Worship Service Order—May 24, 11am—Ascension Sunday and Memorial Day Sunday (Printable PDF Link)
(Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am. Livestream will be cross-posted here ASAP once the livestream starts)
PRELUDE: Sing Praise to God (Bohemian Brethren’s kirchengesange, 1566) -Roger Hellwege
CALL TO WORSHIP: Call to return to our souls
HYMN: Glory to God#100 My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout (Canticle of the Turning)
TIME OF SILENT REMEMBRANCE & CONFESSION OF SIN
There is something basically wrong with our world,
We don’t have to look too far to see that.
Look in the hearts and souls of human beings.
The great danger facing us today
is not the atomic bomb, created by physical science
that you can drop on the heads of millions of people,
as dangerous as that is.
The real danger is that atomic bomb
which lies in the hearts and souls of humans
capable of exploding into the vilest of hate
and the most damaging selfishness.
That’s the atomic bomb we must fear today.
The problem is within the heart and the souls of people.
That is the real basis of our confession!
The danger we pose to ourselves and to others
to the earth itself,
and to all living beings on earth.
-—adapted from “Recovering Lost Values” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
HYMN: Glory to God#595 Holy, Holy, Holy(English & Spanish)
SCRIPTURE: Acts 1:1-14 John 17:1-11
HYMN: Turn, Turn, Turn
SERMON: Ascend!—to Transcend—Our Dead Ends!
CHORAL ANTHEM: Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide)— Leonard Bernstein
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: with prayer requests by people on Facebook (read by Deanna. You can also email prayer requests to info.westportpresbyterian.org during Deanna’s office hours)
Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer
SUNG RESPONSE: Glory to God#656 We’ve Come This Far by Faith
OFFERTORY SOLO: Hear My Prayer, O Lord—Dvorak, sung by Megan Dobbs, soprano
PRAYER OF DEDICATION: repeated as in wedding vows
May all beings everywhere
plagued with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wilderness—
the children, the aged, the unprotected–
be guarded now and always.
HYMN: Glory to God#384 Soon and Very Soon with revised lyrics:
Soon and Very Soon
No more Covid here
Soon and Very Soon
SUNG RESPONSE: #740 Lead Me, Guide Me (Sing Twice)
POSTLUDE: Come Away to the Skies(MIDDLEBURY)-Thomas Keesecker
Pastor- Reverend Scott Myers
Music Mistress (on the Piano)- Emily Davidson
Quartet- Jennifer Weiman, Josh Stark, Megan Dobbs, Neil Long
Camera and Facebook- Deanna Capps
Website- Martine Roesel