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Judges 4:1-10,12
In Judges 4, we meet a judge & prophet named Deborah, who is a fearless, charismatic, shrewd, and courageous leader of the people Israel during a time of oppression. Not only does she provide wise rulings between the people under the palm tree, she also serves as a military commander. But perhaps what is most striking about Deborah is her ability to tell the truth, even when it doesn’t benefit her. Equally impressive is Barak’s ability to accept the truth. How might we start demonstrating the dual callings to tell the truth and accept the truth? How might we go about that work in a chaotic world?

About this Series |

Who has shaped your faith? Who has nurtured you, baptized you, taught you, transformed you? Who are the figures who have opened your mind to expand your faith? Who are the people who have helped you to feel God’s love in startling ways? Who are the faces of your faith? This summer we’re digging deep into bold and untold stories of those often overlooked in our biblical narratives, hoping these characters remind us that we all play a role in shaping God’s story of redemption and grace.*

Order of Worship |

Sunday, June 27, 2021

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Prelude – The King of Love My Shepherd Is – Melanie Manges, organ

Welcome to Worship – Charles Gullion

Hymn of Praise Now Thank We All Our God

(Verse 1) Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices;
Who, from our mother’s arms, has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

(Verse 2) O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in his grace and guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all ills in this world and the next.

Call to Worship* (inspired by Psalm 123) – Charles Gullion

Great and Glorious God, we gather to worship you.
We lift our eyes to you, in reverent awe before your majesty.
Great is the Lord our God, and greatly to be praised!
Generous and Merciful God, we come to worship you.
We lift our eyes to you, giving thanks for your compassion.
Gracious is the Lord our God, and greatly to be praised!
Welcoming and Empowering God, we worship you.
We lift our eyes to you, and we celebrate your faithfulness.
Holy is the Lord our God, and greatly to be praised!
We lift our eyes, seeking to worship and praise our God. Amen.

Children’s Sermon – Rev. Lisa Williams Hood

Hymn of Reflection – Come Away From Rush & Hurry

(Verse 1) Come away from rush and hurry to the stillness of God’s peace;
From our vain ambition’s worry, come in Christ to find release.
Come away from noise and clamor, life’s demands and frenzied pace;
Come to join the people gathered here to seek and find God’s love.

(Verse 2) In the pastures of God’s goodness we lie down to rest our soul.
From the waters of God’s mercy we drink deeply, are made whole.
At the table of God’s presence all the saints are richly fed.
With the oil of God’s anointing into service we are led.

(Verse 3) Come, then, children, with your burdens- life’s confusions, fears and pain.
Leave them at the cross of Jesus; take instead his kingdom’s reign.
Bring your thirsts, for he will quench them- he alone will satisfy.
All our longings find attainment when itself we gladly die.

Invitation to Prayer – Rev. Hood

“Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
Melanie Manges, organ

Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer – Rev. Hood

Old Testament Reading – Judges 4:1-10,12 – Rev. Hood

Worship Arts

“Angels Watching Over Me”
Dwight, Lydia, and Jacob Herin

Sermon – Faces of Our Faith: Deborahd – Rev. Hood

Hymn of Faith – ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus

(Verse 1) ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take him at his word,
Just to rest upon his promise, just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

(Refrain) Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!

(Verse 3) Yes, ‘tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease,
Just from Jesus simply taking life and rest, and joy and peace.

(Refrain) Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!

Missions Moment – One Great Hour of Sharing (Video)


Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift,
Teach us to give to you all that we have and all that we are,
That we might praise you not with our words only,
But with our whole lives. Amen.

Offertory – There is a Balm in Gilead – Lydia Herin, piano


Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Announcements – Rev. Hood

Benediction“Blest Be the Tie that Binds”

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. Amen.

Postlude“America the Beautiful” – Lydia Herin, piano

Worship Leaders in this Service:

  • Charles Gullion, Worship Leader
  • Sylvia Mohler, Vocalist
  • Dwight, Lydia, and Jacob Herin; Musicians
  • Melanie Manges, Organist/Pianist
  • Aurie Swartz, Director of Communications & Technology
  • Matt Hood, Director of Music Ministry
  • Rev. Lisa Williams Hood, Senior Pastor

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9:30 a.m. - Worship
10:30 a.m. - Coffee & Fellowship
11:00 a.m. - Sunday School

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