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May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Debra Maguire

"Fire!"

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Centering Prayer

The wind at our backs, we entered Jerusalem.  Only to watch him die on the cross.   It spiraled so quickly.  Trial.  Torture.  Crucifixion.  Death.  But on the third day the breath of God blew new life into our futures.  Forty days with the risen Jesus.  Before he ascended, Jesus reminded us that the Spirit will come.  It was on Pentecost. It was on Pentecost when the wind breathed into each and every one of us.  Sacred breath, move through this room.  Unlock a song within your people.  Breathe into us your hopes and dreams for a world filled with justice, love, and peace.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit    “Love Divine”     John Zundel


Call to Worship

ONE: Come, Holy Spirit,

ALL: The wind of God, the breath of Life.

ONE: Come, Holy Spirit,

ALL: Our Advocate, our Counselor.

ONE: Come, Holy Spirit,

ALL:  Teacher of Wisdom, Reminder of Christ.

ONE: Come, Holy Spirit,

ALL: Granter of forgiveness, giver of peace.

ONE: Come, Holy Spirit,

ALL: May we feel God breathing through our worship. May we receive the Holy Spirit in this place. Amen.

Hymn 280 Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us


Affirmation of Faith (unison)

We are a cloth of diverse colors made from many gifts and graces.  We are the people flowing forth from Creator God, surprising ourselves with the things which can be done.  We are raw material for rewarding relationships as our lives interweave, contributing one to the other, holding each other firm when one is weak or breaking.  We are each worthy of being respected and cared for essential to the pattern, skilled in our appointed tasks, sources of laughter and sharers of tears.  We commit ourselves to work together, that one day, this world may be a place where all people live in justice, freedom and peace.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 284  Holy Spirit, Come to Us  (sing twice)


New Testament Reading: Acts 2:1-21

Anthem     “See How Great a Flame Aspires”  David Paxton

Sermon: "Fire!"  Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 289  On Pentecost They Gathered


Invitation to the Offering and Prayer of Dedication

Offertory: “Blowin' in the Wind”     Bob Dylan

Prayers of the People

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 66 Every Time I Feel the Spirit


Announcements


Closing Benediction (unison)

As people of faith we have gathered for worship.  As people of faith we now return to the world.  We go out to share the story of faith, the story of life, with the world around us.  We share the faith in word and in deed, in speech and in action.  As we go out to give a living witness, as you go out to testify to God's love active in the world, we go knowing that God goes with us, sharing the laughter and the hope, the fears and the tears. Thanks be to God! Amen.


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2. Joanna Harader

3. Rex A. E. Hunt website

4. Rev Gord


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Centering Prayer

Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours, you alone are God, awesome, holy, and most high. School us in the ways of faith and wisdom, that we, like Job, may learn to truly see and hear, and in humility find blessing. Amen.


Welcome


Introit  “I Dreamed A Dream”     Claude-Michel Schönberg


Call to Worship

ONE: Come, all you who are struggling

ALL: Come, all you who are crippled by pain and suffering.

ONE: Come to worship a God who heals your pain.

ALL: Come to worship a God who gives forgiveness. Let us worship God, who sets us free and gives us new life!  


Hymn 424 Out of the Depths


Affirmation of Faith (unison)

You call us to service; to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.  To open our eyes not only to the beauty and love which you create, but the injustice, hate and suffering that humankind generates.  To open our ears not only to the chattering of this coming week, but the searching, fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet.  To open our hands not only to those we choose our lives to share, but in welcome, love and fellowship to all who you draw near.  To open our mouths not only to speak platitudes and simple words, but the truths you lay upon our hearts.  Your Word for this, your world.  You call us to service, to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 284  Holy Spirit, Come to Us  (sing twice)


Scripture Reading: Job 1:1-22


Anthem   “Sonata No. 2, Op. 35, III: Lento”     Frédéric Chopin


Sermon: "The Setting"   Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 787  God Weeps with Us Who Weep and Mourn


Invitation to the Offering and Prayer of Dedication


Offertory: “Consolation" Op. 30, No. 3          Felix Mendelssohn


The Sacrament of Holy Communion


Preparation of the Table


Invitation and Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

LEADER: The Lord be with you

PEOPLE: And also with you

LEADER: Lift up your hearts

PEOPLE: We lift them up to the Lord

LEADER: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

PEOPLE: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

LEADER: Let us pray.  Almighty and ever-living God...


Words of Institution


Sharing of the Cup and Bread


Prayer of Thanksgiving


Prayers of the People


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 836 Abide With Me


Announcements


Closing Benediction (unison)

Come O Holy Spirit, Sanctifying Spirit, fill our hearts, fill our lives with the feel of your fiery presence, so that all we do, all that we are, comes from you within us. Anoint us now, so that from this day we are your disciples only, committed to carrying out faithfully your mission in the world, now and always. Amen.


