Worship Service

Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 24, 2020)

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Service for the Worship of God


All in a garden green
—William Byrd (1540–1623)
Played on the Erben organ

Dr. Robert R. Laha

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

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
Kent, Mary, and Alden Myers

The Lord is risen! Alleluia!
Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!
Blessed is God, who hears our prayers,
whose steadfast love endures forever.
Let us worship God!

Hymn 450
Be Thou My Vision


(1) Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

(2) Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true Word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tower;
raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

(3) Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise;
thou, mine inheritance, now and always;
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

(4) High King of Heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Prayer of Confession
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

O God, we confess that your face is hidden from us by our sins. Your mercy is forgotten in the blindness of our hearts. We fail to keep your commandments and honor your word. Forgive us for not showing you orour neighbors the love you and they deserve. Strengthen us by the power of your Spirit so that we can live and love as you intended us to do. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


If Ye Love Me
—Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from John 14:15–17

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin

John 14:15–21

Time with Children
Jamie, Morgan, Tripp, and Madelyn Jones

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford
“Quarantine Questions”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977
Rev. Ann Herlin

The Church is not a society of perfect people. The strugglebetween the old way of life and the new is severe. Yet the Spiritproduces among the followers of Jesus love, joy, peace, and victories in the battle against evil. We believe the Holy Spirit works today whenever believers grow toward maturity in Christ. As long as we live we struggle with sin, but the Spirit’s presence assures us God will complete what God has begun in us.

Invitation to Discipleship

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

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 291
Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness

Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness calling and free,
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
wind, wind on the sea.

(1) You moved on the waters,
you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains
from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing:
“Awake from your slumbers
and rise on your wings.”

(2) You swept through the desert,
you stung with the sand,
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded
with idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets
to open their eyes.

(3) You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;
and down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people
on the rush of the wind.

(4) You call from tomorrow,
you break ancient schemes;
from the bondage of sorrow, the captives dream dreams;
Our women see visions,
our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions
your people arise.


Charge and Benediction

Choral Response

—Richard Proulx
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


Improvisation on SLANE
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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