Morning Worship – 18 June 2023

Third Sunday after Pentecost,
Circle of Blessings

Prelude Sonatina in C major, movement I (F. Kuhlau)
Congregational Welcome
Recognition of Gabriel Adorni and Rachel Donnell

Choral Introit “Gathered here in the mystery of this hour” (Phil Porter)

Call to Worship
*Hymn of Gathering #268 God, Who Stretched
the Spangled Heavens

*Prayer of Invocation and Blessing
One Voice: Overflowing God, we gather to praise your name, to rejoice in your gifts, and to follow your way.
All: Joyful and blessing God, we thank you for the cloud of witness and ways that guide us now. For the promise of justice, the blessings of creation, and the vision of liberation, we give you thanks and praise.
One Voice: As we receive from your bounty, let us always be liberal in our sharing. As we receive your grace, let us be forgiving. As we receive your love, let us promote peace.
All: For we are not perfect or finished as people, but striving to learn and live throughout our lives, so we pray that you be with us and renew us in Christ’s name. Amen.

*Assurance of Reconciliation
*Response in Praise
From all that dwell below the skies
Let the creator’s praise arise:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the redeemer’s name be sung
through every land, in every tongue.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

*Sharing of Peace

The Hebrew Bible Genesis 18: 1-15 The Presentation of Bibles
*Hymn No. 327 O Word of God Incarnate

The Gospel Reading Matthew 9:35-10:1

The Circles of Bravery The Rev. Kenneth Baily

Call to Offering
Choral Offering “An Irish Blessing” (Everett Reed)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Christ the word in flesh born low,
Praise Holy Spirit evermore,
One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication and The Lord’s Prayer
(“Our Father and Mother…trespasses…”)

Circle of Blessings
(Everyone is invited to rise as you are able and to form a circle near the front of the sanctuary. Please bring your bulletin and hymn insert.)

*Hymn (insert) For Everyone Born

*Benediction Response “You Shall Go Out with Joy!” (Lloyd Larson)

Postlude Sonatina in C major, movement III (F. Kuhlau)

* Those who are able please stand


Our worship is “masks optional.” We continue to be careful,
our leaders are vaccinated, and our choir continues with masks.

We now pass plates for our offering. Meanwhile, you are welcome to
use our website for any offerings; and thank you.

Thanks to worship leaders Kenneth Baily, Wendy Donnell,
Yevgenia Semeina, Jan Zimmerman, Susanna Boberg (clarinet), Isabelle Draper, Carol Jensen, Joy Huber, Melissa Dietrich, and Misha Hill.

NHCC is an Open and Affirming, Still Speaking congregation
where all are welcome regardless of the divisions or separations
that some in society would impose: whoever you are, you are
welcome in God’s house. “In Christ we are a new creation,”
so we are blessed to be together in Christ’s name.

Would you like to learn more about membership at NHCC?
Contact Ken Baily or any Deacon (readers and welcomers).

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