February 27, 2022

Prelude: Opening Voluntary by Emma Louise Ashford (1850-1930) – Michael Hendron, keyboardist



Wise Words from John Gaul

*Hymn: #29 – “This Is My Song, O God of All the Nations”

*Opening of the Word

*Responsive Invocation: 

Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.

    Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart,

You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.

    O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous ordinances.

    I will observe your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.

*Invitation to Prayer:

O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  Amen.

O Lord, our heavenly Creator, whose great love holds a forgiveness for all who desire and seek it: we thank thee for thy gracious assurance that thou art always near and ready to forgive.  Pardon and deliver us from all our sins; confirm and strengthen us in all goodness and truth, and bring us into everlasting life; for thy mercy’s sake.  Amen.

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 and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

O Lord, open thou our lips:

And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.

*Praise ye the Lord!

The Lord’s name be  praised!

*The Sanctus 

Holy, holy, holy; Lord God of hosts: Heav’n and earth are full of thy glory.  Amen.

Scripture Readings: Exodus 17:8-16; John 5:1-18

Children’s Message

Solo: Let not your heart be troubled by George W. Chadwick (1854-1931) – Heather Garland, soloist

Spiritual Message: The Battle Against Amalek – Rev. Junchol Lee

Silent Meditation

*Affirmation of Faith

Great Spirit, Christ, the Compassionate One, Light of the World, You are that which sustains and nurtures our spirit. You draw us closer to Heaven and to each other. Your Divine Love and Wisdom flows into every living soul. You dwell among us and warm every human heart. We acknowledge our need to be fed by your Sacred Spirit, to share in the beauty of life, and to build a Holy City on Earth by giving of ourselves, yet knowing that all that is good and true flows into us from You. Amen. 

Prayer of the People/Pastoral Prayer

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: Chorale by Ernest Reeves (1874-1940)


Praise God the Source of life and birth

Praise God the Word who came to earth

Praise God the Spirit, holy flame

All glory, honor to God’s name.  Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn:  #273 – Thou, Whose Almighty Word


*Closing of the Word

*Sung Response: Nunc Dimittis 

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, According to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared  before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel.  Amen.

Postlude: Allegro Pomposo by Ernest Reeves