Memorial Day 2022

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                          Order of Worship- Memorial Day

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.

             You are welcome here…come and worship!

Focus:  “We are one, after all, you and I; together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.”

                                                              Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

9:55 Preparation for worship: As the candles for our service are being

lit, you are invited to prepare for worship; putting aside all distractions,

creating a quiet space and opening yourselves to the Spirit.  We invite

you to take a moment and call to mind those you remember with

love today.

Gathering Music:  Go Light Your World (by Chris Rice) -Michelle Currie

Welcome:      

Responsive Call to Worship: 

L: Though many places in the world are bound in violence and war,

P: The peace of God is poured out for all people.

L: Though conflict and struggle affect so many lives,

P: The love of God is lavished on all people.

L: Let us praise the God of love and peace.

P: Let us listen for God’s words of peace and justice for all people. Amen.

Opening Hymn: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee       #337  vs 1-3

    My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing:

land where my father’s died, land of the pilgrims’ pride,

from every mountain side let freedom ring.

    My native country thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love;

I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills;

my heart with rapture thrills like that above.

    Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees

sweet freedom’s song. Let mortal tongues awake, let

all that breathe partake; let rocks their silence break,

the sound prolong.

Invocation

Come, Prince of Peace, light our path as we gather today. 

Open the gates of our minds and our hearts

that your word may penetrate to the depth of our being.

Lead us to the river of the water of life

And refresh us for the work you have set for us. 

Sit us down under the tree of life and let us rejoice

in the diversity of its fruit and witness to the healing

of communities and of nations.  Bring us your consolation and your peace as we come to worship you.  Amen.

Lords Prayer:                      

AwakeningBattle Hymn of the Republic (by William Steffe)  -Michelle Currie

Scripture:  Isaiah59: 1, 8-10, 14-16, Psalm 27: 1, 4-5, 7-9, 11, 13-14,

-Patricia Mulholland

Sermon:  What Then Must We Do?                        Rev. Paula Norbert

Meditative Instr. ~ Michelle Currie

Musical call to Prayer:  (two times)

Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at

ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.

                               Prayers of the People:

Silent Prayers                                                     Pastoral Prayer

Offertory:

Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Closing Hymn:  O Beautiful for Spacious Skies      #338 

    O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain

for purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain!

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,

and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

    O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,

 who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life!

America! America! God mend thine every flaw;

confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!

    O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years

thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears!

America! America! May God thy gold refine

til all success be nobleness and every gain divine!

Blessing/Benediction                                            Rev. Paula Norbert

And may the peace of God which passes all human understanding,

keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Amen.                                                                                                            (Philippians 4:7, RSV)

Sending Forth:  May you go in peace to love and serve the Lord and

one another.

Response: Amen

Recessional: Go in Peace

Go in peace and the peace of God be with you this day.

Go in peace and the peace of God be with you always.

celebrate and share the joy. Celebrate new life.

Go in peace and the peace of God be with you always.

Thank you to Music Director, Michelle Currie and to all who helped with worship today.