30 October 2018

Vigil for the Tree of Life Synagogue and All Acts of Hatred and Violence

Gathering Music

“Only Love”

Darkness cannot drive out darkness
Hatred cannot drive out hate (x2)

Only love, only love, only love can do that, only love!

Time of Silence


Mark Miller

Mourners’ Kaddish

Rabbi Deb Smith

Psalm 121:2

Time of Silence

Congregational Reading

Psalm 23

God is my shepherd, nothing shall I want
You make me lie down in green pastures,
lead me beside still waters,
you restore my soul.
You guide me along the right paths
for your name’s sake.
Even 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,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Ritual of Remembrance

We invite you to take a piece of paper and write your prayers for those injured and killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue. When you are done, please bring your prayer forward and leave it in the bowl on the altar. While you are there you may pick up a rock to take back to your seat with you. When everyone has added their prayer to the altar and picked up a rock we will process outside to complete the ritual. There we will leave our rocks at the root of a tree and sing a closing song. 

“I Choose Love”

25 October 2018


Chorale Prelude on “Rhosymedre”
Ralph Vaughn Williams


“Be Thou My Vision” UMH #451

Call to Worship

the living God, the Holy One,
the God who never forgets
has called us to remember.

the living God, the Holy One,
the God who always remembers
has called us to rejoice.
And what is the good news that was and is and will be forever?

God will free those who are trapped
and all who need help,
God will have pity on the poor, the lost, and the frightened.
God will redeem their lives.

The God of Moses and Miriam,
the God of the Mountain is also our God.

We have been called up into the mountains;
We have been called to stand on holy Ground.

And what is the good news that was and is and will be forever?

We do not stand alone.
Thanks be to God.

Presentation of the Crozier

Prayer of Dedication

Dear Bishop, Christ’s beloved,
You have been to the people of God a prophetic voice and a courageous leader. You continue to be to the flock of Christ a shepherd; you support the weak, heal the sick, bind up the broken, restore the outcast, seek the lost, and relieve the oppressed.You faithfully administered discipline, but you did not forget mercy. We receive this symbol of your office, this staff of service, in confidence that when the Chief Shepherd shall appear you will receive the never-fading crown of glory. Amen.

Sung Response

“Wa Wa Wa Emimimo! (come O Holy Spirit Come!)”

Wa Wa Wa Emimimo!
Wa wa wa alagbara
Wa o, wa o wa o!

Come, O Holy Spirit, Come!


Luke 2:41-52

41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” 49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.



“Peace I Leave with You”
By Felix Mendelssohn

Prayer for Purity

Almighty God,
To you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sharing the Peace of Christ


One: God be with you.
Many: God is with us!  We are not alone.
One: Christ be with you.
Many: Christ is with us!
One: The Risen One has met us, blessed and fed us on the road that leads us home. What is the promise?
Many: We we few or many, the Comforter will come.

One: Then lift up your hearts!
Many: Our hearts with rapture thrill!
One: Here we assemble as your family.
Many: We are your people and you are our God. Your love makes us friends; your blood makes us kin.

One: Holy One, Trinity of grace and power: it is good; it is right; it is a joyful thing to give you thanks, Maker and Mother, Beloved and Lover, Father and Friend.
Many: You are ever the father who gives us bread, not stones. You are the mother who never forgets we’re her own.
One: From the beginning of life to the closing of time, you are the One who is with us to the end. And so we sing:

Salvation glory and power to God
for Jesus our redeemer reigns;
The mountains, hills, and valleys sing
as angels, saints, and heav’ns proclaim:
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!
Salvation glory and power to God
for Jesus our redeemer reigns.

One: Holy are you and blessed is your Beloved, Jesus, meek and wild. By his birth, his baptism into life, death and glory, Christ redeemed us from sin, and restored creation’s story. Truly human, whole and holy, he gave us grace, showed us truth, and taught us what forgiveness means.

One: We remember the night when Jesus gave himself to us.
Many: We remember, we will never forget.
One: He took bread and gave thanks,
Many: We remember, we will never forget.
One: He gave it to his friends: This is my body. Take. Eat. Share. Remember.

Many: We remember, we will never forget.
One: He took the cup and gave thanks,
Many: We remember, we will never forget.
One: He gave it to his friends: This is my blood, given for you. Take. Drink. Live. Remember.
Many: Oh, how we remember!

