May 31 Virtual Worship (Pentecost)

May 31, 2020 by  
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Today’s Hymns:

Come, Holy Spirit

  1. Come as a wisdom to children, Come as new sight to the blind,

            Come, Lord, as strength to my weakness, Take me; soul, body and mind.

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            Come, Holy Spirit, I need You, Come, sweet Spirit, I pray;

            Come in Your strength and Your power, Come in Your own gentle way.

2.         Come as a rest to the weary, Come as a balm for the sore,

            Come as a dew to my dryness; Fill me with joy evermore,

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3.         Come like a spring in the desert, Come to the withered of soul;

            O let Your sweet healing power Touch me and make me whole.

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Revive Us Again

1.         We praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy love,

            For Jesus who died and is now gone above.

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            Hallelujah! Thine the glory, Hallelujah! Amen;

            Hallelujah! Thine the glory; Revive us again.

2.         We Praise Thee, O God, for Thy Spirit of light,

            Who has shown us our Savior and scattered our night.

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3.         All glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain,

            Who has borne all our sins, and has cleansed every stain.

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4.         Revive us again, fill each heart with Thy love;

            May each soul be rekindled with fire from above.

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May 24 Virtual Worship

May 24, 2020 by  
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Even as St. Louis County slowly opens, we are continuing with virtual worship to protect the health of our congregation and community. Please continue to pray for healing and unity as the world starts moving again.

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

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All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small,
All thing wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

  1. Each little flow’r that opens, Each little bird that sings,
    He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.

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  1. The purple-headed mountain, The river running by,
    The sunset, and the morning That brightens up the sky.

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  1. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun
    The ripe fruits in the garden: He made them every one.

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  1. He gave us eyes to see them, He gave us lips to tell
    How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well.

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WE WILL GLORIFY

  1. We will glorify the King of kings, we will glorify the Lamb,
    We will glorify the Lord of lords, who is the great I Am.
  2. Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty, we will bow before His throne;
    we will worship Him in righteousness, we will worship Him alone.
  3. He is Lord of heaven, Lord of earth, He is Lord of all who live;
    He is lord above the universe, all praise to Him we give.
  4. Hallelujah to the King of kings, Hallelujah to the Lamb;
    Hallelujah to the Lord of lords, who is the great I Am.

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May 17 Virtual Worship

May 17, 2020 by  
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We are glad to have you (virtually) with us again this week, the sixth Sunday of Easter.

Over the next week, as the world slowly looks outside again, we encourage you to reach out (safely) to friends and family. The power of reconnection will be an incredible healing force as we move forward together.

This week’s hymns:

Be Thou My Vision

  1. Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
    Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art-
    Thou my best thought by day or by night,
    Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
  2. Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
    I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
    Thou my great Father, and I thy true son,
    Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
  3. Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise,
    Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
    Thou and Thou only be first in my heart,
    High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
  4. High King of heaven, my victory won,
    May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
    Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
    Still be my Vision, O ruler of all.

Because He Lives

  1. God sent His son, they called Him Jesus;
    He came to love, heal, and forgive;
    He lived and died to buy my pardon,
    An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

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Because He lives I can face tomorrow;
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

  1. How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
    And feel the pride and joy He gives;
    But greater still the calm assurance,
    This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

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  1. And then one day I’ll cross the river;
    I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
    and then as death gives way to victory,
    I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

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Eastertide Service from the Conference of Ministers

May 16, 2020 by  
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Thank you to the United Church of Christ Conference of Ministers for sharing this special worship.

If you would like to follow along, you click here to download the bulletin.

If you are unable to view the video, or would like to read along, click here to download the full transcript.

May 10 Virtual Worship

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May 3 Virtual Worship

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We are glad you could join us again for this week’s virtual worship, the fourth Sunday of Easter.

https://youtu.be/cHpWX20d_MA

More Love to Thee

  1. More love to Thee, O Christ, More love to thee!
    Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee;
    This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
    More love to Thee, More love to Thee!
  2. Once earthly joy I craved, Sought peace and rest;
    Now Thee alone I seek, Give what is best;
    This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
    More love to Thee, More love to Thee!
  3. Let sorrow do its work, Send grief and pain;
    Sweet are Thy messengers, Sweet their refrain;
    When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
    More love to Thee, More love to Thee!
  4. Then shall my latest breath Whisper Thy praise;
    This be the parting cry My heart shall raise;
    This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
    More love to Thee, More love to Thee!

Spirit Song

  1. O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love,
    let Him fill your life and satisfy your soul.
    O let him have the things that hold you and his Spirit, like a dove,
    will descend upon your life and make you whole.

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Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

  1. O come and sing t his song with gladness as you r hearts are filled with joy,
    lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name.
    O give him all your tears and sadness, give him all your years of pain
    and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.

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April 26 Virtual Worship

April 26, 2020 by  
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Of course we wish we could worship in person. However, we are blessed to be able to share this virtual experience with you.

Today’s scripture reading is Luke 24:13-35

Here, O My Lord, I See Thee

  1.  Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face;

       Here would I touch and handle things unseen,

       Here grasp with firmer hand h’eternal grace,

       And all my weariness upon Thee Lean.

