Sunday, May 15, 2022

Order of Worship May 15


 

CENTERING PRAYER

 

Surprising God, in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you make all things new. Long ago, you called your church to a love beyond all social and cultural differences and gave them the gift of your Holy Spirit to open hearts to enact such love. Give us that same spirit of openness, that we too might discern new directions in our day for your dream to reconcile and heal all creation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


PRELUDE (Sunday Worship) I’ll Praise My Maker Page (2016)


WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS 


MINUTE FOR MISSION


CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 148)

 

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord in the heavens;

Praise him in the heights!

Praise him, all his angels;

praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;

praise him, all you shining stars!

Praise him, you highest heavens.

Let us praise the name of the Lord!


† HYMN     “Lead On, O King Eternal”      Hymnal #269 

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 

God of mercy, your command to love one another across all differences opens us to new horizons, yet we often respond with fear and judgment and hinder your goal for humanity. Forgive us our sins, we pray, and give us a true repentance that leads to life for all creation. We continue to pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


ASSURANCE OF GRACE 


† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST 

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.


 †GLORY TO GOD Hymnal #582 


TIME WITH CHILDREN (Sunday Worship) (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School) 


SCRIPTURE      Revelation 21:1-6 


SERMON      “The Already and the Not Yet”      Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess

 

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. 


OFFERING      Creation Sings       arr. Koests 

Chancel Choir


 † THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606 


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 


† HYMN “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” Hymnal #833 


† CHARGE AND BLESSING 


† BENEDICTION (Sunday Worship) “He Lives” 


POSTLUDE (Sunday Worship)    Sing to the Lord!    Smith 


† You are invited to stand, as you are able 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scripture for May 14 and 15

  Revelation 21:1-6


A New Heaven and a New Earth

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

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Stained Glass window: circa 1883, near the front door of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Friday, May 13, 2022

Daily Prayer May 13


The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor and release to the
captives.

Daily Readings for Friday, May 13, 2022

Almighty God, you sent Jesus to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority. Anoint us with your Spirit, that we too may bring good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive. As you have made this day, O God, you also make the night. Give light for our comfort. Come upon us with quietness and still our souls, that we may listen for the whisper of your Spirit and be attentive to your nearness in our dreams. Empower us to rise again in new life to proclaim your praise, and show Christ to the world, for he reigns forever and ever. Holy God, from whom every family on earth takes its name: Strengthen parents to be responsible and loving that their children may know security and joy. Lead children to honor parents by compassion and forgiveness. May all people discover your parental care by the respect and love given them by others. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The grace of Christ attend you, the love of God surround you, the Holy Spirit keep you, that you may live in faith, abound in hope, and grow in love, both now and forevermore.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Coming Home


I wasn’t expecting it but knew it from the first few notes.

 

I didn’t even know that it was in the Presbyterian hymnal, and as I flipped through the pages to find number 418, I realized that I remembered all the words, at least to the first verse. Then we sang the refrain, and that took me home.

 "Come home, come home, 

Ye who are weary come home."

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, 

Calling "O sinner come home. "

 The version in our recently revised purple hymnal didn't say "ye," it said "you," but in the churches of my childhood Jesus always spoke in King James English, and that is how I remembered it. The language was a bit different, but we were singing it at the end of the service, what is known in Southern Baptist congregations as “The Invitation.” I don’t recall what was being sung when, as an eight-year-old, I took that anxious walk down the aisle at the end of sermon to be saved from the Fires of Hell (I had been told specifically by church elders that I was going to burn in Hell after one particularly eventful Sunday Evening when the garter snake I had brought to show a friend “accidentally” got loose during the sermon) but it could very well have been to the strains of “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling.”

 My next few years were, I guess, a success at being part of the church community. I was adept at quoting scripture, had a decent voice for various choirs, and could easily figure out the things to do and say that made the adults happy. But by my teenage years, I started seeing and feeling a growing divide between the church and what it stood for, and the personal relationship I had with Jesus. When I left the church for the wilderness, I felt that He was calling.

 My wilderness had plenty of actual wilderness in it- more than 25 years of working in the woods, paying attention to the small details in order to ask the right questions of the big picture, and trying to bring it all together in a greater understanding of the whole revealed no conflict between using the scientific method and being still, to hear the voice of God.

The archeological investigations were always best understood as being into one part of the total environmental setting, the clues of human behavior in the past as modifications made to the natural systems, and as well my understanding of world religions became one of similar function, not limited to the modification of God’s natural love for us, but from how we grew to impose our own systems of how to treat each other as well, from relationships to politics. And though how we treat our gifts from God, our planet and each other, has become a point of increasing dismay, the third verse of the hymn gave me hope-

 O for the wonderful love he has promised,

promised for you and for me!

Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon,

pardon for you and for me.

 And then again the refrain, which I sang as written in our hymnal, because at that moment, surrounded by these voices, this church family, and being part of a denomination that is truly working to glorify as well as realize the love of God through justice, inclusiveness, and action, I was truly Home.

 Come home, come home, 

You who are weary come home."

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, 

Calling "O sinner come home. "

Monday, May 9, 2022

ABC Sale

 ABC SALE – It’s Back! Have you heard? 


After two long years, our ABC Sale is returning! We’ll be accepting drop-offs at St Mark beginning Sunday, July 31st after the 10am service until 4pm, and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 1-3 rd from 8am to Noon; no drop-offs will be accepted on Thursday, August 4th. The sale days are Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th. We’ll open early on Friday (7am) to those who want to get a jump on the bargains (and are willing to pay $10); regular sale hours will be 8am to 2pm on Friday, and 8am to Noon on Saturday. 

