Service of Healing at 20th Anniversary of 9/11 attacks
Sept 12, 2021 11:00 am
PRELUDE: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11- Samuel Barber; Arranged for keyboard by Laurence Rosen (Synchronized with images from a slide show created by Rev Scott for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Concert—led by Westport Center for the Arts, Westport Presbyterian Church, Medical Arts Symphony of KU Medical Center, Westport Presbyterian Church and Community Christian Church, Sept. 11, 2011)
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Pastor: Siyahamba! We are praying in the Light of God for healing today.
People: Being human! Being alive!—is a journey of healing.
Pastor: The earth needs healing.
People: The sky needs healing.
Pastor: Tree families, flower families—
People: Animal families, plant families— all need healing.
Pastor: How healing happens is both knowable and unknowable!
People: Wounds closing is knowable. Therapies strengthen. Medicines work.
Pastor: More unknowable is the process by which resentments & regrets melt.
People How does a person climb out of despair?
Pastor: Remain buoyant amidst depression?
People; Turn fear into faithfulness?—
Pastor: Healing is a hidden spring which runs with constant, quiet power.
People: Healing is loving encounter which connects one soul to another,
Pastor: Siyahamba! We are praying in the Healing Light of God.
HYMN: Bright Morning Stars
UNISON CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
We are a light. We are the light. We must never let anyone — any person or any force — dampen, dim or diminish our light. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.” —John Lewis
SUNG RESPONSE: Halle, Halle, Halle, Hallelujah! (sing twice) GTG591
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 121 Matthew 5:1-12
SUNG RESPONSE: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying GTG 469
SERMON: Healing, Hope & the Mission of Jesus Followers Today!
HYMN: There Is a Balm in Gilead GTG792
CHORAL ANTHEM: Nearer, My God, to Thee—Georgian Toole
PRAYER: Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer,
SUNG RESPONSE: Jesus, We Are Here (both stanzas) GTG392
OFFERTORY SOLO: His Eye Is on the Sparrow-Charles H. Gabriel; Jennifer Weiman, mezzo soprano
UNISON PRAYER OF DEDICATION: May we know the honor of being a human being. May we share the honor of being a human being. Let us unite a frightened world by acts of kindness. Hate has no home here. Let hate have no home wherever we are. Love our enemies. Replace apathy with curiosity. Violence with community. May our capacity for God be reborn. Amen.
HYMN: Comfort, Comfort You, My People
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Lead Me, Guide Me GTG740
POSTLUDE: Quiet Peace—Gerald Peterson
*Noontime Concert this Friday, Sept 17, 12:00 p.m.
Christina Webster, flute, Tabitha Reist, harp. Music of Bach, Krumpholtz, Donizetti, and Inghelbrecht.
Free (donations appreciated), masks required, social distancing as in worship service, no food or drink for now.
*Rev Scott will be off duty for two weeks, starting this Wednesday, Sept. 15, returning Wednesday, Sept 29. Rev Eric Garbison will lead worship on Sept 19 and Sept. 26. Rev Eric will also be available for hospital visits, pastoral calling.
*Look ahead to Sunday, Oct. 3 worship service for another Dialogue Sermon between Micah Rose Emerson and Rev Scott. They will be going deeper into the subject of “What is Racism? What is Anti-Racism?” Micah is the anti-racist organizer and educator for the Presbyterian Urban and Immigrant Ministry Network of Heartland Presbytery.