Worship Service

August 27, 2023

Prelude:  On Golden Pond by Dave Grusin  (b. 1934) – Charles Calhoun, keyboardist



Wise Words from John Gaul

Hymn: “Bring Many Names”, Vs. 1-3 & 6

Opening of the Word

Responsive Invocation: 

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

    he leads me beside still waters;

    he restores my soul.

    He leads me in right paths

    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 

I fear no evil;

    for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; 

my cup overflows.

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

    all the days of my life,

    and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

    my whole life long.

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:  Genesis 17:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20; Secrets of Heaven 1992 (Swedenborg)

Children’s Message

Solo: “Our Father”, Matthew 6:9-13 by Craig Courtney – Heather Garland, soloist

Spiritual Message: The God with Many Names  – Dr. Rebecca Esterson

 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: Intermezzo by Flor Peeters  (1903-86) 


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:  “Light of Ages and of Nations”


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)