PRELUDE:  Variations on “Amazing Grace” by William Bates; Julie Metz, violin

Theme: Stanza 1 – “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound…”
Variation I: Stanza 2 – “T’was grace that taught my heart to fear…”
Variation II: Stanza 3 – “Through many dangers…”
Variation III: Stanza 4 – “The Lord has promised good to me…”
Variation IV: Stanza 4 – “When we’ve been there ten thousand years…”




HYMN:  There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Sweet, Sweet Spirit]



HYMN:  Great God of Every Blessing [Aurelia]

SERMON:  “God – Our Sideline or Our Center?”

ANTHEM:  There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (St. Helena) by Calvin Hampton; Julie Metz, violin

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in his justice which is more than liberty.  There is plentiful redemption in the blood that has been shed; there is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.  For the love of God is broader than the measures of our mind, and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.  If our love were but more simple, we should take him at his word; and our lives would be all sunshine in the sweetness of our Lord.  Fearful souls, why will you scatter like a crowd of frightened sheep?  Foolish hearts, why will you wander from a love so true and deep?  There is welcome for the sinner and more graces for the good; there is mercy with the Savior, there is healing in his blood.  Amen. [Frederick W. Faber]


HYMN:  God Be with You Till We Meet Again [Randolph]


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:  Suite for Violin and Organ — I. Preludium by Josef Rheinberger; Julie Metz, violin

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