July 11 Livestream – Joy!

Today is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Gather with us on this day with Joy as we thank God. Worship with us today on YouTube, and remember you are invited to be here in person next week.

July 11 Livestream – JOY!

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Welcome to this house of prayer.
All: We are on holy ground.
One: The Church is God’s sanctuary where everyone is welcome.
All: All people are God’s guests here.
One: It is a blessing to join together in worship.
All: Let us praise God!

*HYMN – All Creatures of Our God and King – #33

  1. All crea-tures of our God and King,
    Lift up your voice and with us sing
    Al-le-lu-ia, Al-le-lu-ia!
    Thou burn-ing sun with gold-en beam,
    Thou silv-er moon with soft-er gleam,
    O praise Him, O praise Him
    Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!
  2. Thou rush-ing wind that art so strong,
    Ye clouds that sail in heav’n a-long,
    O praise Him, Al-le-lu-ia!
    Thou ris-ing morn in praise re-joice,
    Ye lights of eve-ning, find a voice,
    O praise Him, O praise Him
    Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!
  3. Thou flow-ing wa-ter, pure and clear,
    Make mu-sic for thy Lord to hear,
    Al-le-lu-ia, Al-le-lu-ia!
    Thou fire so mas-ter-ful and bright,
    That giv-est man both warmth and light,
    O praise Him, O praise Him
    Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!
  4. And all ye men of ten-der heart,
    For-giv-ing others, take your part,
    O sing ye, Al-le-lu-ia!
    Ye who long pain and sor-row bear,
    Praise God and on Him cast your care,
    O praise Him, O praise Him
    Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!
  5. Let all things their Cre-a-tor bless,
    And wor-ship Him in hum-ble-ness,
    O praise Him, Al-le-lu-ia!
    Praise, praise the Fa-ther, praise the Son,
    And praise the Spir-it, three in one,
    O praise Him, O praise Him
    Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!

*PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
We gather to thank you, Gracious God. Hear our praises! Even in our darkest moments you surround us with a love which is stronger than all of our difficulties, doubts or fears. In worship together, we express our joys and our sorrows. Dear God, you share in all of our emotions, and we are deeply grateful for your genuine caring.
Living God, you are the One who makes us whole. Come to us now, that we may receive glimpses of your Realm Eternal, which is far larger and grander than the conventional focus of our narrow, daily concerns. In the blessed name of Jesus; we await your Word. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – Seek Ye First – #615

Seek ye first the King-doom of God,
And his right-eous-ness.
And all these things should be add-ed un-to you!
Al-le-lu, al-le-lu ia!

*HYMN – Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee – #13

  1. Joy-ful, joy-ful, we a-dore Thee,
    God of glory, Lord of love;
    Hearts un-fold like flow’rs be-fore Thee,
    Open-in to the sun a-bove.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sad-ness;
    Drive the dark of doubt a-way;
    Giv-er of im-mor-tal glad-ness,
    Fill us with the light of day
  2. All Thy works with joy sur-round Thee,
    Earth and heav’n re-flect Thy rays,
    Stars and an-gels sing a-round Thee,
    Cen-ter of un-bro-ken praise.
    Field and for-est, vale and mount-ain,
    Flow-dry mead-ow, flash-ing sea,
    Chant-ing bird and flow-ing fountain
    Call us to rejoice in Thee.
  3. Thou art giv-ing and for-giv-ing,
    Ev-er bless-ing, ev-er blest,
    Well-spring of the joy of liv-ing,
    Oc-ean-depth of hap-py rest!
    Thou our Fa-ther, Christ our Bro-ther—
    All who live in love are Thine;
    Teach us how to love each oth-er,
    Lift us to the joy di-vine.
  4. Mor-tals join the might-y cho-rus
    Which the morn-ing stars be-gan;
    Fa-ther love is reign-ing o’er us,
    Bro-ther love binds man to man.
    Ev-er sing-ing, march we on-ward,
    Vic-tors in the midst of strife;
    Joy-ful mu-sic leads us sun-ward
    In the tri-umph song of life.

    CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Tara Lowry

    GOD’S WORD – Psalm 48 – Pastor Dan

    SPECIAL MUSIC – God of Wonders (Hindalong) – Sarah Wilson, Trumpet

    GOD’S WORD – Mark 6:1-13 – Pastor Dan

    SERMON – Pastor Dan PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts… debtors) – Pastor Dan

*HYMN – Lord of the Dance – worship booklet, pp. 66-67

  1. I danced in the morn-ing when the world was be-gun,
    And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
    And I came down from heav-en and I danced on the earth.
    At Beth-le-hem I had my birth.

Refrain:
Dance, then, wher-ev-er you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.
And I’ll lead you all wher-ev-er you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

  1. I danced for the scribe and the Phar-i-see,
    But they would not dance and they would not foll-ow me;
    I danced for the fish-er-men, for James and John;
    They came to me and the dance went on.

Refrain

  1. I danced on the sab-bath when I cured the lame,
    The ho-ly peo-ple said it was a shame;
    They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high;
    And they left me there on a cross to die.

Refrain

  1. I danced on a Fri-day and the sky turned black;
    It’s hard to dance with the de-vil on your back;
    They bur-ied my bo-dy and they thought I’d gone
    But I am the dance and I still go on.

Refrain

  1. They cut me down and I leapt up high,
    I am the life that’ll ne-ver, ne-ver die;
    I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me;
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

Refrain
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*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

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July 4 Livestream – Healing Powers

Happy Independence Day! We invite you to join us today for a patriotic hymn sing during worship. If you are joining us online, please also be sure to gather elements of communion so we can celebrate as one.

Unfortunately we ran into a technical glitch on Sunday, July 4 and were unable to capture the livestream of our worship service. Please join us next week!

July 4, 2021 – Healing Powers
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

WELCOME

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: God is gracious and merciful.
All: God is abounding in steadfast love.
One: Come to the refreshing waters God provides.
All: Come, all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens.
One: The gentle Spirit of Christ invites us.
All: We have come to find rest for our souls.

*HYMN – Patriotic Hymn Sing
(verses 1 and 4 of each hymn)
America – #602
America the Beautiful – #600
The Battle Hymn of the Republic – #604

*PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
God of our ancestors, we worship you. We thank you for our precious homeland. Help us, Dear God, to continue moving toward a time when freedom truly will ring for all people. You are the One who clothes us with joy and fills us with hope. Yours is a love mightier than any danger or fear. We praise you for our nation. We praise you for this church. Fill us with life in this place so that we may learn to serve you in all places. You are God of the past and of the future. Lead us as you always have led your people, O God of Wisdom and Promise. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – Gloria Patri – #620

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 30 – Pastor Dan

SPECIAL MUSIC
Valerie Waterman, Vocalist
Julie McAllister, Piano

GOD’S WORD – Mark 5:21-43 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – We Come As Guests Invited – #258

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

*Congregational Choice Hymn
This Is My Song – worship booklet, p. 88

*BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

*POSTLUDE

June 27 Livestream – Joyful Giving

We are blessed to welcome the Rev. Brenda Booth, Executive Director, Isaiah 58 Ministries.
Thank you, Brenda, for leading worship today. May Jesus Christ be praised!

We are blessed to welcome the Rev. Brenda Booth, Executive Director, Isaiah 58 Ministries. Thank you, Brenda, for leading worship today. May Jesus Christ be praised!

WELCOME – Linda Lowry

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Linda Lowry
One: Sing praises to God; O faithful ones!
All: God hears our cries, and God knows our sorrows.
One: Where there was no way,
All: God leads us on a new path.
One: Where there was no mercy,
All: God surprises us with healing.
One: Where many tears were cried,
All: God invites us to try a new dance step!

*HYMN – Help Us Accept Each Other – #127

  1. Help us ac-cept each oth-er as Christ ac-cept-ed us;
    Teach us as sis-ter, broth-er each per-son to em-brace.
    Be pres-ent, Lord, a-mong us and bring us to be-lieve
    We are our-selves ac-cept-ed and meant to love and live.
  2. Teach us, O Lord, Your les-sons, as in our dai-ly life
    We strug-gle to be hu-man and search for hope and faith.
    Teach us to care for peo-ple, for all, not just for some;
    To love them as we find them, or as they may be-come.
  3. Let Your ac-cept-ance change us, so that we may be moved
    In liv-ing sit-u-a-tions to do the truth in love;
    To prac-tice Your ac-cept-ance un-til we know by heart
    The ta-ble of for-give-ness and laugh-ter’s heal-ing art.
  4. Lord, for to-day’s en-coun-ters with all who are in need,
    Who hun-ger for ac-cept-ance, for right-eous-ness and bread
    We need new eyes for see-ing, new hands for hold-ing on;
    Re-new us with Your Spir-it; Lord, free us, make us one!

*PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Linda Lowry
God of Self-giving Love; you call on us to share one another’s burdens, by allowing others to care for us in our times of need and by offering all that you enable us to give to others in their time of need. With the fullness of joy that you provide, God; we seek to offer your people food, shelter, kindness, mercy, and blessings of every kind.
Faithful Savior; you ask us to trust that you have power to bring to life new possibilities in situations where it had seemed that there was no hope.
Christ Jesus, come to us now during this time of worship.
Teach us to embrace the Way of Life which you continue inviting us to live.
May our desires become your desires;
may our work become your work;
may our community become your faith community where you above all are loved and served. We pray in your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

*RESPONSE – Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart – worship booklet, p. 42

Give thanks with a grate-ful heart,
Give thanks to the Ho-ly One,
Give thanks be-cause He’s giv-en Je-sus Christ His Son.
Give thanks with a grate-ful heart,
Give thanks to the Ho-ly One,
Give thanks be-cause He’s giv-en Je-sus Christ His Son
And now let the weak say “I am strong,”
Let the poor say “I am rich,”
Be-cause of what the Lord has done for us
And now let the weak say “I am strong,”
Let the poor say “I am rich,”
Be-cause of what the Lord has done for us.
Give thanks,
Give thanks.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Tara Lowry

GOD’S WORD – Matthew 25:31-40 – Brenda Booth

SPECIAL MUSIC – There Is a Balm in Gilead (McDonald) – Anna DiVesta and Sarah Heend

GOD’S WORD – Isaiah 58:6-12 – Brenda Booth

SERMON – Brenda Booth

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Brenda Booth
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – Reach Out and Touch – #505

  1. Reach out and touch a soul that is hun-gry;
    Reach out and touch a spir-it in de-spair;
    Reach out and touch a life torn and dirt-y,
    A man who is lone-ly if you care!
    Reach out and touch that neigh-bor who hates you;
    Reach out and touch that stran-ger who meets you;
    Reach out and touch the broth-er who needs you;
    Reach out and let the smile of God touch thro’ you
  2. Reach out and touch a friend who is wea-ry;
    Reach out and touch a seek-er un-a-ware;
    Reach out and touch, tho’ touch-ing means lo-sing
    A part of your own self if you care!
    Reach out and give your love to the love-less;
    Reach out and make a home for the home-less;
    Reach out and shed God’s light in the dark-ness;
    Reach out and let the smile of God touch thro’ you.

*BENEDICTION – Brenda Booth

*POSTLUDE – Anna DiVesta

June 20 Livestream – In the Boat Together

A Happy and Blessed Fathers Day. We hope this worship experience renews your body, mind and soul.

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Over and over, Jesus comes down to the lakeshore.
All: All he’s asking is for us to follow.
One: The fullness of God is beyond us.
All: Yet, on occasion, we are given glimpses of God.
One: Jesus looks into our eyes and calls out our names.
All: God is with all people at all times.

*HYMN – Shout to the North (Martin Smith)

  1. Men of faith, rise up and sing Of the great and glorious King. You are strong when you feel weak
    In your bro-ken-ness complete.
    Shout to the north and the south; Sing to the east and the west;
    Je-sus is Sav-ior to all, Lord of Heaven and earth!
    1. Rise up, women of the truth. Stand and sing to bro-ken hearts,
      Who can know the heal-ing pow’r
      Of our awe-some King of love.
      Shout to the north and the south; Sing to the east and the west;
      Je-sus is Sav-ior to all, Lord of Heaven and earth!
      We’ve been thru fire. We’ve been thru rain.
      We’ve been re-fined by the pow’r of His name.
      We’ve fal-len deep-er in love with you. You’ve burned the truth on our lips.
  2. Rise up, Church with broken wings. Fill this place with songs again Of our God who reigns on high.
    By His grace again we’ll fly!
    Shout to the north and the south; Sing to the east and the west;
    Je-sus is Sav-ior to all, Lord of Heaven and earth!

*PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
We sing your praises, O God; for you are gracious to your children in the course of so many storms. When dangers threaten, you give us the strength to carry on. God of Peace, you are the One who enables us to give to the winds our fears. Because of you, we can trust and be un-afraid. You are a Compassionate God who fulfills each one of your promises.
We have come to worship you this morning, Eternal God. May we listen closely for your voice – the One True Voice, Merciful and Mighty; whom we frequently find difficult to hear. Like the wild and restless sea – may we be still; know that you are God; and obey you. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – God Will Make a Way – worship booklet, p. 44

God will make a way where there seems to be no way.
He works in ways we can not see,
He will make a way for me.
He will be my guide, hold me close-ly to His side,
With love and strength for each new day, He will make a way,
He will make a way.

GOD’S WORD – Job 38:1-7, 16-18 – Pastor Dan

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Sue Wilson

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 107:1, 23-30 – Pastor Dan

SPECIAL MUSIC – River in Judea –arr. Leavitt
Sarah Heend, Sue Wilson and Anna DiVesta, Vocalists
Aaron DiVesta, Saxophone

GOD’S WORD – Mark 4:35-41 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – Spirit – worship booklet, pp. 82-83

Chorus: Spirit, Spirit of gen-tle-ness,
Blow through with wil-der-ness, call-ing and free,
Spirit, Spirit of rest-less-ness,
Stir me from plac-id-ness, wind, wind on the sea

You moved on the wa-ters, you called to the deep,
Then you coaxed up the moun-tains from the val-leys of sleep,
And o-ver the e-ons you called to each thing,
“A-wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”

Chorus: Spirit, Spirit of gen-tle-ness,
Blow through with wil-der-ness, call-ing and free,
Spirit, Spirit of rest-less-ness,
Stir me from plac-id-ness, wind, wind on the sea

You swept through the des-ert, you stung with the sand
And you gift-ed your peo-ple with a law and a land,
When they were con-found-ed with i-dols and lies,
Then you spoke through your proph-ets to o-pen their eyes

Chorus: Spirit, Spirit of gen-tle-ness,
Blow through with wil-der-ness, call-ing and free,
Spirit, Spirit of rest-less-ness,
Stir me from plac-id-ness, wind, wind on the sea

You sang in a sta-ble, you cried from a hill,
Then you whis-pered in si-lence when the whole world was still
And down in the cit-y you called once a-gain
When you blew through your peo-ple on the rush of the wind.

Chorus: Spirit, Spirit of gen-tle-ness,
Blow through with wil-der-ness, call-ing and free,
Spirit, Spirit of rest-less-ness,
Stir me from plac-id-ness, wind, wind on the sea

You call from to-mor-row, you break an-cient schemes,
From the bond-age of sor-row the cap-tives dream dreams;
Our wom-en see vi-sions, our men clear their eyes.
With bold new de-ci-sions your peo-ple a-rise

Chorus: Spirit, Spirit of gen-tle-ness,
Blow through with wil-der-ness, call-ing and free,
Spirit, Spirit of rest-less-ness,
Stir me from plac-id-ness, wind, wind on the sea

*BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

*POSTLUDE – Anna DiVesta

June 13 Virtual Worship – Flourishing

Are you flourishing? And are you helping others do the same? This week’s readings invite us to explore how Jesus describes the Kingdom of God as a seed, inviting us all to take part in helping it take root.

Here’s this week’s order for worship:

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan

We marvel at God’s miracles!

The Realm of God is like a mustard seed – at once, great and small.

Each enormous mustard shrub grows from a small mustard seed.

Faith is similar. Even a tiny amount of faith in God can do big things.

May we worship God with all the faith we have.

Then God will grow us – helping us to extend our branches,
so that the world may be shaded with God’s love.

*HYMN – For the Fruit of All Creation – #591

  1. For the fruit of all creation, Thanks be to God.
    For his Gifts to every nation, Thanks be to God.
    For the plowing, sowing, reaping, Silent growth while we are sleeping,
    Future needs in earth’s safekeeping, Thanks be to God.
  2. n the just reward of labor, god’s will is done.
    In the help we give our neighbor, God’s will is done.
    In our worldwide task of caring For the hungry and despairing,
    In the harvests we are sharing, God’s will is done.
  3. For the harvests of the Spirit, Thanks be to God.
    For the good we all inherit, Thanks be to God.
    For the wonders that astound us, For the truths that still confound us,
    Most of all, that love has found us, Thanks be to God.

*PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
Nourishing God, we do not know how faith grows any more than we know how seeds grow. We live in hopes that you, O God, will grow faith within us – first little blades of awakening, then ears of obedience, and finally the full grain of maturity into the likeness of Christ. As we prepare to worship you, till us as you would tend the soil. This is holy ground. Cultivate us in your fertile soil. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE Where the Spirit of the Lord Is – #142

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace;
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is love.
There is comfort in life’s darkest hour,
there is light and life, there is help and power
in the Spirit, in the Spirit of the Lord.

GOD’S WORD 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-7 – Pastor Dan

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Jo Ann Moody

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 84:1-3 – Pastor Dan

SPECIAL MUSIC – Bow the Knee (Sterling) – Anna DiVesta

GOD’S WORD – Mark 4:26-34 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – We Are a New Creation – worship booklet, p. 91

  1. We are a new creator Of Christ, the living Word.
    Our songs of jubilation Shall everywhere be heard.
    New life blooms fresh and glorious For those who heed the call
    Of Christ, ho reign victorious O’er sin and death and all.
  2. We are a new creation Of God for this new day.
    As partners let us follow The life, the truth, the way.
    Christ bids us work together As colleagues, old and young,
    As women, men, and nations, God’s folk of every tongue.
  3. We are a new creation For service here on earth.
    We live our faith in action nTo tell our Savior’s worth.
    Let love and justice blending Now show for all to see
    God’s grace is never ending. It reaches you and me.
  4. We are a new creator By God’s own gracious hand,
    Old burdens cast behind us, A daring future planned.
    In ministry and mission, United let us live,
    In Christ a shining vision To God’s wide world to give.

*BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

*POSTLUDE – Anna DiVesta

June 6 Virtual Worship – The Will of God

Are you ready and willing to fulfill the will of God? Join us as we hear Jesus’ words as we look for guidance and direction from our Creator.

June 6 Virtual Worship – T h e W i l l o f G o d

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Praise God, who fills hearts with joy!
All: Glory be to God!
One: Praise God, who fills the future with promise.
All: O give thanks to God; for God’s steadfast love endures forever!

*HYMN – All Things Bright and Beautiful – #65

REFRAIN
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small,
All things 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.

REFRAIN

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

REFRAIN

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

REFRAIN

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

*UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
God of steadfast love, we long for a clear understanding of your will. Our hearts seek you. Our ears listen closely for your voice. Guide us. May this time of worship draw us to you, Christ Jesus – blessing us with a sense of direction for our lives as vital parts of your whole Church. Renew us from within, we pray; so that nothing we face will frighten or discourage us. With amazement, we marvel at the splendor of your works, Creator God! Fill us with an ever-growing love for you. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord; Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You, I want to see You, I want to see You.
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord; Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You, I want to see You.

To see you high and lifted up, Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your power and love As we sing holy, holy, holy.

REPEAT

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Holy, Holy, Holy,
Holy, Holy, Holy,
I want to see You.

REPEAT

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 130 – Pastor Dan

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Dottie Foster

SPECIAL MUSIC – By His Grace (Tornquist) – Anna DiVesta

GOD’S WORD – Mark 3:20-35 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – One Bread, One Body – worship booklet, pp. 72-73

REFRAIN
One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

  1. Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.

REFRAIN

  1. Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.

REFRAIN

  1. Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all.

REFRAIN

THE JOYFUL SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Responsive Invitation to Christ’s Table
One: Jesus Christ invites, “As you eat this bread, remember me.”
All: Through the broken bread, we remember the sacrifice of Christ.
One: Jesus Christ invites, “As you drink this cup, remember me.”
All: Through the communion cup, we remember the love of Christ.
One: The gifts of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God. Our Savior welcomes everyone to this table!

*HYMN – I Then Shall Live – #133

  1. I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
    I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
    I know my name is clear before my Father;
    I am His child, and I am not afraid.
    So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother;
    The law of love I gladly will obey.
  2. I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
    I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving, too.
    I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
    I dare to see another’s point of view.
    And when relationships demand commitment,
    Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
  3. Your kingdom come around and thru and in me,
    Your pow’r and glory, let them shine thru me;
    Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
    And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
    The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
    And may You feed a hungry world thru me.

*BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

*POSTLUDE – Anna DiVesta

UPDATED: How to join us for worship

The world continues to change around us – but we want you to know you are always welcome at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ. This is the core of who we are – and even as it seems like things are pushing us apart, we want it to be easy to bring everyone together.

We gather for worship every Sunday at 10 a.m. If you know Ivy Chapel, that sometimes means 10:02 a.m. maybe 10:05. Check our Facebook page for updates – we’ll post there if there is a delay.

Here’s how to join us:

In person
You can join us in the sanctuary for worship each Sunday as long as the COVID-19 numbers do not spike again in St. Louis county. Masks are required while you are in the building and you will be seated in a socially distanced manner. Reservations are no longer required. You may join us anytime you want.

Online
We have recently started using a new AV system which changed how we stream worship. Worship will stream live on the Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ YouTube channel. You will find links at the top of this site and on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We’re ready to help you find a way to worship with us that works for you.


May 30 Virtual Worship – Trinity Sunday

A Blessed Memorial Day Weekend to you.

Click here to join us for virtual worship, starting around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Here’s today’s order for worship:

Mysterious Encounter
Trinity Sunday

Welcome to Ivy Chapel UCC. A blessed Memorial Day Weekend to all.

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Abby Foehrkolb

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Be joyful! God is within us and among us.
All: God is watching over all creation.
One: God listens, and God responds.
All: God raises us up on eagles’ wings! Praise God!

*HYMN – Holy, Holy, Holy – #2

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
    Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
  2. Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore Thee,
    Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
    Which wert and art, and evermore shalt be.
  3. Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
    Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
    Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
    Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
  4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty.
    All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
    Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

*UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
Faithful and Loving God, you are beyond all that we can imagine. There simply are no human words that can fully describe you. We know you best as Jesus of Nazareth who offered genuine love to everyone. As Jesus, you call for our rebirth as your children, cleansed by water and the Spirit. This morning, we worship you in fulfillment of the vows made at our baptism. We want to be faithful as you are faithful. Strengthen us to live in ways that honor and please you, Holy God. May we serve you by living out the ministries which you give us to do. We pray in your name, Christ Jesus. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – Gloria Patri– #620

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, Amen.

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 29:1-4 – Pastor Dan

SPECIAL MUSIC – America – arr. C. E. Walz – Abby Foehrkolb, Piano

GOD’S WORD – Isaiah 6:1-8 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – To God Be the Glory – #79

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the Lifegate that all may go in.

REFRAIN

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro’ Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

  1. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
    To every believer the promise of God;
    The vilest offender who truly believes,
    That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

REFRAIN

  1. Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
    And great our rejoicing thro’ Jesus the Son;
    But purser, and higher, and greater will be
    Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

REFRAIN

*BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

POSTLUDE – Abby Foehrkolb

May 9 Livestream – “I have called you friends”

“I have called you friends,” Jesus says in today’s reading. Continue to hear Jesus’ words as He shares his love with us.

Special blessings this day to all of the mothers in this world.

“I have called you friends,” says Jesus.

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Let us gather in the Spirit of Christ.
All: We come in response to the One who calls us ‘friends’
One: Remember God’s love and faithfulness.
All: Let our hands reflect the life of our serving Savior.
One: Let our voices echo God’s praises!
All: Together, let us sing of God who is doing marvelous things!

HYMN – Shout to the Lord – worship booklet, pp. 80-81

My Jesus, My Savior, Lord, there is none like You;
All of my days I want to praise the wonders of Your mighty love.
My comfort, my Shelter, Tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am, never cease to worship You.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
at the sound Your name.

I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand;
Nothing compares to the promos I have in You.

UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
Faithful God, we worship you with joy! Even in the toughest times, your love holds us up. You bless all people. God of grace, you are the One who empowers us to care for one another with kindness. You watch over each one of your children throughout our lives. You have watched over us in the past. You are with each one of us now in the particular situations that we are facing.

Amazing God, we are grateful for your gifts. Come, Holy One, lift us. Raise us above taking so much for granted. Stir our voices to praise you out of sheer delight! Open our hearts to trust that you are leading us, especially in moments of difficulty or discouragement. In our doubts and in our fears, grant us your peace. Calm us. Reassure us that you are near. Christ Jesus, we rejoice that you are continuing to shape us into people who offer your grace and love to all. Amen.

