PRELUDE:  Fountain Reverie by Percy Fletcher



HYMN:  Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken [Austrian Hymn]


INTROIT:  O Blessed Spring by Berlund/arr. by David Cherwein

O blessed spring, where word and sign embrace us into Christ the Vine:  here Christ enjoins each one to be a branch of this life-giving Tree.  Through summer heat of youthful years, uncertain faith, rebellious tears, sustained by Christ’s infusing rain, the boughs will shout for joy again.  When autumn cools and youth is cold, when limbs their heavy harvest hold, then through us, warm, the Christ will move with gifts of beauty, wisdom, love.  As winter comes, as winters must, we breathe our last, return to dust; still held in Christ, our souls take wing and trust the promise of the spring.  Christ, holy Vine, Christ, living Tree, be praised for this blest mystery:  that word and water thus revive and join us to your Tree of Life. [Susan Palo Cherwien]


SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Exodus 17:1-7

ANTHEM:  God Wouldn’t Bring You This Far to Leave You by Tom Trenney

God wouldn’t bring you this far to leave you.  God wouldn’t bring you this far to let you go.  No height nor depth nor anything else can separate us from the love that God will show.  My God delivered Daniel from the lion’s den and Jonah from the belly of the whale!  God led the Hebrew people to their freedom in the end.  God’s love for us will never ever fail!  Young David slayed Goliath.  Miriam walked across the sea.  The walls of Jericho came tumblin’ down.  Queen Esther saved her people.  Paul and Silas were set free.  Take up your cross!  One day you’ll wear a crown!  God will not leave you.  The Lord will not leave you wherever you go!  God will not leave you, will not let you go!  God will not leave you.  The Lord will not let you go!  No!  God will not ever let go!

SERMON:  “Holy Hydration”

HYMN:  Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah [CWM Rhondda]


HYMN:  Take Me to the Water [Take Me To The Water]


BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  May the Peace of the Lord God with You by Charles Yannerella

May the peace of the Lord go with you.  May you walk in his truth and light.  May the love of the Lord sustain you in the sunshine and through the night.  Amen. [Mary Kay Beall]

POSTLUDE:  Fanfare on “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (the Navy Hymn)

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