Worship Service

Second Sunday After Pentecost (June 6, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

Photo by Carol Stalun

Today’s flowers were arranged by Anna Davis.

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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“Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier”
J. S. Bach (1685‒1750)

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
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Whether we follow faithfully, or sometimes stray,
God welcomes us.
Whether we extend compassion, or seek wholeness,
God welcomes us.
Whether we are renewed, or exhausted from this year’s journey,
God welcomes us all! Let us worship God!

Hymn 401
Here in This Place (Gather Us In)
gather us in

1. Here in this place the new light is streaming;
now is the darkness vanished away;
see in this space our fears and our dreamings
brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken;
gather us in, the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken;
we shall arise at the sound of our name.

2. We are the young, our lives are a mystery.
We are the old who yearn for your face.
We have been sung throughout all of history,
called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in, the rich and haughty;
gather us in, the proud and the strong;
give us a heart, so meek and so lowly;
give us the courage to enter the song.

3. Here we will take the wine and the water;
here we will take the bread of new birth.
Here you shall call your songs and your daughters,
call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion;
give us to eat the bread that is you;
nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

4. Not in the dark of buildings confining,
not in some heaven, light years away:
here in this place the new light is shining;
now is the kingdom, and now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever;
gather us in and make us your own;
gather us in, all peoples together,
fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Prayer of Confession
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Gracious God, forgiveness does not come easily to us; mercy is not our usual way. Forgive us, we pray. Help us to be humble in the presence of your mercy, calm in the presence of your peace, grateful in the presence of your love. Reshape and remake us so our spirits shine with your glory. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us

Scripture Lesson
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford
2 Corinthians 4:13‒5:1

Time with Children
Mrs. Noelle Castin


How Can I Keep From Singing?
—Robert Lowry (1826‒1899), arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford
“Religious, But Also Spiritual”

Our Response to God

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

We believe Christ give 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 have not seen.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

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.

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings
Rev. Ann Herlin

Doxology 607

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Christ, all creatures here below;
Praise Holy Spirit evermore;
Praise Triune God, whom we adore. Amen.

Hymn 772
Live into Hope

1. Live into hope of captives freed,
of sight regained, the end of greed.
The oppressed will be the first to see
the year of God’s own jubilee!

2. Live into hope! The blind shall see
with insight and with clarity,
removing shades of pride and fear,
a vision of our God brought near.

3. Live into hope of liberty,
the right to speak, the right to be,
the right to have one’s daily bread,
to hear God’s word and thus be fed.

4. Live into hope of captives freed
from chains of fear or want or greed.
God now proclaims our full release
to faith and hope and joy and peace.

Charge and Benediction
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Choral Response 600

—Traditional African-American


“Allegro maestoso” from Sonata in C, op. 65, no. 2
—Felix Mendelssohn (1809‒1847)