Sunday Worship Service

May 26, 2024

Prelude: “An die Musik”, Op.88 No.4 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – Paul Dab, pianist



Hymn:  “How Great Thou Art” – Vs. 1, 2 & 4

Opening of the Word

Responsive Invocation:

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

make melody to him

with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to God a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

and all God’s work is done in faithfulness.

God loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord

the heavens were made,

and by the breath of God’s mouth

all their host.

God gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; And God puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world

stand in awe of God!

All: For God spoke, and it came to be;

God commanded, and it stood firm.

*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

God of All, Your Name is Holy

Earth and Heaven are full of Your Glory

Alleluia,  Amen.

Scripture Readings: Psalm 71:19-24; Revelation 5: 6-11

Solo: “Sound Over All Waters”, John Greenleaf Whittier, Poet; Composed by Paul Halley – Heather Garland, soloist

Spiritual Message: Neurologically Wired for Spiritual Experience” – Rev. Jim Lawrence

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: “When in Our Music God is Glorified”, Engelberg, Charles Villiers Stanford, 1904; Text by Fred Pratt Green, 1971


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: “For the Music of Creation”


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: “The Hills are Alive” from The Sound of Music, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein