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“A holy temple”
Sunday Video: https://youtu.be/2pXHz1-JK7g

Morning Prayer
In the service of the Lord’s Day
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
11 July 2021

Order of Service

Sentences Mark 6:34, 56
As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

r: Praise God who calls us together! Amen

Prelude & Bells

Call to Worship Psalm 23
v: The Lord is my shepherd;
r: I shall not want.
v: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
r: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
v: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
r: for his name's sake.
v: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
r: I will fear no evil:
v: for thou art with me;
r: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
v: Thou preparest a table before me
r: in the presence of mine enemies:
v: thou anointest my head with oil;
r: my cup runneth over.
v: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
r: all the days of my life:
v: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
r: for ever.

Song Christ is made the sure foundation v 1&2

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ, our Head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
Binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion's help forever
And our confidence alone.

To this temple, where we call You,
Come, O Lord of hosts, today;
With your steadfast loving kindness,
Hear Your servants as they pray;
And Your fullest benediction
Shed in all its brightest ray.

Welcome (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 22:39, Micah 6:8, UCC)
v: Hear, O Children of God: “The Lord is our God,
r: the Lord alone.
v: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
r: and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
v: “You shall love your neighbor
r: as yourself”
v: “and what does the Lord require of you
r: but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
v: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
r: you are welcome here.

Invocation (UCC)
v: Holy God of Israel, ever present and moving among your people,
r: draw us near to you,
v: that in place of hostility
r: there may be peace;
v: in place of loneliness,
r: compassion;
v: in place of aimlessness,
r: direction;
v: and in place of sickness,
r: healing;
v: through Christ Jesus, in whom you draw near to us.
r: Amen.

Prayer for Mercy, Reconciliation and Conversion
Psalm 89 and Jeremiah 23
v: Heavenly Father, You and Your Gifts are Perfect.
r: We are not.
v: You lead us with abundant mercy, justice, and grace.
r: We are slow to follow.
v: We abandon the straight and narrow path of life in which You direct us
r: for the wide and easy path that leads to our own destruction.
v: You call us to care for one another,
r: for the weak and the vulnerable,
v: to gather them in grace;
r: yet, we are prone to abandon them and see them scattered.
v: We dismiss the needs of our fellow human beings
r: by forsaking your law to love our neighbor as ourselves.
v: We confess our waywardness in the silence of our hearts in this fellowship of need
r: and ask for your forgiveness.

Silent Prayers of Confession

v: For this and for many more
r: we are truly sorry, Lord.

Assurance of Pardon
v: The Lord is our Shepherd.
r: He is aware of our wanton hearts.
v: He has rooted out our sin and reversed its dire consequences
r: upon His cross.
v: The tree of life
r: has become the cross of Christ.
v: Although we have strayed,
r: our Merciful God has not removed His steadfast love from us.
v: He is faithful to His promise to restore us.
r: In Christ, we are forgiven. Amen.

Musical Offering Sarah Reisert, soloist

Lesson Jeremiah 23:1-6 (& Ephesians 2:11a,13-16)
v: Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!
r: says the LORD.
v: Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning
r: the shepherds who shepherd my people:
v: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them
r: away, and you have not attended to them.
v: So I will attend to you for your evil doings,
r: says the LORD.
v: Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock
r: out of all the lands where I have driven them,
v: and I will bring them back to their fold,
r: and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
v: I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them,
r: and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed,
v: nor shall any be missing,
r: says the LORD.
v: The days are surely coming,
r: says the LORD,
v: when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
r: and he shall reign as king and deal wisely,
v: and shall execute justice
r: and righteousness in the land.
v: In his days Judah will be saved
r: and Israel will live in safety.
v: And this is the name by which he will be called:
r: "The LORD is our righteousness."

Ephesians 2:11a,13-16
v: So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, were at that time without Christ. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off
r: have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
v: For he is our peace;
r: in his flesh he has made both groups into one
v: and has broken down the dividing wall, that is,
r: the hostility between us.
v: He has abolished the law
r: with its commandments and ordinances,
v: that he might create in himself one new humanity
r: in place of the two, thus making peace,
v: and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross,
r: thus putting to death that hostility through it.
v: So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off
r: and peace to those who were near;
v: for through him both of us have access
r: in one Spirit to the Father.

