PRELUDE: Sonata in D major for two pianos, 4 hands, K. 448: Allegro con Spirito—W. A. Mozart, Neal Long and Emily Davidson, pianists
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
We begin again with the symbol of the overflowing cup…..”
“My cup runneth over.” prayed the 23rd Psalmist.
“As we watch the cup runneth over, let us meditate on those times when our cups have overflowed…”
SONG: Rain Down
Rain down, Rain down
Rain down your love on your people
Rain down, Rain down
Rain down your love, God of life
Faithful and true is the Word of our God
All of God’s works are so worthy of trust
God’s mercy falls on the just and the right
Full of God’s love is the earth
We who revere and find hope in our God
Live in the kindness and joy of God’s wing
God will protect us from darkness and death
God will not leave us to starve
God of creation, we long for Your truth,
You are the water of life that we thirst
Grant that Your love and peace touch our hearts,
All of our hope lies in You.
SILENCE: FOR COVID 19 VICTIMS AND ALL PEOPLE’S DEATHS SYMBOLIZED BY GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH BY THE CHOKEHOLD and BREONNA TAYLOR’S DEATH IN HER BEDROOM
CONFESSION OF OUR SILENCE AMIDST SOCIAL VIOLENCE.
COMMITMENT TO ADD OUR VOICE TO THE VOICE OF GOD
HYMN: They Crucified My Lord And He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word (Glory to God#219)
We sing a Holy Week hymn connecting Jesus’ suffering to the suffering of many people in today’s multiple local and global calamities
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12:1-9 Psalm 121; Mark 6:46-51; 1 John 4:18
HYMN: Into My Heart (Sing the Faith#2160)
SERMON: Covid Calamity Message#8 : Don’t Let Your Fears Have the Last Word! (transcript to be attached later)
CHORAL ANTHEM: Crown Him Lord of All—(hymn tune KINGSFOLD), arr. Marty Parks
WELCOME AND Intercessory Prayer: with comments by people on FB (read by Deanna. You can also email prayer requests to info.westportpresbyterian.org during Deanna’s office hours)
The Lord’s Prayer
SUNG RESPONSE: Come Bring Your Burdens to God, 2x
OFFERTORY SOLO: I Believe— Dave Ragland; Neal Long, tenor
Note from composer:
The text is derived from a translation of writing found on the wall (presumed by a Jewish person) in a concentration camp in Germany. In composing this piece, I hoped to convey a message of unmovable, unconquerable belief.
I frequently think about the writer of these words and the hardships that brought about its writing. My imagination leads me to think that they had to believe in the existence of a higher power working for the good – even in the face of mistreatment, torture, and genocide.
There’s an old Negro spiritual states that “He’s the same God today as He was yesterday.” And even for us living in today’s world, the sun still shines somewhere – as a signal of God’s ever-abounding light and love.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION:
We give thanks for the friendship of the flowers.
The flowers are beautiful to behold.
We give thanks for the moon.
The moon is a friend of the earth
creating the tides
Keeping the earth in balanced orbit around the sun
We give thanks for the trees
For providing oxygen
Holding the soil in its place.
We give thanks for the water
Water to drink
Water to clean
Water to grow everything
We thanks for our rocky planet
So we have something to stand on
And walk on.
We give thanks for God
So we have a measure beyond ourselves
A power higher than ourselves
May our offerings express our gratitude
For all these living things
And for God’s creative, loving power.
HYMN: Lead me, Guide Me (3 stanzas and chorus)
POSTLUDE: A Romp (based on hymn tunes CANDLER and DOVE OF PEACE)— Thomas Keesecker
See News section regarding upcoming zoom discussion of Documentary “13th”. Link here
Pastor- Reverend Scott
Piano- Emily Davidson
Quartet- Jennifer Weiman, Josh Stark, Megan Dobbs, Neil Long
Camera and Facebook- Deanna Capps
Webpage- Martine Roesel