Back to School Sunday

A bilingual service of worship with Woodland Presbyterian Church and Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

HYMN 625 How Great Thou Art

ANNOUNCEMENTS Jenny

*CALL TO WORSHIP
(Based in Psalm 107)

Leader: Give thanks to the Holy One, for God is good; God’s great love endures forever.

People: We say this as the ones that were redeemed from the power of our foes, as the ones who were gathered from all countries, from east and west, from north and south.

Leader: We wandered through desert wastelands, without finding our path. Life was consuming us with hunger and thirst. In our trouble we cried out to the Holy One, and God delivered us from our affliction.

Unison: Let us give thanks to the Holy One for God’s great love, for God’s wonderful deeds in favor of God’s people!

*HYMN 397 Look and Wonder

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God, we do not know how you never tire of calling us, when what we do when we hear your voice is to turn away. We worship the gods of money and egocentrism, without putting our minds on the things that matter. We do not leave behind the things that separate us from you, like corruption and greed. And we do not get rid of the things that damage our relationships like anger, rage, and malice.

God, put on us the new nature that we can only find in the redemption that has been given to us through Jesus Christ. Forgive our sins, and renew your image in us. Guide us to seek heavenly things, following the message and example of Christ. In him, and only in him, we shall find our life. Amen.

*PERSONAL PRAYER OF CONFESSION

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS


God leads us with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. God lifts the yoke from our necks and feeds us. This is the good news of the Gospel: God forgives us time and time again. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. We can live in peace.

SCRIPTURE READING Luke 10:38-42

SERMON Eric Holness “Get Our of the Kitchen”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

*DOXOLOGY

COMMUNION

THE LORD’S PRAYER


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 Here I am, Lord

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS

We thank You, oh God, for your great love toward us manifested in these many ways. We pray special blessings upon our students, all students, and their represented families. Guard them, cover them, keep them in all things, and may we as a church family be sources of love and support along the journey. By faith, we believe that we will see Your hand at work in amazing ways. We thank You, oh God for your great love toward us! Amen.

*BENEDICTION

May God teach us to walk and take us in God’s arms, putting us against God’s cheek and feeding us. May Christ help us to stay away from all kinds of ambition and of thinking that life only consists of the abundance of possessions. And may the Holy Spirit help us set our minds on the things above and not on the things on earth. May the Triune God give us grace and peace. Amen.

*HYMN This is the Moment


Un servicio bilinugal de culto con Woodland Presbyterian Church y Eastminster Iglesia Presbiteriana.

*HIMNO 625 Cuán grande es Él

ANNUNCIOS Ana Lilia

*LLAMAMIENTO A LA ADORACIÓN

(Basado en el Salmo 107)

Líder: Den gracias al Señor, porque Dios es bueno; su gran amor perdura para
siempre.

Pueblo: Lo decimos quienes fuimos redimidos del poder del adversario, a quienes nos reunió de todos los países, de oriente y de occidente, del norte y del sur.

Líder: Vagábamos por parajes desiertos, sin dar con el camino. Con hambre y con sed, la vida se nos iba consumiendo. En nuestra angustia clamamos al Señor, y Dios nos libró de nuestra aflicción.

Unísono: ¡Demos gracias al Señor por su gran amor, por sus maravillas a favor de su pueblo!

*HIMNO 397 Miren qué bueno!

*ORACIÓN DE CONFESIÓN

Señor, no sabemos cómo no te cansas de llamarnos, cuando lo que hacemos cuando oímos tu voz es separarnos de ti. Adoramos a los dioses del dinero y del egocentrismo, sin pensar en poner nuestras mentes en las cosas de arriba. No dejamos atrás las cosas que nos separan de ti como lo son los malos deseos, y la avaricia. No nos deshacemos de las cosas que dañan nuestras relaciones como el enojo, la maldad, y los insultos.

Revistemos, oh Dios, de la nueva naturaleza que sólo podemos encontrar en la redención que nos ha dado Jesucristo. Perdona nuestros pecados y renueva tu imagen en nuestro ser. Guíanos a buscar las cosas del cielo, siguiendo el mensaje y el ejemplo de Cristo. En él, y solamente en él, hallaremos nuestra vida. Amén.

*CONFESIÓN SILENCIOSA PERDÓN

DECLARACIÓN DE PERDÓN

Dios nos atrae con cuerdas de ternura y con lazos de amor. Dios nos quita de la cerviz el yugo y con ternura se acerca para alimentarnos. Estas son las buenas nuevas del Evangelio: que Dios una vez tras otra nos perdona y nos da nueva vida. En Cristo recibimos el perdón por nuestros pecados. Podemos vivir en paz.

