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Call to Worship  

God of power, as the earth reveals 
opening buds and ripening grain: 
We celebrate your purpose in creation. 
God of salvation, as the earth provides 
tranquility and timelessness: 
We celebrate your grace in creation. 
God of wholeness, as the earth sparkles 
with running, living water: 
We celebrate your healing in creation. 
Creator, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, help us to preserve 
all that gives and enhances life: 
In celebration of your creation. 

Prayer of Adoration

Song of Praise

All People That on Earth Do Dwell 
Words by William Kethe
Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH LM

All people that on earth do dwell, 
sing out your faith with cheerful voice; 
Delight in God whose praise you tell, 
whose presence calls you to rejoice. 

Know that there is one God, indeed, 
who fashions us without our aid, 
Who claims us, gives us all we need, 
whose tender care will never fade. 

Enter the sacred gates with praise, 
with joy approach the temple walls. 
Extol and bless our God always 
as people whom the Sprit calls. 

Proclaim again that God is good, 
whose mercy is forever sure, 
Whose truth at all times firmly stood, 
and shall from age to age endure. 

Psalm 138
Common English Bible 

I give thanks to you with all my heart, Lord. 
    I sing your praise before all other gods. 
I bow toward your holy temple 
    and thank your name 
    for your loyal love and faithfulness 
        because you have made your name and word 
        greater than everything else. 
On the day I cried out, you answered me. 
    You encouraged me with inner strength. 

Let all the earth’s rulers give thanks to you, Lord, 
    when they hear what you say. 
Let them sing about the Lord’s ways 
    because the Lord’s glory is so great! 
Even though the Lord is high, 
    he can still see the lowly, 
    but God keeps his distance from the arrogant. 

Whenever I am in deep trouble, 
    you make me live again; 
    you send your power against my enemies’ wrath; 
    you save me with your strong hand. 
The Lord will do all this for my sake. 

Your faithful love lasts forever, Lord! 
    Don’t let go of what your hands 
    have made. 

Song of Praise 

Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing 
Words by Charles Wesley
AZMON CM (Glaser)

O for a thousand tongues to sing 
my great Redeemer’s praise 
The glories ever echoing 
the triumphs of God’s grace! 

My gracious Savior and my God,  
assist me to proclaim, 
To spread through all the earth abroad 
 the honors of your name. 

Jesus! The name that calms our fears,  
that bids our sorrows cease 
Is music in the sinner’s ear,  
is life, and health, and peace! 

Glory to God, and love and praise 
 be ever, ever given 
By all the saints in every age,  
the church in earth and heaven. 

Psalm 130
Common English Bible 

 I cry out to you from the depths, Lord—  
my Lord, listen to my voice!  
    Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy!  
If you kept track of sins, Lord—  
    my Lord, who would stand a chance?  
But forgiveness is with you—  
    that’s why you are honored.  

I hope, Lord.  
My whole being hopes,  
    and I wait for God’s promise.  
My whole being waits for my Lord—  
    more than the night watch waits for morning;  
    yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!  

Israel, wait for the Lord!  
    Because faithful love is with the;  
    because great redemption is with our God!  
He is the one who will redeem Israel  
    from all its sin.  

Prayer for Others 

Choral Prayer

Out of the Depths
Camille Saint-Saëns 

Out of the depths I cry unto thee,
O Lord hear my voice!
Hear thou my supplications.
If thou, O Lord, should mark my iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?

Mark 3:20-21, 31-35
Common English Bible  

Jesus entered a house. A crowd gathered again so that it was impossible for him and his followers even to eat.When his family heard what was happening, they came to take control of him. They were saying, “He’s out of his mind!” 

His mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent word to him, calling for him. A crowd was seated around him, and those sent to him said, “Look, your mother, brothers, and sisters are outside looking for you.” He replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Looking around at those seated around him in a circle, he said, “Look, here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does God’s will is my brother, sister, and mother.”  

Reflection on the Gospel 
Rev. Tonya Vickery 

An audio recording of the sermon from 11am service is below. Please note that it did not record in stereo, so your left speaker isn’t broken, it only plays from the right. 🙂

Prayer of Thanksgiving 
Thank you, God for constant love. Please help our church family grow deeper and deeper in your love. Amen. 

Song of Response

Who Is My Mother, Who Is My Brother? 
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
JIATIN (Hong)

Who is my mother, who is my brother?  
all those who gather round Jesus Christ:  
Spirit-blown people born from the Gospel  
sit at he table, round Jesus Christ.  

Chorus:  Bound by one vision, met for one mission  
we claim each other, round Jesus Christ: 
here is my mother, here is my brother,  
kindred in Spirit, through Jesus Christ.  

Differently abled, differently labeled,  
widen the circle round Jesus Christ,  
crutches and stigmas, culture’s enigmas,  
all come together round Jesus Christ.
Chorus  

Love will relate us – color or status  
can’t segregate us, round Jesus Christ:  
family failings, human derailings –  
all are accepted, round Jesus Christ.  
Chorus  

Sending Out

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, 
    In the name of Christ. Amen. 

  
Closing Song 

Blest Be the Tie
Words by John Fawcett
DENNIS (Nägeli) 

    
Blest be the tie that binds  
our hearts in Christian love.  
The fellowship of kindred minds  
is like to that above. 

When we are called to part,  
it gives us inward pain;  
but we shall still be joined in heart,  
and hope to meet again. 

This glorious hope revives  
our courage by the way;  
while each in expectation lives  
and waits to see the day. 

Acknowledgements 
 

The Call to Worship was written by Jean Hudson and published in Summer: Liturgical Resources for May, June, and July, ed. Ruth Burgess. Wild Goose Publications, the publishing arm of the Iona Community, ©2019.  Used by permission.    

Permission to print the words and include recordings of the music obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-724755. All rights reserved. All writings have been used by permission from the posting sites or authors. 

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