July 5 Virtual Worship

July 4, 2020 by  
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This week, we invite you to join us for a virtual communion experience. Gather your own elements, and we can share them together.

As our Independence Day celebrations wind down, we pause to pray for peace and unity in our county and our world. Thank you for continuing to join us for our virtual worship experiences. And while we anxiously await the time when we may be able to worship together again, we will always put the health and safety of our members, friends and community first. Be safe, be healthy, and stay connected as best you can.

America

  1. My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing;
    Land where my fathers died, Land of the Pilgrim’s pride,
    From every mountain side Let freedom ring!
  2. Let music sweet the breeze, and ring from all the trees Sweet freedom’s song:
    Let mortal tongues awake, Let all that breathe partake;
    Let rocks their silence break, The sound prolong.

America the Beautiful

  1. O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain!
    America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
    And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!
  2. O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!
    America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!

Battle Hymn of the Republic

  1. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
    He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword; lory! glory, hallelujah!
    His truth is marching on.

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Glory! glory, hallelujah! Glory! glory, hallelujah!
Glory! glory, hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

  1. In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
    With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
    As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
    While God is marching on.

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Spirit

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Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness, calling and free,
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

  1. You move on the waters, you called to the deep,
    then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep,
    and over the eons you called to each thing,
    “Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”

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  1. You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand,
    and you gifted your people with a law and a land,
    When they were confounded with idols and lies,
    Then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.

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  1. You sand in a stable, you cried from a hill,
    then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still,
    and down in the city you called once again
    when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.

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  1. You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes,
    from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams;
    our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.
    With bold new decisions your people arise.

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June 28, 2020 Virtual Worship

June 28, 2020 by  
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https://youtu.be/w_woqAysXSA

This week’s hymns:

Psalm 89: I Will Sing of the Mercies

  1. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever, I will sing, I will sing.
    I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever, I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.
    With my mouth I will make known your faithfulness, your faithfulness;
    with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.
    I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever, I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.
  2. All the hosts of the angels sing God’s praise forever for the things he has done.
    All the hosts of the angels sing God’s praise forever,
    all the hosts of the angels sing God’s praise.
    Who can be compared to God in faithfulness, in faithfulness?
    Who can be compared to God in faithfulness to all generations?
    I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever, I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.

Help Us Accept Each Other

  1. Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
    Teach us as sister, brother each person to embrace.
    Be present, Lord, among us and bring us to believe.
    We are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.
  2. Teach us, O Lord, Your lessons, as in our daily life.
    We struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
    Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some;
    To love them as we find them, or as they may become.
  3. Let Your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved
    In living situations to do the truth in love;
    To practice Your acceptance until we know by heart
    The table of forgiveness and Laughter’s healing art.
  4. Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need,
    Who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,
    We need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on;
    Renew us with Your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!

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June 21 (Father’s Day) Virtual Worship

June 21, 2020 by  
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Happy Father’s Day from Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ.

About the United Church of Christ

Purpose Statement

To love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength 

and our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22)

Vision Statement

United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.

Mission Statement

United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace,

we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.      

This week’s worship hymns:

The Greatest Thing

1.         The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You;

            The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.

            I want to know You more, I want to know You more.

            The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.

2.         The greatest thing in all my life is loving You;

            The greatest thing in all my life is loving You;

            I want to love You more, I want to love you more.

            The greatest thing in all my life is loving You.

3.         The greatest thing in all my life is serving  You;

            The greatest thing in all my life is serving You;

            I want to serve You more, I want to serve You more.

            The greatest thing in all my life is serving You.

Hymn of Promise

1.         In the bulb there is a flower; In the seed, an apple tree;

            In cocoons, a hidden promise; Butterflies will soon be free!

            In the cold and snow of winter There’s a spring that waits to be,

            Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.

2.         There’s a song in evry silence, Seeking word and melody;

            There’s a dawn in every darkness, Bringing hope to you and me.

            From the past will come the future; What it holds, a mystery,

            Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.

3.         In our end is our beginning; In our time, infinity.

            In our doubt there is believing; in our life eternity.

            In our death a resurrection; At the last, a victory. 

            Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.

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June 14 Virtual Worship

June 14, 2020 by  
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We continue to offer virtual worship to protect the health and safety of our congregation and community.

’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

1.         ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His word;

            Just to rest son his promise; Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

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            Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!

            Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!

3.         Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, Just from sin and self to cease;

            Just from Jesus simply taking Life and rest, and joy and peace.

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4.         I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;

            And I know that thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end.

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Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love  

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            Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you

1.         Knelt at the feet of his friends, silently washing their feet,

            Jesu, You acted as servant to them.

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2.         Neighbors are rich and poor, varied in color and race,

            neighbors are near and far away.

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3.         These are the ones we should serve, these are the ones we should love;

            all these are neighbors to us and you.

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4.         Loving puts us on our knees, showing our faith by our deeds,

            serving the neighbors we have from you.

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5.         Kneel at the feet of his friends, silently washing their feet,

            This is the way we should live with you.

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June 7 Virtual Worship

June 7, 2020 by  
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Here are this week’s hymns.

Here I Am, Lord

  1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in deepest sin my hand will save.
    I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright,
    Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

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Here I am, Lord, Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

  1. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.
    I have wept for love of them, they turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?

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  1. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them, my hand will save.
    Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?

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We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations

  1. We’ve a story to tell to the nations That shall turn their hearts to the right,
    A story of the truth and mercy, A story of peace and light,
    A story of peace and light.

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For the darkness shall turn to dawning, And the dawning to noonday bright,
And Christ’s great kingdom shall come to earth, The kingdom of love and light.

  1. We’ve a song to be sung to the nations That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
    A song that shall conquer evil and shatter the spear and sword,
    And shatter the spear and sword.

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  1. We’ve a message to give to the nations That the Lord who reigneth above
    Hath sent us His Son to save us, And show us that God is love,
    And show us that God is love.

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  1. We’ve a Savior to show to the nations Who the path of sorrow hath Trod,
    That all of the world’s great peoples Might come to the truth of God,
    Might come to the truth of God.

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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

May 10, 2020 by  
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