In Person and Livestream Worship Services
Sept 5, 2021 11:00 am
PRELUDE: Sonata in G major, L. 179–Domenico Scarlatti
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Pastor: It is through weakness and vulnerability that we learn empathy and compassion
People: And discover our souls.
Pastor: Under the greatest adversity there exists the greatest potential for doing good,
People: Both for oneself and others.
Pastor: The quality of human life on our planet is nothing more than the sum total of our daily interactions with one another.
People: Each time we help, or harm, we have a dramatic impact on our world.
Pastor: There comes a time when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.
People: We need to dedicate ourselves to going upstream
Pastor: And find out why they are falling in.
People: Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
—Dali Llama and Bishop Desmond Tutu
HYMN: For the Healing of the Nations GTG#346
UNISON CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
For the sin of silence, For the sin of indifference, For the secret complicity of the neutral, For the closing of borders, For the washing of hands, For the crime of indifference, For the sin of silence, For the closing of borders. For all that was done, For all that was not done, Let there be no forgetfulness before the Throne of Glory; Let there be remembrance within the human heart; And let there at last be forgiveness When your children, O God, are free and at peace. Amen. –Chaim Stern
SUNG RESPONSE: Wounded World That Cries for Healing STF#2177
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 14:1-18 Luke 12:13-21
Sung Response to Bible Readings: Break Thou the Bread of Life GTG#460
SERMON: A Fool’s Story
HYMN: The Lone, Wild Bird STF#2052
CHORAL ANTHEM: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal—Mark Schweizer
Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer,
SUNG RESPONSE: Jesus, We Are Here (both stanzas) GTG#392
OFFERTORY: Day By Day—Mark Schweizer; The ensemble
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Pastor: May we be a guard for those who need protection
People: A guide for those on the path
Pastor: A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
People: May we be a lamp in the darkness
Pastor: A resting place for the weary
People: A healing medicine for all who are sick
Pastor: A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
People: And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
Pastor: May we bring sustenance and awakening
People: Enduring like the earth and sky
Pastor: Until all beings are freed from sorrow
People: And all are awakened.
Pastor: May it be so.
People: And may it be soon.
– Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage 700 AD
HYMN: My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less GTG#353
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Lead Me, Guide Me GTG#740
POSTLUDE: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (PICARDY)—Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.