Introit Less of Me Glenn Campbell
Prayer of Confession and Lord’s Prayer
Faithful God, we confess our doubt. We are weary, and we forget that you will give us wings like eagles. Forgive us, we pray. God of Justice, we confess our lack of trust. We are outraged and angry, but we turn to demonizing others instead of looking to you for wisdom and hope. Forgive us, we pray. God of Grace, we turn to you now for a vision of life renewed ...
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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
*HCC recognizes the power of language, while also respecting traditional practices. We
acknowledge a God that transcends all human ideas of gender, identity, and ability. Please pray in whatever way is most comfortable to you.
Hymn Renew Your Church NCH #311
Renew your church, its ministries restore: both to serve
and adore. Make us again as salt through-out the land,
and as light from a stand. 'Mid somber shadows
of the night, where greed and hatred spread their blight, O
send us forth with power endued. Help us, God, be renewed.
Teach us your word, reveal its truth divine; on our path
let it shine. Tell of your works, your mighty acts of grace;
from each page show your face. As you have sent your
Christ to save, in love to triumph o'er the grave, O
let our hearts with love be stirred. Help us, God, know your word.
Teach us to pray, for you are ever near; your still voice
let us hear. Our souls are restless till they rest in you;
this is life, full and true. Before your presence
keep us still that we may find for us your will And
seek your guidance every day. Teach us, God, how to pray.
Teach us to love, with strength of heart and mind, each and all
human-kind! Break down old walls of prejudice and hate;
leave us not to our fate. As you have loved and
given your life to end hostility and strife, Your
grace we must be mindful of: Teach us, God, how to love.
Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31 Nancy Hansberry, Deacon
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to live in;
who brings princes to naught,
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
To whom then will you compare me,
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
mighty in power,
not one is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
‘My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God’?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
Sermon: With Wings Like Eagles Rev. Dr. Peter Allen
Special Music: Nigra Sum Pablo Casals
Women from Senior Choir (Lyrics from Song of Solomon 1:5; 2:10b - 12a) translation from Latin: I am black but beautiful among the daughters of Jerusalem. My Lord has called me into his chamber and said to me: Rise up my love and come away. The winter has passed, the rain is over. Flowers appear on the earth, the voice of the turtledove is heard. A time for renewal has come. Hallelujah!
Words of Institution
Sharing the Bread and Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving (unison)
Thank you, God, for life in the Spirit of Jesus; for love that cannot die; for peace the world cannot give; for joy in the company of friends; for the glory of creation; for the mission of justice you have made our own. Give us the gifts of this Holy meal: oneness of heart, love for neighbors, forgiveness of enemies, the will to serve every
day, and life that never ends. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Postlude No. 12 "With Humor" Robert Schumann
from Davidsbundler-Dances, Op. 6
Dr. Eileen Hutchins, piano