Call To Worship
Psalm 98 (Contemporary English Version)
Sing a new song to the Lord!
The Lord has shown the nations salvation and justice.
God has been faithful to Israel,
and God’s saving power is seen everywhere on earth.
Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Lord.
Make music on all the instruments.
Play beautiful melodies!
Sound the trumpets and horns and celebrate with joyful songs!
Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures,
and the earth to shout with all of its people.
Order the rivers to clap their hands,
and all of the hills to sing together.
Let them worship the Lord!
God is coming to judge everyone on the earth,
and God will be honest and fair.
Hymn of Praise
“For the Healing of the Nations” UMH 428
Isaiah 65:17-25 (NRSV)
17 For I am about to create new heaven
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
20 No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
21 They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
and their descendants as well.
24 Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.
Rev. Kevin Newburg
“We Abide” words by Laurie Zelman, music by Mark Miller
If we lay all we seek
On the altar of Love
the work of our hands and our minds
Trusting all that we need
Flows and flowers from God
our thirsting will be satisfied
when we burn with a holy desire
to fulfill everything that God requires
making justice together
walking close to each other
reaching past all the things that divide
humbly offering kindness
seeking hope and forgiveness
we abide in God’s love, we abide
for the cities shall bloom
and the earth be restored
the hurts that we bear start to heal
as the faith of the past
is refreshed and reformed
the word of our God is made real
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
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.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.
In the beginning the Spirit moved over the face of the waters.
You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.
Your Spirit came upon prophets and teachers,
anointing them to speak your Word.
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 he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
We rejoice in your new creation
of a place and a day without the sound of weeping.
We celebrate the gifts of healthy babies and lives long and well lived.
We give thanks for enough homes for everyone,
and for plentiful harvests that bless both the land and those who consume.
We give you praise that you answer our call before we know to cry out,
that you meet our needs before they exist.
We remember that Your Spirit anointed Jesus to inaugurate the new day
as he preached good news to the poor,
proclaimed release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
set free the oppressed,
and announced that the time had come
when you would save your people.
He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection,
you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
[On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his 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 he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his 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.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Transform our senses that we may experience the newness of your recreating activity,
renew our hope that the day of gladness and rejoicing is at hand,
restore your image in which you made us that we may know your mercy and justice, your peace and hope, your grace and love.
Hymns During Communion
Ayudanos O Dios
Wait For the Lord