We thank Pastor René, Pastor Erin, Becky, Ellen, Teri, and videographer Nic for making this service possible.
Order of Worship September 6
Organ Intro: Becky Rosendahl Isaacson, Director of Music Ministry
Welcome/Announcements: Pastor Erin Newcomb-Moore
Prelude: "All Creatures of Our God and King" – arr. A. Lockaby
Rev. Erin Newcomb-Moore, violin
Teri LaFleur, violin
Call to Worship1: Ellen Lutz, liturgist
Come, let us return to God with our whole beings; let us rejoice and be glad!
Come, let us respond to one another with love and generosity! Let us embrace life with open arms and open hearts.
Come, let us be the people of faith we are called to be. Let us be responsible to our loving God and vigilant about how we live.
Come, let us seek to have a voice even when the world in which we live denies it. God hears us. Let us celebrate.
We are not the same, yet God desires our communion. We are very different in our approaches to life, yet we were all created by our loving God, and embraced in God’s everlasting arms. In our worship, let us come together. Let us be the family we were created to be. Let us find our way back to God and one another.
Opening Prayer by World Alliance of Reformed Churches2: Pastor Erin
God of Life, may your light shine on your people today, as it shone in each moment of history. May the light of your presence inspire this celebration, and inspire our lives, to praise you and recognize you, as source of all creation, as strength that sustains, as sap that nurtures, as wisdom that foresees, as clarity that discovers, as love that understands, as mercy that forgives. May the light of your presence, eternal and inextinguishable, shine on us now and forever till the dawn of your Kingdom, present in each day.
Special Music: "The Lord is My Light" – C. Courtney Teri LaFleur, soprano
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer: Pastor Erin
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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:33-40 Ellen Lutz
Hymn #402 vs.1, 2 “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”
1. Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart;
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.
R: In my heart, in my heart; Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.
2. Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart, in my heart;
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.
R: In my heart, in my heart; Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.
Sermon: “Finding Our Way Back” Pastor René Perez
Closing Response: "Thou Art God" – L. Bourne Teri LaFleur
Benediction: Pastor René
Organ Postlude (during credits): Becky Isaacson