Sermon “A holy temple” Pastor Parkinson

Song O love, how deep, how broad, how high! vs 1,3,5

1 O love, how deep, how broad, how high!
It fills the heart with ecstasy,
that God, the Son of God, should take
our mortal form for mortals’ sake.

3 For us he prayed, for us he taught,
for us his daily works he wrought,
by words and signs and actions thus
still seeking not himself but us.

5 For us he rose from death again
For us he went on high to reign
For us he sent his spirit here
To guide, to comfort and to cheer

Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer in unison
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

Song For the healing of the Nations 668

1 For the healing of the nations,
Lord, we pray with one accord,
for a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action
help us rise and pledge our word.

2 Lead us forward into freedom;
from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred,
all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness
fear will die and hope increase.

3 All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race, or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow life’s brief span.

4 You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind.
For our growing in your likeness,
bring the life of Christ to mind
that by our response and service
earth its destiny may find.

Benediction
v: May the Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace
And God’s People say:
r: Amen! Praise God who calls us together! Amen!

Bells & Postlude

Image: Paul Signac In the time of harmony (1895) Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Christ Rising, Christ Alive!
Ascension Sunday Video: https://youtu.be/aPvPhNCSy98

Morning Prayer
in the Service of the Lord’s Day
Seventh Sunday of Easter & The Ascension
16 May 2021
Community Church of Syosset

Order of Service

Sentences Acts 1:6-9
v: So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up,
r: and a cloud took him out of their sight.

Prelude, Bells & Introit

Call to Worship Ephesians 1:16-23 Paul’s Prayer
v: I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
r: may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him,
v: so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened,
r: you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
v: what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,
r: and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.
v: God put this power to work in Christ
r: when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
v: far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named,
r: not only in this age but also in the age to come.
v: And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,
r: which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Song Christ is Alive vs 1&2
1 Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
The cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
Love, drowned in death, shall never die.

2 Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
but saving, healing, here and now,
and touching ev’ry place and time.

Welcome (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 22:39, Micah 6:8, UCC)
v: Hear, O Children of God: “The Lord is our God,
r: the Lord alone.
v: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
r: and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
v: “You shall love your neighbor
r: as yourself”
v: “and what does the Lord require of you
r: but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
v: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
r: you are welcome here.

Invocation (UCC)
v: Precious love, your ascended Son promised
r: the gift of holy power.
v: Send your Spirit of revelation and wisdom, that in the blessed freedom of hope,
r: we may witness to the grace of forgiveness
v: and sing songs of joy with the peoples of earth
r: to the One who makes us one body.
v: And God’s People say
r: Amen.

Prayer for Mercy, Reconciliation and Conversion
Revelation 22:12-21
v: “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,
r: the beginning and the end.”
v: Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life
r: and may enter the city by the gates.
v: Let us confess our sins to God. You call us, God Most High, to proclaim a gospel
r: we find difficult to practice,
v: We watch our clocks to make sure we spend more time
r: with ourselves than with you.
v: We are hesitant to witness to your power from on high,
r: as we are uncertain of your presence in our lives.
v: Forgive us, God of Light. Fill us with the joy of your Spirit
r: and open our eyes to the scriptures.
v: May we proclaim your good news as we participate in the life and suffering of our world,
r: as did your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
v: And in communion of prayer together, we search our hearts in silence

Silent Prayers

Assurance of Pardon
v: The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
r: In Jesus we are forgiven! Thanks be to God! Alleluia. Amen!

Anthem

Lesson Luke 24:44-53
v: Then he said to them,
r: ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—
v: that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms
r: must be fulfilled.’
v: Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them,
r: ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day,
v: and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations,
r: beginning from Jerusalem.
v: You are witnesses of these things.
r: And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised;
v: so stay here in the city
r: until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
v: Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them.
r: While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.
v: And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;
r: and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Sermon Christ Rising, Christ Alive! Pastor Parkinson

Song Christ is Alive vs 3&4
3 In ev’ry insult, rift, and war,
where color, scorn, or wealth divide,
Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,
and lives, where even hope has died.

4 Women and men, in age and youth
Can feel the Spirit, hear the call
And find the way, the life the truth
Revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

Prayers of the People & Prayer of the Savior (unison)
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Song Christ is Alive vs 5
5 Christ is alive, and comes to bring
good news to this and ev’ry age,
till earth and sky and ocean ring
with joy, with justice, love, and praise.

