PRELUDE:  Adagio, Sonata III by J.S. Bach

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee [Hymn to Joy]

PRAYER

INTROIT:  Servants of Peace  by K. Lee Scott

Lord, make us servants of your peace: where there is hate, may we sow love; where there is hurt, may we forgive; where there is strife, may we make one.  Where all is doubt, may we sow faith; where all is gloom, may we sow hope; where all is night, may we sow light; where all is tears, may we sow joy.  Jesus, our Lord, Jesus, may we not seek to be consoled, but to console, nor look to understanding hearts, but look for hearts to understand.  May we not look for love’s return, but seek to love unselfishly.  For in our giving we receive, and in forgiving we are forgiven.  Dying, we live, we die and are reborn through death’s dark night to endless day.  Lord, make us servants of your peace, to wake in heaven’s light. [James Quinn, based on a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Joshua 9:7-15

HYMN:  I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table [Welcome Table]

SERMON:  “Blurred Lines”

ANTHEM:  Concerto on St. Thomas (For the Healing of the Nations) arr. by Charles Thatcher

For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord; for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords.  To a life of love and action help us rise and pledge our word.  Lead us, Father, into freedom, from despair your world release; that redeemed from war and hatred, we may come and go in peace.  Show us how, through care and goodness, fear will die and hope increase.  All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned; pride of status, race or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan.  In our common quest for justice may we hallow life’s brief span.  You, Creator God, have written Your great name on humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind: that, by our response and service, Earth its destiny may find. [Fred Kaan]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Help Us Accept Each Other [Baronita]

BENEDICTION

CHORAL BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  Go in Peace by Austin C. Lovelace

Go in peace. Live as free people.  Serve the Lord, serve the Lord; rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Amen.

POSTLUDE:  Prelude by Hermann Schroeder

Presbyterian Disaster Relief (PDR):  God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.  The PDR’s response to the situation in Ukraine will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead.  Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line & mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700.

Would you like to sponsor flowers for one week for worship?  You can place your order for any Sunday throughout 2022 by using this link that takes you to Covenant’s Flowers for Worship form —  https://forms.gle/9C98VA1d17SPmTBV8

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