"Goodness In The Land"

*HYMN 35 |||  Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty |||  Lobe Den Herren

Loving God, you have formed a covenant with us, committing yourself to us and inviting us to walk with you. Yet we have resisted, seeking other companions, going in different ways, thinking that we know best. Now we find ourselves far from life, further still from you. Have mercy on our waywardness. Help us find our way back. Give us faith so that we can hold the hand you have extended to us in Jesus Christ.
(a time of silence)

From generation to generation, God has extended mercy and love. Trusting in God’s faithfulness, let us make our confession.

From generation to generation,
God’s love overcomes human sinfulness.
God is committed to fresh starts
and new creations.
This is good news!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

*THE GLORIA |||  581

The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.




FIRST SCRIPTURE READING |||  Psalm 27 |||  Comon English Bible
1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. 3Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. 4One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. 5For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. 6Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. 7Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! 8“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, LORD, do I seek. 9Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! 10If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up. 11Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. 12Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence. 13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! 
SPECIAL MUSIC |||  Meditation on "Land of Rest" |||  Robert Lau
(Traditional American Melody)


SECOND SCRIPTURE READING |||  Luke 13:31-35 |||  Comon English Bible
31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!


SERMON |||  Goodness In the Land |||  Rev. Matt Lang



*HYMN 401 |||  Gather Us In |||  Gather Us In

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH |||  Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.31
To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God’s reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities which separate people from God and from each other. Christ has called the church to this mission and given it the gift of the Holy Spirit. The church maintains continuity with the apostles and with Israel by faithful obedience to his call.


…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.


There are different gifts,
But it is the same Spirit who gives them.
There are different ways of serving God,
But it is the same Lord who is served.
God works through different people in different ways,
But it is the same God whose will is brought about through them all.
Each one is given a gift by the Spirit,
To use it for the common good.
Together we are the body of Christ.
And individually members of it.

Pastor: We are all called into the church of Jesus Christ by baptism, and marked as Christ’s own by the Holy Spirit. This is our common calling, to be disciples and servants of our servant Lord. Within the community of the church, some are called to particular service as trustees. Others are called to service as ruling elders and as teaching elders. Ordination is Christ’s gift to the church, assuring that his ministry continues among us, providing for ministries of stewardship of property, caring and compassion in the world, ordering the governance of the church, and preaching the Word and administering the sacraments.

Ruling Elder: Representing the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, the Session of First Presbyterian Church installs to active service those who have been previously ordained as ruling elder Nancy Beaudoin.

Pastor: God has called you by the voice of the church to serve Jesus Christ in a special way. You know who we are and what we believe, and you understand the work for which you have been chosen.

DO YOU TRUST in Jesus Christ, your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? I do.

DO YOU ACCEPT the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s word to you? I do.

DO YOU SINCERELY RECEIVE AND ADOPT the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our Church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those Confessions as you lead the people of God?
I do and I will.

WILL YOU FULFILL your ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture and be continually guided by our confessions? I will.

WILL YOU BE GOVERNED by our Church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit? I will.

WILL YOU IN YOUR OWN LIFE WORK to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world? I will.

DO YOU PROMISE to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church? I do.

WILL YOU PRAY FOR AND SEEK TO SERVE the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love? I will.

WILL YOU BE A FAITHFUL RULING ELDER, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the Church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ? I will.


Ruling Elder: DO WE, MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH, accept the person before us as ruling elder chosen by God through the voice of this congregation, to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ? We do.

DO WE AGREE to pray for her, to encourage her, to respect her decisions, and to follow as she guides us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church?
We do.

(All ordained ruling elders and teaching elders in the PC(USA) are invited to come forward to pray with our officers-elect.)

You are now a ruling elder in the Church of Jesus Christ and for this congregation. Be faithful and true in your ministry so that your whole life will bear witness to the crucified and risen Christ. Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Amen.


Accept, O Lord, the offerings we bring with the same humility that Jesus showed at his baptism. Just as you poured out your spirit on him, pour out your spirit on these offerings and us so that they and we may be blessed and bountiful. Amen.

OFFERTORY |||  Amazing Grace |||  Joel Raney  |||  (NEW BRITAIN Virginia Harmony 1831)

*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.

You have given us many gifts, O God. See in these tangible offerings our commitment to use all our gifts for you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


*HYMN 282 |||  Come Down, O Love Divine |||  Down Ampney


*BENEDICTION / HYMN 542 |||  God Be With You Till We Meet Again  |||  (verse one only) God Be With You
God be with you till we meet again; By His counsels guide, uphold you, With His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.

POSTLUDE |||  Go Now and Serve the Lord |||  Douglas E. Wagner

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. Matt Lang, Guest Worship Leader
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett, Susan Zorns, Streaming Techs 

Worship Liturgist: Kathie Darman
Usher: TBD

PRAYER CHAIN – If you want prayer requests included on the prayer chain, contact Shirley Armistead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Psalm 63:1-8 and Isaiah 55:1-9.



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