Benediction
v: May the Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace
And God’s People say:
r: Amen! Alleluia! Amen!

Bells & Postlude

Bamberg Apocalypse (11th-c) illuminated manuscript of Reichenau Abbey, Bamberg State Library

We are an open and affirming congregation. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! Founded in 1860, the Community Church of Syosset is an open and affirming member of the United Church of Christ.

Our meaningful, thought-provoking worship services are every Sunday morning, at 10:00 A.M.

Operating as usual

07/25/2021

Sunday video https://youtu.be/37xbcRJK40Q
"Miracles favor the prepared"

Morning Prayer
In the service of the Lord’s Day
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
25 July 2021

Order of Service

Sentences 2 Kings 4:42-44
In the days of the prophet Elisha, A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, "Give it to the people and let them eat."
But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred people?" So he repeated, "Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'"
He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

r: Hallelujah! Praise God who sanctifies our gifts! Amen.

Prelude & Bells

Call to Worship Ephesians 3:14-21
v: For this reason
r: I bow my knees before the Father,
v: from whom every family in heaven and on earth
r: takes its name.
v: I pray that,
r: according to the riches of his glory,
v: he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being
r: with power through his Spirit,
v: and that Christ may dwell in your hearts
through faith,
v: as you are being rooted and grounded
r: in love.
v: I pray that you may have the power to comprehend,
r: with all the saints,
v: what is the breadth and length
r: and height and depth,
v: and to know the love of Christ
r: that surpasses knowledge,
v: so that you may be filled
r: with all the fullness of God.
v: Now to him who by the power at work within us
r: is able to accomplish abundantly
v: far more than all we can ask or imagine,
r: to him be glory in the church
v: and in Christ Jesus to all generations,
r: forever and ever. Amen.
v: Let us worship God!

Song Come, thou fount of every blessing 16
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 measure
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2 Here I raise to thee an altar;
hither by thy help I've 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 from thy courts above.

Welcome (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 22:39, Micah 6:8, UCC)
v: Hear, O Children of God: “The Lord is our God,
r: the Lord alone.
v: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
r: and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
v: “You shall love your neighbor
r: as yourself”
v: “and what does the Lord require of you
r: but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
v: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
r: you are welcome here.

Invocation (UCC)
v: Almighty God,
r: Sustainer of the hungry,
v: like a mother you long to feed your children
r: until each is satisfied.
v: Turn our eyes to you alone, that,
r: aware of our own deepest longings,
v: we will reach out with Christ
r: to feed others with the miracle of your love. Amen.

Prayer for Mercy, Reconciliation and Conversion
v: Generous God
r: whose giving knows neither measure nor end,
v: We confess that all too often we have kept
r: our own hearts, hands and minds firmly closed.
v: Forgive us for those times when our own wants and wishes
r: have filled the horizon to the exclusion of all else,
v: and made us blind and deaf
r: to the needs and concerns of others.
v: Forgive us for those moments when the fear that sharing what we have
r: will lead to our own impoverishment,
v: has kept us silent and still
r: when those around us are in need.
v: Forgive us for those situations when seeing only a problem
r: rather than daring to dream a solution,
v: has left us fettered and powerless
r: where we might have been building your Kingdom.
v: Forgive us Father. Help us to transcend selfishness, greed and fear
r: and to always to feel, think and act
v: as those who know the hope
r: that is rooted in the generous giving of God
v: Guide us as we silently search our consciences, together putting our faith in you

Silent Prayers of Confession

v: For all this and for much more
r: we are truly sorry, Lord.

Assurance of Pardon 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
v: When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
r: when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
v: For now we see in a mirror, dimly,
r: but then we will see face to face.
v: Now I know only in part; then I will know fully,
r: even as I have been fully known.
v: “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
r: and the greatest of these is love.”
v: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and freed to love.
r: Amen.

Musical Offering Children’s Orchestra Society

Lesson John 6:1-14
v: After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip,
r: "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?"
v: He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him,
r: "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."
v: One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
r: "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?"
v: Jesus said,
r: "Make the people sit down."
v: Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples,
r: "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost."
v: So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say,
r: "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world."

