The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Newness happens in the world when long silenced people get their voice enough to sing dangerous alternatives.”

–Walter Brueggemann

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE 

*CALL TO WORSHIP From Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God, aloud that God may hear me.
            In the day of my trouble I seek the Holy One;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
            my soul refuses to be comforted.
I will call to mind the deeds of the Holy One;
            I will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work,
            and muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
            What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
            you have displayed your might among the peoples.
With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
            I cry aloud to God, aloud that God may hear me.

*HYMN 12 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise  [ST. DENIO]

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Now the righteousness of God
has become manifest in Christ Jesus—
for everyone, without distinction.
In full assurance of faith,
let us make our confession before God.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+

Beckoning God,
as you moved in the lives of Elijah and Elisha,
move in our lives,
inviting us to journey to unknown territory,
to listen for your voice,
and to speak your prophetic word
in a world that does not want to hear.
Empowered by your Spirit,
grant us the courage we need
to journey, trust, listen, speak,
and accept your commission
to be your faithful servant people. Amen.

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

HYMN 345  In an Age of Twisted Values, vs. 3  [CHURCH]

When our families are broken,
when our homes are full of strive,
When our children are bewildered,
when they lose their way in life,
When we fail to give the aged
all the care we know they need,
Hear our cry and heal our nation,
help us show more love, we plead.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Once We Were No People

SCRIPTURE READING  1 Kings 19:15-16; 19-21

SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 9:51-62

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.

SERMON                      Dangerous Alternatives                            Greg Gardner

*HYMN 154  Jesus Entered Egypt  [KING’S WESTON]

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your lovingkindness,
         Hear our prayer.

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING 

*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray, saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN (printout on pew) Christ, You Offer Us Your Welcome

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Greg Gardner, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jenny Cook, Liturgist
Kim Smith and Melissa Vargas, Offering Takers

Announcements

Faith in Action: Immigration and Detention Resources from the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness

To learn about ways you can get involved in advocating against family separation and detention policies, please visit:  https://filemanager.capwiz.com/filemanager/file-mgr/pcusa/3_Immigration_DetentionResources.pdf


Next Sunday, July 7th, we are having Communion and a special outdoor service. Afterwards, we will be co-hosting a joint cookout with our friends at Eastminster. Join us for some delicious food and even better company. We will provide the hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Bring your favorite side dish or snack to complete the picnic!

Trinity Sunday | Father’s Day

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP+

God of Delight,
your Wisdom sings your Word
at the crossroads where humanity and divinity meet.
Invite us into your joyful being
where you know and are known
in each beginning,
in all sustenance,
in every redemption,
that we may manifest your unity
in the diverse ministries you entrust to us,
truly reflecting your majesty
in the faith that acts,
in the hope that does not disappoint,
and in the love that endures. Amen.

*HYMN 1 Holy, Holy, Holy   NICEA

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Now the righteousness of God
has become manifest in Christ Jesus—
for everyone, without distinction.
In full assurance of faith,
let us make our confession before God.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal God,
the deep mystery of your being
remains forever beyond our comprehension.
But with our usual human arrogance,
we attempt to define exactly who and what you are,
using both familiar images and complex concepts,
in an effort to capture your ever-elusive reality.
Help us acknowledge our vain pretensions
and accept our creaturely limitations,
so that, empowered by your Spirit,
we might share more fully with others
the embodiment in Christ Jesus
of your redeeming love
for the whole of your Creation.
Amen

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Hear the Good News!
We have not received a spirit of slavery,
that we might fall back into fear.
God’s own Spirit bears witness with our spirits
that we are children of God,
reconciled to God in Christ Jesus.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Glory, Glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory, hallelujah
Since I laid my burden down
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Since I laid my burden down
I feel better, so much better…

Glory, glory, hallelujah…

SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 3:1-9

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.

