To Honor and To Remember

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To Honor and To Remember

May 30, 2021– 10:00 a.m                      


Focus:  “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”                                                   —Eleanor Roosevelt

Threshold Moment:  Taps in Arlington National Cemetery

Gathering Music: God of Our Fathers (by Daniel C. Roberts)  -Michelle Currie


Responsive Call to Worship: 

L: Though many places in the world are bound in 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 (by Samuel Francis Smith )  -Michelle Currie


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 nations.  Show us your glory, Sovereign One

as we come to worship you.  Amen.

Lords Prayer:                      

Awakening: Battle Hymn of the Republic (by William Steffe)  -Michelle Currie

Scripture:  Isaiah 59:1, 8-10-14-18, 20; Mark 9:33-37,50;     -Ken Murray

Sermon:  Peace Is Every Step                                 Rev. Paula Norbert

Sermon Response:  Meditative Instrumental ~ Peace (by Michael McDonald)  -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

Closing Hymn:  America the Beautiful (by Samuel A. Ward)  -Michelle Currie

Blessing/Benediction                                   Rev. Paula Norbert

And may the peace of God which passes all 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 One who loves us and all of creation.

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.

                                                          Our Readings Today

Isaiah 59:

The way of peace they do not know,

    and there is no justice in their paths.

Their roads they have made crooked;

    no one who walks in them knows peace.

9 Therefore justice is far from us,

    and righteousness does not reach us;

we wait for light, and lo! there is darkness;

    and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

10 We grope like the blind along a wall,

    groping like those who have no eyes;

we stumble at noon as in the twilight,

    among the vigorous[a] as though we were dead.

14 Justice is turned back,

    and righteousness stands at a distance;

for truth stumbles in the public square,

    and uprightness cannot enter.

15 Truth is lacking,

    and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.

The Lord saw it, and it displeased him

    that there was no justice.

16 He saw that there was no one,

    and was appalled that there was no one to intervene;

so his own arm brought him victory,

    and his righteousness upheld him.

17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,

    and a helmet of salvation on his head;

he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,

    and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle.

18 According to their deeds, so will he repay;

    wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies;

    to the coastlands he will render requital.

And he will come to Zion as Redeemer,

    to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the Lord.

21 And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the Lord: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from now on and forever.

                                                  Mark 9: 3337, 50

 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”  50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”