Sunday, May 10, 2020, Fifth Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Announcements

Audio: Welcome and Announcements

Introit, Ubi Caritas, Maurice Duruflé

Ubi cáritas et ámor, Déus ibi est.
(Where charity and love are, there is God)
Congregávit nos in únum Chrísti ámor.
(The love of Christ has brought us together in one flesh)

Exsultémus et in ípso jucundémur.
(Let us rejoice and let us be glad in that love itself)
Timeámus et amémus Déum vívum.
(Let us fear and love the living God)
Et ex córde diligámus nos sincéro.
(and let us love from a pure heart)

Latin from the Liber Usualis & the Gregorian Missal, Solesmes 1990.
Tr MWM (Solesmes is a village in France)

Call to Worship, I Peter 2:4

Audio: Call to Worship

Let us offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God, through Jesus Christ, the Risen One.
Alleluia! Thanks be to God! LET US WORSHIP GOD.

Hymn, For All the Saints, 326

Prayer of the Day

Audio: Prayer of the Day, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of Pardon, Pastoral Word on This Mother’s Day, Prayer for Illumination

Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, Your Word offers freedom from sin, but we confess that we seldom consider Your Word, much less obey it. We have harbored malice toward our enemies; we have been deceitful in our relationships; we have been insincere in our commitments; through gossip we have slandered our friends. Forgive us our sins and lead us to genuine repentance. Help Your children long for your pure spiritual milk that we may grow into the joy of Your salvation, through Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Assurance of Pardon

Pastoral Word on This Mother’s Day

Prayer for Illumination

O God, as we listen to Your holy Word, open our hearts to the power of Your Spirit, call us out of darkness, and lead us into Your marvelous light. AMEN.

Time for Children, Jenny Newman

Hebrew Reading, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

Audio: Scripture Readings and Sermon

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
    do not let me ever be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

15 My times are in your hand;
    deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love.

Hebrew Reading, Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
    my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.[a]

O Israel, hope in the Lord
    from this time on and forevermore.

Sermon, “Calming Our Souls,” Rev. Vincent Kolb       

Hymn, Now Thank We All Our God, 643

Affirmation of Faith, Confession of 1967, 9.32-33

Audio: Affirmation of Faith, Pastoral Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer

The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people. His service to human beings commits the church to work for every form of human well-being. His suffering makes the church sensitive to all human suffering so that it sees the face of Jesus Christ in the faces of persons in every kind of need. His crucifixion discloses to the church God’s judgment on the inhumanity that marks human relations, and the awful consequences of the church’s own complicity in injustice. In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of his coming, the church sees the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all wrong. The church follows this pattern in the form of its own life, and in the method of its action. So to live and serve is to confess Jesus as Lord.                          

Pastoral Prayer, Rev. Susan Rothenberg

The Lord’s Prayer, 2019 Vatican Update

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;
do not let us fall into temptation,
            but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power
            and the glory forever. Amen.

Closing Anthem, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, John Rutter

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen

Numbers 6:24


Audio: Benediction


We are an open and affirming community of faith in Jesus Christ. At home in an urban neighborhood of many faiths, we acknowledge that we are not alone on the path to understanding God. In worship, study, and fellowship, we celebrate our Presbyterian roots and find joy in our diversity. We strive for the grace to love one another as we seek deeper understanding of life in the Spirit, working for justice and serving as stewards of God’s wondrous creation.

We are a More Light congregation: “Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).”

Inclusive Language: Words matter. Jesus Christ, the living Word, reached out to all people to bring all people into God’s fold. The kingdom of God includes all types of people; therefore our language should reflect the inclusivity and equality among the people of God. To the end, when possible, we seek to eliminate the inherent bias of the English language towards the masculine gender without altering passages that reflect the historical situation of ancient patriarchal culture, out of which the Bible originated.

* The Session has closed the building until further notice to observe the governmental restrictions of social distancing.

* Many thanks to Tom Twiss, Sadie DeLucia, and Rev. Susan Rothenberg for being part of the service this week!

* Graduates: Sixth Church would like to honor your accomplishments. Please send a photo and info for us to share ( Congratulations!  

* Want to join Pastor Vincent’s Wednesday morning Bible study on the lectionary texts? Contact the office to get on the email list for connection to the Zoom meeting.

* Zoom confused? Set up a call with Amy, and we’ll work through it together.

* It’s not the same as the thrill of putting the envelope in the plate, but you can still pay on your pledges either through eGive (click here!) or by mailing your check to the church. We continue to need your support in this challenging time!

* Weekly Sunday school lessons and other resources are on Jenny’s Children and Youth blog (click here!)

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