PRELUDE: Etude in C Major by H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932)
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
HYMN: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee #611
CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT by John Lewis
We come to be renewed,
to be inspired
We come to be reminded
that we must do the work
that justice calls us to do.
It is better to love and not to hate
It is better to reconcile and not to divide
It is better to build and not to tear down
Each of us must do our part
to continue to build the beloved community,
a nation and a world at peace with itself.
There is still work left to be done.
Get in the way!
Get out there and push and pull
Until we redeem the soul of America.
that the truth we stand for
Will have the final say! Amen.
SUNG RESPONSE: He Came Down (4 stanzas) #137
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 41:10 Luke 19:1-10 Luke 11:9 Matthew 10:39
SUNG RESPONSE: Amazing Grace (Stanzas 1-5 plus Cherokee stanza) #649
SERMON: Let’s Find What We Have Lost!—Now! (transcript pdf)
CHORAL ANTHEM: Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land arr. Kyle Johnson
My Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm.
No one can do like Jesus, not a mumbling word he said;
Never said a mumbalin’ word.
He went walking down to Lazarus’ grave, and he raised him from the dead.
When Jesus was on earth, the flesh was very weak;
He took a towel and girded himself and he washed his disciples’ feet.
Yonder comes my Savior, him whom I love so well;
He has the palm of victory and the keys of death and hell.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER— with comments by people on FB (You can also email prayer requests to info.westportpresbyterian.org during office hours)
the Lord’s Prayer
SUNG RESPONSE: Jesus, Remember Me (Sing twice) #227
OFFERTORY SOLO: “For You There is No Song” from Five Millay Songs by H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932), sung by Em Witbols Feugen, mezzo-soprano
For you there is no song,
Only the shaking of the voice that meant to sing,
The sound of the strong voice breaking.
Strange in my hand appears the pen,
And yours broken
There are ink and tears on the page.
Only the tears have spoken.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION:
May our offerings change us.
May our offerings change our church.
May our offerings change the path of just one person.
May our offerings travel a long ways beyond us
and make Your Realm of Love larger.
And may our offerings travel a long ways inside of us
and make us more humble. Amen.
A note about today’s featured composer: Harrison Leslie Adams, Jr. (born December 30, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American composer. His works have been performed by the Prague Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Indianapolis Symphony, and commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra and Cleveland Chamber Symphony, among others. Metropolitan Opera artists have performed his vocal works internationally. Adams is best known for writing music for voice (including choral music, art songs, vocal solos, and music drama) but has also written numerous purely instrumental compositions as well. He is the composer of the opera, Blake. Adams’s music is composed largely within the tradition of Western classical music and also incorporates elements unique to African-American music.
Pastor- Scott Myers
Piano- Neil Long
Choir- Josh Stark, Neil Long, Jennifer Weiman, Em WitbolsFeugen
Camera/Facebook/Prayer requests: Deanna Capps
Webpage- Martine Roesel