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Opening Words of Gratitude

Glory be to God in the world around us:
in sun and shade, day and night,
and the rhythms of the seasons.
Glory be to God!
Glory be to God in the community in which we live:
in love and laughter, sorrow and joy,
and the patterns of human living.
Glory be to God!
Glory be to God in the way we live our lives:
in giving and sharing, thanking and knowing,
and all that makes us Jesus’ disciples.
Glory be to God!
Glory be to God in the world:
in the search for justice and peace,
and all that makes us one human family.
Glory be to God!
Glory be to God in the smallest of things:
in tiny creatures, fleeting moments,
the smallest seed of faith new-growing.
Glory be to God!
Glory be to God in greatness and majesty:
in the tallest mountains, the highest clouds,
the awesome dance of the whole cosmos.
Glory be to God!
Glory be to you, O God,
now and forever. Amen

Opening Prayer

Lord of the Sabbath,
welcome us into your silence:
no requirements, no expectations,
only heart meeting heart.
Lord of the Sabbath,
we take your forgiveness and hope
and lay down our burdens.
We seek your silence.
When we find it help us to linger there with you.
As silence sinks into our souls,
help us to pause in your serenity,
feel the comfort of your presence,
rest a while in your peace. Amen.

Song of Praise
Psalm 136
Words: Mwalimu Glenn T. Boyd

Give thanks unto the Lord for God is ever good.
Amen, Alele, Allelujah!
God is the God of gods, God is the Lord of lords.
Amen, Alele, Allelujah!
Our God alone does wonders, God made the earth and stars.
Amen, Alele, Allelujah!
God made the sun for day, and moon and stars for night.
Amen, Alele, Allelujah!
God frees us from oppression, gives life to every creature.
Amen, Alele, Allelujah!
Give thanks unto the Lord, the God of earth and heaven.
Amen, Alele, Allelujah!

Psalm 1
Common English Bible

The truly happy person
doesn’t follow wicked advice,
doesn’t stand on the road of sinners,
and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful.
Instead of doing those things,
these persons love the LORD’s Instruction,
and they recite God’s instruction day and night!
They are like a tree planted by streams of water,
which bears fruit at just the right time
and whose leaves don’t fade.
Whatever they do succeeds.

That’s not true for the wicked!
They are like dust that the wind blows away.
And that’s why the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice—
neither will sinners
in the assembly of the righteous.
The LORD is intimately acquainted
with the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked is destroyed.

Song of Praise
Like a Tree Beside the Waters
Words: James F. D. Martin

Like a tree beside the waters, nurtured by your loving care,
We, O God, your sons and daughters, your enduring witness bear.
In each passing generation may your voice of love be heard.
Bless, we pray, this congregation with your holy, living Word.

Like a tree beside the river, drawing life from holy streams,
Fill us with your love forever, recreate our hopes and dreams.
Through the storms of life sustain us by the wisdom of your grace.
May the changing of the seasons find us in your warm embrace.

We beside the living waters, drink from your eternal life.
Give to all, your sons and daughter, faith that rises over strife.
O Living God, most glorious, strengthen us for life today.
By the hope of timeless promise guide your church upon the Way.

Prayer for Others

Choral Anthem
Eden’s Song
by Mark Schweizer

A memory of Eden stirs
and walks within the warmth of spring;
it whispers ev’ry hope God has
to Life Eternal, listening.

Stretch past the gloom of winter’s grey,
unfurl by faith and not by sight;
to touch the light of length’ning day
that calls thee forth to green delight.

The work thou hast for me begun,
shall by the grace be fully done;
forever mercy dwells with thee;
O Lord, my God, abide with me.

John 17:6-11a, 16-19
reflection by Rev. Jeffrey Vickery

Common English Bible

[Jesus said] “I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from this world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. This is because I gave them the words that you gave me, and they received them. They truly understood that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. “I’m praying for them. I’m not praying for the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours. Everything that is mine is yours and everything that is yours is mine; I have been glorified in them. I’m no longer in the world, but they are in the world, even as I’m coming to you….”

“They don’t belong to this world, just as I don’t belong to this world. Make them holy in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. I made myself holy on their behalf so that they also would be made holy in the truth.”

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
Sent by the Lord
Words: Cuban oral tradition
Tune: Cuban traditional

Sent by the Lord am I;
my hands are ready now
to make the earth the place
in which the kingdom comes.

The angels cannot change
a world of hurt and pain
into a world of love,
of justice and of peace.
The task is mine to do,
to set it truly free.
Oh, help me to obey;
help me to do your will.

Sending Out

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

Closing Song
Blest Be the Tie
Words: John Fawcett   
Tune: 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.  

The opening words of gratitude were written by Richard Sharples and the opening prayer is adapted from a prayer by Rebekah Maples, 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. Psalm 136 comes from Four African Hymns. The original Swahili text was penned by Mwalimu Glen T. Boyd and the tune is Kihaya. Words to Like a Tree Beside the Waters were written by James F.D. Martin who wrote the hymn upon the Campbellsport (WI) United Church of Christ’s 125th anniversary in 1993. They tune HYFRYDOL is a Welsh tune composed by Rowland Hugh Prichard in 1830 when he was 19 years old! Prichard was a textile worker and amateur musician. “Hyfrydol” is Welsh for “tuneful” or “pleasant.” Sent By the Lord is a traditional Cuban tune with words from Cuban oral tradition. May we remember our Cuban brothers and sisters in the Alliance this morning as we join in singing!

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