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Easter 7

(Sixth Sunday after Easter)

We invite you to maintain a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service. Chaplain George Munkenbeck, 14th Regiment - Company H is co-officiating this morning.

OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Prelude "Draw Nigh to God" C. & J. Croft
Introit "Adoration" J. Monsell

Welcome

*Call to Worship: A Native American Prayer by Black Elk
Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all,
AND ROUND BENEATH ME WAS THE WHOLE HOOP OF THE WORLD.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell,
AND I UNDERSTOOD MORE THAN I SAW.
For I was seeing in the sacred manner the shape of all things of the spirit
AND THE SHAPES AS THEY MUST LIVE TOGETHER LIKE ONE BEING.
And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that make one circle, wide as daylight and starlight,
AND IN THE CENTER GREW ONE MIGHTY FLOWERING TREE
To shelter all the children of one mother and one father.
AND I SAW THAT IT WAS HOLY.

*Hymn "America the Beautiful"

Let us pause in silence before our God.

Prayer in Unison by Helen Steiner Rice
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND KEEP US SAFE AND FREE; SAFE FROM ALL OUR ENEMIES, WHEREVER THEY MAY BE. TEACH US TO WALK HUMBLY AND CLOSER IN THY WAYS, GIVE US FAITH AND COURAGE AND PUT PURPOSE IN OUR DAYS, MAKE EACH ONE OF US AWARE THAT EACH MUST DO HIS PART, FOR IN THE INDIVIDUAL IS WHERE PEACE MUST HAVE ITS START --- FOR A BETTER WORLD TO LIVE IN WHERE ALL ARE SAFE AND FREE MUST START WITH FAITH AND HOPE AND LOVE DEEP IN THE HEART OF ME.

LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US. 
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US. 
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.

A Word of Assurance: Micah 4: 3
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid.

The Summary of the Law (Mk 12: 29-31)
This is the first commandment:
HEAR O ISRAEL, 
THE LORD OUR GOD, 
THE LORD IS ONE!  
THEREFORE 
YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD 
WITH ALL YOUR HEART, 
WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, 
WITH ALL YOUR MIND, 
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.

This is the second commandment:
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
There is no greater commandment than these.

Anthem "Battle Hymn of the Republic" Julia Ward Howe

THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: An excerpt from "Liberation is Costly" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Liberation is costly. Even after the Lord had delivered the Israelites from Egypt, they had to travel through the desert.
THEY HAD TO BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DIFFICULTIES OF FREEDOM.
There was starvation and thirst and they kept complaining.
WE MUST REMEMBER THAT LIBERATION IS COSTLY. IT NEEDS UNITY.
We must hold hands and refuse to be divided. We must be ready.
LET US BE UNITED. LET US BE FILLED WITH HOPE, LET US BE THOSE WHO RESPECT ONE ANOTHER.

All people of Christian faith are welcome to join us as we conclude this prayer of praise:
*Gloria Patri (Hymn No. 623)
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER 
AND TO THE SON 
AND TO THE HOLY GHOST.  
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, 
IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, 
WORLD WITHOUT END, 
AMEN, AMEN!

The Greeting of Peace and the Children's Sermon
Greeting from our Guests

Angela Sarro, Chairperson, Liberty Weekend 2003, Friends of Historic New Utrecht
Rose Lood, President, New Utrecht Liberty Pole Association

A selection from the poem, "Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman

Meditation by The Reverend Terry Troia and Muctarr Jalloh, Sierra Leone, Torture Survivor 

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn "This is My Song" (words at the end of the program)

*The Offering, Doxology (625) and Prayer
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW; 
PRAISE GOD ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW; 
PRAISE GOD ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS; 
PRAISE FATHER (CREATOR), SON (CHRIST) AND HOLY GHOST.

AMEN.

(Non-Christians are invited to sing this verse in place of the Triune Doxology above.)
PRAISE GOD, THE LOVE WE ALL MAY SHARE.
PRAISE GOD, OUR BEAUTY EVERYWHERE.
PRAISE GOD, THE HOPE OF GOOD TO BE.
PRAISE GOD, THE TRUTH THAT MAKES US FREE. AMEN!

A Time of Giving Thanks & Praise
Prayers of the People ending in the Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn 571 "My Country Tis of Thee"

*Benediction
*Response to the Benediction
Postlude "The Call of the Trumpets" H. Purcell

*Please stand if you are able.

News - 1st June 2003

 
 

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