LECTURA BIBLICA Lucas 10:38-42

SERMÓN “Sal de la cocina” Eric Holness

*HIMNO 695 Cámbiame, Señor

ORACIÓNES POR EL PUEBLO

OFRENDAS Y DIEZMOS

*DOXOLOGÍA

COMUNIÓN

EL PADRE NUESTRO

Padre nuestro, que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino. Sea hecha tu voluntad, como en el cielo, así día, dánoslo hoy. Y perdónamos a nuestros deudores, como también nosotros perdónamos a nuestros deudores. Y no nos dejes caer en tentación, mas líbranos del mal. Porque tuyo es el reino, el poder, y la gloria, por todos los siglos. Amén.

*HIMNO Heme aqui, Dios

BENDICIÓN DE LAS MOCHILAS

Te agradecemos, oh Dios, por tu gran amor hacia nosotros manifestado en estas maneras. Pedimos bendiciones especiales sobre nuestros estudiantes, sobre todos los estudiantes y sus familias representadas. Guárdelos, cúbralos, manténgalos en todas cosas, y pedimos que nosotros, como familia de la iglesia, seamos fuentes de amor y apoyo en esta jornada de la vida. Con fe, creemos que veremos tu mano poderosa trabajando de maneras asombrosas. ¡Te damos gracias, oh Dios, por tu gran amor hacia nosotros! Amén.

*BENDICIÓN

Que Dios nos enseñe a caminar y nos tome en sus brazos, que nos ponga contra su mejilla y nos alimente; que Cristo nos cuide de toda clase de ambición y de pensar que la vida consiste en la abundancia de posesiones; y que el Espíritu Santo nos ayude a poner la mente en las cosas de arriba y no en las cosas de la tierra. Que el Dios Trino nos dé su gracia y paz. Amén.

HIMNO Este Momento

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 27:4-5

One thing I ask from the Holy One, this only do I seek:
              that I may dwell in the house of the Holy One
              all the days of my life,
              to gaze on the beauty of the Holy One
              and to seek God in God’s temple.
For in the day of trouble
God will keep me safe in God’s dwelling;
              God will hide me in the shelter of God’s sacred tent
              and set me high upon a rock.

*HYMN 32 I Sing the Mighty Power of God  ELLACOMBE

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Friends, God knows our strengths and our weaknesses,
and calls us to lay our burdens down. 
Trusting in God’s grace to free us and make us whole,
let us make our confession before God.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+

Ever-faithful God,
whose being is perfect righteousness:
through Christ, reconcile us with the helpless and lonely,
with those we ignore or oppress,
and with those we have called enemies,
that we may serve all people as your hands of love,
and sit at the feet of those
who need our compassionate care. Amen.

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

HYMN 361 O Christ, the Great Foundation, vs 3

Where tyrants’ hold is tightened, when strong devour the weak,
Where innocents are frightened, the righteous fear to speak,
there let your church awaking attach the powers of sin
and, all their ramparts breaking, with you the vict’ry win.

*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 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  Once We Were No People

 Text and Music: Patrick Evans

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 52:8-9

SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 10:38-42

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  Jenny Cook

*HYMN 737 Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song   LES PETITS SOEURS

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.
(The prayer continues.)

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 756 O God of Every Nation   LLANGLOFFAN

*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:

Jenny Cook, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Emily Martin, Liturgist
Octavia Battle and Jonathan Cain, Offering Takers

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

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

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

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

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

The Fourth 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 22:25-28

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who revere you.
           The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek God shall praise the Holy One.
May your hearts live forever!
           All the ends of the earth shall remember
           and turn to the Holy One;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before God.
           For dominion belongs to the Holy One,
            and God rules over the nations.

*HYMN 802  The King of Love My Shepherd Is  ST. COLUMBA

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

May our time of confession
be what it’s like to approach still waters.
May it restore our souls.
May it center us,
offering a sense of calm amidst the clutter
and clamor in our lives.
May it open us to ourselves and to God –
a God who is always listening.

*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

By God’s great mercy
we have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 23

SCRIPTURE READING  Revelation 7:2-17

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                      No More Tears                       Jeff Moles  

*HYMN 374  O Holy City, Seen of John  MORNING SONG

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.

God of Comfort and Compassion,
we thank you that, through Christ Jesus,
you lead us to the water of life and table of your bounty.
May we who have received
the tender love of our Good Shepherd
be strengthened by your grace
to care for your flock
in all of the blessings of this life. Amen.

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 366 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling  HYFRYDOL

*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:

Jeff Moles, Preacher and Director of Music Ministries
Ashlan Jackson, Liturgist
Tracy Bell and Becky Goodman, Offering Takers

The Third 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 30

Sing praises to the Holy One, God’s faithful ones,
           and give thanks to God’s holy name.
Weeping may linger for the night,
           but joy comes with the morning.
You have turned my mourning into dancing;
           you have taken off my sackcloth
           and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
           O Holy One my God,
            I will give thanks to you forever.

