Prelude - “The more I seek you, the more I find you.” [By Zach Neese ] - Sarah Park
We are a community seeking to have open minds, open hearts, and open arms, building community in a fragmented world.
Opening Scripture - Jeremiah 29:11-13
11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart
*Response - Weave
Weave, weave, weave us together, Weave us together, in unity and love.
Weave, weave, weave us together, weave us together, together in love.
*Call to Worship - Laura Parker
ONE: We gather to give thanks to You, O Lord,
ALL: with all our heart!
ONE: We will sing Your praises before all creation,
ALL: and rejoice in Your steadfast love!
ONE: You have created us O Lord, and made us for Love,
ALL: In You we become everything You have made us to be!
*Opening Hymn - Praise Him! Praise Him! #93, v.1&3
1 Praise him! praise him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O Earth, his wonderful love proclaim!
Hail him! hail him! highest archangels in glory; strength and honor give to his holy name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard his children, in his arms he carries them all day long:
Praise him! praise him, tell of his excellent greatness;
praise him! praise him ever in joyful song!
3 Praise him! praise him! Jesus our blessed Redeemer! Heavenly portals, loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth for ever and ever; crown him! crown him! Prophet and Priest and King!
Christ is coming! over the world victorious, power and glory unto the Lord belong: (Refrain)
Invitation to Generosity - Laura Parker
Music: “All to Jesus I surrender” by W. S. Weeden
The Doxology #46
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Children’s Moment - Rev. Chad Delaney
- Holy Spirit gives Gifts to everyone.
- 1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Pastoral Prayer - Rev. Chad Delaney
- No words. The shooting at Uvalde, Texas that claimed 19 lives and all the hurt gun violence has brought so many.
- Our graduating seniors and their families
Lord listen to your children praying….
Loving God, every day we seek to follow you and be closer to you. Every day, even every hour we long to be molded and moved by your Spirit so we can be the people you have created us to be. We invite you today to come and be a part of our lives. To draw us into greater faithfulness. To make our hearts willing to serve and to love.
On this day also we lift before you our graduating seniors. Bless them, their families, friends, and loved ones. We pray for all those transitioning to new adventures and chapters. For all those starting a new season in their lives of exploration, friendship, and new beginnings. We thank you for all the opportunities for education and growth and learning and pray that as a nation and as a world that we might seek to provide these same opportunities to all.
God, we are mindful of all those that need your loving care. For those facing violence and hunger within our nation and without. For those hurting on the outside and the inside. For the misheard, unknown, and unloved. On this Memorial Day weekend we lift up the families of those whose loved ones lost their lives in service to our country. We pray for those who grieve and for our veterans’ families. Help us not take for granted these who gave of themselves and that we might work for peace.
We lift to you too the families and loved ones of the victims in Uvalde. We astonished, outraged, and grieved. Our hearts break as we know yours does too. In the silence to we lift them up to you…..
We pray that you might unite us together in your Spirit that we might be witnesses of your love and grace now and always. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Meditation - Brian Hurd
Communion Hymn - When you do this, Remember Me #400, v.1-2
1 You my friend, a stranger once, do now belong to heaven.
Once far away, you are brought home into God's family.
""When you do this, remember me.""
2 Now my Lord is also yours, my people are your own;
embraced together in God's arms, I enfold you now in mine.
""When you do this, remember me.""
Prayer & Lord’s Prayer
Words of Institution
Music: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound” Arr. by E.O.Excell
Special Music - “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” [By John Ylvisaker] - Pam Auble
Celebrating our Graduating Seniors Brian Hurd
*Closing Hymn - They will know we are Christians #494
|1 We are One in The Spirit,We are One in The Lord. 2xAnd we pray that all unity|
may one day be restored.
[Chorus]And they'll know we are Christians
by our love, By our Love,Yes they'll know we are Christians
by our love.
|2 We will walk with each other,We will walk hand in hand. 2xAnd together we'll spread the Newsthat God is in our land.[Chorus]|
3 We will work with each other,We will work side by side. 2xAnd we'll guard each one’s dignityAnd save each one’s pride.[Chorus]
Benediction - Rev. Chad Delaney
- Join us downstairs to visit with the seniors and to see Jessy’s art work
- Join us also for conversation in the room next to Fellowship Hall for conversation about today’s service. All are welcome.
For a New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled, And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream, A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning That is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure; Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm, For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
May you live, love and share the Good News wherever you go and may the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon you now and always! Amen.
Postlude - “Saviour, like a shepherd lead us” [by W. B. Bradbury] - Sarah Park