June 13, 2021

Sermon by Dr. Marshall Zieman based on 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21

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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Recorded at 10:00 a.m.

GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME

PRELUDE
“I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ” by J.S. Bach

As the prelude begins, you are invited to begin your personal preparation for worship.

SILENT MEDITATION
“The God who made this world has blessed it with good things, yes – but all of them take working at: coconuts need to be cracked, soil needs to be tilled, mountains need to be climbed, water needs to be conserved. God does not do this for us. God simply companions us as we go. God has given us in this unfinished world a glimpse of eternity and walks with us through here to there.”
Joan Chittister, from Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope

CALL TO WORSHIP (read along)
Loving God, we come today yearning for that which is trustworthy.
We come as those needing to be surprised by your unexpected answers.
We come remembering how you, O Lord, work through things we dismiss and overlook.
Grant us new eyes to see your works, Gracious God,
and new hearts to love the world as you love us. Let us worship God!

PRAISE AND ADORATION

HYMN OF PRAISE (sing along)
“O Christ, the Great Foundation” AURELIA

O Christ, the great foundation
on which your people stand
to preach your true salvation
in every age and land:

Pour out your Holy Spirit
to make us strong and pure,
to keep the faith unbroken
as long as worlds endure.

Baptized in one confession,
one church in all the earth,
we bear our Lord’s impression,
the sign of second birth:

One holy people gathered
in love beyond our own,
by grace we were invited;
by grace we make you known.

Where tyrants’ hold is tightened,
where strong devour the weak,
where innocents are frightened,
the righteous fear to speak,

There let your church awaking
attack the powers of sin
and, all their ramparts breaking,
with you the victory win.

This is the moment glorious
when he who once was dead
shall lead his church victorious,
their champion and their head.

The Lord of all creation
his heavenly kingdom brings:
the final consummation,
the glory of all things.

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (read along)

God of mercy, we confess that we have elevated our plans and our ideas above you. Instead of looking out for the betterment of others, we have thought only about ourselves and our immediate gratification. God forgive us and help us to respond to your call on our lives to care for the poor and the needy, to give help to the sick, and to bring justice to the oppressed. Strengthen us so that we can live our days responding in joy as your disciples. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

SILENT PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND PETITION

KYRIE ELEISON (sing along)
#551 “Lord, Have Mercy” LAND OF REST
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy upon us.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

GLORIA PATRI (sing along)
“Glory Be to the Father” GLORIA PATRI
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FELLOWSHIP OF PRAYER

JOYS AND CONCERNS

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord’s Prayer (read along)
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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

ANTHEM
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” arr. Matthew Armstrong

PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE LESSON
2 Corinthians 5: 11-21 page 940 of the pew Bible
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

SERMON
“Because I Am a New Creation…” by Dr. Zieman

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (read along)
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

PARTAKING OF THE ELEMENTS

COMMUNION ANTHEM
“Ave Verum Corpus” W.A. Mozart
Hail, true body born of the Virgin Maty, who truly suffered, sacrificed on the Cross for man,
whose pierced side overflowed with water and blood, be for us a foretaste in the test of death.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (read along)
Loving God, we thank you that you have fed us in this sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet in your eternal kingdom. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

HYMN OF DEDICATION (sing along)
“There Is Now a New Creation” STUTTGART

There is now a new creation
through the grace of Jesus Christ,
peace and reconciliation
with the God of endless life.

Call the lost and found together;
tell the news to everyone:
now the past is gone forever
and a new life has begun.

Wrap the prodigal in welcome;
run to greet the wayward child.
All is finished and forgiven;
let us now be reconciled.

Come and join the celebration;
come and join this happy feast;
Jesus makes an invitation
to the greatest and the least.

There is now a new creation
through the grace of Jesus Christ.
Sing, with thanks and adoration,
to the God of endless life!

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE (sing along)
“Go Now In Peace” by Don Besig

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.

Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.

God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE
“Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke

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