Worship Service

Second Sunday After Pentecost (June 14, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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My Hope is Built
—Joe Utterback (b. 1944)

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

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

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Kocsis Family

Whether we stray like sheep or follow faithfully,
God welcomes us.
Whether we seek healing and wholeness, or stand ready to extend compassion,
God welcomes us.
Whether exhausted from journeys across rough terrain,
or renewed and refreshed, our souls at peace,
we ready ourselves to hear the good news.
The kingdom of heaven is at hand!

Hymn 353
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less


(1) My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

(2) When darkness seems to hide his face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.

(3) His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.

(4) When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Holy God, you send us to proclaim the good news of your kingdom to all who are lost, all who are afflicted, all who are captive, all who have been cast out. But we are content to proclaim the inbreaking of your kingdom within familiar communities where we know others will receive this news with nods of agreement. Push us beyond what is comfortable and safe, and strengthen us for lives of compassionate service, that we might be the laborers you call us to be. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


Heaven Shall Not Wait
John Bell (b. 1949), arr. Steven Seigart (b. 1990)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by John Bell and Graham Maule (Iona Community), found at #773 in Glory to God

(1) Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience,
The scorned to smile, the despised to find a friend:
Jesus is Lord; he has championed the unwanted;
In him injustice confronts its timely end.

(2) Heaven shall not wait for the rich to share their fortunes,
The proud to fall, the elite to tend the least:
Jesus is Lord; he has shown the masters’ privilege;
To kneel and wash servants’ feet before they feast.

(3) Heaven shall not wait for the dawn of great ideas,
Thoughts of compassion divorced from cries of pain:
Jesus is Lord; he has married word and action;
His cross and company make his purpose plain.

(4) Heaven shall not wait for triumphant hallelujahs
When earth has passed and we reach another shore:
Jesus is Lord in our present imperfection;
his power and love are for now and then forevermore.

Scripture Lesson
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Romans 5:1–8

Time with Children
The Thorpe/Sramek Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“For the Long Haul”

Our Response to God

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

We believe Christ gives us and demands of us lives in pilgrimage toward God’s kingdom. Like Christ we may enjoy on our journey all that sustains life and makes it pleasant and beautiful. No more than Christ are we spared the darkness, ambiguity, and threat of life in the world. Our confidence and hope do not rest in the powers of this world but in the coming and hidden presence of God’s kingdom. Christ calls each of us to a life appropriate to that kingdom, risking the consequences of faithful discipleship; to walk by faith, not by sight, to hope for what we have not seen.

Invitation to Discipleship
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings
Rev. Ann Herlin

Moment for Mission
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
Youth/College Ministry

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Ann Herlin

    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 432
How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord


(1) How clear is our vocation, Lord,
when once we heed your call
to live according to your word
and daily learn, refreshed, restored,
that you are Lord of all
and will not let us fall.

(2) But if, forgetful, we should find
your yoke is hard to bear;
if worldly pressures fray the mind
and love itself cannot unwind
its tangled skein of care:
our inward life repair.

(3) We marvel how your saints became
in hindrances more sure:
whose joyful virtues put to shame
the casual way we wear your name,
and by our faults obscure
your power to cleanse and cure.

(4) In what you give us, Lord, to do,
together or alone,
in old routines or ventures new,
may we not cease to look to you:
the cross you hung upon,
all you endeavored, done.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional

Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Impromptu No. 1 (1911)
—Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912)

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