PRELUDE:  Prelude on “Gather Us In” by David Lasky



HYMN:  Here in This Place, Gather Us In [Gather Us In]


SOLO:  For Everyone Born by Brian Mann/arr. by Tom Trenney; Mark Waters, tenor

For everyone born, a place at the table, for everyone born, clean water and bread, a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing, for everyone born, a star overhead.  And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace:  yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!  For young and for old, a place at the table, a voice to be heard, a part in the song.  The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled, for young and for old, the right to belong.  For everyone born, a place at the table, to live without fear, and simply to be, to work, to speak out, to witness and worship, for everyone born, the right to be free! [Shirley Erena Murray]

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Isaiah 43:1 & 7 and Mark 1:10-11

HYMN:  When We Are Living [Somos Del Senor]

SERMON:  “Come as You Are”

ANTHEM:  In All These You Welcomed Me (Mississippi) by William Bradley Roberts

Traveler’s child laid in a manger, refugee to Egypt bond, pilgrim youth, yet not a stranger, when your Father’s house you found:  Christ who set aside your glory to reclaim our wayward race, help us read salvation’s story in each passing heart and face.  Guest who vintage wine from water, wandering healer brimmed with balm, foreigner whose hearer brought her heart-thirst to your well of calm:  Savior, may we see our neighbor as an emblem of your care; in our leisure and our labor give us grace to find you there.  Homeless squatter in a garden, feaster in a rented room, scapegoat for another’s pardon, sleeper in a borrowed tomb:  Jesus, outcast and offender to those certain of God’s will, rend the veils of race and gender, wealth and health, that shroud us still.  Strange wayfarer to Emmaus, vague form on the distant shore, fright to friends (“Does sense betray us?”) when you stood with them once more:  risen Lord, be there to meet us when life dawns eternally; may your promised blessing greet us, “In all these you welcomed me.” [Carl P. Daw, Jr.]


HYMN:  Just as I Am, without One Plea [Woodworth]


BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  Father, Give Thy Benediction by Clayton Lloyd Moore

Father, give thy benediction, give thy peace before we part; still our minds with truth’s conviction, calm with trust each anxious heart.  Amen. [Samuel Longfellow]

POSTLUDE:  Toccata by Douglas Wagner

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