Postlude "America"          Paul Simon

                                     

1. Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

2. Waiting for Water: Liturgy for The Easter Journey 2013

3. John Birch

4. Miriam T. Winter

June 7, 2020

Celebration of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Debra McGuire

"The Setting"

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In honor of Juneteenth and Black Lives Matter,

all music this Sunday comes from African American traditions and composers.


Chimes

Centering Prayer

Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours, you alone are God, awesome, holy, and most high. School us in the ways of faith and wisdom, that we, like Job, may learn to truly see and hear, and in humility find blessing. Amen.


Welcome


Introit  “Go Down, Moses”     Spiritual


Call to Worship

ONE: Come, all you who are struggling

ALL: Come, all you who are crippled by pain and suffering.

ONE: Come to worship a God who heals your pain.

ALL: Come to worship a God who gives forgiveness. Let us worship God, who sets us free and gives us new life!  


Hymn 649  Amazing Grace


Affirmation of Faith (unison)

You call us to service; to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.  To open our eyes not only to the beauty and love which you create, but the injustice, hate and suffering that humankind generates.  To open our ears not only to the chattering of this coming week, but the searching, fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet.  To open our hands not only to those we choose our lives to share, but in welcome, love and fellowship to all who you draw near.  To open our mouths not only to speak platitudes and simple words, but the truths you lay upon our hearts.  Your Word for this, your world.  You call us to service, to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 284  Holy Spirit, Come to Us  (sing twice)


Scripture Reading: Selections from Job 2-7


Anthem   “Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen”       Spiritual


Sermon: "Eliphaz" Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 792  There is a Balm In Gilead


Invitation to the Offering and Prayer of Dedication


Offertory: “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands”     Spiritual


Prayer of Dedication


Prayers of the People


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 339 Lift Every Voice and Sing


Announcements


Closing Benediction (unison)

Come O Holy Spirit, Sanctifying Spirit, fill our hearts, fill our lives with the feel of your fiery presence, so that all we do, all that we are, comes from you within us. Anoint us now, so that from this day we are your disciples only, committed to carrying out faithfully your mission in the world, now and always. Amen.


Postlude “Lean on Me”       Bill Withers

                                     

1. Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

2. Waiting for Water: Liturgy for The Easter Journey 2013

3. John Birch

4. Miriam T. Winter

June 14, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Debra McGuire

"Eliphaz"

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Chimes

Centering Prayer

Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours, you alone are God, awesome, holy, and most high. School us in the ways of faith and wisdom, that we, like Job, may learn to truly see and hear, and in humility find blessing. Amen.


Welcome


Introit  “Claire de Lune/Blessed Assurance”     Debussy/Knapp, Arr. Kendall Lord


Call to Worship

ONE: We gather this morning, connected by technology.

ALL: Come among us, Healing God, with that love which never ends.

ONE: With faith reaching out to touch, with hearts straining to trust, we hope:

ALL: Come among us, Friend of the broken, with your compassion which makes us whole

ONE: With word and wonder, with silence and song, we wait:

ALL: Come among us, Drier of our tears, to lift us to our feet to follow you.


Hymn 169  Dear Lord and Father of Mankind


Affirmation of Faith (unison)

You call us to service; to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.  To open our eyes not only to the beauty and love which you create, but the injustice, hate and suffering that humankind generates.  To open our ears not only to the chattering of this coming week, but the searching, fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet.  To open our hands not only to those we choose our lives to share, but in welcome, love and fellowship to all who you draw near.  To open our mouths not only to speak platitudes and simple words, but the truths you lay upon our hearts.  Your Word for this, your world.  You call us to service, to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 284  Holy Spirit, Come to Us  (sing twice)


Scripture Reading: Selections from Job 13-19


Anthem   “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”   Lewis Edwards, Arr. Jake Ryan


Sermon: "To Hope or Not to Hope" Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 443  There is a Redeemer


Invitation to the Offering and Prayer of Dedication


Offertory: “Standing in the Need of Prayer”   Spiritual, Arr. Gail Smith


Prayer of Dedication


Prayers of the People


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 852 “When the Lord Redeems the Very Least”


Announcements


Closing Benediction (unison)

Come O Holy Spirit, Sanctifying Spirit, fill our hearts, fill our lives with the feel of your fiery presence, so that all we do, all that we are, comes from you within us. Anoint us now, so that from this day we are your disciples only, committed to carrying out faithfully your mission in the world, now and always. Amen.


