Sunday Worship Service
October 23, 2022
Prelude: Prelude in C by Léon Boëllmann (1862-97) – Charles Calhoun, keyboardist
Wise Words from John Gaul
*Hymn: “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace”
*Opening of the Word
*Responsive Invocation: Maori Lord’s Prayer
Eternal Spirit, Earth-Maker, Pain-Bearer, Life-Giver, Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The Hallowing of your name echoes through the universe! The way of your justice shall be followed by the peoples of the earth!
Your heavenly will be done
by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustains our hope and comes on earth.
With the bread we need for today, free us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another,
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is Love, now and forever. Amen.
*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!
Holy, holy, holy; Lord God of hosts:
Heav’n and earth are full of thy glory. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Exodus 31:1-11; Matthew 16:21-28 , Arcana Coelestia #10329
Solo: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, Traditional Appalachian – Celeste Winant, soloist
Spiritual Message: Bezalel and Oholiab, Rev. Junchol Lee
*Affirmation of Faith (Unison)
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: Dessus de Tierce from Missa Octavi Toni by Gapsard Corrette (1671-1733)
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: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me ”
*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: March by Flor Peeters (1903-86)