SERMON                 All I Have to Give…               Travis Chavis

*HYMN 774 There is Now a New Creation  STUTTGART

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We thank you, O God,
for you are gracious.
You have created us in love,
and you have remembered us
when we were in trouble.
We thank you, O God,
for you come to us in Christ Jesus,
redeeming with your wondrous love
the whole of your Creation.
We thank you, O God,
for with your Spirit
you strengthen and encourage us,
leading us in ways of goodness and truth.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 11 Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud  ABERSTWYTH

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Travis Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jude Romines, Liturgist
Octavia Battle and Jonathan Cain,Offering Takers

Announcements

Happy Father’s Day to all of our fathers, father figures, and their families. We are grateful for you and the ways you love those around you – especially at Woodland.  

Join us as we make signs for Nashville Pride!  Friday, June 21 we are gathering at Woodland from 7-9pm to make signs for Pride weekend. Sign making supplies and pizza will be provided.

Next Sunday is Pride Sunday. We will gather for worship at our normal time, 11am. Join us as our community celebrates Pride with other More Light Presbyterian congregations and churches. We will go to lunch after worship as a group somewhere in 5 Points.

We are excited to welcome Zack Hunt on June 23. Zack is a writer, speaker, and blogger living in Nashville. He will be joining us at 9:45 to speak about his experiences with the Christian faith and his most recent book release, Unraptured.

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  From Psalm 97

The Holy One is God!
            Let the earth rejoice;
            let the many coastlands be glad!
The heavens proclaim God’s righteousness;
            and all the peoples behold God’s glory.
Zion hears and is glad,
and the towns of Judah rejoice,
            because of your judgments, O God.
For you, O Holy One, are most high over all the earth;
            you are exalted far above all gods.
Rejoice in the Holy One, all righteous,
            and give thanks to God’s holy name!

*HYMN 485 We Know That Christ is Raised  ENGLEBERG

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Let us approach the table of grace with boldness
knowing that we will receive God’s mercy.
With open hearts and minds and a spirit of boldness,
join me in this morning’s prayer of confession
Let us pray.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Creator of the Universe,
you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory
through the victory of Jesus Christ.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
the new creation in Jesus Christ

may appear in justice, love, and peace,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Receive the Good News! There is no greater joy in the heart of God than in this moment. For in this moment, we call upon God to grant us new life in the center of our wounded hearts.  It is with great joy that God grants us new life and the grace of forgiveness.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!

SCRIPTURE READING

SCRIPTURE READING

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.

SERMON                      Title                       Kendra Ketter Chavis

*HYMN 772 Live into Hope  TRURO

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for your boundless love in the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup,
remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.

Mighty God,
let your Spirit move in power over us,
and over these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may be for us
the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
Strengthened by this holy meal,
may we live for that day
when all peoples are free, all divisions healed,
and the whole of your creation
sings your praise together.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN Some There Are Who by Their Living RUSTINGTON

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Kendra Ketter Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jenny Cook, Liturgist
Steve Fay and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

Announcements

Pentecost is next Sunday, June 9 and it’s a joint service with Eastminster. During worship we will also have a joint choir. All are invited to participate! A rehearsal will be held at 10am before worship in the sanctuary with Jeff.

Our next monthly potluck with Eastminster is June 9. Join us in the downstairs dining room after worship for food and fellowship, and bring your favorite dish to share!

Join us as we make signs for Nashville Pride!  Friday, June 21 we are gathering at Woodland from 7-9pm to make signs for Pride weekend. Sign making supplies and pizza will be provided.

Our podcast study will continue every Sunday at 9:45 in the assembly room until June 16.  Join us for a discussion on a new podcast each week led by a different member of the training hub.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Psalm 67:1-7

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make God’s face to shine upon us,
            that your way may be known upon earth,
            your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
            let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
            for you judge the peoples with equity
            and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
            let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has yielded its increase;
            God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
            let all the ends of the earth revere God.

