27 April 2023 – Chapel

Gathering Music

“What a Fellowship”

Call to Worship

(Psalm 23, adapted from Rev. Marilyn Kennedy Levine)

Jene Lee

Leader: The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.
All: It is you, Lord who makes me lie down in green pastures;
Leader: It is you who leads me beside the still waters.
All: You restore my soul and guide me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
Leader: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.
All: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Leader: You anoint my head with oil;
All: My cup runs over.
Leader: Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
All: and I will dwell in your house, O Lord, forever. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Acts 2:42-47

David Gaitán

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Opening Song

“Every Word & Every Breath”

Scripture Reading – 1 Peter 2:18-25

Yeeun Kim

18Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. 19For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.


“I Still Have Joy”

Seminary Choir


Dr. Kevin Newburg

Musical Response

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Dr. Kevin Newburg

(Liturgy adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship)

God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give God our thanks.
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 your 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:

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

Holy are you, and blessed is your child Jesus Christ.
At his baptism in the Jordan your Spirit descended upon him
and declared him your Beloved.
Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
and to announce that the time had come
when you would save your people.
Jesus 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.
When Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always,
baptizing us with the Holy Spirit and with fire, as on the Day of Pentecost.

On the night in which Jesus gave himself up, 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 Jesus 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.”

On the day of resurrection,
Jesus was recognized by his disciples in the breaking of the bread,
and in the power of your Holy Spirit your Church has continued
in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.

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.

(Singing) Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood and empowered by the gifts of the Spirit.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,
showing forth the fruit of the Spirit until Christ comes in final victory,
and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.

(Singing) Amen. Amen. Amen.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

Hymns During Communion

“Bless the Lord, My Soul”
“Let Us be Bread”
“Child of God”


Dr. Kevin Newburg

Sending Song

James Rufflin and the Seminary Singers

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