May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Reflection

Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.                                                                                        - Peter Hegseth

 

PRELUDE

Patriotic Selections for Organ & Trumpet     

 

WORDS OF WELCOME

 

CALL TO WORSHIP & OPENING PRAYER

Psalm 68

Let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy.

We ascribe you all power and majesty, O God, and sing you our praises.

Awesome is God in the sanctuary, the same God of Israel who gives power and strength to the people.

We ascribe you all power and majesty, O God, and sing you our praises.

 

HYMN NO. 331

“God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”

NATIONAL HYMN

God of the ages, whose almighty hand

leads forth in beauty all the starry band

of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,

our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

 

Thy love divine hath led us in the past;

in this free land with thee our lot is cast; 

be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay,

thy Word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

 

From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence,

be thy strong arm our ever sure defense;

thy true religion in our hearts increase;

thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

 

Refresh thy people on their toilsome way;

lead us from night to never-ending day; 

fill all our lives with love and grace divine, 

and glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.  

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF PARDON (In Unison)

O God, when we are put to the test we do not quickly respond. If called upon to decide, we lack the courage of faith. Confessing commitment, we confuse your will with our own. Seeking security, we turn to devices that we control. Your voice comes from heaven to chasten and discipline. Your commandments Jesus proclaimed as the course we should take. Forgive us when we deviate from the truth you deliver, and increase our trust in you.

 

 SUNG RESPONSE HYMN NO. 339, St. 1

“Life Every Voice and Sing”

LIFT EVERY VOICE

Lift ev'ry voice and sing 'Til earth and heaven ring

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty

Let our rejoicing rise High as the list'ning skies

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

Let us march on 'til victory is won

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

SCRIPTURE

John 17:1-11, 20-23

 

SERMON

“Telling the World of God’s Love”

Rev. Don Brown

 

SPECIAL MUSIC

“The Navy Hymn”

arr.  Sue Mitchell-Wallace

 

PRAYER & 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.

 

MEMORIAL DAY LITURGY MEMORIAL DAY VIDEO

 

MEMORIAL DAY LITANY

Let us give thanks to God for the land of our birth with all its chartered liberties. For all the wonder of our country's story:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

For leaders in nation and state, and for those who in days past and in these present times have labored for the commonwealth:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

For those who in all times and places have been true and brave, and in the worlds common ways have lived upright lives and ministered to their fellows:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

For those who served their country in its hour of need, and especially for those who gave even their lives in that service:

WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

O almighty God and most merciful Father, as we remember these your servants, remembering with gratitude their courage and strength, we hold before you those who mourn them. Look upon your bereaved servants with your mercy. As this day brings them memories of those they have lost awhile, may it also bring your consolation and the assurance that their loved ones are alive now and forever in your living presence.

 

A Litany from The Book of Worship for United States Forces (1974) (One-time permission to print and use this litany in congregational worship has been granted by The Armed Forces Chaplains' Board, Washington, D.C.)

 

SPECIAL MUSIC

“Let There Be Peace On Earth”

arr. John Brimhall

 

TAPS

 

BENEDICTION 

                                       

SPECIAL MUSIC

Te Deum

Marc Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)                                                                                        arr. Sue Mitchell-Wallace & John H. Head

 

WORSHIP PARTICIPANTS

Rev. Don Brown, Rev. Barbara Piercy

Noel A. Piercy

Paul Salierno, Cantor & Soloist James DeLaGarza, Trumpet

Ray Liptak & Rob Thiemann, Technical Assistance

Children’s Message – Amy Kolb & Susan Jones