Worship Service

Third Sunday After Pentecost (June 21, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
—J.S. Bach (1685–1750)

Mrs. Noelle Castin

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

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Mengel Family

To you, O Lord, we lift our souls; to you we offer our lives.
For you are good and forgiving, and abounding in steadfast love.
In heaven, on earth, there is none like you. Your works are beyond compare.
For you are great; you work wonders. You alone are God.

Hymn 410
God Is Calling through the Whisper


(1) God is calling through the whisper of the Spirit’s deepest sighs,
through the thrill of sudden beauties that can catch us by surprise.
Flash of lightning, crash of thunder, hush of stillness, rush of wonder:
God is calling—can you hear? God is calling—can you hear?

(2) God is calling through the voices of our neighbors’ urgent prayers,
through their longing for redemption and for rescue from despair.
Place of hurt or face of needing; strident cry or sudden pleading:
God is calling—can you hear? God is calling—can you hear?

(3) God is calling through the music of sublime and human arts,
through the hymns of earth and angels, and the carols of our hearts.
Lift of joy and gift of singing; days and nights our praises bringing:
God is calling—and we hear! God is calling—and we hear!

Prayer of Confession
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

You tell us not to fear, O Lord, but we cower before threats to our comfort and security, not trusting your promise to care for us nor boldly stepping forward in faith. You tell us to take up a cross, O Lord, but we refuse to take risks for the sake of the gospel; we fail to challenge powers that diminish and principalities that destroy. Forgive us, Lord, and help us to live with you and for you. Make us worthy to bear the name of Christ. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


Hear My Prayer
Moses Hogan (1957–2003)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir

Scripture Lessons
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Romans 6:1b–11; Matthew 10:24–39

Time with Children
The Smar Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“Risky Business”

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. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

    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 774
There Is Now a New Creation


(1) There is now a new creation
through the grace of Jesus Christ,
peace and reconciliation
with the God of endless life.

(2) Call the lost and found together;
tell the news to everyone:
now the past is gone forever
and a new life has begun.

(3) Wrap the prodigal in welcome;
run to greet the wayward child.
All is finished and forgiven;
let us now be reconciled.

(4) Come and join the celebration;
come and join this happy feast;
Jesus makes an invitation
to the greatest and the least.

(5) There is now a new creation
through the grace of Jesus Christ.
Sing, with thanks and adoration,
to the God of endless life!

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional

Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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