Letter Or Spirit

Complete Service from Prelude to Postlude (59:51) | Prayer of Illumination, Scriptures, Sermon (16:42) | Homework (2:08)

PRAYER FOR PEACE
If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.
(Scottish Blessing)

PRELUDE | All Glory Be to God on High|James Coe

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP from Psalms 9
One: We will thank you, LORD, with all our heart;
Many: We will talk about all your wonderful acts.
One: We will sing praises to your name, Most High.
Many: The LORD rules forever!
One: He assumes his throne for the sake of justice.
Many: He will establish justice in the world rightly; he will judge all people
fairly.
One: The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed—
Many: a safe place in difficult times.
All: Those who know your name trust you because you have not
abandoned any who seek you, LORD.

*HYMN 385|All People That on Earth Do Dwell|Old Hundredth

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
One: Merciful God, I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart and mind and strength. I have not loved my neighbor as myself. In your mercy forgive what I have been, help me amend what I am, and direct what I shall be, so that I may delight in your will and walk in your ways.

Many: Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone, a new life has begun. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.

Many: Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways.
One: Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone, a new life has begun. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.

*THE GLORIA
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.

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.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ is with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389|Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord |  (sung twice) Hal'luhu

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN  |   Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING|Psalms 82|p. 512 / 666 OT

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING|Luke 10:25-37|p. 67 / 87 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON|Letter or Spirit|Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 343|Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life|Germany

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We trust in God the Holy Spirit everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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.
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY| Organ Piece|A. Kehrer

*DOXOLOGY 606|Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We present not just offerings of our material wealth, but also of our commitment to see each of your children as our neighbor. We promise to go beyond the easy to the challenge of loving those whom others pass by. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 708|We Give Thee but Thine Own|Schumann

*BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE|Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life|arr. Samuel Metzger

Speaking Up and Speaking Out

Complete Service from Prelude to Postlude (60:07) | Prayer of Illumination, Scriptures, Sermon (20:04) | Homework (2:10)

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Prayer of Saint Francis

PRELUDE | How Great Thou Art|arr. Dino Kartsonakis

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP

One: Our hearts are unwavering, God.
Many: We will sing and make music—yes, with our whole being!
One: Wake up, harp and lyre!
Many: We will wake the dawn itself!
One: We will give thanks to you, LORD, among all the peoples;
Many: We will make music to you among the nations, because your faithful
love is higher than heaven; your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
One: Exalt yourself, God, higher than heaven!
Many: Let your glory be over all the earth!
All: Save us by your power and answer us so that the people you love might
be rescued.

*HYMN 667| When Morning Gilds the Skies| Laudes Domini

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of grace, who gives abundantly and desires that your gifts and kingdom be spread around; we admit that we want to keep the good news to ourselves. We cherish the thought of being a part of your community and kingdom, yet hesitate to invite others. We keep our stories of your love and bounty within these walls and grow silent as we have opportunities to share as we move through our daily routines. We may have our reasons for keeping your love a family secret and we have no excuse. Forgive us. May our willingness to share be a portion of our response to the forgiveness you so freely give.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
…Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA
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.
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.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ is with you.
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389 |Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord (sung twice) Hal'luhu

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING| 2 Kings 5:1-14 p. 320 / 416 OT

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING| Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 p. 66 / 86 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON| Speaking Up and Speaking Out| Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 700| I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me| I'm Gonna Live

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY| Verso in G Minor| Domenico Zipoli

*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
O God, who gives so abundantly, see in our gifts our promise to share abundantly also. We delight in your kingdom and want it to ripple through this broken and weary world. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION |SHARING OF THE MEAL
(All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Today we will serve Communion by intinction. Please come forward down the center aisle. Break off a piece of the bread and dip it into the cup and eat. Or you may take an individual cup from the tray and drink. We also have gluten free bread available. Return to your seat by the side aisle. If you are unable to come forward, please indicate this to the pastor and the sacrament will be brought to you.)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Indeed you have gathered us in, invited us to your table and fed us on that which satisfies our deepest longing for you. Help us to know that we are filled and strengthened so we may willingly and openly be your agents in our community and beyond. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 526| Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ| Linstead
*BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE| Toccata in E Minor| Johann Pachelbel

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Flowers given by Eleanor Steiner in loving memory of Bill and Al Steiner.
Worship Liturgist: Karen Maurer
Ushers: Earl Anker, Laura Dillman, Ray Nielsen, Wanda Nielsen

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by Shirley Armistead and Karen Allison, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is invited!



 

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Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018 | Complete Service

Video Below: Congregational Response 820, "Nothing Can Trouble" | Prayer for Illumination | Scripture Readings (Psalm 118:19-29) and (Philippians 2:5-11)


Cantata | Portraits in Grace | Joseph M. Martin

PART One: 


  1. Prelude - Musicians [0-2:56]

    Narration 1 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Creator [2:57-4:51]
  2. Portrait  [4:55 - 8:15]

    Narration 2 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Savior [8:17 - 9:07]
  3. Fairest Lord Jesus [9:07 - 12:05]

    Narration 3 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Healer [12:06-13:00]
  4. The Healer [13:00-16:17]

    Narration 4 - The Beauty of Jesus, the King [16:18 - 17:41]
  5. Behold the King [17:42  - 21:35]

    Narration 5 - The Beauty of Jesus, the King  [21:35 - 22:35]
  6. We Remember  [22:36 - 26:03]

    Narration 6 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows [26:06 - 26:52]
  7. A Sacred Garden  [26:53 - 31:19]


    INTERMISSION

    Narration 7 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Redeemer [0:00 - 1:46]
  8. Let Us Gather in the Shadow of the Cross [1:47 - 4:41 ]

    Narration 8 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Grace-Giver [4:42 - 6:21]
  9. Portrait of the Cross [6:22 - 11:50]
  10. Recessional of Shadows [11:55 - 14:16]



    Portraits in Grace A Cantata for Holy Week, by Joseph M. Martin
    Directed by Tim VanNasdale
    Narrator, Pastor Dudley Elvery
    Musicians, Pianist Tim VanNasdale;  Flautist, Tricia Hentschel;  Cellist: David Keller
    Choir, Janet Wahl, Li Hilario, Jan Bunker, Kathleen O'Hanlon, Laurie Ulrich, Kathie Darman
    Verne Moore, Paul Gerrish, Rod Dunlap, Emmanuel Hilario, Evelyn Dixon, Melodee Leimnetzer

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