Worship Service

March 27, 2022

Prelude: Quasi andante by Mélanie Bonis (1858-1937)  – Michael Hendron, keyboardist



Wise Words from John Gaul

*Hymn: #231 – “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”

*Opening of the Word

*Responsive Invocation: 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

    Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.

With the Lord on my side, I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?

    The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals.

     It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

     Open to me the gates of righteousness,  that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.

     The Lord is God, and he has given us light. 

*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: Exodus 13:3-10, Luke 10:25-37 

Solo: “Panis Angelicus” by César Franck (1822 -1890)  – Heather Garland, soloist

Spiritual Message: Healing the Half-Dead – 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:Poco allegretto, also by César Franck


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: #304 – More Holiness Give Me


*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: At a setting of the sun over the sea, by Paul Benoit (1893-1979)