PRELUDE:  Three Expressive Pieces by George Frederick McKay

II.  Pastoral Poem

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

INTROIT:  From All That Dwell Below the Skies by Gordon Young

From all that dwell below the skies let the Creator’s praise arise; let the Redeemer’s Name be sung through every land, by every tongue.  Eternal are Thy mercies, Lord; eternal truth attends Thy word: Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore.  Till suns shall rise and set no more.  [Isaac Watts]

PRAYER

HYMN:  When Peace Like a River [Ville Du Havre]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Psalm 88

ANTHEM:  Hear My Prayer by Gabriel Fauré/arr. by H. Samuels

Hear my prayer, O Lord my God; have mercy, Lord, do not hide Thy face from me, O Lord my God. Pardon mine iniquities O Lord, my God, hear Thou my humble prayer, O Lord my God.

SERMON:  “The Darkness that Brings Hope to Light”

HYMN: How Firm a Foundation [Foundation]

PRAYER

HYMN:  You Shall Go Out with Joy [The Trees of the Field]

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE:  Did You Think to Pray? by Neil Harmon

Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?  Did you sue for loving favor as a shield today?  Oh, how praying rests the weary!  Prayer will change the night to day.  So, when life gets dark and dreary, don’t forget to pray.  When your heart is filled with anger, did you think to pray?  Did you plead for grace, my brother, and forgive along the way?  When sore trials came upon you, did you think to pray!  Balm of Gilead did you borrow at the gates of day?  Oh, how praying rests the weary!  Prayer will change the night to day.  So, when life gets dark and dreary, don’t forget to pray.  [Mary Ann Pepper Kidder]

Thank you, Diane Donaldson, for the flower wreath today.

 

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