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Order of Worship 8-06-23


Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

August 6th, 2023 Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Rev. Aaron Ochart         

Lay Leader: Mary Antil 

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✝ Please stand, in body or spirit


PRELUDE            “Hope, Op. 38 No. 4” Felix Mendelssohn 


“Arise, Your Light is Come!”

1 Arise, your light is come! the Spirit’s call obey;

show forth the glory of your God, which shines on you today. 

2 Arise, your light is come! Fling wide the prison door;

proclaim the captive’s liberty, good tidings to the poor. 

3 Arise, your light is come! All you in sorrow born,

bind up the brokenhearted ones and comfort those who mourn.

4 Arise, your light is come! The mountains burst in song!

Rise up like eagles on the wing; God’s power will make us strong. 



CALL TO WORSHIP           Micah 6:8 (MESSAGE)

ONE: God has already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. 

MANY: It’s quite simple. Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously- take God seriously. 



God of the oppressed. You call us to righteousness in our relationships, to treat you, our friends, our family, and complete strangers well. You call us to justice, to be fair in our practices, and to treat everyone with equity. You call us to humility, not thinking of ourselves as better than others. You call us to work in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment. Help us to lives lives worthy of your gospel. In the name of Jesus Chirst, our Lord. Amen. 

✝HYMN [BLUE #563] [GTG #339] 

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”

1 Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring,

ring with the harmonies of liberty.

Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies;

let it resound loud as the rolling sea. 

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;

sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

let us march on, till victory is won. 

2 Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,

felt in the days when hope unborn had died.

Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet 

come to the place for which our parents sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;

we have come, treading our path 

through the blood of the slaughtered,

out of the gloomy past, till now we stand at last 

where the white gleam of our bright star has cast.

3 God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,

thou who has brought us thus far on the way;

thou who hast by thy might led us into the light,

keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;

lest, our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;

shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand,

true to our God, true to our native land. 



“Come!, Live in the Light!”

1 Come!, live in the light! 

Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!

We are called to be light for the kingdom, 

to live in the freedom of the city of God. 

We are called to act with justice; we are called to love tenderly;

we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God. 


CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  



God of grace, love, and communion, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your way, and follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your holy name. Amen

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     


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.


SCRIPTURE [Pew Bible NT 53 or 57]  Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said,

‘My soul magnifies the Lord,

   and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

   and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him

   from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

   and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

   and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

   in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

[Pew Bible OT #816 or 866] Micah 6:1 – 7:7

Hear what the Lord says:

   Rise, plead your case before the mountains,

   and let the hills hear your voice.

Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,

   and you enduring foundations of the earth;

for the Lord has a controversy with his people,

   and he will contend with Israel.

‘O my people, what have I done to you?

   In what have I wearied you? Answer me!

For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,

   and redeemed you from the house of slavery;

and I sent before you Moses,

   Aaron, and Miriam.

O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,

   what Balaam son of Beor answered him,

and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,

   that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.’

‘With what shall I come before the Lord,

   and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,

   with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,

   with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,

   the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

   and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

   and to walk humbly with your God?

The voice of the Lord cries to the city

   (it is sound wisdom to fear your name):

Hear, O tribe and assembly of the city!

   Can I forget the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,

   and the scant measure that is accursed?

Can I tolerate wicked scales

   and a bag of dishonest weights?

Your wealthy are full of violence;

   your inhabitants speak lies,

   with tongues of deceit in their mouths.

Therefore I have begun to strike you down,

   making you desolate because of your sins.

You shall eat, but not be satisfied,

   and there shall be a gnawing hunger within you;

you shall put away, but not save,

   and what you save, I will hand over to the sword.

You shall sow, but not reap;

   you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;

   you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.

For you have kept the statutes of Omri

   and all the works of the house of Ahab,

   and you have followed their counsels.

Therefore I will make you a desolation, and your inhabitants an object of hissing;

   so you shall bear the scorn of my people.

Woe is me! For I have become like one who,

   after the summer fruit has been gathered,

   after the vintage has been gleaned,

finds no cluster to eat;

   there is no first-ripe fig for which I hunger.

The faithful have disappeared from the land,

   and there is no one left who is upright;

they all lie in wait for blood,

   and they hunt each other with nets.

Their hands are skilled to do evil;

   the official and the judge ask for a bribe,

and the powerful dictate what they desire;

   thus they pervert justice.

The best of them is like a brier,

   the most upright of them a thorn hedge.

The day of their sentinels, of their punishment, has come;

   now their confusion is at hand.

Put no trust in a friend,

   have no confidence in a loved one;

guard the doors of your mouth

   from her who lies in your embrace;

for the son treats the father with contempt,

   the daughter rises up against her mother,

the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

   your enemies are members of your own household.

But as for me, I will look to the Lord,

   I will wait for the God of my salvation;

   my God will hear me.

ONE: The Word of the Lord

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON “Working in the World for Peace, Justice, Freedom, and Human Fulfillment” Reverend Ochart 


✝AFFIRMATION OF FAITH         “A Brief Statement of Faith”- Jesus

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. 

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen



OFFERTORY “Hanna’s Song”        Spoken Word

✝DOXOLOGY [*BLUE#592] [GTG#606]

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 



ONE: The Lord be with you.

MANY: And also with you.

ONE: Lift up your hearts.

MANY: We lift them to the Lord.

ONE: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

MANY: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

ONE: …Therefore with all creation we sing your praise:

MANY: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

ONE: … Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

MANY: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory…

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

ONE: … The gifts of God for the people of God.

MANY: Thanks be to God.

✝HYMN [*BLUE #525] [GTG#69]  “Here I Am, Lord”    

1 Im the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save. 

I, who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. 

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

R: Here I am Lord, is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. 

I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart. 

  1. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them. They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. 

I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? (refrain) 

3 I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them. My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? (refrain)


Grant unto us, O God, the fullness of your promises.

where we have been weak, grant us your strength;

where we have been confused, grant us your guidance;

where we have been distraught, grant us your comfort;

where we have been dead, grant us your life.

Apart from you, O Lord, we are nothing,

in and with you we can do all things. Amen.


✝RESPONSE [GTG# 747] “The Lord Now Sends Us Forth”

The Lord now sends us forth with hands to serve and give,

to make of all the earth a better place to live. 

The angels are not sent into our world of pain

to do what we were meant to do in Jesus’ name;

that falls to you and me and all who are made free.

Help us, O lord, we pray, to do your will today. 


“Galante, Op. 5 No. 1”  Enrique Granados

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