Worship Service

March 26, 2023

Prelude:  Elevation by Dom Paul Benoit (1893-1979)– Charles Calhoun, keyboardist



Wise Words from John Gaul

Hymn: “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace”

Opening of the Word

Responsive Invocation: 

For the Lord has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his habitation:
    This is my resting place forever;
    here I will reside, for I have desired it.

I will abundantly bless its provisions;
I will satisfy its poor with bread.
     Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and its faithful will shout for joy.

 There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.

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: Numbers 18:1-7; Nehemiah 13:10-14; Arcana Coelestia #9809:6 (Swedenborg)

Children’s Message

Solo: “Broken and Spilled Out” from Mark 14:1-9 by Bill George, Lyrics by Gloria Gaither – Heather Garland, soloist

Spiritual Message: The Duties of Priests – 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: Meditation by Flor Peeters (1903-86)


Praise God the Source of life and birth Praise God the Word who came to earthPraise God the Spirit, holy flame All glory, honor to God’s name.  Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn: “The Summons”


Closing of the Word

Sung Response: Aaronic Benediction 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you; the Lord be gracious to you, and give you peace, and give you peace. Amen.

Postlude: Postlude in C by Adolf Hesse (1809-63)