The Worship of God | Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost


Music for Meditation

Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI/20, Andante con moto,  F. J. Haydn

Organ Prelude

Sheep May Safely Graze, J. S. Bach

Chiming of the Hour

Setting the Table

Welcome Home

Call to Worship

One: Heaven and Earth, be witness to our work of creating a world steeped in liberation for all.

Many: We commit ourselves to working for justice,
              Standing up for the defenseless,
              And defending the vulnerable.

One: God, we know that the nation’s hands are bloody.

Many: We cannot change the past.
             We are invited to learn from it.
             We can create a new reality in the present.

One: God, we commit to being transformed people. 

Many: We will no longer oppress.
             We will no longer marginalize.
             Poverty will no longer prevail!
             Supremacy will be unwoven from this nation’s tapestry.
             Inequitable laws will not thrive in our justive system.

One: God, just as you love us, we will love all people. Love will be infused in all that we do 

Choral Response

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,  C. Wesley, J. Zunder 

*Morning Prayer

*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 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. Amen.

*Children’s Time

Special Music

The Lord Is my Shepherd,  J. Rutter

Scripture Reading

John 3:1-8

Prayer for Illumination


Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr.
Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, NYC

Giving our Gifts to God

Music for Response

If you but trust in God to guide you, H. Walcha

Prayer of Dedication



Rigaudon, André Campra

Thank you to our musicians in today’s service including: Ella Torres, soprano; Danielle Romano, alto;
Josh Carlisle, tenor; Jack O’Leary, bass; Samuel Baker, organ; David Labman, piano, director.