“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
PRELUDE: It Is Well With My Soul
Written by: Philip P. Bliss
Arranged by: C.E. Walz
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2020
OPENING PSALM: 103: 1-6
Bless the Holy One, O my soul
All that is in me, bless the names of our Creator!
Bless Adonai, my soul.
And remember all God’s kindnesses.
The one who forgives all your iniquity
The One who ransoms your life from the Pit
Is the One who crowns you with love and tenderness.
Is the One who heals all your diseases;
The One who fills your years with prosperity
Also gives you an eagle’s youthful energy.
How you love justice O God,
You are always on the side of the oppressed.
HYMN: #356 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
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 God’s unchanging love.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, 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.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:21-35 Rev. Penny Phillips
HYMN: #376 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.
Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.
Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
‘Til in heaven we take our place,
‘Til we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
PRAYER MUSIC: Take My Life and Let It Be
Written by: Henri A. C. Malan
Arranged by: Victor Labenske
Alfred’s Sacred Performer Collections, 2007
QUESTION AND BLESSING
POSTLUDE: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Written by: John Zundel
Arranged by: Tedd Smith
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2014