June 18th 2023 -” Behold how Good and how Pleasant”

2023-06-18 "Behold how good and how pleasant" 11 AM

Dear friends, 

This Sunday the Rev. Dr. Karen Petersen Finch will be leading us in a service of Baptism and Communion.

This Sunday we celebrate the holy sacraments of Baptism and Communion.  The Psalmist writes “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133: 1, NIV).  How good it is indeed to be counted as children of God, fellowshipping with one another, with all believers everywhere past, present, and future, and the unity we share in the Holy Spirit!

For those participating in Communion in person, the communion wafers are gluten free and the inner ring of glasses on the Communion trays contain white grape juice, the outer ring is red wine.  For those joining us through our livestream service on YouTube, please remember to prepare your own communion elements.  May we, as the Apostle Paul instructs the church in 1 Corinthians 11: 17-33, prepare and examine ourselves before we partake in this blessed sacrament that the Lord Jesus has given us.

Order of Service

Welcome and announcements
Call to Worship
Hymn 93: “Oh look and wonder”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
Anthem: “Gather us in”
Children’s time
Sacrament of Baptism – (followed by Aaronic Blessing #619)
Hymn 512: “At the dawning of creation”
Responsive reading: Psalm 133
Ephesians 4: 1-16 (en français – English on the screen)
Sermon: “Behold how good and how pleasant”
Offering and Offertory
Invitation to the table
Hymn 543: “Here, O my Lord, I see thee” (vs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7)
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer #564
Sacrament of Communion
Hymn 479: “The church’s one foundation” (vs 2 & 4 en français)
Go now in peace