Worship Service

Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 10, 2020)

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Service for the Worship of God


O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen, Op. 122, No. 6
—Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Played on the Erben organ

Rev. Ann Herlin

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 31)
The Williams Family

In you, O Lord, we seek refuge;
In your righteousness deliver us.
Be a rock of refuge for us, a strong fortress to save us.
For your name’s sake lead us and guide us.
For your faithfulness we praise you!

Hymn 307
God of Grace and God of Glory


1. God of grace and God of glory,
on thy people pour thy power;
crown thine ancient church’s story;
bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.

2. Lo! the hosts of evil round us
scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
From the fears that long have bound us
free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the living of these days,
for the living of these days.

3. Cure thy children’s warring madness;
bend our pride to thy control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

4. Save us from weak resignation
to the evils we deplore.
Let the gift of thy salvation
be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving thee whom we adore,
serving thee whom we adore.

Prayer of Confession
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Holy God, in baptism you claim us as your children and set us apart as witnesses to your love. At times, we forget we bear the mark of your grace and act as if you have no claim on our lives. You call us to the risky work of justice and peace, but we default to what is comfortable and safe. You call us to ministries of generosity and compassion, but we make little room in our lives for gestures of mercy. Wash us again with your grace and transform us by your Word, that we might proclaim your good news in word and deed. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


“How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” from A German Requiem
—Johannes Brahms
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from Psalm 84:1, 2, and 4

Scripture Lesson
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

John 14:1–14

Time with Children
The Ulrick Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha

“Troubled Hearts”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Jesus lives as God with us, touching all of human life with the presence of God. Because he shares our humanity and bound us to himself in love, we have an advocate in the innermost life of God.
We declare that Jesus is Lord. His lordship demands our loyalty and sets us free from the fear of all lesser lords that threaten us. We maintain that ultimate sovereignty belongs to Jesus Christ in every sphere of life.

Invitation to Discipleship

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Moment for Mission
Olivia Michener and Dr. Steven Seigart (Family to Family Ministry)

Prayers of the People and 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.

Hymn 246
Christ Is Alive!

1. Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
The cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
Love, drowned in death, shall never die.

2. Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
but saving, healing, here and now,
and touching every place and time.

3. In every insult, rift, and war
where color, scorn, or wealth divide,
Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,
and lives, where even hope has died.

4. Women and men, in age and youth,
can feel the Spirit, hear the call,
and find the way, the life, the truth,
revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

5. Christ is alive, and comes to bring
good news to this and every age,
till earth and sky and ocean ring
with joy, with justice, love, and praise.

Charge and Benediction

Choral Response

—Richard Proulx
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


Two Waltzes from Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39
—Johannes Brahms
Arr. by Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933)

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