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May 22, 2022
10:30 AM ET

Prelude

Fugue in F Minor
Charles Burney (1726–1814)
Sue Paro, organ

Welcome and Announcements, Poem, and Chime

Kate Froehlich

Gathering Words

Susan Stewart, Worship Leader

God calls us to this place, a haven for healing and hope.
We come, with the pain of our burdens,
we come to hear God’s Word of hope for us.

Together, we will sing songs of joy;
each of us will hear God whisper our name,
‘Beloved of my heart.’
We join our voices in prayer and praise;
we sing of our longing for new lives.

Here, our shadowed corners are filled with Light;
here we discover that God dwells in us.
And not just us, for God would teach all to love;
God’s Spirit would lead all peoples in peace.

Unison Prayer

God of Healing and Hope, we pray for Your courage and strength to be with us. When we recognize injustice, guide us to speak out. When we see oppression, lead us to be in solidarity with the oppressed. When we hear the cries of the marginalized and the outcast, call us into accountability to amplify those voices. We know You are always present with us; therefore, may we be always present with those in need. You gave us the commandment to love one another just as You love us; may we do our part to share in Your love, healing, and hope in this world. Amen.

Passing the Peace

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
Please wave, blow kisses, or put your hands on your heart and extend them to the other person.
If you are on Zoom, please unmute to greet your fellow online worshipers.

Hymn: Shall We Gather at the River

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Scripture: John 14:23-29 from the Common English Bible

Jesus answered, “Whoever loves me will keep my word. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word that you hear isn’t mine. It is the word of the Father who sent me.

“I have spoken these things to you while I am with you. The Companion, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you.

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid. You have heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away and returning to you.’ If you loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than me. I have told you before it happens so that when it happens you will believe.”

The word of God for us. Thanks be to God.

Children’s Time with Susan Stewart

Song: Halle, Halle, Halleluja

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Scripture: Acts 16:9-15 from the Common English Bible

A vision of a man from Macedonia came to Paul during the night. He stood urging Paul, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” Immediately after he saw the vision, we prepared to leave for the province of Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

We sailed from Troas straight for Samothrace and came to Neapolis the following day. From there we went to Philippi, a city of Macedonia’s first district and a Roman colony. We stayed in that city several days. On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the riverbank, where we thought there might be a place for prayer. We sat down and began to talk with the women who had gathered. One of those women was Lydia, a Gentile God-worshipper from the city of Thyatira, a dealer in purple cloth. As she listened, the Lord enabled her to embrace Paul’s message. Once she and her household were baptized, she urged, “Now that you have decided that I am a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded us.

The word of God to us. Thanks be to God.

Music

Peace I Leave With You
arr. by Donald Moore, based on a canon by W.A. Mozart
Calvary Choir; Sue Paro, Music Director

Thoughts

Kate Froehlich

Hymn: Come Down, O Love Divine

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Affirmation of Faith

Jesus taught us to speak of hope as the coming of God’s kingdom.
We believe that God is at work in our world
turning hopeless and evil situations into good.
We believe that goodness and justice
will triumph in the end
and that tyranny and oppression cannot last forever.
One day all tears will be wiped away;
the lamb will lie down with the lion,
and justice will roll down like a mighty stream.
True peace and true reconciliation are not only desired,
they are assured and guaranteed in Christ.
This is our faith.
This is our hope.
(20th century South African creed)

Sharing of Prayers and Prayer of the People

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our Creator, 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Offering

Video: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell – Billerica House

Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace. We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom to be loved, for your grace and one more experience of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation. For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God. Amen.
(Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts” © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson)

Benediction

Postlude

Trumpet Voluntary
William Goodwin (18th century)
Sue Paro, organ