5 November 2019

Gathering

Call to Worship

One: O God, we seek you so that we may find you; yet lately, you are so hard to find.
Many: We stand at the watchpost, waiting for you; we climb the sycamore tree in the heat of the day to catch a glimpse of you.
One: From the highest place, all we see is violence, injustice, hatred, and strife. We find ourselves crying out–day and night—”how long, O Lord?”
Many: Just when we begin to feel that we cannot find you… you find us.
One: You call us down from the high places, and you invite us to a table of love and grace.
Many: At this table, may we “cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
All: May we find you in the places we least expect.

Hymn

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my creator, and I thy belov’d
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not, nor meaningless praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, the first in my heart
O God of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

O God of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

Psalter

Psalm 32:1-7

Sung Response
God of protection, God of strength
You offer healing in every time and place.
In spite of my pride, despite my shame
God of forgiveness, you provide a way.

Blessed are those whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed are those whom the Lord does not hold guilty,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I did not declare my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
My strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

Sung Response
God of protection, God of strength
You offer healing in every time and place.
In spite of my pride, despite my shame
God of forgiveness, you provide a way.

I acknowledged my sin to you,
And I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
Then you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Sung Response
God of protection, God of strength
You offer healing in every time and place.
In spite of my pride, despite my shame
God of forgiveness, you provide a way.

Therefore let those who are godly
Offer a prayer to you;
At a time of distress, the rush of great waters
Shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me,
You preserve me from trouble;
You encompass me with deliverance.

Sung Response
God of protection, God of strength
You offer healing in every time and place.
In spite of my pride, despite my shame
God of forgiveness, you provide a way.

Scripture

Luke 19:1-10 (NRSV)

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

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

Hymn of Preparation

Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You X2

To see You high and lifted up
Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You X2

To see You high and lifted up
Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy X2

Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see you

Holy, holy, holy (Open the eyes of my heart, Lord)
Holy, holy, holy (Open the eyes of my heart)
Holy, holy, holy (Open the eyes of my heart, Lord)
I want to see you (I want to see you)
X 2

Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see you

Homily

Rev. Taylor Bean, University Chaplain

Sung Response

Psalter Response

God of protection, God of strength
You offer healing in every time and place.
In spite of my pride, despite my shame
God of forgiveness, you provide a way.

Table Liturgy

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.

Blessed are you, our Alpha and our Omega, whose strong and loving arms encompass the universe, for with your eternal Word and Holy Spirit you are forever one God. Through your Word you created all things and called them good, and in you we live and move and have our being. When we fell into sin, you did not desert us. You made covenant with your people Israel and spoke through prophets and teachers. In Jesus Christ your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is Jesus Christ, who called you Abba. As a parent tenderly gathers their children, you embraced a people as your own and filled them with a longing for a peace that would last and for a justice that would never fail. In Jesus’ suffering and death you took upon yourself our sin and death and destroyed their power for ever. You raised from the dead this same Jesus, who now reigns with you in glory, and poured upon us your Holy Spirit, making us the people of your new covenant.

On the night before meeting with death, Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to the disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over Jesus took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to the disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Hosanna in the Highest.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts, that in the breaking of this bread and the drinking of this cup we may know the presence of the living Christ and be renewed as the body of Christ for the world, redeemed by Christ’s blood.

As the grain and grapes, once dispersed in the fields, are now united on this table in bread and cup, so may we and all your people be gathered from every time and place into the unity of your eternal household and feast at your table forever. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, almighty and loving God, now and forever.

Amen. Hosanna in the Highest

And now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray the prayer that Christ taught us:

Our God who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Music During Communion

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Like the wideness of the sea
There’s a kindness in God’s justice
Which is more than liberty

There is welcome for the stranger
And more graces for the good
There is mercy with the Maker
This is healing in God’s love

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

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 and wide as the sea

Flows as deep and wide as the sea

Blessing

Rev. Taylor Bean, University Chaplain

Sending Forth

Hakuna Wakaita Sa Jesu

Hakuna wakaita sa Jesu,
Hakuna wakaita sa Ye,
Hakuna wakaita sa Jesu,
Hakuu, hakunana!

I’m running, running, searching, searching
I’m turning, turning, searching, searching
I’m searching, searching, everywhere
Hakuu, hakunana!

There’s no one in this world like Jesus,
There’s no one, there’s no one like Him,
There’s no one in this world like Jesus,
Hakuu, hakunana!

I’m running, running, searching, searching
I’m turning, turning, searching, searching
I’m searching, searching, everywhere
Hakuu, hakunana!

Hakuna wakaita sa Jesu,
Hakuna wakaita sa Ye,
Hakuna wakaita sa Jesu,
Hakuu, hakunana!

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