"Indescribable"

Worship Online
April 19, 2020

Welcome

Centering Moment
“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”
from “Holy Sonnet X”, by John Donne


Opening Hymn – “Sing with All the Saints in Glory” UMH #702
Played by Jenny Lai

 

1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease;
in God’s likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace

 

2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on high our welcome waits.
Every humble spirit shares it; Christ has passed th’eternal gates.

 

3. Life eternal! heaven rejoices: Jesus lives, who once was dead.
Join we now the deathless voices; child of God, lift up your head!
Patriarchs from the distant ages, saints all longing for their heaven,
prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages, all await the glory given.

 

4. Life eternal! O what wonders crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
when, amidst earth’s closing thunders, saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal, see that glowing firmament;
know, with thee, O God Immortal, “Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!”

 

Morning Prayer
Read by Roger Wiggans

Mighty God, you stand among us in the shadows of our time. As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life, uphold us with the hope and power of your risen Son, that we may rejoice with an indescribable joy in the gift of our salvation, for it is in his name that we pray. Amen.

 

Joys & Concerns
Prayer of Confession

Read by the Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

God-with-us, Emmanuel, in the midst of our grief, confinement, uncertainty, fear, and despair, we humbly ask that you give us the kind of faith and hope that do not depend on proof, that we may look beyond ourselves to offer your love and hope to others who feel as though they dwell in deep darkness, and that in doing so we also find that same light. We pray this in the name of the risen Christ. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

Voices: Sal Butera, Cora Carter, Lisa Corpron, Aleta Kerth, and Paula Todd.

 

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.
Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

The Good News – Peter 1:3-9

Read by Don Rushing

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Witness – “Indescribable”

Rev. Lea M. Booth

 

Hymn of Affirmation – “How Firm a Foundation” UMH #529 Verses 1, 2, 4, & 5

Played by Rebecca Cosford, arr. Rebecca and Lydia Cosford

1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

 

2. “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
for I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

 

4. “When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

 

5. “The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”


Final Blessing

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Postlude. - “The Spirit of America” Hank Fellows

Played and sung by Jenny Lai

I see children out playing, their mothers are saying,
Let them be strong as they grow,
I hear old men tell stories of love, war and glory,
When they were still young long ago.

And all along my journey, I feel that light still burning
So deep inside my soul –

It’s The Spirit of America, I feel it in my heart,
Of generations come and gone, where each one did their part,
Of those who served and fought and died so our children can run free
A land where truth will always live and fear will never be.

I see lovers and dreamers, poets and schemers,
All side by side in the sun,
I see those who are stronger helping those who take longer,
So they’re home by the time day is done.

And all along the byways, the back roads and the highways,
It’s all so clear to me now –

It’s The Spirit of America, I feel it in my heart,
Of generations come and gone, where each one did their part,
Of those who served and fought and died so our children can run free
A land where truth will always live and fear will never be.

It’s The Spirit of America, I feel it in my heart,
Of generations come and gone, where each one did their part,
Of those who served and fought and died so our children can run free
A land where truth will always live and fear will never be.