Digital Post: June 21

SONG #2274: Come All You People
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Come all you people,
come and praise your Maker;
Come all you people,
come and praise your Maker;
Come all you people,
come and praise your Maker;
Come now and worship the Lord.
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WELCOME
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SONG #376: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
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Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.
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Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast,
Let us all in thee inherit,
Let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Sets our hearts at liberty.
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Come almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.
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Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love and Praise.
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THE GATHERING
This experience of faith is not something static.
We are on a journey.
It is a journey we take together, and a journey that each of us makes alone.
Everyday, we are invited to pay attention, to notice things on the way.
To notice the sharp stones, the uneven ground, the mercy of shade, the faithfulness of those who walk with us.
We carry little with us on the journey;
We only carry that which is in our hearts: hope, trust, fear, apprehension, wonder, sorrow.
On this journey, we rest and sing and pray and listen.
And so, let us journey together. And let us worship together!
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*SONG #2051: I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry
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I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
To see your Life unfold.
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I was there when you were but a child,
With a faith to suit you well.
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.
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When you heard the wonder of the Word,
I was there to cheer you on.
You were raised to praise the Living God
To whom you now belong.
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If you find someone to share your time,
And you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme,
From dusk till rising sun.
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In the middle ages of your life,
Not too old, no longer young,
I’ll be there to guide you through the night,
Complete what I’ve begun.
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When the evening gently closes in,
And you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been,
With just one more surprise.
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I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
To see your Life unfold.
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THE MESSAGE
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RESPONSE
For the Word of God in scripture,
For the Word of God among us,
For the Word of God within us,
Thanks be to God.
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INVITATION TO ACTIVE DISCIPLESHIP
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SONG #280: Amazing Grace
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Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
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‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
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Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
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The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
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When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
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INVITATION TO CONFESSION
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TIME OF SILENCE
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PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Though we are children of God,
We have failed and we have forgotten.
And God loves you.
We have done injury and been injured.
And God loves you.
We have been greedy and we have gloated.
And God loves you.
We have hoarded and we have hated.
And God loves you.
We have walked away, turned away, and given ourselves away.
And God loves you.
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SUNG RESPONSE: Rain Down
Rain Down, rain down,
rain down your love on your people.
Rain Down, rain down,
rain down your love, God of life.
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WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The Holy Spirit rains down upon our dry and dusty lives, washing away our sin and healing our wounded spirits. Praise be to God! In Christ, we are made whole!
Thanks be to God.
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SUNG RESPONSE: Glory to God Whose Goodness Shines on Me
Glory to God, Whose goodness shines on me
And to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me
And to the Spirit, whose love has set me free
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, Amen.
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World without end, without end Amen
World without end, without end Amen
World without end, without end Amen
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, Amen.
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PRAYERS OF THE DAY
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayers.
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.
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SONG #429: Lord, You Give the Great Commission
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Lord, you give the great commission:
“Heal the sick and preach the word.”
Lest the church neglect its mission
And the gospel go unheard,
Help us witness to your purpose
With renewed integrity:
With the Spirit’s gifts empower
Us for the work of ministry.
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Lord, you call us to your service:
“In my name baptize and teach.”
That the world may trust your promise,
Life abundant meant for each,
Give us all new fervor, draw us
Closer in community:
With the Spirit’s gifts empower
Us for the work of ministry.
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Lord, you make the common holy:
“This my body, this my blood.”
Let us all, for earth’s true glory,
Daily lift life heavenward,
Asking that the world around us
Share your children’s liberty:
With the Spirit’s gifts empower
Us for the work of ministry.
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Lord, you show us love’s true measure:
“Father, what they do, forgive.”
Yet we hoard as private treasure
All that you so freely give.
May your care and mercy lead us
To a just society:
With the Spirit’s gifts empower
Us for the work of ministry.
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Lord, you bless with words assuring:
“I am with you to the end.”
Faith and hope and love restoring,
May we serve as you intend,
And, amid the cares that claim us,
Hold in mind eternity:
With the Spirit’s gifts empower
Us for the work of ministry.
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CHALLENGE AND BLESSING
And all God’s people said: Alleluia! Amen.
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POSTLUDE

Biblical texts are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
All music used in this worship service is printed, projected, and streamed with permission through ONELICENSE, License #A-730261. All rights reserved.
Liturgical texts are either original, or adapted from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, published by Westminster John Knox Press.


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