The People Need Healing!

The People Need Healing!

Order of Worship Service, November 15, 2020   11:00 am (Printable PDF)
(Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am.  Livestream will be cross-posted here ASAP once the livestream starts) 

PRELUDE: Great Day—spiritual, setting by Emma Lou Diemer
HYMN: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (#1  Glory to God)

In the stillness of the quiet,
if we listen,
we can hear the whisper of the heart
giving strength to weakness,
courage to fear,
hope to despair.
There is something
in every one of you
that waits and listens
for the sound of the genuine
in yourself.
It is the only true guide you will ever have.
And if you cannot hear it,
then all of your life
you will spend your days
on the ends of strings
that somebody else pulls.
Listen to this long stillness:
New life is stirring.
New dreams are on the wing.
New hopes are being readied.
God is at work.
This is the season of Promise. Amen.
—Howard Thurman

SUNG RESPONSE:  We’ve Come This Far by Faith (words altered for Westport)
SCRIPTURE:     Matthew 13:1-13,      Matthew 14:13-34
SUNG RESPONSE: Great Day! (2 stanzas)   #445      Blue Presbyterian Hymnal

Stanza 3:   We call in all courageous souls!
God’s going to build up Zion’s walls!
To join in reaching freedom’s goal!
God’s going to build up Zion’s walls!

SERMON:  The People Need Healing! (transcript PDF)
CHORAL ANTHEM: Down to the River to Pray— arr. Sheldon Curry
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: — with comments by people on FB (You can also email prayer requests to during office hours)
the Lord’s Prayer

SUNG RESPONSE: Jesus, We Are Here (#392)
          1. English: Jesus We Are here
          2.Teacher, We Are Here
          Shona: Jesu tawa pano
OFFERTORY SOLO: On Eagle’s Wings—Michael Joncas, arr. Jack Schrader; sung by Neal Long, tenor
                 Offering link

May all beings everywhere
plagued with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think  of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves
in trackless, fearful  wilderness—
the children, the aged, the unprotected–
be guarded now and always. Amen.
–Buddhist prayer

HYMN: Blest Be the Ties That Bind (#306    Glory to God)
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Lead Me, Guide Me (sing twice) #740
POSTLUDE: Courante and Minuet— George Frederich  Handel

Pastor- Scott Myers
Piano- Emily Davidson
Choir- Josh Stark, Neil Long, Jennifer Weiman, Em WitbolsFeugen
Camera/Facebook/Prayer requests: Deanna Capps
Webpage- Martine Roesel


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