*HYMN 246  Christ is Alive!  TRURO

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+

Mighty God,
in whom we know the power of redemption,
you stand among us in the shadows of our time.
As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,
uphold us with knowledge of the final morning
when, in the glorious presence of Christ Jesus,
we will share in his resurrection,
redeemed and restored to the fullness of life
and forever freed to be your people. Amen.

Silent confession.

*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  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

SCRIPTURE READING 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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          The Elephant in the Room           Travis Chavis  

*HYMN 835  Just a Closer Walk with Thee  CLOSER WALK

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.

And 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.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

*HYMN 463  How Firm a Foundation  FOUNDATION

*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:

Travis Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Elizabeth Welliver, Liturgist
Steve Fay and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

Celtic Service of Worship

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Welcome to this ancient place.
            All: House of prayer for many people;
            Home to all who come.
Leader: Welcome to this gathering place.
            All: Friend and stranger,
            saint and sinner in all who gather here.
Leader: Come with hope or hesitation; come with joy or yearning;
all who hunger, all who thirst for life in all its fullness.
            All: Generous God and generous Saviour,
            touch us through your Spirit.

*HYMN 450   Be Thou My Vision   SLANE

CELTIC PRAYER

O God, who gave to your servant Columba the gifts of courage, faith and cheerfulness, and sent people forth from Ireland and Iona to carry the word of your gospel to every creature; grant, we pray, a like spirit to your church, even at this present time.

Further in all things the purpose of our community, that hidden things may be revealed to us, and new ways found to touch the hearts of all.

May we preserve with each other sincere charity and peace, and, if it be your holy will, grant that this place of your abiding be continued still to be a sanctuary and a light.  Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: Holy God, Maker of all –
            All: Lord forgive us.
Leader: Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor –
            All: Lord forgive us.
Leader: Holy Spirit, Breath of life –
            All: Lord forgive us.

Leader: Let us confess in silence our faults and admit our frailty.

Leader: Before God, with the people of God, we confess to our brokenness; to the ways we wound our lives, to the lives of others, and the life of the world.
            All: May God forgive us, Christ renew us, and the Spirit enable us
  to grow in love.
Leader: Let us, the children of God, greet each other with signs of peace, peace of Christ to you!
            All: Amen.

*HYMN 543  O Christ Surround Me  GREEN TYLER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LIGHTING OF CANDLES

SCRIPTURE READING John 13:21-30

SERMON Andy Ward

*HYMN  Inspired by Love and Anger  (insert)  SALLEY GARDENS 

*CELTIC AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in God, whose love is the source of all life and the desire of our lives, whose love was given a human face in Jesus of Nazareth, whose love was crucified by the evil that waits to enslave us all and whose love, defeating even death, is our glorious promise of freedom. Therefore, though we are sometimes fearful and full of doubt, in God we trust; and, in the name of Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves, in the service of others, to seek justice and to live in peace, to care for the earth and to share the commonwealth of God’s goodness, to live in freedom of forgiveness and the power of the spirit of love, and the company of the faithful so to be the church, for the glory of God. Amen.

TITHES AND OFFERING  Amazing Grace

*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.

A Prayer of the Iona Community of Scotland:

Generous Creator,
You keep us waiting.
You, the God of all time,
want us to wait for the right time in which to discover
who we are, where we must go,
who will be with us, and what we must do.
So, thank you…for the waiting time.

You keep us looking.
You, the God of all space,
want us to look in the right and wrong places for signs of hope,
for people who are hopeless,
for visions of a better world that will appear among the disappointments of the world we know.
So, thank you…for the looking time.

You keep us loving.
You, the God whose name is love,
want us to be like you –
to love the loveless and the unlovely and the unlovable;
to love without jealousy or design or threat,
and most difficult of all, to love ourselves.
So, thank you…for the loving time.

And in all this you keep us,
through hard questions with no easy answers;
through failing where we hoped to succeed and making an impact when we felt useless;
through the patience and the dreams and the love of others;
and through Jesus Christ and his Spirit, you keep us. Amen. 

The prayer concludes by singing The Casa Del Sol Prayer of Jesus.
A copy of this prayer can be found on the seat of your pew.

*HYMN 100  Canticle of the Turning   STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN

*CHARGE

POSTLUDE  Highland Cathedral  Korb/Roever

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

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

Andrew Ward, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Heidi Hall, Liturgist

A special thank you to today’s guest musicians:

Melissa DuPuy
John Mock
Jason Bunn
Bill Verdier