Postlude “Sunrise, Sunset”       Dedicated to all the Dads   Jerry Bock     

                                     

1. Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

2. Thom Shuman

3. John Birch

4. Miriam T. Winter

June 14, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Debra McGuire

"To Hope or Not to Hope"

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Chimes

Centering Prayer

Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours, you alone are God, awesome, holy, and most high. School us in the ways of faith and wisdom, that we, like Job, may learn to truly see and hear, and in humility find blessing. Amen.


Welcome


Introit  “El Shaddai”          Michael Card, John Thompson;  Arr. Elwell


Call to Worship

ONE: We gather this morning, connected by technology.

ALL: Come among us, Healing God, with that love which never ends.

ONE: With faith reaching out to touch, with hearts straining to trust, we hope:

ALL: Come among us, Friend of the broken, with your compassion which makes us whole

ONE: With word and wonder, with silence and song, we wait:

ALL: Come among us, Drier of our tears, to lift us to our feet to follow you.


Hymn 689  When the Morning Stars Together


Affirmation of Faith (unison)

You call us to service; to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.  To open our eyes not only to the beauty and love which you create, but the injustice, hate and suffering that humankind generates.  To open our ears not only to the chattering of this coming week, but the searching, fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet.  To open our hands not only to those we choose our lives to share, but in welcome, love and fellowship to all who you draw near.  To open our mouths not only to speak platitudes and simple words, but the truths you lay upon our hearts.  Your Word for this, your world.  You call us to service, to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this, your world.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 284  Holy Spirit, Come to Us  (sing twice)


Scripture Reading: Selections from Job chapters 31, 38 and 40


Anthem  “The Engulfed Cathedral”      Claude Debussy


Sermon   "Rubber, Meet Road"      Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 13  The Mighty God With Power Speaks


Invitation to the Offering and Prayer of Dedication


Offertory: “How Great Is Our God”     Tomlin, Cash, Reeves, Arr. Berry


Prayer of Dedication


Prayers of the People


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 10   Sing Glory to the Name of God


Announcements


Closing Benediction (unison)

Come O Holy Spirit, Sanctifying Spirit, fill our hearts, fill our lives with the feel of your fiery presence, so that all we do, all that we are, comes from you within us. Anoint us now, so that from this day we are your disciples only, committed to carrying out faithfully your mission in the world, now and always. Amen.


Postlude “Summertime”     George Gershwin     

                                     

1. Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

2. Thom Shuman

3. John Birch

4. Miriam T. Winter

June 28, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Debra McGuire

"Rubber, Meet Road"

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Centering Prayer

All that is eternal in us welcomes the wonder of this day, welcoming the wonder of this day, the field of brightness it creates, offering time for each thing to arise and illuminate. May our minds come alive today, invited to new frontiers, to break the dead shell of yesterdays, to risk being disturbed and changed.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit  “His Grace is Sufficient for Me”            Mosie Lister,  Arr. Barney Robertson


Call to Worship

ONE: Praise the Lord, who does not hide when we seek his face.

ALL: Praise the Lord, who hears our cry and answers when we call.

ONE: The Lord does not turn away in anger but helps us in our distress.

ALL: The Lord our God and Savior never rejects or forsakes us.  Let us worship God!


Hymn 403  Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty


Affirmation of Faith (unison)

We believe in God, who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus to reconcile and to make all things new.  

We trust in God, who calls us to be the church; to celebrate God's presence, to live with respect in creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and to resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.  We are not alone.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 284  (sing twice)

Holy Spirit, come to us; kindle in us the fire of your love.

Holy Spirit, come to us. Holy Spirit, come to us.


Scripture Reading: Selections from Job chapters 41 and 42


Anthem  “Fanfare for the Common Man”     Aaron Copland, Arr. Roger Brison


Sermon   Reverend Debra McGuire


There's a Wideness in God's Mercy


Invitation to the Offering


Offertory: “Home on the Range”     Tori Amos after Daniel E. Kelley


Prayer of Dedication


The Sacrament of Holy Communion


Preparation of the Table


Invitation and Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

LEADER: The Lord be with you

PEOPLE: And also with you

LEADER: Lift up your hearts

PEOPLE: We lift them up to the Lord

LEADER: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

PEOPLE: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

LEADER: Let us pray.  Almighty and ever-living God...


Words of Institution

Sharing of the Cup and Bread

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayers of the People


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 340   This Is My Song


Announcements


Closing Benediction (unison)

Come O Holy Spirit, Sanctifying Spirit, fill our hearts, fill our lives with the feel of your fiery presence, so that all we do, all that we are, comes from you within us. Anoint us now, so that from this day we are your disciples only, committed to carrying out faithfully your mission in the world, now and always. Amen.


Postlude   “America”     Leonard Bernstein     

                                     

1. adapted from “A Morning Offering” by John O'Donahue

2.  Miriam T. Winter

July 5, 2020

Celebration of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Debra McGuire


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