Anthem Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil Handt Hanson/Summer Choir Lord, let my heart be good soil, Open to the seed of your Word. Lord, let my heart be good soil, Where love can grow and peace is understood. When my heart is hard, break the stone away. When my heart is cold, warm it with the day. When my heart is lost, lead me on your way. Lord, let my heart be good soil.
Fanny Crosby was a blind, American woman living in the 19th century. Known as the “Mother of Modern Congregational Singing,” she penned nearly nine thousand hymns, including favorites like Blessed Assurance, Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior, and today’s anthem. Lord Here Am I John Ness Beck Michael Montgomery, soloist

Youth Sunday

May 19, 2024
God, as we hear Your Word, we invite your Spirit to work within us, opening our hearts to your abundant love and compassion, and illuminating our understanding. May your Spirit inspire our actions, leading us to live out your teachings with kindness and courage. Transform us by your Word, so that we may contribute to the flourishing of all humanity, in the name of Jesus who guides and sustains us. Amen.

Plug In, Power Up

May 12, 2024
Anthem The Majesty and Glory of Your Name arr. Tom Fettke / Choir Text from Psalm 8, adapted by Linda Lee Johnson When I gaze into the night skies and see the work of your fingers; The moon and stars suspended in space. Oh, what is man that you are mindful of him? You have given man a crown of glory and honor, And have made him a little lower than the angels. You have put him in charge of all creation: The beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea. Oh what is man that you are mindful of him? O Lord, our God the majesty and glory of your name Transcends the earth and fills the heavens. O Lord, our God; little children praise You perfectly, And so would we, and so would we. Alleluia. The majesty and glory of your name, Alleluia!

Keep Singing

May 5, 2024
Anthem The Ground ( from the Sunrise Mass) Ola Gjielo Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Osana in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Osana in excelsis. Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi. Dona nobis pacem. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

“Bleating Hearts”

April 21, 2024
Anthem We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace Undine Smith Moore African American Spiritual / Choir We shall walk through the valley in peace. If Jesus himself shall be our leader, we shall walk through the valley in peace. There will be no more trials there. If Jesus himself shall be our leader, We shall walk through the valley in peace.

In our Generation

April 14, 2024
Cameroonian Melody Ralph Johnson /Louez le Seigneur In Cameroonian church services, the Bible is often brought forward as part of a “Lectionary Procession” before the scripture readings. Typically led by the women of the congregation, lively dance and hymns of praise accompany the movement. "Louez le Seigneur" is an example of this traditional form crossing over into popular hymnody. Louez le Seigneur! Louez son saint nom, Alleluia! Praise the Lord! Praise his holy name, Alleluia!
Now the Green Blade Riseth Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green. In the grave they laid him, Love who had been slain thinking that never he would wake again, laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green. Forth he came at Easter like the risen grain, Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain; quick from the dead, my risen Lord is seen: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green. When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, Jesus’ touch can call us back to life again, fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been; Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.
With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before God with burnt offerings, Shall I come before God with yearling calves? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give God my firstborn for my transgressions, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? God has shown you, O man; God has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly and to love kindness, and to walk humbly, walk humbly with your God?