Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

*Please Stand, As You Are Able


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.

* HymnGod Hath Spoken by the Prophets UMH 108

1. God hath spoken by the prophets, spoken the unchanging Word, each from age to age proclaiming, God the One, the righteous Lord!’ Mid the world’s despair and turmoil, one firm anchor holdeth fast; God eternal reigns forever, God the first, and God the last.

2. God hath spoken by Christ Jesus, Christ the everlasting Son; brightness of the Father’s glory, with the Father ever one; spoken by the Word incarnate, God of God, ere time, was born; Light of Light, to earth descending, Christ, as God in human form.

3. God yet speaketh by the Spirit, speaketh to our hearts again; in the age-long Word expounding God’s own message, now as then. Thru the rise and fall of nations, one sure faith yet standing fast, God abides, the Word unchanging, God the first, and God the last.

Prayer for the Day (In Unison)

Almighty God, the giver of life and light to all who call upon you: Give to our hearts the invincible power of love that those desires which have been inspired by you may not be changed by any temptation; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God in glory everlasting.  Amen.

AnthemLord, My God, Hear Now My Pleading (Mendelssohn)

Lord, my God, hear now my pleading,
Turn your gracious ear to me;
As I ask of You, my helper,
Never more my sins to see.

Will my sins forever hold me?
Must I bow before my fear?
Weak and helpless, I beseech You,
Let your grace be always near.

A Time with Younger Disciples

A Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures – I Samuel 3:1-20         Marisa Olszewski, Liturgist

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.

* Psalter – Psalm 93, with sung Response                                                                UMH 813

Response (Christ the King and General): Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory over all the earth be found.

L: (1)     The Lord reigns and is robed in majesty;

L:     The Lord is robed and is girded with strength.

ALL:     The Lord has established the world;

ALL:     It shall never be moved.

L: (2)     Your throne has been established from of old;

L:     You are from everlasting!

ALL:     (3)     The floods have lifted up, O Lord,

ALL:     The floods have lifted up their voice,

ALL:     The floods lift up their roaring.

L: (4)     Mightier than the thunders of many waters,

L:     Mightier than the waves of the sea,

L:     The Lord on high is mighty!

ALL:     (5)     Your decrees are very sure;

ALL:     Holiness befits your house,

ALL:     O Lord, for evermore.

Response (Christ the King and General): Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory over all the earth be found.

A Reading from the Gospels – Mark 2:23-3:6                             Marisa Olszewski, Liturgist

One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Sermon – “Voices in the Night”                                                            Dr. Emora T. Brannan

Morning & Pastoral Prayer (by the Minister)

* Hymn - The Voice of God Is Calling UMH 436

1. The voice of God is calling its summons in our day; Isaiah heard in Zion, and we now hear God say: “Whom shall I send to succor my people in their need? Whom shall I send to loosen the bonds of shame and greed?

2. “I hear my people crying in slum and mine and mill; no field or mart is silent, no city street is still. I see my people falling in darkness and despair. Whom shall I send to shatter the fetters which they bear?”

3. We heed, O Lord, your summons, and answer: Here are we! Send us upon your errand, let us your servants be. Our strength is dust and ashes, our years a passing hour; but you can use our weakness to magnify your power.

4. From ease and plenty save us; from pride of place absolve; purge us of low desire; lift us to high resolve; take us, and make us holy; teach us your will and way. Speak, and behold! we answer; command, and we obey!

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory AnthemThee We Adore (Gilbert Martin)

Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, Thee,
Who in the Sacrament art pleased to be.

Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord,
And drink the Holy Blood for you outpoured.
Saved by that Body, hallowed by that Blood,
Whereby refreshed, we render thanks to God.

Both flesh and spirit in Thy presence fail,
Yet here Thy presence we devoutly hail.

Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face;
Here would I touch and handle things unseen;
Here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
And all my weariness upon Thee lean. Amen.

* Presentation of OfferingAll Things Come of Thee, O Lord UMH 588

All things come of thee, O Lord; and of thine own have we given thee.

* The Great Thanksgiving – Musical Setting C                                                       UMH 20-22
(The congregation may be seated after the singing of the Holy, Holy, Holy)

RESPONSE 1: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

The pastor continues the thanksgiving. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recalled.

The pastor concludes:

L: And so,

L: In remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

L: We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

L:     As a holy and living sacrifice,

L:     In union with Christ’s offering for us,

L: As we proclaim the mystery of faith.

RESPONSE 2: 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:

L: All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God),

L: Now and for ever.

RESPONSE 3: Amen, amen, amen.

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.

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer after Receiving Communion (unison)

Loving God, we thank you that you have fed us in this Sacrament, united us with Christ, & given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet in your eternal kingdom.  Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise & glory, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

* Hymn - For the Bread Which You Have Broken UMH 614

1. For the bread which you have broken, for the wine which you have poured, for the words which you have spoken, now we give you thanks, O Lord.

2. By this pledge that you do love us, by your gift of peace restored, by your call to heaven above us, hallow all our lives, O Lord.

3. With our sainted ones in glory seated at the heavenly board, may the church that’s waiting for you keep love’s tie unbroken, Lord.

4. In your service, Lord, defend us, in our hearts keep watch and ward; in the world where you have sent us, let your kingdom come, O Lord.

* 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 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 his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  Amen.

* Choral ResponseAmen (Christian Gregor)


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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