, on “Mendebras”)

O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
Most beautiful, most bright;
On thee, the high and lowly,
Through ages joined in tune,
Sing “Holy, holy, holy,”
To the great God Triune.
 

Today on weary nations
The heavenly manna falls;
To holy convocations
The silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing
With pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing
With soul-refreshing streams.

New graces ever gaining
From this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining
To spirits of the blessed;
To Holy Ghost be praises,
To Father, and to Son;
The Church her vocie upraises
To Thee, blessed Three in One.
Amen.

* Presentation of Offering – Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

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

* Hymn – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling UMH 384

1. Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down; fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art; visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.

2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast! Let us all in thee inherit; let us find that second rest. Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be; end of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

3. Come, Almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive; suddenly return and never, nevermore thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

4. Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be. Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee; changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place, till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

* Dismissal with Blessing

Leader: Go forth in peace, and be of good courage;
People: We will go forth, holding fast to what is good, and rejoicing in the Father and in the Son and in the Holy Spirit.
Minister: The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  Amen.

* Choral Response - Amen (Trad. Danish)

Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

Prelude

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitAlmighty Father, Hear Our Prayer (Mendelssohn)

Almighty Father, hear our prayer, and bless all souls that wait before Thee. Amen.

* Call to Worship

Leader: Let us give thanks to God with our whole hearts;
People: Let us bow down before the temple of the Lord.
Leader: All shall sing of the ways of the Lord.
People: For great is God’s glory. (
from Psalm 138)

* Hymn Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know UMH 163

Prayer for the Day (In Unison)

Almighty God, you love us so much that you called us to be your children through the grace of baptism and adoption: Grant, we pray, that we may always join together in seeking you with our whole heart, in serving you obediently, and for ever rejoicing in your blessings: Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God in glory everlasting. Amen. (from Gelasian Sacramentary)

Anthem - O Quanta Qualia (Healey Willan)

O what their joy and their glory must be,
Those endless Sabbaths the blessèd ones see;
Crown for the valiant, to weary ones, rest;
God shall be all, and in all ever blessed.

Truly, “Jerusalem” name we that shore,
Vision of peace that brings joy evermore;
Wish and fulfillment are not severed there,
Nor do things prayed for come short of the prayer.

There, where no troubles distraction can bring,
We the sweet anthems of Zion shall sing;
While for Thy grace, Lord, their voices of praise
Thy blessèd people eternally raise.

Low before Him with our praises we fall,
Of whom, and in whom, & through whom are all;
Of whom, the Father; and in whom, the Son,
Through whom, the Spirit, with Them ever One.

A Time with Younger Disciples

A Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures – I Samuel 8:4-9:2, 9:27-10:1 Nancy Brannan, Liturgist

* Psalter – Psalm 138 (without sung response) UMH 853-854

* The Gloria Patri (sung by all) UMH 70

A Reading from the Gospels – Mark 3:20-35 Nancy Brannan, Liturgist

Sermon – “Choosing Your Family” Dr. Emora T. Brannan

Morning and Pastoral Prayer (by the Minister)

The Lord’s Prayer UMH 895

* Hymn – Lord, Speak to Me UMH 463

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory Anthem – O Day of Rest and Gladness (Franklin Ritter, on “Mendebras”)

O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
Most beautiful, most bright;
On thee, the high and lowly,
Through ages joined in tune,
Sing “Holy, holy, holy,”
To the great God Triune.

Today on weary nations
The heavenly manna falls;
To holy convocations
The silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing
With pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing
With soul-refreshing streams.

New graces ever gaining
From this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining
To spirits of the blessed;
To Holy Ghost be praises,
To Father, and to Son;
The Church her vocie upraises
To Thee, blessed Three in One.
Amen.

* Presentation of Offering – Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

* Hymn – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling UMH 384

* Dismissal with Blessing

Leader: Go forth in peace, and be of good courage;
People: We will go forth, holding fast to what is good, and rejoicing in the Father and in the Son and in the Holy Spirit.
Minister: The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

* Choral Response - Amen (Trad. Danish)

Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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