May 24, 2020 Worship

Thank you for worshiping with us this morning. You can follow along with the order of worship below. Each video will play on this page and the words to the prayers and hymns are listed below the video. If you so choose, there is a YouTube playlist listed below for “one-click worship.” The words to hymns and prayers for the playlist can be found by clicking “show more” on the bottom left, below each video. For both choices, closed captions can be used by clicking the “CC” button at the bottom right in the video screen.

YouTube Playlist



Meditation on “Come, Thou Fount” by Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan


Call to Worship, Welcome, Confession of Sin,
& Assurance of Forgiveness

Rev. David A. Davis

O Lord our God,
you call us to work for a world
where all will be fed and have dignity,
but we find ourselves distracted by our own desires.
You call us to seek justice and peace,
but we are satisfied with injustice and discord.
You call us to bring liberty to the oppressed,
but we do not insist on freedom for all.
Forgive us, O Lord.
Have mercy upon us.
Turn us to your will by the power of your Spirit,
so that all may know your justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior. Amen.



“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Steve Updegraff, soloist & Michael Ryan, pianist

1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing;
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2. Here I raise my Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

3. O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart; O take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above.


Time with Children

Corrie Berg

Old Testament Lesson

Thomas VanWart

Psalm 51


Epistle Lesson & Sermon

“Lead Us. Guide Us.”

Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters

Galatians 5:16-25



“Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart” 

Ingrid Ladendorf

1. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
wean it from earth;
through all its pulses move;
stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art,
and make me love thee as I ought to love.

2. Hast thou not bid us love thee,
God and King;
all, all thine own, soul,
heart, and strength and mind?
I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek thee, and O let me find!

3. Teach me to love thee as thine angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame;
the baptism of the heaven-descended Dove,
my heart and altar, and thy love the flame


Affirmation of Faith, Prayers of the People & Call for Offering

Rev. Len Scales

from Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
 that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God!


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Tending the Flock

Arline Pass, mother of Wendi Werner, mother-in-law of Noel, grandmother of Sophie and Emily on May 16, 2020 in Monroe New Jersey

Janelle Morris, mother of John Morris, mother-in-law of Suzy, grandmother of Logan, Nellie, Catharyn, and Annie on May 17, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey

Fred Good, grandfather of Jean Bauer on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois



“We Are a Garden Walled Around”

Elem Eley, soloist & pianist

We are a garden walled around, chosen and made peculiar ground;
a little spot inclosed by grace out of the world’s wide wilderness.

Like trees of myrrh and spice we stand, planted by God the Father’s hand;
and all his springs in Sion flow to make the young plantation grow.

Let my Beloved come, and taste his pleasant fruits at his own feast;
“I come, my spouse, I come,” he cries, with love and pleasure in his eyes.

Our Lord into the garden comes, well pleased to smell our sweet perfumes,
and calls us to a feast divine, sweeter than honey, milk, or wine.

Jesus, we will frequent thy board, and sing the praises of our Lord;
but the rich food on which we live demands more praise than tongues can give.


Benediction & Response

“Lead Me, Guide Me”

Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters & Noel Werner

Lead me, guide me, along the way,
for if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

I am weak and I need your strength and power
to help me over my weakest hour.
Help me through darkness your face to see.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

Lead me, guide me, along the way…



Michael Ryan


Adult Education

Eric Barreto


All-Ages Zoom Coffee hour

Check your email for the link. We will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.


“Meditation on Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Michael Ryan ©2020. Used with permission.
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Robert Robinson, 1758; Music: Wyeth’s “Repository of Sacred Music,” 1813. Public Domain.
“Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” George Croly, 1867; Music: Frederick Cook Anderson, 1870. Public Domain.
“We Are a Garden Walled Around” Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; Music: Robert Buckley Farlee, from “To God Will I Sing: Vocal Solos for the Church Year,” by Susan Palo Cherwien (Compiler) © 2001 (Augsburg Fortress Publishers). OneLicense #A-730100.
“Lead Me, Guide Me” Text and music: © 1953, ren. Doris Akers (admin. Chappell & Co., Inc./Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.) Used with Permission from “Glory to God.”
“Allegro maestoso e vivace from Sonata II” Felix Mendelssohn, 1842. Public Domain.

Hymns from “Glory to God” the Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal. Musical streaming and print rights granted under OneLicense #A-730100 and CCLI#11457258.