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Worship Theme

Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage…

We continue our theme of serving in 2019/2020:  Serving:  living together as God’s people.

In January we will focus on how we long to serve in every aspect of our lives together but we find ourselves sometimes engulfed by the angst and worry over the chaos of our society.  We find ourselves fighting over religion, politics…we struggle in our marriages, in parenting…we worry about our aging parents or our struggling son or daughter, we grieve the loss of a loved one.  Those looking in might say that christians should have it all together…and some christians seem to think that God makes life all rosy and easy when we are followers.  The truth is – we are living together as followers in an ungodly world.  Life is never easy even for christians and our challenge is to discover how we live differently because of our faith.  To what and where does God call us to go and do even amidst the grief, worry, and anxiety.  How are we called to serve even when life is hard?  And how to we respond differently because we know the one who calls us by name?

In February we will focus on including ALL of God’s people into our family.  We gravitate toward those who are like us…in skin color, gender, sexuality, political stance, religious denomination, etc…but the Jesus we read invited ALL people to the table.  We will seek together this calling to be gracious, hospitable, and welcoming to every person we meet, inviting all to hear the story of love and mercy together.  We will learn to serve one another regardless of our differences!

Our worship theme  is based off the old song “God of Grace and God of Glory” by Harry Emerson Fosdick.  In the last lines of each stanza we hear the call…Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the facing of this hour, for the living of these days, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, serving thee whom we adore!

1 God of grace and God of glory,
on your people pour your power;
crown your ancient church’s story,
bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.

2 Lo! the hosts of evil round us
scorn the Christ, assail his ways!
From the fears that long have bound us
free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
for the living of these days,
for the living of these days.

3 Cure your children’s warring madness;
bend our pride to your control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss your kingdom’s goal,
lest we miss your kingdom’s goal.

4 Save us from weak resignation
to the evils we deplore;
let the gift of your salvation
be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving you whom we adore,
serving you whom we adore.

Carrie Wright

Rev Carrie A. Wright Minister of Worship Arts / Associate Pastor

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