PENTECOST: Service of Reflections and Songs
PRELUDE There’s Something About That Name Carillon Bell Choir
CALL TO WORSHIP: -Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
It’s a brand new day, Jesus,
a shining Sunday that’s just been born
and has only twenty-four hours to live it up.
This day is a special one for me
for no reason except that I choose to make is special
and the choice is mine.
Today I want to tune into my feelings and accept them,
to wake the joy that lies sleeping beneath a blanket of everydayness
and say, “ It’s time to get up and celebrate–
this is the Lord’s day– and mine!”
I want to worship you, Lord, with all the stops out,
to sing a hymn like I mean it for a change,
to dance with tambourines and drums and shouts of joy,
just like you told us to in olden days.
I want to dance like David and pray like Paul
and find out what halleluia really means.
Help me to shake loose from my hang-ups
and feel the freedom to be spontaneous and fully alive,
Today I want to go to church, unafraid to laugh or cry
or show the human feelings that I hold inside.
And when the hour has ended, please make the meaning of it last.
Help me to be free to touch a stranger with my eyes without shyness,
free to touch a lonely person with my hands in your name,
free to do whatever I feel like doing that honors you.
I’d like to give my love and my life to you, Lord.
—Merilee Zdenek, God is a Verb
Scottish Worship Carol
St. Andrew’s Choir
CELEBRATING THE FAMILY OF FAITH
JOYS AND CONCERNS
WELCOME OF NEW MEMBERS
CELEBRATING GRADUATES Graduates of 2017 Slideshow
I like an open door for children in our home,
where they can come and go with friends
and know there’s always room for more faces at the table—
more sleeping bags on the floor.
I like a house that’s full of kids,
But on days when it’s not like that at all,
and the house is full of tattling,
hang in there with me,
give me the wisdom of Solomon,
the patience of Job,
the perception of Freud,
if you think I’m asking too much,
then just give me the faith
to relax in you
and the insight to remember how it was.
–Merilee Zdenek, God is a Verb
We worship the Lord who surrounds our family,
our church family and our community
with his love and promise of eternal life.
We worship the Lord who said:
“Let the children come to me.
Don’t stop them.
For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.
I tell you the truth,
anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.
Then Jesus took the children in his arms
and placed his hands on their heads
and blessed them.” –Mark 10:14-16
In the Hands of the Lord
St. Andrew’s Choir
PRESENTATION OF GIFTS
Hymn #606 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Prayer of Dedication
PRAYER OF CONFESSION Rev. Cathi -1 Cor. 12: 4-7
There are different kinds of gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit.
There are different ways to serve but the same Lord to serve.
And there are different ways that God works through people but the same God.
God works in all of us in everything we do.
Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person, for the common good.
We have been given gifts and talents. O God have mercy on us:
for failing to recognize from whom they have been given and taking credit,
for failing to see them in others and make space for their expression,
for allowing them to lie dormant or underdeveloped because we are afraid,
for using them in exploitative ways — for self gain or manipulation of others.
You have gifted each one of us and all of us with different ways and means to serve you and each other for the common good. Remind us, forgive us, renew us we pray.
ASSURANCE OF GRACE AND FORGIVENESS
HYMN #581 Glory Be to the Father
PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.
SERMON IN SONG
We worship the God of the Old Testament,
of Elijah and Moses,
the God Jehovah who created the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 33 vs 6-9: “The Lord merely spoke and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word and all the Stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke the world began!
It appeared at his command.”
I AM Who I AM
I am your refuge and your strength.
I am your ever present help in time of danger.
I am exalted among the nations.
I am exalted in the earth.
I am your shelter and your fortress.
I am your shepherd,
I am your shield,
I am your rock.
I am your helper and your keeper.
I am the one who never slumbers;
the one who knows when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am love,
I am light,
I am life.
I am with you always;
I am yours and you are mine.
Be still and know I am who I am.
—Compilation by Rev. King
Days of Elijah
St. Andrew’s Choir
I loved my uncle’s ranch when I was a child.
There was space to run unhampered
And freedom to explore.
The dust lay inches thick upon the trails
And running barefoot down a path of sifted powder
Was a sumptuous sort of feel.
The bard was my playground full of animated toys,
The loft was full of hay and mice and fairly friendly spiders.
The mint grew wild and plush beside the creek.
My aunt made berry pies
And the smell would seek me out
Anywhere I played around the house.
I rode my cousin’s palomino horse
Through fantasies that never seemed to end.
If I’m careful, Lord, I can edit these thoughts and forget
That I got a bee sting when I picked the mint
And burned my tongue time and again on the berry pies
Because I never seemed to learn and couldn’t wait
That the barn smelled just awful
And the horse made my bottom sore
And the dust that felt like sifted powder
Made me sneeze all summer
If I’m careful, I can forget these things.
But if I’m wise,
I can remember that all of life has both things in it
And I may choose which part to hold to me.
–Marilee Zdenek, God is a Verb!
What a Wonderful World, George Reasoner, soloist
St. Andrew’s Choir
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Sharing of the Supper
Prayer for the Church
SENDING HYMN #66 Every Time I Feel the Spirit
CHORAL BENEDICTION: Go Ye Now in Peace