song NCH 198, “Lift High the Cross,” verses 1, 3, 4, 5
readings Ann Pabst
song NCH 314, “Community of Christ”
prayers of the people
the Lord’s Prayer
song NCH 76, “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”
NCH 198: “Lift High the Cross,” Text: George William Kitchin, rev. by Michael Robert Newbolt, 1916, altered; Tune: “Crucifer,” Sydney Hugo Nicholson, 1916
Refrain: Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim; Let all adore and praise that sacred name.
v. 1: Come, Christians, follow where our Savior trod, the Lamb victorious, Christ the Child of God. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim; Let all adore and praise that sacred name.
v. 3: O Christ, once lifted on the glorious tree, your death has brought us life eternally. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim; Let all adore and praise that sacred name.
v. 4: Set up your throne, that earth’s despair may cease, beneath the shadow of its healing peace. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim; Let all adore and praise that sacred name.
v. 5: So shall our song of triumph ever be: praise to the Crucified for victory. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim; Let all adore and praise that sacred name.
NCH 314: “Community of Christ,” Text: Shirley Erena Murray, 1985; Tune: “Leoni,” Trad. Hebrew melody, adapt. Meyer Lyon, 1770.
v. 1: Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own, live out your creed and risk your life for God alone: The God who wears your face, to whom all worlds belong, whose children are of every race and every song.
v. 2: Community of Christ, look past the church’s door and see the refugee, the hungry and the poor. Take hands with the oppressed, the jobless in your street, take towel and water, that you wash your neighbor’s feet.
v. 3: Community of Christ, through whom the word must sound—cry out for justice and for peace the whole world ’round: Disarm the powers that war and all that can destroy, turn bombs to bread, and tears of anguish into joy.
v. 4: When menace melts away, so shall God’s will be done, the climate of the world be peace and Christ its Sun; Our currency be love and kindliness our law, our food and faith be shared as one for evermore.
NCH 76: “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing,” Text: Omer Westendorf, 1964; Tune: “The Ash Grove,” Welsh folk melody.
v. 1: Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing, the people of God from this dwelling take leave. The service is ended, O now be extended the fruits of our worship in all who believe. The seed of the teaching, receptive hearts reaching, shall blossom in action for God and for all. God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us to work for God’s realm and to answer the call.
v. 2: With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our everyday life we will face. Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing God’s children of each tribe and race. With your grace you feed us, with your light now lead us, unite us as one in this life that we share. Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.