One: We remember the Gift you’ve given, and offer ourselves to you as Christ offers himself to us, a whole and holy sacrifice of prayer and praise. In the name of your Beloved, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of life
to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul.
to lay aside his crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing.
while millions join the theme I will sing!

One: Breathe, Holy Spirit!
Many: Breathe, Holy Spirit!
One: Breathe on this bread and cup.
Many: Breathe on us gathered here, and all in your keeping.

One: Breathe peace, Jesus.
Many: Breathe, Holy Spirit!

One: By your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes again in grace and glory, then lost in wonder, love, and praise, we and all creation sing for joy:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below.
Praise God, blest holy Trinity
both now and for eternity. Amen
Tune: OLD 100th

The Lord’s Prayer

Music During Communion

“Bless the Lord O My Soul” FWS 2013
“Hymn of Promise” UMH 707


Sending Forth

“All My Days”

Worship Notes:

Prayer of Dedication: Adapted from the consecration prayer for UMC Bishops, HME 2017

Table Liturgy and Prayers: Composed by Heather Murray Elkins and members of the WV conference


24 October 2018

Gathering Music


Dr. P. Kimberleigh Jordan

Opening Song

“We Resist”

Mark Miller


Dr. P. Kimberleigh Jordan

Matthew 25:14-30 (The Message)

It’s also like a person going off on an extended trip, who called the servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one servant was given five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then the person left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled the master’s investment. The second did the same. But the person with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried the master’s money.

After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed how they had doubled the investment. The master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

The servant with the two thousand showed how they also had doubled the master’s investment. The master commended that servant: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’

The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb.


“Come Out, Come Out”

Mark Miller and Tanya Linn Bennett

Message and Movement Meditation

Dr. Kimerer LaMothe


“Sung Lord’s Prayer”


Dr. Kimerer LaMothe


“What Does the Lord Require of You?”


11 October 2018

Gathering Music

“I Wanna Be Green”
by Mark Miller

I wanna be green, because I love the earth! 3x
The earth is my home!

Won’t you be green, because you love the earth! 3x
The earth is our home!

A Directional Prayer of Gratitude and Invocation

House of the East:  In this place, where the sun rises, the light, life and love of your creation washes over us.  

Lining out: Here you remind us that each day brings new beginnings.

House of the South:  The warm wind welcomes us to a place of beauty and trust.  Here we pause to remember those who have come before, persons known and unknown, who have enriched our lives.  For those who now walk with us on this life’s journey – wherever they are now – we hold them in our hearts.

Lining out:  We are grateful for your presence through the faces of saints.

House of the West:  Where the sun sets – The glow of light transforms into darkness.  This is a place of introspection and rebirth.

Lining out:  Here your presence reminds us to sort through what will die, what is left behind and what we will carry forward.

House of the North:  The cool breezes beckon us – It is here where we claim the wisdom of our years, the learnings of this journey.  We recognize the impact of our works and our words on future generations.

Lining out:  We encounter you as we cooperate with one another to make real your vision for our world.

Sky/Heaven:  It is here we encounter your abundance beyond our understanding.  We remember Jesus lifting the five loaves and two fish to heaven to bless – and he fed 5000 with more to spare.

Lining out:  We look up and behold your infinity, your immensity. 

Earth:  Here we are on Holy Ground.  In Mother Earth we experience your love, generosity and strength – over and over.  You have provided all we need – Food and water to sustain – Medicine to heal.

Lining Out:  We are surrounded in beauty. 

One:  We are grateful for our communion with one another and with our brothers and sisters of the waters, the air and the land.  We are visitors here – not owners.

Mother Earth is our grandchildren’s inheritance.

Lining out:  May we learn to walk lightly, lovingly on Mother Earth taking only what we need.  

One:  We return to the center of the circle acknowledging all you have done and will do – and all you have given.  

Lining out:  We are grateful.


“Come, Come Whoever You Are”

words by Rumi, music by Dale Zola


Andrew LaBar-Dietz

by Thoreau

O Nature! I do not aspire
To be the highest in thy choir, –
To be a meteor in thy sky,
Or comet that may range on high;
Only a zephyr that may blow
Among the reeds by the river low;
Give me thy most privy place
Where to run my airy race.

