Sunday Worship Service

May 15, 2022

Prelude: Yardbird Suite by C. Parker, arr. by J. Washington – James Washington, keyboardist



Wise Words from John Gaul

*Hymn: “Jesus, Thou Shepherd of Us All”

*Opening of the Word

*Responsive Invocation: 

I am laid low in the dust;
preserve my life according to your word.
     I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
    teach me your decrees.

Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
    My soul is weary with sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word.

Keep me from deceitful ways;
be gracious to me and teach me your law.
     I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I have set my heart on your laws.

I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;
do not let me be put to shame.
     I run in the path of your commands,
    for you have broadened my understanding.

*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: Deuteronomy 4:1-14; John 8:12-20

Children’s Message

Baptism of Forest and Brooks Girvin 

Solo: Shepherd of My Heart, Words and Music by Francis Patrick O’Brien – Heather Garland, soloist

Spiritual Message: Why did God give us laws? – 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: That’s All by B. Haymes & A. Brandt, arr. by J. Washington


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: “The Servant Song” 


*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: It Might Be You by D. Grusin, arr. by J. Washington