28 March 2023 – Chapel

Gathering Music

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – Robert Robinson

TayLavor Fugate

  1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
    tune my heart to sing thy grace;
    streams of mercy, never ceasing,
    call for songs of loudest praise.
    Teach me some melodious sonnet,
    sung by flaming tongues above.
    Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
    mount of thy redeeming love.
  2. Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
    hither by thy help I’m come;
    and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
    safely to arrive at home.
    Jesus sought me when a stranger,
    wandering from the fold of God;
    he, to rescue me from danger,
    interposed his precious blood.
  3. O to grace how great a debtor
    daily I’m constrained to be!
    Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
    bind my wandering heart to thee.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    prone to leave the God I love;
    here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
    seal it for thy courts above.

Call to Worship

From enfleshed

Brigid Dwyer

Leader: Come, all who are weary with grief, heavy with loss, or exhausted by the strains of life.
All: Gather in the embrace of God and be held.
Leader: Come, all who are hungry for an end to violence and injustice.
All: Find sustenance in the presence of the One who liberates the oppressed.
Leader: Come, all who are searching for belonging or purpose.
All: God draws us in and weaves our lives together.
Leader: Whatever we bring, wherever we come from, whatever we hope for, this Sacred space can hold it all.
Beloveds, let us worship God.

Opening Song

“Praise Him” by Donnie Harper

James Rufflin

Praise Him (4x);
Jesus, blessed Savior,
He’s worthy to be praised.

From the rising of the sun,
Until the going down of the same;
He’s worthy, Jesus is worthy,
He’s worthy to be praised.

Glory (2x),
In all things give Him glory;
Jesus, blessed Savior,
He’s worthy to be praised.

God is our rock,
hope of salvation,
a strong deliverer,
in Him will I always trust.

Praise Him (4x);
Jesus, blessed Savior,
He’s worthy to be praised.

Opening Prayer

From enfleshed

Madison Tatum

God, our hope and our comfort, turn our hearts and our feet in the direction of love. Though paths unfold before us promising success or security, give us the courage to ask if they are also the paths of love. You have shown us what it is to choose each other, to commit to justice, and to live compassion. Make it so among us.
All: Amen.

Scripture Reading

Ruth 1:1-18

Roeline Ramirez

1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. 2The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4These took Moabite wives; the name of one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there for about ten years, 5both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons or her husband.
6 Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had had consideration for his people and given them food. 7So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. 8But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.’ Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. 10They said to her, ‘No, we will return with you to your people.’ 11But Naomi said, ‘Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, 13would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.’ 14Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 So she said, ‘See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’ 16But Ruth said,
‘Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
17 Where you die, I will die—
there will I be buried.
May the Lord do thus and so to me,
and more as well,
if even death parts me from you!’
18When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

Leader: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Message

“The Gain of Giving Up”

HaYoung Kang

Musical Response

TayLavor Fugate

Blessing

HaYoung Kang

Sending Song

Victory Is Mine by Dorothy Norwood/Alvin Darling

James Rufflin

Victory is mine,
Victory is mine,
Victory today is mine.
I told Satan to get thee behind,
Victory today is mine.
Victory is mine,
Victory is mine,
Victory today is mine.
I told Satan to get thee behind,
Victory today is mine.
Joy is mine,
Joy is mine,
I know that joy is mine.
I told Satan to get thee behind,
I know that joy is mine.
Happiness is mine,
Happiness is mine,
Happiness today is mine.
I told Satan to get thee behind,
Happiness today is mine.
When I rose this morning,
I didn’t have no doubt,
I knew that the Lord would bring me out.
I fell on my knees,
Said, “Lord help me please”
Got up singing and shouting the victory.
Victory is mine,
Victory is mine,
Victory today is mine.
I told Satan to get thee behind,
Victory today is mine
Victory is mine,
Victory is mine,
Victory today is mine.


Worship Notes:
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer from enfleshed

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