Order of Service, Sunday, June 14, 2020

Order of Service, Sunday, June 14, 2020

A Service of Worship for Sunday, June 14, 2020 — 

Old First Church, Philadelphia, PA


Rev. Michael Caine, pastor; Holly Phares, music director; William Lowden, organist



Reminder:         The Zoom 5 minute grace period that we have been observing is over!  And we have gone to our early summer hours. Michael will begin worship with the Welcome at 10 o’clock on the dot. 



Prelude           We Are All Mortal

                              J.S. Bach


Words of Gathering (adapted from Dom Helder Camara, the Brazilian Catholic Archbishop) 

One: Let every word be the fruit of action and reflection. 

Many: Reflection alone without action — or tending toward it — is mere theory, adding its weight when we are overloaded with it already. 

One: Action alone without reflection is being busy pointlessly. 

Many: Honor the Word eternal and speak to make a new world possible.  



Of course, we will do everything you ask, God, even as we cross our fingers behind our backs.  

Yes, we  go where people are suffering, but we like the comfort of our homes.  

Yes, we stay with others as they seek to endure life, but compassion is often hard to share.  

Yes, we offer hope to the hungry and homeless, but we barely have enough for ourselves.


Forgive us, Steadfast Love, and have mercy on us.  

Remind us that it was when we were most foolish, that you became fallible; 

it was when we were vile, that you became so vulnerable; 

when the world would not welcome us, that Jesus came – 

to listen to our emptiness, 

to comfort our grieving hearts, and 

to cast out death’s power over us.




The Passing of the Peace  — do you have a sentence or promise of God’s peace to share? 

A Time with the Children                 Sandcastles

The Scripture                                          Matthew 7 : 21-29

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

My hope is built on nothing less 

than Jesus’ love and righteousness; 

I dare not trust this earthly frame, 

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. 


When shadows veil my Savior’s face, 

I rest upon unchanging grace; 

In every high and story gale, 

my anchor holds within the veil. 


When Christ shall come with trumpet sound, 

oh, may I then in Love be found, 

Dressed in God’s righteousness alone, 

faultless to stand before the throne. 



On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand, 

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand. 


The Sermon                                                     This Season’s Choreography: 

                                     A lot of movement to get everyone in the right places, 

                 And doing the right step for what God means to be a long dance


          Sermon 1: We See God when we Look at Jesus

          Sermon 2: God in Us

         Sermon 3: Missing All That’s Around Us Because We’re Waiting on Heaven

         Sermon 4: The Power to Reconceive

         Sermon 5: Different Ways of God-Relating

         Sermon 6: Now We’re Ready for… 


Affirmation of Faith  — adapted from the Belhar Confession of the World Communion of Reformed Churches   

Let us say together what we believe: 

We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ. We believe the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We believe the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker. We believe the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. 


The Blanket Sunday Dedications


The Offering 

       Offertory                            My Shelter and My Home 

                                                      Wm. Lowden (music & lyrics by Wm. Lowden)



Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (using sins, debts or trespasses as you wish)


Community Life

  1. Children’s Bible Storytime
  2. Adult Bible Study
  3. Prayer Group
  4. Shawl Ministry Team



Postlude                     God’s Will Be Done 

                                         (Verse 2 of Luther’s “Lord’s Prayer” setting) 

                                         J.S. Bach