Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend

Organ PreludeIn illo tempore (Gregorian proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitChrist Is Risen! (Frederick Maker)

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Risen our victorious Head! Sing His praises! Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead.

* Call to Worship

L: God finds delight in humanity, and in each of us.
Let us rejoice before the majesty of our Creator.
P: God of grace and glory, who made all things, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
L: In Christ, we are called to endure and to hope. Let us give thanks for a faith that brings peace.
P: God of grace and glory, Savior of your people, how precious to us is your gift of Jesus Christ!
L: The Holy Spirit is present to guide and direct us, let us listen that we may hear and do what is true.
P: God of grace & glory, ever present with us, how reassuring is the love with which you surround us!

* Opening HymnFor This Land in All Its Wonder (CWM RHONDDA 8.7.8.7.8.7.7 God of Grace & God of Glory)

1. For this land in all its wonder, for each city, farm and town,
For each mountain filled with splendor, for each place where love is found,
For the freedoms we enjoy here,
God, may thanks to you abound! God, may thanks to you abound!
2. For your peace and love unending, breaking barriers that divide;
For the joy of cultures blending as we live here side by side;
God, we thank you and we pray now:
May we all be unified! May we all be unified!
3. For your hand to lead and guide us, for your work in history,
For your vision born inside us of a just society,
God, we thank you and we pray now:
May this vision come to be! May this vision come to be!
4. May we be a nation seeking ways that are both wise and fair,
May our living and our speaking serve your purpose everywhere.
May we follow where you lead us;
God, this is our hope and prayer! God, this is our hope and prayer! (Text: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette)

Prayer of Invocation (All)

We come seeking a presence that shakes foundations and helps us build new ones. We come with all our wounds, asking for healing. We come, remembering our baptism and wanting to claim the difference that makes in our lives. We come through the shadowy clouds of our unbelief, seeking the brightness of your glory, O God. We want a faith to sustain us through times of trial and testing. Be powerfully present with us, gracious Spirit. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemChrist Will be Lifted Up (Mary McDonald)

“It is finished,” He cried; My Lord was crucified, as He hung upon the cross and died.
But His death on Calvary became a victory; And Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

Christ will be lifted up, robed in majesty and crowned with grace.
Every eye shall see, every knee shall bow, when we see our King face to face!

We will rise and go to Him when Christ shall come again. Heaven’s glory will descend when Jesus comes.
Let us follow now in faith until that glorious day when Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

Invitation to Prayer Johnnie/Marisa Olszewski, Liturgist

L: Sisters & brothers, we are truly blessed to live in this great nation of freedom & prosperity. We can hardly number our blessings, they are so many. But now we have come into a time of uncertainty & unknowing. It is a time to pray: pray for peace, pray for faith, pray for endurance. As we seek justice, it is a time to acknowledge when we have not always been just or shared our blessings with others in this world. It is a time to reflect upon God’s call to us as a nation and as individual people of faith. Let us therefore come before the God of our faith with humble hearts, & pray for ourselves & for our world.

Moments of Silent Prayer

Litany of Peace Johnnie/Marisa Olszewski, Liturgist

L: Lord of the nations, God of peace and love, in your hands are all the people of this world: the prideful, the needy, the arrogant, the lost, the high, the lowly, the entitled, the dispossessed, the loved and the unloved, the blessed and the not so blessed, and even we too, seeking your comfort, seeking your aid in our time of conflict and warring. For all our divisions and divisiveness, we must acknowledge that in your hands, we truly are just one people, one flesh, one blood, created by you at the beginning of time. You alone, O God, can curb the passions that take us from you and turn us upon each other. You alone can save us from ourselves through your great love for us.
P: Be with us now, O Lord, and hear our prayer for peace.
L: Forgive us for our own participation in that which turns man against man, woman against woman. Forgive us for fueling anger and harboring vengeance and not heeding your call to love one another.
P: Forgive us, Lord.
L: Forgive us for not always sharing with the world the blessings of prosperity that we have received as a nation. In our comfort, we have not always seen the uncomfortable. In the caring of our own, we have not always cared for the least of your kingdom who are your own.
P: Forgive us, Lord.
L: Help us to pray as Jesus prayed, with hearts intent on living our faith:
P: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
L: Help us to know that peace comes through forgiveness and love.
P: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
L: Renew us in faith, Lord, and give us peace as only you can give it.
P: Renew us in faith, Lord, and give us peace.
L: Open our eyes and help us to see as you see the world around us.
P: Renew us in faith, Lord, and give us peace.
L: Open our eyes to the places where your love is needed most, where your care is the prayer of the anxious and weary.
P: Renew us in faith, Lord, and give us peace.
L: Open our eyes and our hearts to your truth. As we seek justice, make us just. As we seek forgiveness, make us forgiving.
P: Renew us in faith, Lord, and give us peace. (continued)
L: Guard and protect those who stand in harm’s way. Keep us safe in our homes and in all that we do. Inspire the leaders of nations to pursue equity and peace. Help us always to know your loving presence in our lives and to bear that love to all the world.
P: Renew us in faith, Lord, and give us peace.
L: God of our ancestors, God of all who are in need, heed our call and answer our prayer. Send peace in our time, peace for our hearts, peace for our land, peace for all the world, peace that abides as we abide in you. For you are God alone, blessed above all others, from whom comes the only peace that endures forever and ever.
P: Amen.

* HymnThis Is My Song UMH 437

1. This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; but other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine. O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.

3. This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms: Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done. Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one. O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations; myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

Lesson – Matthew 24:6-14

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

“Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

Sermon – “Remembering is for the Future”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryLove Divine, All Loves Excelling (Ned Rorem)

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. (Charles Wesley)

* Presentation of OfferingPraise 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.

Offering Prayer (All)

Holy God, we give thanks for the many ways in which you touch and bless our lives. Your holiness inspires us to be more holy; your love causes us to be more loving; your life in us brings to birth dreams and visions for a better and more just world. We offer these gifts and our lives in thankfulness for all you have done and are. Amen.

* Closing HymnEternal Father, Strong to Save TFWS 2191

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm does bind the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Savior, whose almighty word
The winds and waves submissive heard,
Who walked upon the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage did sleep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Trinity of love and pow’r,
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire, and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus, evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

* Benediction

L: The Spirit of the Lord is upon you. God has anointed you to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, and to cause the oppressed to go free. May God give you strength to shoulder heavy burdens for those whose strength is gone. May God give you a voice to lend to the voiceless. May God give you perseverance to pray and fast, to work and travail until women and children, men and boys everywhere are able to live in peace.
P: Amen.

* Choral ResponseHallelujah (Trad. Jamaican, arr. Moore)

Halleluia!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro in D (Blake)

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