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Words for Worship – 5/16/21

We gather for the seventh and final Sunday of the season of Easter. We’ll celebrate the promised unity that Jesus’s resurrection supplies. All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                       David Crowther

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.

*HYMN #343     Blessed Be Your Name

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, unity promises to be an oil that soothes the cracks in our relationships. Unity offers us the possibility of refreshing us where our hearts have become dry. But, humanity seems steeped in hostility, defined by lines in the sand, and satisfied behind walls of division. We confess to our own part in it. Bless us with humility so that we let go of “my way” for the sake of “our way.” Bless us with courage to reach out, to welcome in, and to build up a new humanity where there is peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM            Oceans

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 

For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 

He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 

for through him all of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

ANTHEM            My Lighthouse  Jesus Loves Me

SCRIPTURE                        Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? Did you experience so much for nothing?—if it really was for nothing. Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.’ For this reason, those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed.

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

SERMON            

*HYMN #743                    In Christ There Is No East Or West

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                      David Crowther

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #516   Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Tell Your Story (worship video) – 5/9/21

Words for Worship – 5/9/21

We gather for the 6th Sunday of Easter this week. All the words that we’ll be using in worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                         I Lift My Eyes Up/How Firm a Foundation

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – John 1:10-18

The Word was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 

He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 

From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 

The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

*HYMN #182                                                     Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, in the resurrection of Jesus Christ we learn the truth about your power over sin and death. When Jesus was raised we received the grace of eternal life, grace up on grace. We know that we are called to display this same grace and truth in our lives, but we fall short; yet never fall out of your grace. Bless us with the power of your Spirit so that we might more and more become your children and make you known. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM                                                                      When Peace Like a River

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.

 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

HYMN #709                                                                                 Jesus Loves Me

SCRIPTURE                                                               Galatians 1:13-17, 2:11-21

You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

Paul Rebukes Peter at Antioch

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood self-condemned; for until certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But after they came, he drew back and kept himself separate for fear of the circumcision faction. And the other Jews joined him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, ‘If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?’

Jews and Gentiles Are Saved by Faith

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

SERMON                                                

*HYMN #743                                                               O God, You Are My God

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                                                                  You Are Holy (see #598)

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #516                                            Bless the Lord, O My Soul

“You Asked For It!” – A Summer Sermon Series.

It’s that time of year again.

Is there a part of the Bible you’d like to know more about?

Is there a verse that leaves you confused?

Do you have a question about theology or spirituality or church history?

Maybe you’d like to know what the Bible says about a hot topic or current event.

Whatever the case might be, submit your questions to Pastor Peter. You may not like the answer, but hey, you asked for it!

God Is Change (worship video) – 5/2/21

Words for Worship – 5/2/21

We gather for the 5th Sunday of Easter on the first Sunday of the month. That means we’ll be celebrating communion together around the Lord’s table. All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                         I Lift My Eyes Up/How Firm a Foundation

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – Jeremiah 31:31-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 

It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me,

from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

*HYMN #251                                                    The Church’s One Foundation

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, perhaps there are times when we remember our sin much longer than you do. Maybe there are seasons of life when we get stuck in guilt or regret or shame. We know that we can replay and rehash the past so often that we’re not really in the present and can’t be changed for the future. Bless us with your Holy Spirit so that we might let go of the memories that bind us and so that you can continue to shape us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM                                                                                    Come Holy Spirit

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

You are the letter of Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence that we have toward God.

Our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And all of us are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

HYMN #181                                                                       See What a Morning

SCRIPTURE                                                                                        Acts 15:1-18

Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’ And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, ‘It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses.’

The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, ‘My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.’

The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles. After they finished speaking, James replied, ‘My brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first looked favourably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name. This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written,
“After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen;
   from its ruins I will rebuild it,
     and I will set it up,
so that all other peoples may seek the Lord—
   even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called.
     Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things known from long ago.”

SERMON                                                

*HYMN #830                                           Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

The Lord be with you.

AND ALSO WITH YOU.

Lift up your hearts.

WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE.

O Holy God… we lift our hearts in joyful praise:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD OF POWER AND MIGHT, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.

COMMUNION (see Table of Plenty #808)

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                                                      Lead Me, Guide Me (see #129)

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #516                                            Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Remembering Bill Guthrie.

Bill Guthrie passed away in his sleep on Monday evening this week. Many of you know Bill, along with his wife Pat and daughter Marie, have been attending St. Croix Reformed Church since Christmas Eve in 2005.

Throughout his life, Bill was devoted to ministry, social work and community engagement. He shared that big heart with the community at St. Croix Reformed as well.

Pat and Marie are at peace in the midst of their sadness and will be here on the island until June. Calls are welcome. But, in lieu of cards or flowers, Pat asks that you consider a donation to St. Croix Reformed Church in memory of Bill’s devotion and service.

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve without hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.” – I Thessalonians 4:13-14

Nothing Stands In the Way (worship video) – 4/25/21

Words for Worship – 4/25/21

Jesus died to take down the walls the divide us. For the 4th Sunday of Easter we celebrate the way that God’s circle of inclusion keeps expanding. All of the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                                                          Seek Ye First

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – Isaiah 56

Thus says the Lord:
   Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come,
   and my deliverance be revealed.
Happy is the mortal who does this,
   the one who holds it fast,
who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it,
   and refrains from doing any evil.

Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say,
   ‘The Lord will surely separate me from his people’;
and do not let the eunuch say,
   ‘I am just a dry tree.’
For thus says the Lord:
To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,
   who choose the things that please me
   and hold fast my covenant,
I will give, in my house and within my walls,
   a monument and a name
   better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
   that shall not be cut off.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
   to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
   and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath,

and do not profane it,
   and hold fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
   and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices
   will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
   for all peoples.


*HYMN #790                                                                          Baptized In Water

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, the waves of the sea turn the highest cliffs into grains of sand, let the waters of our baptism continue to erode the walls within and around us. Remove from our hearts the walls that prevent your transformation from taking hold; walls of regret, of pain, of worry. Dismantle in our minds the walls that keep us divided from one another; walls of prejudice, of mistrust, of bias. Bless us each with your Holy Spirit to raise us above the sin of this world so that we might all share in the life that is eternal. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

HYMN #838                                                                    Now Behold the Lamb

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

In Christ, you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh

When we were buried with him in baptism, we were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

And when you were dead in trespasses…God made you alive together with Christ, when he forgave us all our trespasses.

ANTHEM                                                                                       Saviour Reigns

SCRIPTURE                                                                                        Acts 8:26-39

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
     so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
   Who can describe his generation?
     For his life is taken away from the earth.’
The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

SERMON                                                

*HYMN #800                                                   What the Lord Has Done In Me

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                                               All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #931                                               We Will Walk With God

Align With Eternity – 4/18/21