Order of Worship

April 30, 2017:             Special Music Sunday


Preparation for the Word of God



 Prelude & Fugue in d minor   J. S. Bach

 Prelude & Fugue in e minor     J. S. Bach


Welcome and Announcements


Passing the Peace of Christ:

One:  The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:   And also with you.

One:  Let us greet one another with signs of Christ’s peace.


Preparation for Worship


*  Call to Worship:  Psalm 150.

One:  Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary!

All:    Praise God in the mighty firmament of his power!

One:  Praise God for his mighty acts;

All:    Praise God for his immeasurable greatness!

One:  Praise God with the sound of the trumpet; praise God with lute and harp!

All:    Praise God with tambourine and dancing; praise God with flute and strings!

One:  Praise God with the clashing cymbals; praise God with triumphant cymbals!

All:    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!


*  Hymn #641: “When in Our Music God Is Glorified” Engelberg


Prayer of Confession:

God of heaven: the glory of your name shines brightly against the sin of our world.  We have not lived as you have made us to do.  We have not served you with our whole hearts.  We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.  We  are truly sorry, and we humbly repent.  Help us to change our ways.  Amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

(Time of Silent Confession.)


Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo: “Kyrie”


Assurance of Pardon:

One:  …Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:

All:    In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

One:  Thanks be to God.  Amen.


Proclamation of the Word of God


Call to Mission Camp Whitman Lea Kone


Children’s Time.

(After children’s time, elementary-school aged children may follow the teachers

downstairs to Sunday School in the Meditation Room, and children up to

kindergarten age may go to childcare on the 2nd floor. )


*  Hymn #81: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken Austrian Hymn


First Reading: Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19 p. 564—565 OT


Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo: “Gloria”


Second Reading: Luke 24: 13-35 p. 90 NT

One:  The Word of the Lord.

All:  Thanks be to God!

Response to the Word of God


Receiving Tithes and Offerings.


Offertory:                                Selection from the Cello Suite J.S. Bach


* Offertory Response: Doxology to the tune of “All Creatures of our God and King”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Christ, all creatures here below.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore.  Praise Triune God, whom we adore.  Alleluia!


* Affirmation of Faith:  adapted from the United Church of Canada

We sing of God the Spirit,

who from the beginning has swept over the face of creation,

animating all energy and matter, and moving in the human heart.

We sing of God the Spirit, faithful and untamable,

who is creatively and redemptively active in the world.

The Spirit challenges us to celebrate the holy:

not only in what is familiar, but also in that which seems foreign.

We sing of the Spirit, who speaks our prayers of deepest longing,

and enfolds our concerns and confessions, transforming us and the world.

We offer worship as an outpouring of gratitude and awe,

and as a practice of opening ourselves

to God’s still, small voice of comfort,

to God’s rushing whirlwind of challenge.

Through worship, music, art, and sacrament,

in community and in solitude,

God transforms our lives, recreates our relationships, and heals our world.

Thanks be to God!  Amen.


Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo: “Credo”


Prayers of the People.


Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo : “Sanctus et Benedictus”


The Lord’s Prayer:

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 sins, as we forgive those who sin 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.


Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo: “Agnus Dei”


*  Hymn #26: “Earth and All Stars!” Earth and All Stars


*  Benediction.


Postlude: “Ein feste Burg”  J.S. Bach


 Our Guest Musicians Today:

Sarah Cummings, violin

Elizabeth Lyon, cello

Sarah McDonald, violin

Sarah Welden, soprano


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