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Order of Worship

Our Worship of  God


- Outdoor Service -


Prelude                Fairest Lord Jesus,                            arr. Faye Lopez

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto Theme




Call to Worship (responsive)                                                

From the very beginning, God calls us.
        God sets us apart with a meaning and a purpose 

We come up with excuses to avoid our calls, for we are afraid 
        But God reassures us in many and various ways
          through the course of our days 

Even if we are brought to the edge of a cliff
          Even if chaos swarms around us 

Even if we look around us and wonder where God is 
          God is with us and sustains us 

Together, with the help of God, we will cling to hope
          Together, we will work for change


Opening Hymn 78                            O God, Our Help in Ages Past                                       


O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!

Under the shadow of thy throne thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

 Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same.  

A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.  

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its years away,
They fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home!


Passing of the Peace

Scripture Reading                                                                              Colleen Spurlock

Acts 11:27-30

At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

 The Word of the Lord.
      Thanks be to God.


Litany for Reassurance (responsive)                              
Based on Psalm 103, Romans 14, and Matthew 18

 God, we come to this day in need of reassurance. 

We know we have been at fault. 
We know we have been complicit in various ways. 

We become discouraged and hopeless. 
We become cynical and apathetic. 

We need assurance of your unfailing love.
Sometimes, in the mess and busyness of everyday life, 

It’s hard to remember 
That we are loved unconditionally, 

That you are merciful and gracious; 
That forgiveness is available to all, 

That your compassion is ours to share in
We are learning more deeply: 

That justice for the oppressed is your business
That redemption and healing are your business, 

And we are invited to join you in your work 
Of liberative, forgiving, merciful love. 

Your priorities become our priorities.
Reassure us, oh God, in meaningful, tangible ways, 

Of your steadfast love toward us. 
In the hour of our despair 

Buoy us up on waves of peace. 
And keep us from the judgement that embitters us; 

Instead let us share in your endless supply of mercy.
We ask all this so that, despite our current trials, 

We might be heralds of your Kin-dom - 
That good and peaceful Promised Land 

As it makes its steady progress here on earth.


Hymn of Praise 519                                         It is Well with My Soul

 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, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control:
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed his own blood for my soul.
It is well, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin—O, 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!
It is well, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

 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.
It is well, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Sharing our Gifts


 Special Music             Be Thou My Vision         arr. Ferguson


Message                                                      Pastor Carol McEntyre


Hymn of Response               God We Wonder Where to Find You
                                                 Sung to NETTLETON

 God, we wonder where to find you; should we turn our eyes above?
How can people understand you? Is your love a distant love?
Do our songs rise up to heaven? Does that language still ring true?
In this world of joy and suffering, God, we wonder:  Where are you?

 God, we wonder at our calling; is it only in the church?
We may struggle with tradition; where are you, God, in our search?
We are taught that you are gracious; can we find you in new ways?
Could there be some brand new places where you challenge and amaze?

We are grounded in creation—in the water, dirt and sky,
And we find the Spirit’s presence as we hear creation’s cry.
For we see in life’s beginning what is now and always true:
We’re at home in what you’ve given, called to care for earth for you.

 We are grounded in our neighbors, in our loved ones, in our towns,
And in daily, loving labors, where your signs of grace abound.
Here in Christ we love each other, and we care for the oppressed;
Spirit-filled, with one another, we are grounded! We are blessed!

 God, we trust that you are with us, dwelling in the here and now.
When we struggle to live fully, your compassion shows us how.
As we work to bring your justice, as we seek your peaceful way,
As we put our faith in practice, may we find you, God, today.


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