PRELUDE: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence—PICARDY—arr. Roger Hellwege
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
HYMN: For All the Saints (#326 Glory to God)
CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
You gain strength, courage, and confidence
by every experience
in which you really stop
to look fear in the face.
You are able
to say to yourself,
‘I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along.’
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
I believe anyone can conquer fear
By doing the things they fear to do.
For then you begin to develop the feeling
That you have something outside of yourself
And greater than yourself
To depend on.
There never has been a time
When that feeling is more needed
Than it is today.
People in trouble need
just what little children need—
a sense of security,
a sense of something greater
than their own powers
to turn to
and depend on.
–Eleanor Roosevelt, longest serving FLOTUS in US history,
Sung Response: Jesus, We Are Here (#392)
1. English: Jesus We Are here
2.Teacher, We Are Here
Shona: Jesu tawa pano
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1-12 (read first in traditional language of the New Revised Standard Version Bible, then in The Message, a dynamic translation by Eugene H. Peterson)
Sung Response to Bible Readings: For All the Saints (#2283 Sing the Faith)
SERMON: Who Are We Blessing These Days?
CHORAL ANTHEM: Song of the Saints—Pepper Choplin
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: — with comments by people on FB (You can also email prayer requests to email@example.com during office hours)
the Lord’s Prayer
SUNG RESPONSE: Come, Bring Your Burdens to God (#851)
OFFERTORY SOLO: Behold, a Host Arrayed in White— tune, traditional Norwegian; set by Edvard Grieg, 1907, Sung by Joshua Stark, bass
PRAYER OF DEDICATION:
Be alert, my people,
for the grace of the Living God!
The Light Of The World
starting to shine within us.
We can see again!
The scattered and shattered places within
Our worst wounds are being healed.
The Mysterious One’s
constant, liberating power.
The inner light
Christ is always kindling!
We are a called
To become a people
freed by the Spirit’s power!
HYMN: Lift Every Voice and Sing (#339 Glory to God)
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Lead Me, Guide Me (sing twice) #740
POSTLUDE: Let the Whole Creation Cry—SALZBURG, arr. Anne Krentz Organ [note: “Organ” is her name]