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                                                                                       June 16, 2024
                                                                     Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

                                                                We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude                                                                  Adagio in E Major                                                                Frank Bridge
                                                                            Dr. John Allegar, organ                                                            (1879-1941)

Welcome                                                                                                                                      Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Choral Call to Worship                    Now Let Us All Praise God and Sing                                                    Gordon Young
                                                       Summer Choir; Dr. Michelle Louer, conductor                                      (1919-1998)

        Now let us all praise God and sing our great Redeemer’s praise;
        That we may all with one accord our joyful voices raise.
        Sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia!

        All ye servants of the Lord, praise Him forever,
        Sing Jehovah’s mighty pow’r, praise Him forever.
        Sing of His righteousness, praise Him forever.

        So let us all praise God and sing our great Redeemer’s praise;
        That we may all with one accord our joyful voices raise.
        Sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia!

Call to Worship                                                                                                                                  Rev. Gracie H. Payne

      One:       Gather us into your presence, O Lord.

      All:         Gather us and speak to us your word.

      One:       Gather us into your presence, O Lord.

      All:         Gather us and make us into one people.

      One:       Gather us into your presence, O Lord.

      All:         Gather us and make us new.

      One:       Let us worship God!

Prayer of Adoration

Opening Hymn #371                                   Lift High the Cross                                                                    CRUCIFER

Invitation to Confession

  Prayer of Confession

      Almighty God, search our hearts and still our minds at this hour.
      Remind us once again that we do not belong to ourselves,
            but have been claimed and called by your grace.
      Forgive us, O Lord, for our illusions and idolatry.
      We have convinced ourselves that we have arrived here by our own power.
      We have tried to maintain control, when you asked us to let go.
      Mold us with your mercy, and renew us with your love,
            so that we would become the community of faith that Christ is calling us to be.
      In Jesus’ name we pray.  
(Silent Prayer)

  Assurance of God’s Grace

Response of Praise                                     How Blest Are Those                   ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN

Passing the Peace of Christ

Hymn #359                                              More Love to Thee, O Christ                                        MORE LOVE TO THEE

                                                                          We Experience God’s Word

The Word with Children

Sacrament of Baptism

  Hymn of Response #498               Child of Blessing, Child of Promise                                                              KINGDOM

Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                                                  David Moore

First Scripture Lesson                                   Deuteronomy 7:6-9                                                                      (p. 163)

Anthem                                                                          O Love                                                                 Elaine Hagenberg
                                                                                                                                                                                          (b. 1979)

        O Love that will not let me go,
        I rest my weary soul in thee;
        I give thee back the life I owe,
        That in thy ocean depths its flow
        May richer, fuller be.

        O Joy that seeks me through pain,
        I cannot close my heart to thee;
        I trace the rainbow through the rain,
        And feel the promise is not vain,
        That morn shall tearless be.

                        Text: George Matheson (1842-1906)

Second Scripture Lesson                               Romans 8:31-39                                                                          (p. 1030)

Sermon                                                                                                                                          Rev. Christopher A. Henry

                                                                                          You Belong
                                                                   “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
                       Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

                                                                                    (Romans 8:35)

Moment of Silent Meditation

                                                                             We Give Thanks to God

Affirmation of Faith Rev. Madison M. VanVeelen
         A New Creed (1968), The United Church of Canada

      We are not alone; we live in God’s world.
      We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
            who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
            to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit.
      We trust in God.
      We are called to be the Church:
            to celebrate God’s presence,
            to live with respect in Creation,
            to love and serve others,
            to seek justice and resist evil,
            to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
            our judge and our hope.
      In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
      We are not alone. Amen.

Prayers of the People and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors;
            and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
      For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity

Offertory                                                              The Lord’s Prayer                                                             Albert Hay Malotte
                                                                       Jonathon Bainbridge, bass                                                        (1895-1964)

      Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
      thy kingdom come; thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
      Give us this day our daily bread.
      And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
      And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
      For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Doxology                                                                                                                                                 OLD HUNDREDTH

* Prayer of Dedication

                                                                                We Go Forth to Serve

Closing Hymn #276                               Great Is Thy Faithfulness                                                      FAITHFULNESS

Charge and Benediction

* Choral Benediction                       God Be with You Till We Meet Again                                                        RANDOLPH

      God be with you till we meet again;
      When life’s perils thick confound you,
      Put unfailing arms around you:
      God be with you till we meet again.

Postlude                                                                        Toccata                                                                 Théodore Dubois
                                                                                                                                                                                     (1837-1924)