Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
July 14, 2019

Chiming of the Hour


Prelude: Sonata in F Major Vivace Georg Telemann

Dr. Lorie Scott, flute

Joys and Concerns | Silent Prayer

Introit: #203 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love CHEREPONI

Call to Worship

One: Come, let us celebrate the One who calls us to love and speak truth to power:

By God’s grace, we will speak the truth of grace.

We are called to love and defend our brothers and sisters who suffer in silence:

By God’s grace, we will sing the truth of justice.

We will rise up and cry out for dignity:

By God’s grace, we will pray the truth of hope.

Come, let us celebrate together the power to love and to speak the truth:

We are ready to worship our God who is still speaking! No one can stop us now!

Unison Prayer of Invocation

Spirit of the living God, fall fresh upon us; allow your presence to fill us with power from on high. Come, Holy One, and dwell among us. We need your authority to love our neighbor and speak to the powers of this world. Give us a special anointing to stand and be witnesses in our homes, our schools, and on our jobs. Come into this place and make us one with each other. It is in your name we pray. Amen.

Hymn: #707 Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord    HALL

Call to Confession

Unison Prayer of Confession

Righteous God, we confess our easy compliance with the ways of the world. We have accepted advantages for ourselves that are unavailable to many. We have not consistently called oppressors to account, nor recognized our own oppressive ways. We have even passed by many who suffer, as if their suffering were no concern of ours. Our practice of the faith gives neither challenge nor inspiration. Redeem us, O God! 

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria: #583 GLORIA (Taizé)

Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!

Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!

Responsive Psalter: Psalm 82

One: God presides in the divine council; 

And gives reproach in the midst of all the powers:

Many: “How long will you judge unjustly, 

and show partiality to the dominant? 

“Give justice to the weak and the orphan; 

Maintain the lives and secure the futures 

of the lowly and the destitute.

“Rescue the downtrodden; 

Deliver them from the hand of the exploiter.”

Those who see themselves as gods know nothing;

They understand nothing of life; 

They walk around in dense fog; 

All the foundations of the earth are shaken
by their abuse of humanity.

“You take yourselves for gods, 

children of the Most High, all of you;

“Yet you shall die, as mortals do, 

and fall, like every other ruler.”

Rise up, O God, bring justice to the earth; 

For all the nations belong to You!

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:1-10

(Pg. 243  in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Offering of Our Gifts 

Anthem: O Saviour, Hear Me                 Christoph Gluck

Christiane Olson, soprano & Lorie Scott, flute

Doxology: #609 LASST UNS ERFREUEN 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; 

praise God, all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word and Spirit one.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Prayer of Dedication

O God, we offer these gifts, tithes, and offerings for the building of your realm on earth. Bless the gift and the givers. Bless all who offer time, talent and treasure in your service. We ask it in Jesus’ name: Amen.

Hymn: #343 Where Cross the Crowded Ways   GERMANY

verses 1, 3, 5, 6

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37

(Pg. 87 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: Stranger Grace Pastor John Nelson

Pastoral Prayer| Silent Prayer | Lord’s Prayer (debts)

Hymn: #771 What is the World Like          NEW WORLD


Response: #203 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us                   CHEREPONI

Postlude: Sonata in F Major Allegro       Georg Telemann

(✠ The congregation may stand.)

Welcome Statement

We seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves. This Church is Open to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical and mental ability or sexual orientation. We Affirm each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As an Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice, and discrimination against any person.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome! Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list! 

Please see an usher if you would like to use a hearing device. Join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. 

Many thanks to:

Karin Noyes for serving as our lay reader; Stephanie Tierney & Kathy Mera for serving as ushers;

Christine Olson and Dr. Lorie Scott for special music. Dr. Scott resides in the Washington, D.C area and is visiting the area.

Prayer List

Dale Sapp, Marty Finkle, Sean Clegg, Bolton Hull, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber, Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda,Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline, Sonya’s mother


Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge

Wednesday: 9 am Staff Meeting

Next Sunday: 11:30 am Trustees Meeting

Ministry Opportunities

Save the Date!

On Sunday, November 24, we will have an all-church Celebration to commemorate the Church’s 275th Anniversary. Mark your calendar for an exuberant service and boisterous birthday party! For that day, we are collecting stories of service to our neighbors, near and far. Can you share how you put your faith in action? Please contact Pastor John or the Church office.

Church Office Update

We have implemented a new security measure for the Church House: if any of our staff is in the building alone, then the Library Street door will remain locked.

If you stop by the church during office hours and the door is locked, please press the button to the left of the door to call the office. The staff person will then come down and open the door for you!





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