In some withdrawn, unpublic mead
Let me sigh upon a reed,
Or in the woods, with leafy din,
Whisper the still evening in:
Some still work give me to do, –
Only – be it near to you!

For I’d rather be thy child
And pupil, in the forest wild,
Than be the king of men elsewhere,
And most sovereign slave of care;
To have one moment of thy dawn,
Than share the city’s year forlorn.


“I Am Your Mother”

words by Shirley Erena Murray, music by Mark Miller


by Rabbi Jamie Korngold

The time has come for us to say “No!” to the lures of grandeur that takes us away from the core of our lives and the sounds of our souls. The time has come for us to quiet our lives and mute the distractions of our overstimulated society. The time has come for us to return to Elijah’s wilderness, to hear and see the quiet truths that await us there. 


Exodus 3:1-6 (NRSV)

1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Meditation – “Notes from Nature”

Beth Norcross

Prayer Walk

Love Feast


Beth Norcross

by Anonymous Native American Elder

Honor the sacred. Honor the Earth- our Mother. Honor the Elders. Honor all with whom you share the earth: Four-legged, two-legged, winged ones, swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people. Walk in balance and beauty

Worship Notes: 

Opening Prayer:
When Native Americans gather, whether the setting is secular or religious, it is customary to begin with prayer. Directional prayer is often used to open meetings and gatherings. This way of praying expresses gratitude acknowledges Creator’s omnipresence and raises awareness of our place and connection with creation. This particular prayer is written by Suanne Ware-Diaz (Kiowa) used with permission.

Verses adapted from the prayer, “God of the Horizons”, by Voices of First Women in, Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers to Change the World. Margaret Rose, Editor. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2009.



10 October 2018

Gathering Music

“Every Praise”

“God Has Work for Us to Do”

Call to Prayer

Cory Jones

To Those Who Have Died in the Desert by Orthon Perez

One: In memory of those who went to look for a better life, yet only encountered death
Many: In memory of those who risked everything
One: Of those who went with hope in their eyes and challenge in their souls
Many: The sun burned them and the desert devoured them and the dust erased their names and faces
One: In memory of those who never returned … we offer these flowers and say with the deepest respect …
Many: Your thirst is our thirst, your hunger is our hunger, your pain is our pain. Your anguish, bitterness, and agony are also ours.
One: We are a cry for justice that no one would ever have to leave their land,
Many: their beliefs, their dead, their children, their parents, their family, their roots, their culture, their identity
One: From out of the silence comes a voice that speaks
Many: So that no one will ever have to look for their dream in other lands, so that no one would ever have to go to the desert and be consumed by loneliness
One: We are a voice in the desert that cries out
Many: Education for all! Opportunity for all! Jobs for all! Bread for all! Freedom for all! Justice for all!
One: We are a voice that will not be lost in the desert
Many: that insists that the nation give equal opportunity to a dignified and fruitful life to all its children. Amen. 

Sung Evening Confession

“Come Out”

words by Tanya Linn Bennett & Mark Miller, music by Mark Miller

Come out, come out of your comfortable spaces
Come meet Jesus in the difficult places

Have you not heard every valley’s exalted?
Mountain’s made low, but the lowly are lifted

Come out, come out of your well-to-do places
Come meet Jesus in the struggling spaces

Come out the kin-dom of God is upon us
Come out the wilderness and follow Jesus


Sarah Grant

Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)

7 ¿A dónde podría alejarme de tu Espíritu?
¿A dónde podría huir de tu presencia?
8 Si subiera al cielo,
allí estás tú;
si tendiera mi lecho en el fondo del abismo,
también estás allí.
9 Si me elevara sobre las alas del alba,
o me estableciera en los extremos del mar,
10 aun allí tu mano me guiaría,
¡me sostendría tu mano derecha!

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

Sung Response

“What Does the Lord Require of You?”


Jeanette Zajac

Home (excerpts) by Warsan Shire

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck

no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than the journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your
body is left aching
or prison

i want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore
unless home told you
to quicken your legs
leave your clothes behind
crawl through the desert
wade through the oceans
be hunger
forget pride
your survival is more important

no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying –
run away from me now
i don’t know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here


Laura Kushner

Sung Response

“I Need You to Survive”

Prayers of the People

George Dredden

Blessing and Further Action

Kirsten Trambley

New Sanctuary Coalition

First Friends of New Jersey and New York

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Sending Forth

“La Lucha”

“We Resist!”

