Sunday, March 29
"At the Name of Jesus" arr. Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
Call to Worship
Musical Call to Worship
"All Day, All Night/Swing Low Sweet Chariot" arr. Gail Downey
Grace Notes Handbell Quartet
(This video was filmed several weeks ago, prior to social distancing guidelines.)
Opening Prayer (Lewis Barger)
Loving and Gracious God, when I feel crushed by my own worries, lift my mind and help me to know your presence. When fear grips me tight and I feel I cannot move, free my heart and help me to take things one step at a time. When I can’t express the turmoil inside, calm me with Your quiet words of love. I choose to trust in You, each day, each hour, each moment of my life. As we worship in different homes and different places today, may we be connected by your love and grace and may it comfort us. Amen.
"Amazing Grace," 378 (UMH)
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.
2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.
5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.
6. When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.
Rev. Katie Carson Phillips
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, 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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever.
"Were You There/There Is A Balm," arr. Brant Adams
Rochelle Oedemann, clarinet
Psalm 23 (NRSV)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
"Oil" Rev. Dr. Jason Snow
"This Is My Song" 437 (UMH)
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
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 nations
A song of peace for their land and for mine
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 nations
Myself I give Thee let Thy will be done
We invite you to mail your offering to the church office, drop it in the secure mailbox in the front circle, or use the link below to give online.
Loving God of us all, accept our offerings today and this week. We offer them in gratitude for the ways in which your Spirit continues to be a beacon of hope in this time. Help us to live simply, generously and courageously, that our lives may point to you. Use these gifts in ways that support our global community during this time. Amen.
Meditation from Thais, Jules Massenet
Claire Murray, flute
"It Is Well With My Soul" 377 (UMH)
1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
it is well, it is well with my soul.
2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul.
3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul.
"They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" arr. Wilbur Held
We invite families to pull up to the front circle of the church to pick up a new "Sunday School to Go" bag! It has a lesson and some activities for this week!