3.    I have no help but Thine; nor do I need

       Another arm save Thine to lean upon;

       It is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;

       My strength is in Thy might, Thy might alone.

4.    Mine is the sin, but Thine the righteousness;

       Mine is the guilt, but Thine the cleansing blood.

       Here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace;

       Thy blood, Thy righteousness, O Lord, my God.

Shine, Jesus, Shine

Lord, the light of your love is shining

In the midst of the darkness, shining

Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us

Set us free by the truth you now bring us

Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine

Fill this land with the Father’s glory

Blaze, Spirit, blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow, river, flow

Flood the nations with grace and mercy

Send forth your word

Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence

From the shadows into your radiance

By the blood I may enter your brightness

Search me, try me, consume all my darkness

Shine on me, shine on me

As we gaze on your kingly brightness

So our faces display your likeness

Ever changing from glory to glory

Mirrored here may our lives tell your story

Shine on me, shine on me

April 19 Virtual Worship from the Missouri Mid-South Conference

April 18, 2020 by  
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Thank you to the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ for giving Pastor Dan and our worship leaders a chance to rest after a busy Holy Week.

They have provided this week’s Virtual Worship Experience.

Holy Week 2020: Easter Sunday

April 12, 2020 by  
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He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!The Christian high holy day of Easter Sunday is the joyous occasion when God’s Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!  

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s Truth which proclaims the life, the death and the resurrection from the dead of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Three days after the Crucifixion of Jesus, the Resurrection comes as an unexpected, astonishing (and, in certain instances, ‘terrifying!’  –  see the Gospel of Mark 16:8) surprise to Jesus’ disciples.

From the days of the Early Church, it has been a custom for Christian believers to greet one another joyously on Easter Sunday in the following responsive manner:  

One Christian begins by saying, “Christ is risen!”

Next, a second Christian responds, “Christ is risen indeed!” 

In the Christian faith, Easter Sunday is called Resurrection Day.  This is the pinnacle event for Christianity and the pinnacle date in the entire Christian Church Year.  Another name which sometimes is given to Easter Sunday is “The Day of days!”  This name aptly describes the ultimate status of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Nothing tops it.  The meaning of Christ’s Resurrection (Easter Sunday) is that God’s power is greater than every other power, including sin and death.

Christ Jesus is alive…  alive today!

Jesus is risen from the grave.

There’s nothing there but an empty tomb!

Easter means that Jesus is still alive!

Christ is risen!  Alleluia!

View our Easter Sunday worship here.

Today’s Hymns

Christ the Lord is Risen Today  #268

Christ the Lord is risen today!  Al-le-lu-ia! 

Sons of men and angels say:  Al-le-lu-ia! 

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Al-le-lu-ia! 

Sing, ye heav’n, and earth reply, Al-le-lu-ia! 

2. Lives again our glorious King, Al-le-lu-ia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting?  Al-le-lu-ia!

Dying once, He all doth save:  Al-le-lu-ia!

Where thy victory, O grave?  Al-le-lu-ia!

3. Love’s redeeming work is done, Al-le-lu-ia! 

Fought the fight, the battle won; Al-le-lu-ia! 

Death in vain forbids Him rise; Al-le-lu-ia!

Christ has opened Paradise!  Al-le-lu-ia!

4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Al-le-lu-ia! 

Following our exalted Head; Al-le-lu-ia! 

Made like Him, like Him we rise; Al-le-lu-ia! 

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.  Al-le-lu-ia! 

Our God Reigns!  #290

Who brings good news, good news.

Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness.

Our God reigns, Our God reigns!

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Our God reigns!  Our God reigns!

Our God reigns!

Our God reigns!

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That we should be  –  drawn to Him.

He was despised, and we took no account of Him.

Yet now He reigns with the Most High.

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He is alive, He is alive!

God loves us so, see here His hands, His feet, His side.

Yes, we know, He is alive!

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Holy Week 2020: Good Friday

April 10, 2020 by  
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A crown casts a shadow of thorns.

The Christian high holy day of Good Friday is the somber occasion when God’s Church remembers and grieves with deep sorrow the Crucifixion of Christ.

The Seven Last Words of Christ spoken from the Cross:

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

“Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son.”  Then Jesus said to the disciple, “This is your mother.” John 19:26-27

“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

“I am thirsty.” John 19:28

“It is finished.” John 19:30

“Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46

After this final, spoken word, Jesus breathed his last.  As Matthew 27:50 states, “And when Jesus had cried out again with a loud voice; he gave up the ghost (breath).”

Jesus Christ died on the cross.  The End.

Tonight’s Hymn

Beneath the Cross of Jesus

1. Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand –
The shadow of a mighty Rock Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noon-tide heat, And the burden of the day.

2. Upon that cross of Jesus Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart with tears Two wonders I confess –
The wonders of redeeming love And my unworthiness.

3. I take, O cross, thy shadow For my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than The sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by, To know no gain nor loss,
My sinful self my only shame, My glory all the Cross.

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