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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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If you are unable to join us at that time the recording of Chapel will be available on Moodle.

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship

Written by The Rev. Catherine Rolling

O God of all goodness,
you welcome us, forgive us and heal us.
You seek us out from places where we have hidden from you.
You crown us with steadfast love and mercy.

Reveal yourself to us in this moment.
Let us know your presence so that we may bless you:
Bless you, O God!
Bless your holy name! Amen.

Praise to the Lord the Almighty

Lyrics: Joachim Neander | Translation: Catherine Winkworth | Tune (“Lobe Den Herren”): Unknown

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
O my soul praise him for he is thy health and salvation
All ye who hear, brothers and sisters draw near
Join me in glad adoration
Join me in glad adoration

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth
Shelters thee under his wings, yea so gently sustaineth
Hast thou not seen all that is needful hath been
Granted in what he ordaineth
Granted in what he ordaineth

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee
Surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
Who with his love doth befriend thee
Who with his love doth befriend thee

Praise to the Lord, oh let all that is in me adore him
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him
Let the amen sound from his people again
Gladly forever adore him
Gladly forever adore him

God of the Bible

©1996 Lyrics: Shirley Erena Murray | Music: Tony E. Alonso

God of the Bible
God in the Gospel
Hope seen in Jesus
Hope yet to come
You are our center
Daylight or darkness
Freedom or prison
You are our home

    Fresh as the morning sure as the sunrise
    God always faithful you do not change
    Fresh as the morning sure as the sunrise
    God always faithful you do not change

God in our struggles
God in our hunger
Suffering with us
Taking our part
Still You empow’r us
Mothering Spirit
Feeding sustaining
From Your own heart

Those without status
Those who are nothing
You have made royal
Gifted with rights
Chosen as partners
Midwives of justice
Birthing new systems
Lighting new lights

Hope we must carry
Shining and certain
Through all our turmoil
Terror and loss
Bonding us gladly
One to the other
Till our world changes
Facing the cross

Prayers of the People

Revised from Celtic Daily Prayer

This day is Your gift to us;
    we take it, Lord, from Your hand
    and thank You for the wonder of it.

God be with us in this Your day,
    every day and every way,
God be with us and for us in this Your day;
    and the love and affection of heaven
    be toward us.

We place into Your hands, Lord, the choices that we face this day
    All that I am, Lord, I place into Your hands.
    All that I do, Lord, I place into Your hands.
    Everything I work for, I place into Your hands.
    Everything I hope for, I place into Your hands.
    The troubles that weary me, I place into Your hands.
    The thoughts that disturb me, I place into Your hands.
    Each day that I pray for, I place into Your hands.
    Each that I care for, I place into Your hands.

May we feel Your presence at the heart of our desires,
    and so know them for Your desires for us.
Thus shall we prosper,
    thus see that our purposes are from You,
    thus have power to do the good which endures.

Show us what blessing it is that we have work to do.
And sometimes—and most of all when the day is overcast
        and our courage faints—
    let us hear Your voice, saying,
    'You are My beloved one in whom I am well pleased.'

Keep us close to You, Lord. Keep us close to You.
We lift our hands to You, Lord. We lift them up to You.
Help us to find our happiness
    in our acceptance of what is Your purpose for us:
    in friendly eyes,
    in work well done,
    in quietness born of trust,

    and, most of all, in the awareness of Your presence with us.

Lord of All the Nations

Lyrics: David Montgomery (Regent Alumnus) | Music: “Sally Gardens” traditional Irish melody

O Lord of all the nations you’ve brought us to this place
You’ve granted us each other as symbols of your grace
Like those who walked in darkness we’ve seen the rising sun
A pilgrim path pursuing a holy quest begun

You purify our passions you loose the ties that bind
You soften stony spirits you lighten troubled minds
You enter our emotions untangle webs of pain
You touch us with your finger and we are whole again

Lord be our friend and mentor whatever lies ahead
Your love is our refreshment your will our daily bread
Until we taste your glory until we are made new
Within each one engender an appetite for You

O all-consuming fire come melt these hearts of stone
Lord wrestle with our spirits until You reign alone
Disperse us through the nations transforming grace to tell
And let this brief sojourning become our Peniel

“So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘It is because I saw God
face to face, and yet my life was spared." Gen. 32:30

Scripture | Psalm 103:1-18 (NIV)

Praise the LORD, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
    the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

Homily | Abounding in Steadfast Love

Matthew Lynch – Assistant Professor of Old Testament

The Steadfast Love

©1974 Edith McNeill

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is Thy faithfulness O Lord
Great is Thy faithfulness

Be Thou My Vision

Music: Traditional Irish Hymn | Lyrics: Mary Elizabeth Byrne and Eleanor Henrietta Hull arr. Alice Parker

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart
Not be all else to me save that thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping thy presence my light

Be thou my wisdom and thou my true word
I ever with thee and thou with me Lord
Thou my great Father I thy true son
Thou in my dwelling and I with thee one

Riches I heed not nor man's empty praise
Thou mine inheritance now and always
Thou and thou only first in my heart
High King of heaven my treasure thou art

High King of heaven my victory won
May I reach heavn's joys O bright heaven's Sun
Heart of my own heart whatever befall
Still be my vision O ruler of all


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