Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
11100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210 | Phone 913-345-1256 | gcpc.org
Service of Worship
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Senior High Mission & Music Trip Led Worship
“AS I AM”
“AS I AM is our call to honor the unique, blessed, and perfectly imperfect
person God created each of us to be.” – Kathy Burdette
Gathering All People in a Caring Christian Community
June 28, 2015 10am
THE GATHERING “Celebratio!” by Valerie Stephensen
Exaltation! Ringers, Donna Heer, piano
Mason McBride & Miles McDonald, percussion
“We will ‘celebrate your abundant goodness &
joyfully sing of your righteousness,’ O God.” Psalm 145:7, adapted
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS Matthew Gwin & Mason McBride
(Please sign and pass the Grace Greetings book at this time.)
INVITATION TO WORSHIP Text based on the Psalms
“Let Everything That Hath Breath” Music by Jeffery Ames
Exaltation! – Shelby Scott, soloist
Mason McBride, percussion & Miles McDonald, alto sax
Sing unto the Lord a new song. Sing unto the Lord all the earth.
Declare his glory among the nations. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
*SHARING OF CHRIST’S PEACE AND COMPASSION
May the peace of God be with you.
And also with you and all others!
(Let us greet one another with expressions of Christian love.)
*HYMN 32 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” ELLACOMBE
PRAYER OF CONFESSION Music by William Bradley, arr. Kevin McChesney
“Just As I Am” Words by Charlotte Elliott
(The congregation is invited to make their own personal
prayers of confession during this time of reflection.)
Just as I am, tho tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Mason McBride
One: Just as I am, thou will receive, will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come.
And in coming to Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God.
Equipping People to Develop and Share a
Faith That Works in Real Life
SCRIPTURE READING Psalm 139:1, 13-17 Jolee Webb
(NRSV, Old Testament, Page 577)
Holy wisdom, holy words.
Thanks be to God!
PROCLAMATION AS I AM
Stories written by our graduated Seniors
Sharing the Songs & Stories from the Mission & Music Trip 2015
Songs are listed alphabetically.
After all reflective anthems we are requesting a response of silence.
“Hold My Hand”
Words & Music by Ken Medema
Jenna Lillian, Lindsay Callender, & Caroline McDonald, soloists
Hold my hand and don’t let go. While the winds of changes blow.
In the rain and in the snow, hold my hand and don’t let go.
Words & Music by Heather Sorenson
Come on home, and the arms of God will guide you all the way.
Ev’ry heart without a home, ev’ry widow left alone,
Rise on strength that’s not your own, and welcome home.
“Lord, I Stretch My Hand to You”
Words & Music by Jay Althouse
Lord, I stretch my hands to you; no other help I know.
If you should leave me all alone where, then, shall I go? Oh, Lord.
Lord, I give my soul to you; I seek your care and love.
No other blessings do I need but those from you above.
Lord, I ask you: give me faith and help me understand.
And, Lord, when I this life shall leave, just hold me in your hand.
Oh, Lord, I stretch my hands to you. Amen.
Words and Music by John G. Elliott – arr. by Mark Hayes
Exaltation! – Tatum Specht, soloist – Mason McBride, percussion
Somebody’s prayin’ – I can feel it. Somebody’s prayin’ for me.
Mighty hands are guiding me to protect me from what I can’t see.
Lord, I believe somebody’s prayin’ for me.
OFFERING OF GIFTS & MUSIC
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
Words by Thomas A. Dorsey, arr. Cathy Moklebust
Exaltation! Ringers—Mason McBride, percussion—Sara Stowe Eskilson, clarinet
Precious Lord, take my hand; lead me on, help me stand;
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light;
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
MINUTE FOR MISSION Mary Mitchell
*HYMN 172 “Blest Are They” BLEST ARE THEY
Text based on: The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12
Words & Music by David Haas
(Soloists will sing the verses; Congregation will sing the refrain on cue)
Exaltation! — Jolee Webb, Margaret Hubble, Trent Amerine, & Matthew Gwin, soloists
Sara Stowe Eskilson, clarinet—Caroline McDonald, violin—Marjie Trussell, guitar
Sending People to Serve Christ in the World
*BENEDICTION Shelby Scott & Marjie Trussell
Go, knowing God loves you
As I Am
God uniquely created you
As I Am
As you go, may God use you to touch the lives of others …
As I Am
… and to live your life to the full
As I Am!
POSTLUDE (seated) “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
with Asifiwe Bwana
Translation: Praise be to the Lord, for he has come to redeem his people.” Luke 1:68
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven – arranged by Dan Goeller
Words by Henry van Dyke
Exaltation!–Mason McBride—djembe, Miles McDonald—bongos,
& Mary Mitchell—ethnic shakers
*=If convenient/able, please stand.
Some music is reprinted by permission CCLI #1154643 and OneLicense.net #A-705105