PRELUDE:  Tell Me the Stories of Jesus by Janet Linker

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

PRAYER

HYMN:  Open Your Ears, O Faithful People [Yisrael V’Oraita]

PRAYER

SOLO:  Sing God a Simple Song (From “Mass”) by Leonard Bernstein; Mark Waters, tenor

Sing God a simple song: Lauda, Laude.  Make it up as you go along: Lauda, Laude.  Sing like you like to sing.  God loves all simple things, for God is the simplest of all.  I will sing the Lord a new song to praise Him, to bless Him, to bless the Lord.  I will sing His praises while I live all of my days.  Blessed is the man who loves the Lord, blessed is the man who praises Him.  Lauda, Lauda, Laude and walks in His ways.  I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help. I will lift up my voice to the Lord singing Lauda, Laude.  For the Lord is my shade, is the shade upon my right hand, and the sun shall not smite me by day nor the moon by night.  Lauda, Lauda, Laude, Lauda, Lauda-di-da-di-day…all of my days. [Stephen Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein adapted from the Psalms]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Psalm 1

HYMN:  How Happy Are the Saints of God [Wareham]

SERMON: “Rooted in the Truth”

ANTHEM: You Shall Be as the Tree by Daniel Killman

Blessed shall you be when you shall never stray to the paths of ungodly men, nor sit in the sinner’s way.  In the Word of the Lord shall you take delight; in the law shall you meditate through each day and through the night.  You shall be as the tree, the tree growing by the river; bearing fruit in its proper time and its leaves shall never wither.  For ungodly ones, no, it shall not be so; like the chaff from the growing wheat, they fall when the wind shall blow.  They shall never stand at the judgement day; but concerning the righteous ones, the Lord knows their every way. [Psalm 1, adapted by Daniel Killman]

PRAYER

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

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE:  Rooted in Christ by Alfred V. Fedak

We seek to be rooted in Christ, reaching out in love: we seek to be rooted in Christ, people of faith and faithfulness.  Rooted in Christ, from whom we gain all strength and understanding, reaching out in love with glad and generous hearts.  We seek to be rooted in Christ, reaching out in love, we seek to be rooted in Christ, people of hope and heart.  We seek to be rooted in Christ, reaching out in love, we seek to be rooted in Christ, people of faith and faithfulness rooted like trees that sink deep in sacred soil, nurtured and nourished in God’s reign of love, reaching, like branches that stretch wide to shelter, refuge for the fleeing, help for the homeless we seek to be rooted in Christ, reaching out in love, we seek to be rooted in Christ, people of heart and hope.  We seek to be rooted in Christ, reaching out in love, we seek to be rooted in Christ people of hope and heart. [Steven Harrington and Richard Steffen]

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