Order of Worship for Sunday, November 12, 2017

Posted November 10th, 2017

Gathering Music    “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing”    – Paul Manz

Sharing Time                                                                                                              

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    “Kingsfold”    – arr. McChesney

*Unison Commitment to Worship

Here in this place of welcome and sanctuary, I will bring all that I am.

I will join in the fellowship and song.

I will soak up any inspiration I can; for doing good, not evil.

I will listen to hear the ways I might feed goodness and establish justice.

I will attempt to discern the place;

where justice rolls-on like waters and righteousness like an unfailing stream.

– written by Phyllis Tenney, a former BVS volunteer (adapted)

*Opening Song    “What Is This Place”    #1

Invitation to Give                                                                                                      

Offertory Music   

“Russian Folk Song    – Beethoven

“Musette” from The Notebook for Anna Magdalena    – Bach

Offertory Prayer

Children’s Time                                                                                                                  

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “What Does the Lord Require”    #409

Unison Prayer of the People (based on Micah 6: 6-8)

Oh God – Our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer –

How do we thank you? How do we show our gratitude?

Do you want signs and sacrifices? Do you want gold and cattle?

Can we turn over our children to you? Would that repay our debt, make everything right?

Tell us, what do you require in return for all your goodness?

Oh God – Our teacher, example, companion –

You have shown us what is good, and call us to remember that what you require is not

repayment of debt or settling the score, but obedience.

Show us, God – When to do justice, how to love kindness, and where to walk, humbly, with You. Amen.

– written by Dana Cassell, a former BVS volunteer

Message in Music     “Be Not Afraid”    – Craig Courtney

Scripture Focus    Amos 5: 18-24

The Day of the Lord – a Dark Day

18 Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord?

You long for the day of YHWH? You are eager for YHWH’s day? Woe to those who desire it.

It is darkness, not light;

The day of YHWH is not light, it is darkness and gloom.

19 as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear;

The day of YHWH is as if someone fled a lion and was attacked by a bear!

or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake.

It is as if someone rushed madly for the safety of a house, leaned a hand against a wall, panting with exhaustion and relief, only to be bitten by a snake!

20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

The day of YHWH is not light, it is darkness and gloom.

21I hate, I despise your festivals,

I, your God, hate and despise your festivals: your annual pilgrimage feasts for;

the Unleavend Bread, the Weeks and the Harvest.

I, Your God, detest and discount your worshiping practices;

your elaborate liturgies – long hallowed by priests and people alike – they are now abhorrent to Me.

and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

And I take no delight in the time you take from your regular work to celebrate and worship Me.

22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them;

I reject the burnt offerings. I reject the grain offerings. I will not accept them.

and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon.

I reject the offering of well-being, the offering of peace and communion which we share.

23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

I cast aside music. I render mute the Psalms and the sacred harp.

24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Instead, let justice roll-on like waters AND righteousness like an unfailing stream.

– paraphrase credited to John C. Holbert

Message    “Extravagant Decency”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “For the Healing of the Nations”    #367

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    Excerpt from “Symphony No. 1″    – Johannes Brahms


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