We’ll accept clothing (all ages and sizes), toys, books, puzzles, small household items, gardening equipment, tools, sports equipment, holiday items, and luggage. However, we are unable to accept electronics, large scale furniture items, baby cribs, highchairs, car seats, entertainment centers and mattresses. 

So take this opportunity to clean out your attics, basements, and closets, and bring your treasures to St Mark starting July 31st! Events like this need lots of volunteers: set-up, greeters, cashiers, help in each of the departments, clean-up and so forth. More information will be coming out soon, so please consider where you would be willing to help out. We’ll be reaching out again shortly. Thanks! 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Order of Worship May 8

 CENTERING PRAYER 

Almighty God, to whom all honor belongs, you have gathered a people from every tribe and language to praise your name eternally. Join our song with all of heaven as we worship you this day in the glorious light of Christ. Amen. 

PRELUDE (Sunday Worship) Allegro from Suite Gothique Boellmann (1862-1897) 

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS 

CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 30 

Alleluia, Christ is risen! 

The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! 

Blessing and honor is yours, 

O God. Glory to God forever. Alleluia! 

† HYMN “Now Thank We All Our God” Hymnal #643 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

Holy God, we confess we have strayed from your paths of right relationship and peace, and we have dishonored you, ourselves, and your creation; we repent of these hurtful ways. Forgive us, we pray, as we learn to forgive others, and guide our feet into the way of peace. (Silent Confession) 

ASSURANCE OF GRACE 

† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST 

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 

†GLORY TO GOD Hymnal #582 

TIME WITH CHILDREN (Sunday Worship) (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School) 

SCRIPTURE John 10:22-30 

SERMON “Edge of Your Seat” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 

† AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Apostles’ Creed 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. 

OFFERING      Season of Promise      Hayes                Chancel Choir

† THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 

† HYMN      “There Is a Place of Quiet Rest”      Hymnal #824 

† CHARGE AND BLESSING 

† BENEDICTION (Sunday Worship) “He Lives” 

POSTLUDE (Sunday Worship) Sound the Trumpet Turner (1993) 

† You are invited to stand, as you are able

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Scripture for May 8

 John 10:22-30

Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims
19th century by German Artist
Bernard Plockhorst

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[b]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Daily Prayer May 6

The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe the good news.


Daily Readings for Friday, May 6, 2022

Loving God, through your Son you have called us to repent of our sin, to believe the good news, and to celebrate the coming of your kingdom. Like Christ‘s first apostles, may we hear his call to discipleship, and, forsaking old ways, proclaim the gospel of new life to a broken world. Great God, you are one God, and you bring together what is scattered and mend what is broken. Unite us with the scattered peoples of the earth that we may be one family of your children. Bind up all our wounds, and heal us in spirit, that we may be renewed as disciples of Jesus Christ, our Master and Savior. God of all who stand in awe of you, make us one with all your saints and with any who are in need. Teach us to befriend the weak, and welcome the outcast, that we may serve the Lord and live to offer him glory. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord be kind and gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.


(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Thursday, May 5, 2022

They Say It’s Your Birthday!


“The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NRSV.)


It’s a well known but often overlooked fact that the Easter season is longer than Lent. The 40 days of reflection, self-denial, and penitence seem to move slower than a tree sloth on Dramamine. On the other hand, the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost seem to fly by unseen like a stealth aircraft. It might be that the weather is getting nicer and there are more activities to fill up our calendar in the late spring, but I think there’s more to it than that. We let time go lightly when we don’t see ourselves moving toward an individual or shared goal or event. We move slowly toward the cross and quickly away from the empty tomb. Friends, this is a time to celebrate!

I am excited to remind you that St. Mark will celebrate its 60th Anniversary on Pentecost Sunday, June 5. We will mark this day with a special worship service that honors our history and also looks forward to who God is calling us to be in the future. I think it is uniquely special that our congregation shares the same birthday with the larger church. The Holy Spirit moved in a new way on Pentecost Sunday nearly 2,000 years ago as a mighty wind filled the upper room and the disciples began to praise God in different tongues. Nobody brought any cake or candles, but this divine present signified the birth of the Church. The language and style of worship naturally change over the years, but the subject remains the same. We gather together to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. That’s been true here at St. Mark for the past 60 years, and, God willing, it will continue for at least another 60 years.

There will be a congregational picnic immediately following the worship service. We will provide the hot dogs, bratwursts, and Ted Drewes frozen custard (that’s how you know it’s a big deal!) There will be activities for children, youth, and adults, and you do not want to miss out. We are inviting you to be a part of this very special day at St. Mark. Beyond the food and festivities, we have a real opportunity for renewed fellowship. Please consider reaching out to someone with an invitation to join us in worship for this great celebration (or to any service or activity.) The world is coming back to life all around us, and I guarantee there is somebody who is wanting to come to St. Mark; they are just waiting on your invitation. May we all come together as guests invited!



In Hope and Confidence,

Pastor Dave

Monday, May 2, 2022

PENTECOST OFFERING

When we think of Pentecost we think of the color red—the red of youth, joy, discovery, and growth. Pentecost is always the seventh Sunday after Easter and this year we will celebrate on June 5 and welcome our Confirmands to membership at St. Mark. A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and it also addresses the needs of at-risk children. St. Mark retains 40% of what is collected to distribute locally. This is your chance to make a difference for children and youth at risk and young adults.