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Emphasis on Covenant - order of service July 23, 2023

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Welcome and Announcements



Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Prayer for Artists and Creatives”

by Atena O. Danner

Opening Hymn

#182 “O, the Beauty in a Life”

words based on text by Bishop Toribio Quimada

music: traditional Visayan (Filipino) folk tune.

O, the beauty in a life that illumines honor anew, that models wise and gracious ways to every seeker; that every day shall serve in joy and do the right. O, praise the life whose beauty shows a justice true.

Let not service of the good be confined to great saints alone, but every hour be part of all our daily living. Set not the hope of wisdom’s grace beyond our ken; how wide the path, how close the goal, which love has shown.

O, the beauty of a life that illumines care of the soul, that knows a love that is for self as well as others, that every day embodies praise for every good, this is the faith to which we turn, our God and goal.


“Wade in the Water”

by Sofía Betancourt

Musical Meditation (Musical Meditation)

Joys and Concerns


Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of July will be split among MACC Food Pantry, Hockanum Valley Food Pantry, CT Mutual Aid East of River Food Pantry.

Offering Music


“Emphasis on Covenant”

by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

#34 “Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire”

Words: Hal Hopson, based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Music: traditional English melody

Though I may speak with bravest fire, and have the gift to all inspire, and have not love, my words are vain as sounding brass and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess, and striving so my love profess, but not be given by love within, the profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control, our spirits long to be made whole. Let inward love guide every deed; by this we worship, and are freed.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

May faith in the spirit of life

And hope for the community of Earth

And love of the light in each other

Be ours now, and in all the days to come.

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