February 20, 2022

Flowers – In Memory of  Mary Ann Shaw, Presented by James Shaw

Organ Prelude:  Air from Overture in D, J. S. Bach

Call to Worship                    BOW 449
L: Trust in the Lord and do good.
P: May the Lord give strength to the people!
L: O taste and see that the Lord is good!
P: God is our refuge and strength.

Opening Prayer         BOW 466      Sandy Stump  
God our Mother and Father, we come to you as children. Be with us as we learn to see one another with new eyes, hear one another with new hearts, and treat one another in a new way. Amen.

Confession                 BOW493                                                       
O God of Shalom, we have built up walls to protect ourselves from our enemies, but these walls also shut us off from receiving your love. Break down those walls. Help us to see that the way to your heart is through the reconciliation of our own hearts with our enemies. Bless them and us, that we may come to grow in love for each other and for you; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Favorite Hymn                      Victory in Jesus                       UMH 370
1. I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory, how he gave his life on Calvary to save a wretch like me; I heard about his groaning, of his precious blood’s atoning, then I repented of my sins and won the victory. O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever! He sought me and bought me with his redeeming blood; he loved me ere I knew him, and all my love is due him; he plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

2. I heard about his healing, of his cleansing power revealing, how he made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see; and then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit,” and somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory. O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever! He sought me and bought me with his redeeming blood; he loved me ere I knew him, and all my love is due him; he plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

3. I heard about a mansion he has built for me in glory, and I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea; about the angels singing and the old redemption story, and some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory. O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever! He sought me and bought me with his redeeming blood; he loved me ere I knew him, and all my love is due him; he plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

First Reading – Psalm 37:1-11                                    Sandy Stump (R)
1Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, 2for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. 3Trust in the LORD and do good; so you will live in the land and enjoy security. 4Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday. 7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. 8Refrain from anger and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. 10Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there. 11But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

Tithes & Offerings – Can be sent to 329 N. 5th Street; Reading, PA 19601  Or online HERE

Chancel Choir Offertory:  Blessed Shall They Be, Natalie Sleeth
              O blessed, blessed shall they be who serve our God most faithfully;
              Who know and do the Lord’s command and take the truth to every land.
              For they shall be joyful wherever they go; the fruits of the Spirit within will they know;
              Upon them, abundance the Lord will bestow, and through them the glory will shine.
              O blessed, blessed all their days are those who join in grateful praise,
              And serve the Lord who reigns above to light the world with heav’nly love. (sung 2X)
              Blessed, blessed, all who serve the Lord above
              Blessed, blessed who light the world with heav’nly love.

Offertory Prayer                   WSL 107
We present these gifts, O God, in the confidence that healing, jope, and wholeness will flourish through them and because of them. Amen

Prayers of the People  Send Prayer requests to Office@holycrossumc.com

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. 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             Jesu, Jesu                    UMH   432  v.1, 2, & 3
1. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet, Master who acts as a slave to them.

2. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. Neighbors are rich and poor, neighbors are black and white, neighbors are near and far away.

3. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. These are the ones we should serve, these are the ones we should love; all these are neighbors to us and you.

Second Reading – Luke 6:27-38
27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

Message            Rev. Mandy Miller

Hymn             Freely, Freely             UMH 389
1. God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

2. All power is given in Jesus’ name, in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

Benediction     

Organ Postlude:  Now With Singing and Praise, setting by Dale Wood (Based on the tune Middlebury, Southern Harmony, 1835)

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version.

February 13, 2022

Organ Prelude:  Air from Overture in D, J. S. Bach

Call to Worship                    Abingdon
L: Poor or despairing, come to be blessed. 
P: Hungry or tired, come to be restored. 
L: Sorrowing or sighing, come to discover joy. 
P: Bring your tired, your poor. 
L: Share your hopes, your dreams. 
P: Embrace your doubts, your fears. 
L: Come as you are. P: All are welcome here. 

Opening Prayer
God of blessings and woes, bless us with your presence this day. Reveal your way forward and guide us in pathways of hope and grace. In your blessed name, we pray. Amen. 

Confession
Shepherd of our souls, guide us through times of woe, and help us find your solace and peace. Forgive us in times of sin and sorrow, and lead into your redeeming love. Resurrect us in times of death and despair, and lead into newness of life, that we may be the blessing we seek for everyone we meet. Amen. 

Words of Assurance
Blessed are you who place your trust in God. For the Holy One is faithful and true. Christ’s love is sufficient for your every need. 

Favorite Hymn                      My Hope is Built on Nothing Less                  UMH 368
1. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found! Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne! On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

First Reading – Psalm 1                          Sandy Stump (R)
1I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. 3On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. 4All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth. 5They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away. 7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. 8The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Tithes & Offerings – Can be sent to 329 N. 5th Street; Reading, PA 19601  Or online HERE

Chancel Choir Offertory:  Blessed Shall They Be, Natalie Sleeth
              O blessed, blessed shall they be who serve our God most faithfully;
              Who know and do the Lord’s command and take the truth to every land.
              For they shall be joyful wherever they go; the fruits of the Spirit within will they know;
              Upon them, abundance the Lord will bestow, and through them the glory will shine.
              O blessed, blessed all their days are those who join in grateful praise,
              And serve the Lord who reigns above to light the world with heav’nly love. (sung 2X)
              Blessed, blessed, all who serve the Lord above
              Blessed, blessed who light the world with heav’nly love.

Offertory Prayer                   Abingdon
Blessed God, with these gifts, bring food to the hungry, hope to the despairing, and comfort to the sorrowful. Bless these gifts and our very lives, that we may be blessings of hope for your world. 

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Prayers of the People  Send Prayer requests to office@holycrossumc.com

Hymn             Jesus Calls Us                        UMH   398 v.1, 2, & 5
1. A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky.

2. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will!

3. Arm me with jealous care, as in thy sight to live, and oh, thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict account to give!

4. Help me to watch and pray, and on thyself rely, assured, if I my trust betray, I shall forever die.

Second Reading – Jeremiah 17:5-10
5Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. 9The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse— who can understand it? 10I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.

Message                Rev. Mandy Miller

Hymn             Shall We Gather at the River                          UMH 723
1. Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod, with its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God? Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river; gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.

2. On the margin of the river, washing up its silver spray, we will walk and worship ever, all the happy golden day. Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river; gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.

3. Ere we reach the shining river, lay we every burden down; grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown. Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river; gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.

4. Soon we’ll reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease; soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace. Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river; gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.

Benediction     

Organ Postlude:  Now With Singing and Praise, setting by Dale Wood (based on an Early American hymn tune “Middlebury”)        

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version.