Worship Service

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost (June 28, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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O How I Love Jesus
—Anonymous American Hymn, arr. Craig Curry

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 (adapted from Psalm 46)
The Fischer Family

God is our refuge, a very present help in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the world around us trembles.
God is in the midst of our cities and we shall not be shaken.
The Lord breaks the bow and shatters the spear.
The Lord of hosts is with us. Praise be to God!

Hymn 25
O Lord, Our God, How Excellent (Psalm 8)


(1) O Lord, our God, how excellent,
How glorious is Your name.
Your majesty surrounds the earth.
And children sing Your fame.

(2) The heavens shout Your handiwork;
We stand beneath in awe.
To think the One who made all things
Should care for us at all.

(3) Yet You have made us less than gods,
Surpassing all but You,
With heart and mind, with strength and will,
To search for what is true.

(4) Into our hands, You’ve placed all things:
The earth, the sea: each place
We’re called to probe for secret gifts
And venture into space.

(5) O Lord, our God, how excellent,
How glorious is Your name.
Majestic in Your Holiness.
We sing and praise Your fame.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

God, you send us as prophets to proclaim your coming reign. You send us out as witnesses to embody your justice, kindness, and mercy. Yet we shrink from your call to serve as messengers of your kingdom. We cling to safe surroundings and turn from the demands of discipleship. Forgive us, we pray, and embolden us to be heralds of your good news. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

God’s Word to Us


Jesus is a rock in a weary land
Spiritual, arr. by Glenn Burleigh (1947–2007)
Sung by the Meeting House Section Leaders
Recorded March 13, 2020
Elise Jenkins, alto solo

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Psalm 8

Time with Children
The Richardson Family

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Walton
Dean of the Divinity School,

Wake Forest University

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

We believe Christ gives us and demands of us personal lives that are centered in God and open to God’s reality and rule. Christ teaches us to put obedience to God above the interests of self, family, race, or nation; to offer God joyously our money, ability, and time.

We need constantly to search out God’s way in Scripture, not expecting detailed directions for every decision, but relying on God’s Word to press God’s present claim on us, and to assure us of God’s grace and comfort. Life in God’s presence issues in life for others, for if we do not love sisters and brothers whom we see, we cannot love God whom we do not see.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Moment for Celebrating Our High School Seniors
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Dr. Robert R. Laha

    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 757
Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples


(1) Today we are all called to be disciples of the Lord
To help to set the captives free make plowshare out of sword
To feed the hungry, quench their thirst, make love and peace our fast,
To serve the poor and homeless first, our ease and comfort last.

(2) God made the world and at its birth ordained our human race
To live as stewards of the earth responding to God’s grace.
But we are vain and sadly proud, we sow not peace but strife,
Our discord spreads a deadly cloud that threatens all of life.

(3) Pray justice may come rolling down as in a mighty stream,
With righteousness in field and town to cleanse us and redeem.
For God is longing to restore an earth where conflicts cease,
A world that was created for a harmony of peace.

(4) May we in service to our God act out the living word,
And walk the road the saints have trod till all have seen and heard.
As stewards of the earth may we give thanks in one accord
To God who calls us all to be disciples of the Lord.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional

Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Salmo XIX
—Benedetto Marcello (1686–1739)

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