7/21/19 Morning Prayer + Welcome of New Member and Installation of Deacon and Presbyter

The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an *

Bold print, the community speaks as one. +, people may make the sign of the cross





Perhaps the church, at its best, is “all ears.” Almighty God urges the faithful, again and again, to “listen up!”—to heed the word from above. So it was with Abraham and Sarah, with Mary and Martha, and the early church at Colossae. So it is today as we join the assembly to hear the word of God, the words of life.



This morning’s order of service is Morning Prayer. The Christian discipline of daily prayer goes back to the ancient Church practices, as well as the set times of prayer in Judaism. At morning prayer, we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead. The Thanksgiving for Baptism highlights our common baptismal patter of daily prayer, with its rhythm of dying and rising with Christ. Also, the services of daily prayer in community may be led by any baptized member. For more on the importance of Daily Prayer and the Presbyterian understanding and practice, see the Book of Order’s Directory for Worship, W-5.0102.


Today’s ordering is a version of Morning Song from the 1906 Presbyterian Book of Common Worship. The hymns move us into the presence of God in praise and worship, open us up to hear the Word, and then be sent.


Ordinarily, an offering is not received during Daily Prayer. Hence, the ushers will be in the Narthex (great entrance hall) to collect any tithes or offerings.


PRELUDE: Beach Spring- American folk hymn, setting by Kathleen Henson



As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.


Let us sit at Christ’s feet, like his servant Mary,
and learn from the teachings of our Lord.
Let us serve Christ with eagerness, like his servant
and share God’s hospitality with all in need.
Let us bear God’s good news, like the prophet
and worship God with thanksgiving.

Almighty God,

you brought creation into being through Christ,

and in Christ all things find their purpose.

Open our eyes to see the world as your gift

and to use your gifts for the sake of Christ,

that through the witness of our lives

the gospel may be proclaimed to all people. Amen.



# 309 Come, Great God of All the Ages (verses 1 & 4)

Come and Find the Quiet Center


1 Come and find the quiet center

in the crowded life we lead,

find the room for hope to enter,

find the frame where we are freed:

clear the chaos and the clutter,

clear our eyes, that we can see

all the things that really matter,

be at peace, and simply be.


2 Silence is a friend who claims us,

cools the heat and slows the pace,

God it is who speaks and names us,

knows our being, touches base,

making space within our thinking,

lifting shades to show the sun,

raising courage when we’re shrinking,

finding scope for faith begun. (text: Shirley Erena Murray)



On behalf of the session, I present Nancy Anderson who has been received by the session as a member by reaffirmation of baptism. Today she is commissioned to ministry as an active covenant member of Southminster and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


You come to us as members of the one holy catholic church,

into which you were baptized,

and by which you have been nurtured.

We are one with each other,

sisters and brothers in the family of God.

We rejoice in the gifts you bring to us.

As you join with us in the worship and service of this congregation,

it is fitting that together

we all reaffirm the covenant into which we were baptized,

claiming again the promises of God

which are ours in our baptism.


Sisters and brothers in Christ,

our baptism is the sign and seal of our cleansing from sin,

and of our being grafted into Christ.

Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ,

the power of sin was broken

and God’s kingdom entered our world.

Through our baptism we were made citizens of God’s kingdom,

and freed from the bondage of sin.

Let us celebrate that freedom and redemption

through the renewal of the promises made at our baptism.

I ask you therefore, once again to reject sin,

and to profess your faith in Christ Jesus,

and to confess the faith of the church,

in which we were baptized.


Trusting in the gracious mercy of God,

do you turn from the ways of sin

and renounce evil and its power in the world?

I do.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ

and accept him as your Lord and Savior,

trusting in his grace and love?

I do.

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple,

obeying his Word and showing his love?

I will, with God’s help.


With the whole church, let us confess our faith.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Will you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship,

to the breaking of bread and the prayers?

I will, with God’s help.


Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ,

promise to guide and nurture the each other,

by word and deed, with love and prayer,

encouraging each other to know and follow Christ

and to be faithful members of his church?

We will, with God’s help.



The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Gracious God, we give you thanks
that through the gift of our baptism
you have embraced us as your own
and made us one in Christ’s body.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,

continue to nourish and strengthen us
in the ways of faith, hope, and love;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Friends, let us remember your baptism and be thankful.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.





We are all called into the church of Jesus Christ by baptism and marked as Christ’s own by the Holy Spirit. This is our common calling, to be disciples and servants of our servant Lord. Within the community of the church, some are called to particular service as deacons and as presbyters, or elders. Ordination is Christ’s gift to the church, assuring that his ministry continues among us, providing for ministries of caring and compassion in the world, ordering the governance of the church, and preaching the Word and administering the sacraments.



The session of Southminster presents Bob Hedgcock to be installed to the session class of 2022. The session of Southminster also presents Deacon Judy Johnson, to be installed to the diaconal class of 2022.




Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?


Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you?


Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?


Will you fulfill your ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and be continually guided by our confessions?


Will you be governed by our church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit?


Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?


Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?


Will you pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?


(For deacons) Will you be a faithful deacon, teaching charity, urging concern, and directing the people’s help to the friendless and those in need, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?


(For elders) Will you be a faithful ruling elder, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?


(For Congregation) Do we, the members of the Church, accept these women and men as deacons and elders, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ?


Do we agree to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ who alone is the Head of the Church?



You are now installed as deacon and elder in the Church of Jesus Christ and for this congregation. Be faithful and true in your ministry so that your whole life will bear witness to the crucified and risen Christ.




The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.


The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace

and reconciliation.




ALL SING # 853   We Are Marching in the Light of God



Satisfy us with your love in the morning,

and we will live this day in joy and praise.


Almighty and merciful God,

from whom comes all that is good,

we praise you for your mercies,

for your goodness that has created us,

your grace that has sustained us,

your discipline that has corrected us,

your patience that has borne with us,

and your love that has redeemed us.

Help us to love you,

and to be thankful for all your gifts

by serving you and delighting to do your will,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need.


A brief silence.


For the church, visible and invisible; for all servants of the gospel; and for the holy people of God, that we hear your word and share your supper, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


For favorable weather; for calm waters and seas; and for all creation, that it become for us a reflection of God’s glory. For those affected by natural disasters, that they be provided relief, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


For those who help make our communities safe: police officers and firefighters, military and international peacekeepers, local and national leaders, that God’s peace and compassion come also to us, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


For the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, those living with HIV/ AIDS, those awaiting the birth of children, and all people in need (especially), that Christ, our great physician, care for all who are in distress, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


For those who are distracted by overwork and those who seek more adequate employment, that we recognize God’s goodness in vocations of all kinds, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


Here other intercessions may be offered.


In thanksgiving for those who have died and are now at peace, and for their lives that bear witness to the hope promised in the resurrection, especially this week as we commemorate: Daniel, Mary Magdalene, Bridget of Sweden, Thomas à-Kemp-is, James the Elder, Walter Raush-en-busch, Val-ens; George, Au-rel-ee-us and Na-tal-ee-a, Felix and Lil-ee-ossa, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend these and all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who taught us to pray:

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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory, forever.


PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 458 Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet


FIRST READING: Genesis 18:1-10a

The Lord visits Abraham and Sarah to tell them that the long-awaited promise of the birth of a child will be fulfilled for them in their old age.


1The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 3He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” 7Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

9They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10aThen one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.”


The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


PSALM 15, Hymn # 419 Lord, Who May Dwell Within Your House


SECOND READING: Colossians 1:15-28

Sometimes Paul preaches with great attention to theological concepts. Here, however, Paul offers a mystical teaching, that the great mystery of God is “Christ in you.” Because Christ is present in the church, Christians share in his life, suffering, and glory.


