In Person and Livestream Worship Services, July 10, 2022
(Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am and then crossposted here)
PRELUDE: Come, Holy Ghost, with God the Son; Plainsong melody
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 planetis 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: Go Down Moses (When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land) #52
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: Jesus, We are Here (English and Shona) #392
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 30: 9-14 John 3:1-10
SUNG RESPONSE: Christ Has Risen STF#2115
SERMON: Go Beyond the Mind You Now Have!
SUNG RESPONSE: Standing on the Promises #838
ANTHEM: Come, Thou Fount—American Folk Hymn, arr. Jack Warren Burnam.
PRAYER: Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, Sung Response (Come, Bring Your Burdens to God 2x #851)
OFFERTORY SOLO: “I am His, and He is Mine” music by James Mountain, arr. Jack Schrader; Jennifer Weiman, soprano
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
A warm welcome to Joyce Randolph who is leading our musical service today and next Sunday while Emily is on vacation.