“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
words: Evan Wilson (based on Psalm 24)
music: Evan Wilson
The earth is the Lord’s
And everything in it
The earth and all who live in it
Come now and receive
Blessing from the Lord
And vindication from our God
Lift up your heads (lift up your heads)
You mighty gates (you mighty gates)
Be lifted up (be lifted up)
You ancient doors (you ancient doors)
The the king of glory may come in
Who may ascend
The mountain of the Lord
Who may stand in his holy place
The one whose hands are clean
The one whose heart is pure
The one who does not in an idol trust
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:1-8)
words: Evan Wilson and James Weldon Johnson
music: Evan Wilson
Raise up a holy sound til every wall come down
Til every nation lives in harmony
Let songs of freedom roll, rivers of justice flow
Let peace fall as a dove upon the sea
Come, let us go up the mount of the Lord together
Where a brother never takes sword against a brother
Lay every weapon down
Let heaven’s peace resound
Til lamb and lion are together found
When will our prayer be sealed? When will our hearts be healed?
Lord, do you see how many sparrows fall?
Save from our dark despair; daily our burdens bear
Into the morning, lead us with a song
Father to the fatherless, guardian of the widow
All the poor the Lord will bless
and oppressors bring low
He leads the prisoner out
From bitter dark and doubt
All are set free in thine eternal fount
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way
Thou who hast by Thy might, Led us into the light
Keep us forever in the path, we pray
Lest our feet stray from the place,
our God, where we met Thee
Lest, our hearts, drunk with the wine
of the world, forget Thee
Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand
True to our God, true to our native land
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged
til he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
5 Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 “I am the Lord;
I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison
those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
9 Behold, the former things
have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.”
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Almighty and merciful God,
We have sinned and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have followed the desires of our own hearts, independent of your leading.
We have ignored your commands.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
Have mercy on us, Lord.
We ask you to heal, forgive, and restore us
as we embrace your promises in Jesus.
You are invited to acknowledge these things silently before God who hears you, and to draw hope from this promise: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you… and you forgave.” (Psalm 32:5)
From Colossians 2:13-14 and 1 Corinthians 6:11:
Once dead, because of our sinfulness, God made us alive with Christ, who forgives. He has canceled the record of the charges against us, and taken it away by nailing it to the cross.
You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
God’s grace abounds for us, even in our weakness.
Let us remember the hope of the gospel: In Christ, we are forgiven.
During the reflection time, children are invited to engage in a special time of reading and song so they can learn and discover the gospel in a language and style more suitable to them. Click here for the video.
23a Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him.
28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard."
29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
“The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Tomorrow we celebrate the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a father and brother in Christ. Together, let’s listen and reflect upon the words of Dr. King from his speech, “Our God is marching on!”— delivered on the 25th of March, 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama. Hear this call to put your hope in Christ and his truth.
“… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man.
I know you are asking today, 'How long will it take?'
Somebody’s asking, 'How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?'
Somebody’s asking, 'When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over … be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?'
Somebody’s asking, 'When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, and truth bear it?'
I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because 'truth crushed to earth will rise again.'
How long? Not long, because 'no lie can live forever.'
How long? Not long, because 'you shall reap what you sow.'
How long? Not long:
Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne,
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
Keeping watch above his own.
How long? Not long,
because the arc of the moral universe is long,
but it bends toward justice.
How long? Not long, because:
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat.
O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet!
Our God is marching on.
Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!
Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on."
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
All we have is given to us by God. Our offerings express this joyful dependence as well as our commitment to join God in his work of renewal. He who met our most dire need through Christ will continue to provide for every need we have— so, whether we have much or little, God calls us to treasure and trust Him above all.
All gifts go toward ministry initiatives of All Souls and relief of those in need.
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Amen. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Let us go forth and serve our world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God!
Our worship continues as we gather for Drive-Thru Communion from 11:30a-1p. Andy and R.J. will wear masks and gloves and maintain 6 feet of distance while serving you communion through your car window. Please bring masks for everyone in your vehicle. Get Directions..
On the first Tuesday of each month, some of our community are gathering to explore what it means that Jesus has declared that the acceptable day of the Lord (Is 61: 1-2) had arrived in him (Lk 4:14-21). This group will take a deeper look at what scripture has to say about poverty, justice, policing, imprisonment, and righteousness with a focus on both prayer and service. Learn More..
In addition to the Racial Justice group mentioned above, there are other conversations happening in community at All Souls around such topics as working in healthcare, pandemic parenting, and how grace intersects with gender roles in the church. Sign up or learn more..
Discover how God is meaningfully and powerfully present to us when we pray. These groups of three gather regularly to pray for one another and cultivate this posture of listening and care in our overstimulated culture. Contact R.J. to learn more..
Whether it's the lessening daylight, the prolonged sense of isolation due to COVID-19, physical or mental health concerns, or challenges with work or within the home— this is a difficult season on many fronts. If you are struggling, please know that you do not have to weather this alone. Our pastors, staff and leadership are available to talk or to get you connected. Get in touch..