*HYMN 254  That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright  

                                                              PUER NOBIS NASCITUR

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

No matter where we have come from,
no matter where we are going –
God is for us and God is with us.
No matter what we have done,
No matter what we have left undone –
God is for us and God is with us.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God,
Your redeeming love for all Creation
is embodied in Christ Jesus,
who also calls us to embody your all-inclusive love.
But we fail to listen, refuse to understand, or simply choose not to respond to your call.
Bring your Spirit to rest anew upon us,
that we might know more deeply your unconditional love for us—and knowing ourselves so loved,
might share more fully with others the life of your
Beloved One. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

We do not need to let our hearts be troubled, nor do we need to let them be afraid. For in this moment and always, God extends grace and peace beyond our understanding to all people through the risen Christ.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!

SCRIPTURE READING  John 5:1-9

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.

SERMON                   I Carry My Mat                      Jenny Cook

*HYMN 796  We Come to You for Healing, Lord

                                                                                                          LAND OF REST

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your loving kindness,
Hear our prayer

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Gracious God,
We thank you that with time comes growth
and a better understanding of who you are
and who you call us to be.
You have blessed us and continue to bless us.
You are gracious and shine your face upon us.
Thank you for giving us the space we need
to learn to love ourselves with your great love as our guide
so that we can love others in return.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 377  I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light  HOUSTON

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Jenny Cook, Preacher
Mark Beall, Musician
Carrie Fraser, Liturgist
Ashlan Jackson and Jude Romines, Offering Takers

Announcements

Pentecost Sunday is June 9 and it is a joint service with Eastminster. During worship we will also have a joint choir. All are invited to participate! A rehearsal will be held at 10am before worship in the sanctuary with Jeff.

Our next monthly potluck with Eastminster is June 9. Join us in the downstairs dining room after worship for food and fellowship, and bring your favorite dish to share!

Our podcast study will continue every Sunday at 9:45 in the assembly room until June 16.  Join us for a discussion on a new podcast each week led by a different member of the training hub.

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Psalm 148:2-5

Praise the Holy One from the heavens;
            praise God in the heights!
Praise God, all God’s angels;
            praise God, all God’s host!
Praise God, sun and moon;
            give praise, all you shining stars!
Give praise, you highest heavens,
            and waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Holy One,
            for God commanded and they were created.

*HYMN 26 Earth and All Stars!  EARTH AND ALL STARS

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Join me in this morning’s prayer of confession
as we continue to ask for grace in our lives
and learn how to extend such grace and love to one another.
And as we do so, may we remember that the risen Christ
steps in when we feel inadequate, helpless,
and do not know what we are doing.
Let us pray.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+

Living God,
long ago, faithful women
proclaimed the good news
of Jesus’ resurrection,
and the world was changed forever.
Teach us to keep faith with them,
that our witness may be as bold,
our love as deep,
and our faith as true. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

In John 13:34, Christ said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 148

SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 11:1-18

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.

SERMON                         Title                           Emily Martin  

*HYMN 320 The Church of Christ in Every Age   WAREHAM

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your loving kindness,
Hear our prayer.

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING  Don’t Hesitate, Mary Oliver

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 231 Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers    Alternate Tune: NETTLETON

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.
+Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers,
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Emily Martin, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jenny Cook, Liturgist
Kim Smith and Melissa Vargas, Offering Takers

Announcements

Our podcast study will continue every Sunday at 9:45 in the assembly room until June 16.  Join us for a discussion on a new podcast each week led by a different member of the training hub.


On Thursday, May 30th at Trinity Presbyterian Church, there will be a combined choir performance made up of folks from 85 churches in the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. If you would like to be part of this performance and represent Woodland, you are invited for rehearsal at 8AM on Thursday, May 30th.


Join Woodland and the More Light Presbyterian community at Nashville Pride on June 22!  The parade begins at 10am and more information will follow in the weeks to come. T-shirts for the event are being sold HERE.

* A $10 donation to the More Light Presbyterians page will cover the cost of each shirt and would be greatly appreciated! Donate Now