“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.” —Shannon L. Alder
PRELUDE In the Garden/Knowing You
Arranged by: Carol Tornquist
Publisher: Alfred’s Sacred Performer, 2011
GREETING Gloria Bordeaux-Pacholec
PSALM 96: 1-4 Kitty Nesbitt
O sing to our God a new song!
Sing to our God all the earth!
Sing to our God, bless the Holy Name!
Proclaim God’s Love day after day.
Declare God’s glory among the nations,
God’s marvels to every people.
Our God is great and most worthy of praise.
HYMN #386 O For a World (vs. 1, 2, 3, & 5)
Robert Torrano and Scott Sunseri
O for a world where everyone respects each other’s ways,
Where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.
O for a world where goods are shared and misery relieved,
Where truth is spoken, children spared, equality achieved.
We welcome one world family and struggle with each choice
That opens us to unity and gives our vision voice.
The poor are rich, the weak are strong, the foolish ones are wise.
Tell all who mourn: Outcasts belong, who perishes will rise.
SCRIPTURE 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Gloria Bordeaux-Pacholec
NEW MEMBERS INTRODUCTIONS
NEW MEMBERS LITANY
Members of First Congregational Church of San Jose, in partnership with the United Disciples Fellowship: as part of the covenant with these new members, do you promise to stand with these brothers and sisters, bearing witness to their journey of faith, wherever it may lead them? Do you promise to share your own journey with them, in fellowship and friendship? If so, please say “we will.”
SPECIAL MUSIC God is Still Speaking Mark A. Miller
all publishing rights reserved
Permission given to UCC congregations
to stream online
REFLECTION Psalm of Stillness
Written by: Craig McKibben
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2020
QUESTION & BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Written by: Penny Rodriquez
based on Forest Green, English folk tune
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2007