PRAISE RESPONSE – O How He Loves You and Me – #254

  1. O how He loves you and Me, O how He loves you and me;
    He gave HIs life – what more could He give?
    O how He loves you, O how He loves me, O how He loves you and me!
  2. Jesus to Calvary did go, His love for making to show;
    What He did there bro’t hope from despair;
    O how He loves you, O how He loves me, O how He loves you and me!

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 98 – Pastor Dan

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Linda Lowry

SPECIAL MUSIC – 10,000 Reasons – Anna DiVesta

GOD’S WORD – John 15:9-17 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE –Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors) – Pastor Dan

HYMN – What a Friend We Have in Jesus – #162

What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in Prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!

  1. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows ur every weakness, Take it to the Lord in Prayer.
  2. Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge – Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee! Take it to the Lord in prayer,
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there.

POSTLUDE – Anna DiVesta

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May 1 Virtual Worship – The True Vine

Welcome to Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ. Today we are reminded that Jesus is the “true vine.” His love and his spirit nourish our world, even to this day. And even though we can’t see Him, we are still all connected to Him.

Our service will be live around 10 a.m. (which, if you know Ivy Chapel, that could mean 10:05). Join us on YouTube.

If you are worshipping from home, please take a moment to gather the elements of communion so you can celebrate at Christ’s table with us.

WELCOME – Rev. Dan Wilson, Pastor

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Come; let us worship God.
All: Let all people turn to God.
One: Come; let us re-claim our baptism.
All: Let our lives bear fruit that is pleasing to God.
One: Christ is the Vine.
All: We are the branches!

HYMN – Holy, Holy – #50

  1. Holy, holy, holy, holy, Holy, holy, Lord God almighty;
    And we lift our hears before You as a token of our love,
    Holy, holy, holy, holy.
  2. Gracious Father, gracious Father, We’re so blest to be your children gracious Father;
    And we lift our heads before You as a token of our love,
    Gracious Father, gracious Father.
  3. Precious Jesus, Precious Jesus, We’re so glad that you’ve redeemed us, precious Jesus.
    And we lift our hands before You as a token of our love,
    Precious Jesus, Precious Jesus.
  4. Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, Come and fill our hearts anew, Holy Spirit;
    And we lift ur voice before You as a token of our love,
    Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit.
  5. Holy, holy, holy, holy, Holy, holy, Lord God almighty;
    And we lift our hearts before ou as a token of our love,
    Holy, holy, holy, holy. UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
    Wondrous God, we praise you as the Creator of all life! You are the One who creates and loves all people. May we seek to love everyone the way you do. You are the Vine. We are the branches.
    Faithful and Gracious God, come alive among us day by day. Come now; and fill our very souls with your unselfish, abundant love. We pray in your holy name, Christ Jesus. Amen. PRAISE RESPONSE – Holy Ground – #83

We are standing on holy ground, And I know that there are angels all around.
Let us praise Jesus now – We are standing in His presence on Holy ground.

GOD’S WORD – 1 John 4:7-21 – Pastor Dan

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Jo Ann Moody

SPECIAL MUSIC – Living Water of Life (Lantz) – Anna DiVesta

GOD’S WORD – John 15:1-8 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

HYMN – Let Us Break Bread Together – #265

  1. Let us break bread together on our knees.
    Let us break bread together on our knees.

REFRAIN
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
Oh Lord, have mercy on me.

  1. Let us drink wine together on our knees.
    Let us drink wine together on our knees.

REFRAIN

  1. Let us praise God together on our knees.
    Let us praise God together on our knees.

REFRAIN

THE JOYFUL SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Responsive Invitation to Christ’s Table
One: Jesus Christ says, “As you eat this bread, remember me.”
All: Through the broken bread, we participate in the Body of Christ.
One: Jesus Christ says, “As you drink this cup, remember me.”
All: Through the communion cup, we participate in the Blood of Christ.
One: The gifts of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God. Our Savior welcomes everyone to this table!

HYMN – We Will Glorify – #35

  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 reign in majesty, we will bow before His Throne;
    We will worship Him in righteousness, we will worship Him alone.
  3. He is For 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.

BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

POSTLUDE – Anna DiVesta

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