Worship service Jan. 17, 2021

Spirituality and the Arts 2: Musical Preferences


Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle


Blessing In The Chaos

To all that is chaotic in you,

let there come silence.

Let there be a calming of the clamoring, a stilling of the voices that have laid their claim on you,

that have made their home in you, that go with you even to the holy places but will not let you rest,

will not let you hear your life with wholeness or feel the grace that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you cease.

Let what divides you cease.

Let there come an end to what diminishes and demeans, and let depart all that keeps you in its cage.

Let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos,

where you find the peace you did not think possible

and see what shimmers within the storm.

—Jan Richardson from The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief


-moment of silence-


Call to Worship         STS 138

Almighty God, clothe us in the mantle of praise

that we may always rejoice

in proclaiming your glory

and in receiving your blessings,

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Opening Hymn  Great is the Lord   HWB 87


Sharing and Prayer (at the beginning of the sermon) attached to the email)


Scripture        Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty firmament![a]
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Children’s Story   “8 Musical Instruments in the Bible”

and “What did King David’s Lyre Sound Like?”

Sermon   “Music Preferences” – Pastor Rose Marie

Hymn of Response  Come, thou almighty King   HWB 41

(You might want to start video at 1:00, which is where the singing starts.)

Benediction    STJ 160

As water falls on dry tea leaves

and brings out their flavor,

so may your Spirit fall on us and renew us

so we may bring refreshment and joy to others.