9 October 2018

Dean Tanya Linn Bennett and the Rev. Taylor Bean are available for pastoral care if you need someone to talk to during the service.

Gathering Music

Call to Worship

Kelsey Wallace

One: Give ear to our words, O God; give heed to our groaning.
Many: Listen to the sound of our cry, O God, we’re calling out to you.
One: O God, we believe that you hear our voices;
Many: we plead our case to you, and watch.


“Why Stand So Far Away, My God?” TFWS #2180


Sarah Galo

Daniel 13:15-27 (NRSV Catholic Edition)

15 Once, while two elders were watching for an opportune day, Susanna went into the garden as before with only two maids, and wished to bathe in the garden, for it was a hot day. 16 No one was there except the two elders, who had hidden themselves and were watching her. 17 She said to her maids, “Bring me olive oil and ointments, and shut the garden doors so that I can bathe.” 18 They did as she told them: they shut the doors of the garden and went out by the side doors to bring what they had been commanded; they did not see the elders, because they were hiding.

19 When the maids had gone out, the two elders got up and ran to her. 20 They said, “Look, the garden doors are shut, and no one can see us. We are burning with desire for you; so give your consent, and lie with us. 21 If you refuse, we will testify against you that a young man was with you, and this was why you sent your maids away.”

22 Susanna groaned and said, “I am completely trapped. For if I do this, it will mean death for me; if I do not, I cannot escape your hands. 23 I choose not to do it; I will fall into your hands, rather than sin in the sight of the Lord.”

24 Then Susanna cried out with a loud voice, and the two elders shouted against her. 25 And one of them ran and opened the garden doors. 26 When the people in the house heard the shouting in the garden, they rushed in at the side door to see what had happened to her. 27 And when the elders told their story, the servants felt very much ashamed, for nothing like this had ever been said about Susanna.

Litany of Lament and a Cry for Justice

Kelsey, Hayoung, and Sarah

Hear us, Christ, when we cry to you for all the women and girls who like Susanna are victims of violence. Hear us, Christ, for they are stripped and beaten as you were stripped and beaten, they are humiliated and used as you were betrayed and shamed. For the beaten girls and the battered women, blamed and bruised by angry men,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the young girls given or sold in marriage, and for unwilling brides with no way out,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women raped as a weapon of war and for the children they bear in grief and shame,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the victims of rape who are killed or take their own lives, and for the survivors who live with its scars,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the girls denied access to education, told they are stupid or worthless or expendable,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the girls and women sold or tricked into the sex trade, and for sex workers exposed to disease and violence,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the mothers, whose children are taken away by armies, governments, churches or family members,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the girl-children who are unwanted and rejected, the first to be aborted or abandoned, the last to be fed:
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women beaten in their own homes, and for their children who see and hear the violence,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women trapped in destructive relationships, manipulated, controlled, justifying their abusers,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women who hide their bruises and lie about their injuries for fear of the next attack,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women bullied in their workplaces, belittled, underpaid, threatened with losing their job,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women in prison, for those abused and abusing, beset by poverty, mental illness and addictions,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women attacked because of their sexual identity, targets for physical or spiritual assault,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the women and girls denied religious freedom, forced to submit by custom or law,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

For the older women, for those frail in body or mind, fearful of violence, manipulation or neglect,
Many: we cry out to you: bring justice!

We cry to you, Christ, for our sisters, our daughters, our mothers, ourselves.

Many: Bring justice. Bring healing. Bring hope. Amen.

Sung Response

“How Long?”

We wait for your coming,
we wait for new life,
we wait in our despairing,
we wait through the strife.

But how long? How long?
How much longer must we wait?
How long? How long?
How much longer must we wait?

Lord, we are forsaken,
we yearn to be free,
Sam said, “Change is gonna come,”
but right now we can’t breathe.

How long? How long?
How much longer must we wait?
How long? How long?
How much longer can we wait?


