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June 4, 2023
10:30 AM ET

Prelude: Sonata No. 20 – by Ludwig van Beethoven

Sue Paro

Welcome, Poem, and Chime

Susan Stewart, Worship Leader

Gathering Words – by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell

God our Creator,
we call You Father, Mother, Author of Life:
Draw us closer to You, O God.

Christ our Savior,
we call You the Son, the Messiah, the One who Saves:
Draw us closer to You, O God.

Holy Spirit,
we call You the Advocate, the Inspirer, Breath and Wind of God:
Draw us closer to You, O God.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty;
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory:
Draw us closer to You, O God.

Draw us in, Spirit, Christ and Creator,
that we might journey with You more fully and deeply, 
in this life and beyond. Amen.

Unison Prayer – by Cynthia Wilson ©2020 Free Indeed Productions

Creator God, Saving God, Comforter God,
Speak to us, we are listening,
Reveal to us, we are watching,
Teach us, our hearts are open,
Do it again, God!
Rush into this place, re-create us, redeem us, Parent us…
In your name, our Three-in-One and One-in-Three God. Amen!

Passing the Peace

Please greet your fellow worshipers in the sanctuary and online.

Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

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Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20 – from the Modern English Version

Then the eleven disciples went away to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him. But some doubted. Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

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

Children’s Time

Song: There’s a Spirit of Love in This Place

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Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5 – from the Modern English Version

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

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

Music: Mist by Clifford Poole, Etude by Paul Sheftel

Margaret Joseffer-Paul, piano

Thoughts: “On Jesus, the Spirit, and the God Who Would Not Be Caged”

Rev. Nikki Young

Hymn: Praise with Joy

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Affirmation of Faith

We trust in God, the Creator Spirit
who moved upon the face of the deep at the beginning of creation,
who created all that is, and who spoke through the prophets of old.
We trust in Jesus Christ into whom God’s spirit was poured in fullness and in power,
that the whole creation might be restored and unified;
and who promised that the Spirit would come and
fill the faithful with power to witness to the mighty love of God.
We await on that Spirit today with longing hearts,
seeking to be empowered to the witness to God’s love,
with fresh words and courageous actions of love and hope.
Glory be to God – Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit – now and always. Amen.

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.

Music: The Lord’s Prayer – words by Jim Strathdee; music Anon, arr. by Al Oppenheimer

Carmen Phillips and Eric Shank


Please place donations in the baskets outside the sanctuary. We invite you to donate to the Parish Fund, which Rev. Cynthia uses for emergency needs of members and neighbors, by using the Love Offering envelopes in the pew racks. If you have a financial need, please contact Rev. Cynthia; all requests are kept private.


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Prayer of Thanksgiving

 Holy One, uncaged Spirit, we give thanks for all of the ways you are present to us, gifting us with grace. Use us, all we are, all we have, to spread your good news. Help us to find new ways to live with each other in this dance of life. Amen.

Hymn: God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian

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Sue Paro, organ