Worship Bulletin – September 12, 2021

Welcome / Call to Worship
Rev. Mark Stryker

One: I will bless you, my God and king.
All: I will praise your name forever.
One: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.
All: One generation will praise your works to another.
One: The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
All: The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
One: All your works will give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful will bless you.
All: We will speak the praise of the LORD, and bless his holy name forever and ever.
One: Come, let us worship our God.

Song: Let Your Spirit Come / Open the Eyes of Our Hearts

Let Your spirit come fall upon me now
Let Your spirit come fall upon me now

Let the rain fall down, fall upon my soul
Come and wash me now, come and make me whole

Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord
Open the eyes of our hearts
We want to see you, we want to see you

To see you high and lifted up
shining in the light of your glory
Pour out your power and love
as we sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy, we want to see you

guhlook guhlook guhlook  거룩 거룩 거룩
guhlook guhlook guhlook  거룩 거룩 거룩
guhlook guhlook guhlook  거룩 거룩 거룩
joo bogeh ha soh suh       주 보게 하소서

Let Your Spirit Come – E
John Chisum
CCLI Song # 154948 © 1989 Ariose Music

Open the Eyes of Our Hearts
Paul Baloche
CCLI Song # 2298355 © 1997 Integrity’s Hosanna!

Call to Confession
Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga

Creator God, we confess that we are not always able to see your handiwork in the people and things around us. We do not always see your image in our neighbors, and we do not always see your creative fingerprints in the good things in our world. Our eyes and our hearts are darkened by sin, and we too often take our sinful perspectives for granted. Transform our eyes and hearts with your Holy Spirit, so we may see the light of your creation and the love of redemption that we have in Jesus. Help us to see and live according to Jesus’s vision and life.  

Assurance of Pardon: Isaiah 43:1

But now thus says the Lord,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

One: Friends, believe the Good News:
All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and are being made whole. Amen.

Passing of the Peace 

One: The peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.

Scripture: Genesis 2:4b-25

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called Woman,
    for out of Man this one was taken.”

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

Sermon: In the Beginning
Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell

Prayers of the People
Rev. Dr. Tom Elson

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. 

Call to Give
Susan Moon Community Group 

Song: From All That Dwell Below The Skies

From all that dwell below the skies
let the creator’s praise arise;
let the redeemer’s name be sung
through every land by every tongue

Eternal are thy mercies Lord;
eternal truths attends thy word
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
till suns shall rise and set no more

Your lofty themes ye mortals bring,
in songs of praise divinely sing;
the great salvation loud proclaim,
and shout for joy the savior’s name

In every land begin the song;
to every land the strains belong;
in cheerful sounds all voices raise,
and fill the world with loudest praise

From All That Dwell Below The Skies
Isaac Watts, John C. Hatton
CCLI Song # 110133 © Public Domain

Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell

Choral Benediction

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord lift his countenance upon you; and give you peace, the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. Amen.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Peter C. Lutkin
CCLI Song # 96367 © Public Domain