Hayoung Kang

Except from the Testimony of Anita Hill, October 11, 1991

It is only after a great deal of agonizing consideration that I am able to talk of these unpleasant matters to anyone except my closest friends, as I’ve said before. These last few days have been very trying and very hard for me, and it hasn’t just been the last few days this week.

It has actually been over a month now that I have been under the strain of this issue.

Telling the world is the most difficult experience of my life, but it is very close to having to live through the experience that occasioned this meeting. I may have used poor judgment early on in my relationship with this issue. I was aware, however, that telling at any point in my career could adversely affect my future career, and I did not want early on, to burn all the bridges to the EEOC.

As I said, I may have used poor judgment. Perhaps I should have taken angry or even militant steps, both when I was in the agency or after I left it. But I must confess to the world that the course that I took seemed the better, as well as the easier, approach.

I declined any comment to newspapers, but later, when Senate staff asked me about these matters, I felt I had a duty to report. I have no personal vendetta against Clarence Thomas. I seek only to provide the committee with information which it may regard as relevant.

It would have been more comfortable to remain silent. I took no initiative to inform anyone. But when I asked by a representative of this committee to report my experience, I felt that I had to tell the truth. I could not keep silent.


Sung Response

“We Have Come Too Far” by June Jordan

We have come too far
We can’t turn ‘round
We’ll flood the streets with justice
We are freedom bound!

Litany of Commitment

Kelsey, Hayoung, and Sarah

As a community of faith we will not forget those who are hurting. We will listen carefully. We understand there are those among us who suffer in silence. And so…

We will not further silence our neighbor with platitudes or should-haves. We commit to hold their pain gently.

We know we must continue to challenge the power dynamics in our world that make abuse prevalent, even when these dynamics and systems benefit us.

We will not worship ideas or institutions. We will love God and love our neighbor above all else.

We struggle to understand how the world can be so broken, but we will not let this deter us from seeking justice.

We will not cease praying for your Kin-dom come. We commit ourselves to the journey ahead. Our friends will walk alone no longer.

Sung Response

“We Resist”


Sarah and Kelsey

We invite you to participate in making the sign of the cross where indicated during the blessing. 

Worship Notes:

For local resources check out The NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault
If you need help contact: Morris CARES Sexual Violence Services 973.829.0587 atlantichealth.org

Elements of the service were adapted from the resources below. If you are looking for other resources similar to those used in the service today we encourage you to check out silenceisnotspiritual.org and faithtrustinstitute.org/resources/liturgy.

Call to Worship: strongwomenwrite.wordpress.com

Litany of Lament: silenceisnotspiritual.org

Anita Hill Testimony Excerpt

Litany of Commitment: strongwomenwrite.wordpress.com

Blessing: from “Healing the Broken Heart” faithtrustinstitute.org/resources/liturgy


27 September 2018

Gathering Music

“Gathering Chant”

gathering chant

Call to Worship

Brinna Kolitz

Psalm 52:1-5

Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly?

All day long you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever; God will snatch and tear you from your tent; God will uproot you from the land of the living.


“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” – African American Spiritual

1. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child (3x)
A long way from home, a long way from home

2. Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone (3x)
A long way from home, a long way from home


“Does Every Story Have to End with Good News?”

The Rev. Dr. Kevin Newburg

Sung Response

“Ave Verum Corpus” – Nicholas White

Seminary Choir

Liturgy of the Table

In the beginning, when darkness covered the face of the earth
and nothing existed but chaos, your Spirit swept across the waters.

We anxiously await your peace amidst the chaos.
We long to feel the presence of your Spirit.

And so, we join our voices with our siblings across space and time – with your people on earth and with the saints who have gone before us in an 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.

You, Emmanuel,
who lived among us and knew human pain and suffering;
who called all who were burdened and heavy laden and gave them rest;
who healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners;
who cast out demons and showed us the way to you through faith;
who took our suffering upon yourself,
that we might be cleansed of our sins and receive eternal life.
By the baptism of your 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.
We pray now the way you taught us, singing …

Lord’s Prayer

Words of Institution

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Hosanna in the highest (x3)

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. Amen.

Music During Communion

“You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” UMH #629

“Give Thanks”


The Rev. Dr. Kevin Newburg


“Grace Alone”


Worship Notes:

Table Liturgy:
Adapted by Kelsey Wallace from “A Service of Healing I” https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/a-service-of-healing-i