Worship Service

June 25, 2023

Prelude: “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S.Bach – Satoko Leisek, pianist



Wise Words from John Gaul

Hymn:O Life That Maketh All Things New

Opening of the Word

Responsive Invocation: 

You desire truth in the inward being;

therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

    Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

    Hide your face from my sins,

    and blot out all my iniquities.

You have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

    The sacrifice acceptable to God 

    is a broken spirit;

    a broken and contrite heart, 

    O God, you will not despise.

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: Numbers 28:1-10; Luke 21:1-4; Arcana Coelestia #10048 (Swedenborg)

Children’s Message

Solo: “Prayer of Mother Teresa” Music by Craig Courtney, Words by Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, St. Teresa of Calcutta – Heather Garland, soloist

Spiritual Message: Offerings to God – 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: “Hope” by Thomas Keesecker


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:Take My Life and Let it Be


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: “Pomp and Circumstance”  by Edward Elgar