15[Christ Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

21And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him—23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

24I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. 25I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. 27To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.


The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL: Luke 10:38-42

Jesus uses his visit to two sisters as an occasion to remind disciples that an important aspect of obedience is single-minded devotion to Jesus and his word.


38Now as [Jesus and his disciples] went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing.

Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.




*HYMNS # 451 Open My Eyes, That I May See (verses 1 & 3)

       # 749 Come! Live in the Light (verses 1 & 3)


*SENDING HYMN # 450 Be Thou My Vision (verses 1-2, 4)




POSTLUDE: Slane- Irish folk tune, setting by Justin Hagerman


NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the online Glory to God Hymnal site (http://hymnal.pcusastore.com), Sundays and Seasons (Year C), the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018), and informed by the order of the 1906 Book of Common Worship. Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, starting on pg 1145.


Calendar of Commemorations:

21 – Daniel (Book of Daniel, written 2nd century B.C.) Daniel, a pious Jew to whom the book of Daniel is attributed, lived in the time of the persecution by Antiochus Epiphanes (167–164 B.C.). He told stories to show his co-religionists that faith and loyalty to God enabled them to be victorious over their enemies. His visions were recorded to give encouragement and hope for the future.


22 – Mary Magdalene (Matthew 27:56–28:1, etc.) Mary came from Magdala, on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, and was one of the disciples who joined Jesus’ company during his Galilean ministry. She apparently had resources that were useful in support of Jesus and his disciples. She was there when Jesus was crucified, and was the first to tell Peter and John of the empty tomb. Returning to the tomb, she was met by the risen Christ, being the first person to whom he appeared (John 20:1–18).


23 – Birgitta [Bridget] of Sweden (1303–1373) Married to a Swedish prince at the age of fifteen, Birgitta was a loving wife and the mother of eight children. After she was widowed she established a monastery in 1344, and founded an order known as “the Bridgettines.” She is remembered for the revelations she received from God and recorded in a book. She died in Rome on her return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.


24 – Thomas à Kempis (c. 1379–1471) Thomas was born in Kempen, near Dusseldorf, in Germany. He became an Augustinian monk in 1604 and was ordained a priest in 1413. His time in the monastery was spent modestly copying manuscripts and writing spiritual essays. His lasting legacy, All Saints 35 A Calendar of Commemorations however, is the devotional handbook The Imitation

of Christ, in which he shows how one need not be confined to a monastery to live a spiritual life, but can do so in everyday life.


25 – James the Elder (Matthew 4:21–22, etc.) One of the inner circle of apostles, James and his brother John were given the name “Sons of Thunder” by Jesus. With his brother, he fished on the Sea of Galilee with Peter and Andrew. When they heard the call of Jesus to follow him, he and John left their father Zebedee and became disciples.


25 – Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918) The son of devout German immigrants, Rauschenbusch was pastor of a church in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City. He quickly learned that personal faith must find expression in meeting social concerns. He proclaimed the “Social Gospel,” calling for the transformation of society, the reduction of poverty, and the renewal of justice.


26 – Valens (d. 531) Bishop of Verona from 524 to 531, Valens was martyred along with three children by invading barbarians. In honor of Valens, his name became a popular choice for Italians in the form of “Valente,” taken from the Latin word valentis, meaning “to be strong.”


27 – George, Aurelius and Natalia, Felix and Liliosa (d. c. 852) The Muslim conquest of Córdoba, Spain, began with a period of toleration toward Christians, but then turned to persecution. Aurielus and Natalia practiced their faith in secret, as did Felix and Liliosa. When Aurielius saw a Christian being whipped for professing the Christian faith, he and his wife began a ministry to imprisoned Christians. Felix and Liliosa joined them, and soon all were arrested. George,

an itinerant monk, was a foreigner and could have been pardoned, but chose to share the fate of the others. They all were condemned and beheaded.

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