PRELUDE:  Elegie by Gordon Young

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:  For the Beauty of the Earth [Dix]

PRAYER

INTROIT:  Purge Me, O Lord by Thomas Tallis/arr. by Crawford R. Thoburn

Purge me, O Lord, from all my sin, and save thou me by faith from ill, that I may rest and dwell with thee, upon thy holy blessed hill.  And that done, grant that with true heart I may without hypocrisy affirm the truth, detract no man, but do all things with equity. [Anonymous]  

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Matthew 12:43-45

ANTHEM:  Silence! Frenzied, Unclean Spirit by Carol Doran

“Silence! Frenzied, unclean spirit,” cried God’s healing Holy One.  “Cease your ranting!  Flesh can’t bear it.  Flee as night before the sin.”  At Christ’s voice the demon trembled, from its victim madly rushed, while the crowd that was assembled stood in wonder, stunned, and hushed.  Lord, the demons still are thriving in the gray cells of the mind: tyrant voices, shrill and driving, twisted thoughts that grip and bind, doubts that stir the heart to panic, fears distorting reason’s sight, guilt that makes our loving frantic, dreams that could the soul with fright.  Silence, Lord, the unclean spirit, in our mind and in our heart.  Speak your word that when we hear it all our demons shall depart.  Clear our thought and calm our feeling; still the fractured, warring soul.  By the power of your healing make us faithful, true, and whole. [Thomas H. Troeger, Hymn 180 in Glory to God hymnal]

SERMON:  “The Best Defense is a Good Offense”

HYMN:  Fill My Cup [Fill My Cup]

PRAYER

HYMN:  I, the Lord of Sea and Sky [Here I Am]

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  Confitemini Domino by Jacques Berthier

Confitemini Domino quniam bonus.  Alleluia!  Come and fill our hearts with your peace.  You alone, O Lord, are Holy.  Alleluia.

POSTLUDE:  Postludio Festivo by Sigfird Karg-Elert

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