Sermon “Miracles favor the prepared” Pastor Parkinson

Song Take my life, and let it be vs 1-3 609
1 Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2 Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice, and let me sing;
unto God my praise I bring.
Take my lips, and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer in unison
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

Song Take my life, and let it be vs 4-6 609
4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will, and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.


Benediction
v: May the Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace
And God’s People say:

r: Hallelujah! Praise God who sanctifies our gifts! Amen.

Bells & Postlude

David Fichter Potluck (1994) Mural Norfolk Street, Cambridge, Mass

Sunday video https://youtu.be/37xbcRJK40Q
"Miracles favor the prepared"

Morning Prayer
In the service of the Lord’s Day
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
25 July 2021

Order of Service

Sentences 2 Kings 4:42-44
In the days of the prophet Elisha, A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, "Give it to the people and let them eat."
But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred people?" So he repeated, "Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'"
He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

r: Hallelujah! Praise God who sanctifies our gifts! Amen.

Prelude & Bells

Call to Worship Ephesians 3:14-21
v: For this reason
r: I bow my knees before the Father,
v: from whom every family in heaven and on earth
r: takes its name.
v: I pray that,
r: according to the riches of his glory,
v: he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being
r: with power through his Spirit,
v: and that Christ may dwell in your hearts
through faith,
v: as you are being rooted and grounded
r: in love.
v: I pray that you may have the power to comprehend,
r: with all the saints,
v: what is the breadth and length
r: and height and depth,
v: and to know the love of Christ
r: that surpasses knowledge,
v: so that you may be filled
r: with all the fullness of God.
v: Now to him who by the power at work within us
r: is able to accomplish abundantly
v: far more than all we can ask or imagine,
r: to him be glory in the church
v: and in Christ Jesus to all generations,
r: forever and ever. Amen.
v: Let us worship God!

Song Come, thou fount of every blessing 16
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 measure
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2 Here I raise to thee an altar;
hither by thy help I've 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 from thy courts above.

Welcome (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 22:39, Micah 6:8, UCC)
v: Hear, O Children of God: “The Lord is our God,
r: the Lord alone.
v: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
r: and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
v: “You shall love your neighbor
r: as yourself”
v: “and what does the Lord require of you
r: but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
v: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
r: you are welcome here.

Invocation (UCC)
v: Almighty God,
r: Sustainer of the hungry,
v: like a mother you long to feed your children
r: until each is satisfied.
v: Turn our eyes to you alone, that,
r: aware of our own deepest longings,
v: we will reach out with Christ
r: to feed others with the miracle of your love. Amen.

Prayer for Mercy, Reconciliation and Conversion
v: Generous God
r: whose giving knows neither measure nor end,
v: We confess that all too often we have kept
r: our own hearts, hands and minds firmly closed.
v: Forgive us for those times when our own wants and wishes
r: have filled the horizon to the exclusion of all else,
v: and made us blind and deaf
r: to the needs and concerns of others.
v: Forgive us for those moments when the fear that sharing what we have
r: will lead to our own impoverishment,
v: has kept us silent and still
r: when those around us are in need.
v: Forgive us for those situations when seeing only a problem
r: rather than daring to dream a solution,
v: has left us fettered and powerless
r: where we might have been building your Kingdom.
v: Forgive us Father. Help us to transcend selfishness, greed and fear
r: and to always to feel, think and act
v: as those who know the hope
r: that is rooted in the generous giving of God
v: Guide us as we silently search our consciences, together putting our faith in you

Silent Prayers of Confession

v: For all this and for much more
r: we are truly sorry, Lord.

Assurance of Pardon 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
v: When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
r: when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
v: For now we see in a mirror, dimly,
r: but then we will see face to face.
v: Now I know only in part; then I will know fully,
r: even as I have been fully known.
v: “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
r: and the greatest of these is love.”
v: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and freed to love.
r: Amen.

Musical Offering Children’s Orchestra Society

Lesson John 6:1-14
v: After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip,
r: "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?"
v: He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him,
r: "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."
v: One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
r: "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?"
v: Jesus said,
r: "Make the people sit down."
v: Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples,
r: "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost."
v: So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say,
r: "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world."

Sermon “Miracles favor the prepared” Pastor Parkinson

Song Take my life, and let it be vs 1-3 609
1 Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2 Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice, and let me sing;
unto God my praise I bring.
Take my lips, and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer in unison
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

Song Take my life, and let it be vs 4-6 609
4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will, and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.


