Worship Service

Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 9, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

Art: Kay, Andrew. Spirit of the Community, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 5, 2021]. Original source:,_Belmont.jpg.

The flowers today are given to the glory of God and in memory of their mothers, June Elder and Mary Elmore, by the Elmore family.

Today’s flowers were arranged by Judi Elmore.

Today’s voices during the scripture lesson were Katie and Natalie Cavender, Elvis Kamama Lokor, Mary McCoy, Carolyn and George Perry, and Aaron and Alice Siirila.

To learn more about today’s choir and organ music, click here for notes from Musical Director and Organist Dr. Steven Seigart.

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Voluntary in B-flat, “At sunset”
—Emma Louise Ashford (1850‒1930)

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 Davis Family

Sing to the Lord a new song,
For our God alone is Lord of all!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord,
Let all the earth celebrate and rejoice!
For our God comes in victory,
With love and faithfulness and justice for all!

Hymn 749
Come! Live in the Light! (We Are Called)
we are called

1. Come! Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God.

We are called to act with justice;
we are called to love tenderly;
we are called to serve one another,
to walk humbly with God.

2. Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
so hatred and violence will be no more.

3. Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other
as sisters and brothers united in love.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Without your power and care, Loving God, we are lost; we fail to thrive. We have done the things we should avoid, and what you want for us, we have not done. Transform our lives now, we pray, so that your dreams may flourish in us as we grow into the joyous followers you would have us be. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


If Ye Love Me
—Philip Stopford (b. 1977)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from 14:15‒18

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
I John 4:7–12, 18–21

Time with Children
The Kocsis Family

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford
“Crash Helmets & Masks”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Noelle Castin
Adapted from A New Creed (1968)

We are not alone; we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the church: to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others, to seek justice, and proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

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 79
Light Dawns on a Weary World
temple of peace

1. Light dawns on a weary world
when eyes begin to see all people’s dignity.
Light dawns on a weary world:
the promised day of justice comes.

The trees shall clap their hands; the dry lands, gush with springs;
the hills and mountains shall break forth with singing!
We shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace,
as all the world in wonder echoes shalom.

2. Love grows in a weary world
when hungry hearts find bread and children’s dreams are fed.
Love grows in a weary world:
the promised feast of plenty comes.

3. Hope blooms in a weary world
where creatures, once forlorn, find wilderness reborn.
Hope blooms in a weary world:
the promised green of Eden comes.

Charge and Benediction
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Choral Response

—Richard Smallwood
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


Chorale-Prelude on “Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag”
—Ethel Smyth (1858‒1944)