26 September 2019

Gathering Music

“I Dream of a Church”

Call to Worship

One: Sing aloud with gladness:
Many: God is gathering the people!
One: From the farthest parts of the earth we come:
Many: All who struggle; all who labor with new life!
One: Those who are weeping, God will console;
Many: Those who get lost find a clear path home.
One: Let us worship the God who gathers us!

Hymn of Welcome

“Gather Us In”

First Reading

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 (NRSV)

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him.

Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.” Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.” Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.

And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy; and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.

One: The Word of God for the people of God
Many: Thanks be to God

Sung Response

Second Reading

Mark 10:13-15 (NRSV)

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

One: The Word of God for the people of God
Many: Thanks be to God

Homily: “The Prophets Among Us”

Dean Melanie Johnson DeBaufre

Choral Anthem

“There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy”

Table Liturgy


Holy Holy Holy Lord, God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest! (3x)
Blest is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest! (3x)

“Memorial Acclamation”

Christ has died
Christ is risen
Christ will come again
Hosanna in the highest (3x)

Music During Communion

“Sing Alleluia to the Lord”

“Let us be Bread”


Dean Melanie Johnson DeBaufre


“There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy”

words by Frederick Faber & Mark Miller, music by M Miller

For the Love of God is broader
Than the measure of the mind
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind

Hallelujah! Together we will cry
For the mercy as broad as the sky
Hallelujah! God’s love for you and me
Flows as deep, as wide as the sea!

Worship Notes:

Call to Worship: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/10/call-to-worship-prayer-jeremiah-31.html

Communion Liturgy adapted from: https://enfleshed.com/pages/communion-liturgies

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