Benediction
v: May the Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace
And God’s People say:

r: Hallelujah! Praise God who sanctifies our gifts! Amen.

Bells & Postlude

David Fichter Potluck (1994) Mural Norfolk Street, Cambridge, Mass

07/25/2021

“Miracles favor the prepared”

Morning Prayer
In the service of the Lord’s Day
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
25 July 2021

Order of Service

Sentences 2 Kings 4:42-44
In the days of the prophet Elisha, A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, "Give it to the people and let them eat."
But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred people?" So he repeated, "Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'"
He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

r: Hallelujah! Praise God who sanctifies our gifts! Amen.

Prelude & Bells

Call to Worship Ephesians 3:14-21
v: For this reason
r: I bow my knees before the Father,
v: from whom every family in heaven and on earth
r: takes its name.
v: I pray that,
r: according to the riches of his glory,
v: he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being
r: with power through his Spirit,
v: and that Christ may dwell in your hearts
r: through faith,
v: as you are being rooted and grounded
r: in love.
v: I pray that you may have the power to comprehend,
r: with all the saints,
v: what is the breadth and length
r: and height and depth,
v: and to know the love of Christ
r: that surpasses knowledge,
v: so that you may be filled
r: with all the fullness of God.
v: Now to him who by the power at work within us
r: is able to accomplish abundantly
v: far more than all we can ask or imagine,
r: to him be glory in the church
v: and in Christ Jesus to all generations,
r: forever and ever. Amen.
v: Let us worship God!

Song Come, thou fount of every blessing 16
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 measure
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2 Here I raise to thee an altar;
hither by thy help I've 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 from thy courts above.

Welcome (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 22:39, Micah 6:8, UCC)
v: Hear, O Children of God: “The Lord is our God,
r: the Lord alone.
v: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
r: and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
v: “You shall love your neighbor
r: as yourself”
v: “and what does the Lord require of you
r: but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
v: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
r: you are welcome here.

Invocation (UCC)
v: Almighty God,
r: Sustainer of the hungry,
v: like a mother you long to feed your children
r: until each is satisfied.
v: Turn our eyes to you alone, that,
r: aware of our own deepest longings,
v: we will reach out with Christ
r: to feed others with the miracle of your love. Amen.

Prayer for Mercy, Reconciliation and Conversion
v: Generous God
r: whose giving knows neither measure nor end,
v: We confess that all too often we have kept
r: our own hearts, hands and minds firmly closed.
v: Forgive us for those times when our own wants and wishes
r: have filled the horizon to the exclusion of all else,
v: and made us blind and deaf
r: to the needs and concerns of others.
v: Forgive us for those moments when the fear that sharing what we have
r: will lead to our own impoverishment,
v: has kept us silent and still
r: when those around us are in need.
v: Forgive us for those situations when seeing only a problem
r: rather than daring to dream a solution,
v: has left us fettered and powerless
r: where we might have been building your Kingdom.
v: Forgive us Father. Help us to transcend selfishness, greed and fear
r: and to always to feel, think and act
v: as those who know the hope
r: that is rooted in the generous giving of God
v: Guide us as we silently search our consciences, together putting our faith in you

Silent Prayers of Confession

v: For all this and for much more
r: we are truly sorry, Lord.

Assurance of Pardon 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
v: When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
r: when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
v: For now we see in a mirror, dimly,
r: but then we will see face to face.
v: Now I know only in part; then I will know fully,
r: even as I have been fully known.
v: “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
r: and the greatest of these is love.”
v: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and freed to love.
r: Amen.

Musical Offering Children’s Orchestra Society Jeffrey Yang

Lesson John 6:1-14
v: After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip,
r: "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?"
v: He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him,
r: "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."
v: One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
r: "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?"
v: Jesus said,
r: "Make the people sit down."
v: Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples,
r: "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost."
v: So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say,
r: "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world."

Sermon “Miracles favor the prepared” Pastor Parkinson

Song Take my life, and let it be vs 1-3 609
1 Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2 Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice, and let me sing;
unto God my praise I bring.
Take my lips, and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer in unison
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

Song Take my life, and let it be vs 4-6 609
4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will, and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.


Benediction
v: May the Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace
And God’s People say:

r: Hallelujah! Praise God who sanctifies our gifts! Amen.

Bells & Postlude

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