Seventh Sunday of Easter: 29 May 2022

Memorial Day Weekend

Prelude Prelude and Fugue in g minor J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Welcome, Welcome Back

Call to Worship

*Hymn No. 210 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past, st. 1&3

*Unison Prayer of Gathering and New Life

One Voice: In The Revelation, Jesus says “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” With Jesus’ assurance, let us pray:

All: Good and gracious God, come gather us for worship together in Jesus’ name. Uplift our spirits, engage our intellects, and guide our convictions. For these days of memorial and then summer still render our hearts troubled, and even afraid. Only your alpha and omega are enough for the living of these days. Only your ways can renew our hopes. So draw draw us in your Spirit’s tether, your healing way, and we will worship with hope and praise. Amen.

*Assurance of God’s Grace

*Response in Thanks

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guard while life shall last, And our eternal home.

The Gospel Reading John 17: 20-26

The Children’s Time

Go, my children, with my blessing, Never alone. Waking, sleeping,

I am with you; You are my own. In my love’s baptismal river I have made you mine forever. Go, my children, with my blessing – You are my own.

The Living of these Days

The Hymn Response Amazing Grace, # 280 st. 1&3, seated

The Psalmist’s Lament

The Hymn Response Precious Lord # 404, seated

Lament leads to Praise

The Choral Offering Sheep May Safely Graze Bach/Morgan

Psalms of Timing and Inquiry

Hymn of Community O Beautiful, How Beautiful, insert

Still Living in These Days

Hymn of Hope (insert) For the Healing of the Nations, st. 1&3, seated

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer (Our father and mother… trespasses…)

*Hymn No. 526 For All the Saints, st. 1&3


*Choral Response God Be With You Dale Wood

Postlude Prayer M.Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)

* Those who are able please stand


During this time of covid caution we welcome all to safe, cautious congregational assembly. It is good to worship together. To care for one another we wear masks

(except for worship leaders at times) and our leaders are vaccinated.

We have a touch-free offering today. Please leave a gift in the basket, deliver an envelope after worship, go online, or any touch-free method you wish.

Thanks to worship leaders Kenneth Baily, Yevgenia Semeina,

Lynd Matt, Wendy Donnell, and Carol Jensen

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.

Newton Highlands Congregational Church, UCC

54 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 617 527 3898

The Morning Meditation:

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be

changed in this world it can only happen through music.”

— Jimi Hendrix

O Beautiful, How Beautiful

O beautiful, for pilgrim feet, Whose stern impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!

America! America! God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in Law!

How beautiful, sincere lament, the wisdom born of tears,

the courage called for to repent the bloodshed through the years.

America! America! God grant that we may be

a nation blessed with none oppressed, true land of liberty.

(stanzas by Katharine Lee Bates

and Miriam Therese Winter)

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