PRELUDE: Prelude on “Brother James’s Air” by M. Searle Wright
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
HYMN: There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit [Sweet, Sweet Spirit]
INTROIT: O How Amiable by R. Vaughan Williams
O how amiable are thy dwellings: thou Lord of hosts! My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found her a house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be always praising thee. The glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: prosper thou the work of our hands upon us. O prosper thou our handy-work. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home. [selected from Psalms 84 and 90]
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Psalm 84
HYMN: How Lovely, Lord [Merle’s Tune]
SERMON: “Love God; Love God’s House”
ANTHEM: This is the House of God by John Rutter
This is the house of God: a place of quiet, a place of stillness. This is the house of God: a house of worship, a house of prayer; our shelter from the storm, a place of refuge in time of trouble; a place wherein the Holy Spirit dwells; a place of joining together, a place of parting; a place to tell out our joy with music and singing, or kneel alone in the presence of God. We bring our hopes and fears before the altar in the house so quiet and strong. This is the house of God; a house that has stood; a house that shall stand.
HYMN: I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord [St. Thomas]
BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Send Us Now Away by John Ness Beck
Send us now away from thy house, O Lord, refreshed, renewed with thy blessings of this day; keep the word of truth in our hearts restored; may we not forget Thee on our homeward way. Amen.
POSTLUDE: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (from “Triptych”) Piet Post
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