Anthem My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord Trad. Spiritual, arr. by Moses Hogan My soul’s been anchored in the Lord. Before I’d stay in hell one day, I’d sing and pray myself away. Lord, Hallelujah! Going to shout and pray and never stop, until I reach the mountaintop. Do you love him? Hallelujah, oh yes! Will you serve Him? Will you praise Him? Lord, I love you, oh yes! Yes, I’ll serve you.
Prayer of Confession We come on this holy day to speak of how we live. Politicians, celebrities, and talk show folks have become our so-called gods. Our choices often cause those around us to trip over our anger and slip on our pride. The words we speak to others show how we often want very little to do with You. Forgive us, Holy God, and have mercy on us. May we silence our fears, so words of hope may be spoken. May we give thanks not only with our hearts, but with the grace we can share with others. May justice and peace be the tools we use, as we serve beside Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
In This Place Daniel Meyer There is a welcome for the weary; There is a rest for it is here we Find the power of our family’s healing love; For as Christ has welcomed all by grace, There is a welcome in this place. There is healing for the hurting; There is a balm, for it is certain That our God is here to heal; For as God has healed us all by grace, There is a healing in this place. There is a comfort for our sorrow; There is a hope for each tomorrow. God’s compassion reaches to our needs, For as Christ brings comfort through God’s grace, There is a welcome, there is a peace in this place.
11.19.2023 The Rev. Amber Nettleton The Rev. Dr. Seth Weeldreyer
Anthem I Will Be a Child of Peace Elaine Hagenberg/Shaker melody O Holy Father, I will be a child of peace and purity. For well I know thy hand will bless the seeker after righteousness
Anthem A Song of Praise Gwyneth Walker I sing the beauty of the Lord that makes the mountains rise; That spreads the flowing seas abroad, and builds the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that has led the sun to rule the day; The moon shines full at thy command, and all the stars obey. Amen. I sing the goodness of the Lord that filled the earth with food; That formed the creatures with a word, and then pronounced them good. Oh how the wonders are displayed wherever I turn my eye: If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze up in the sky. Amen. There’s not a plant or flower below but makes Thy glories known; And clouds arise and winds may blow, by Thy great power alone; While all that take their life from Thee are ever in Thy care, Wherever humankind may be, the Lord is present there. Amen
Sheep May Safely Graze J.S. Bach Flocks in pastures green abiding, safely with their Shepherd rest. Cooled by waters gently gliding, flocks in pastures green abiding… With the food of life he feeds them, to the fold he gently leads them, There to dwell forever blessed.
I saw Eternity the other night, Like a great ring of pure and endless light, All calm, as it was bright; And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years, Driv’n by the spheres Like a vast shadow mov’d; in which the world And all her train were Hurl’d. There is in God, some say, A deep but dazzling darkness, as we here Say it is late and dusky, because we See not all clear. O for that night! Where I in Him Might live invisible and dim! A great ring of pure and endless light Dazzles the darkness in my heart And breaks apart the dusky clouds of night. ~ Madeleine L’Engle
I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me African American Spiritual I’m gonna live so God can use me Anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna work so God can use me Anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna pray so God can use me Anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna sing so God can use me Anywhere, Lord, anytime!