Holy Connection


You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day. 

(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE   |  Our Father Who Art In Heaven  |  Johann Krieger
Praised Be Thou, Jesus Christ  |  Johann Pachelbel
We Pray Now to the Holy Spirit  | Dietrich Buxtehude


One:  Because from the beginning God has been faithful,
Many:  we aim to serve God with lives of faithfulness.
One:  Because in the Trinity God patterned community.
Many:  we bring our lives together in this church.
One:  Because God's prophets stood up for justice,
Many:  we join our voices to witness for peace.
One:  Because God has showered us with love,
Many:  we gather to worship God!

O blessed Trinity, in whom we know the maker of all things seen and unseen, the Savior of all both near and far: By your Spirit enable us to worship your divine majesty, so that with all the company of heaven we may magnify your glorious name, say holy, holy, holy.  Glory to you, O Lord most high.  Amen.

*HYMN  1  |  Holy, Holy, Holy!  Lord God Almighty! |   Nicaea
One:  We know that you are a God of abundance,
Many:  and yet often we have been a people of scarcity.
One:  You have showered us with reasons for praise,
Many:  but we have not always shared your gifts with the world.
One:  You have granted us opportunities for love,
Many:  and we have responded with cold indifference.
One:  You have given us chances to be transformed,
Many:  and we have fallen into old, selfish habits.
One:  Forgive us, O God, of the ways we fall short.
Many:  Empower us to know the depth of your grace.
One:  Move us to respond with lives of faithfulness,
Many:  until our every movement is an act of praise,
One:  our every word a song of thanksgiving,
Many:  and our every breath a prayer: alleluia.

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:  God did not send the Son to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!

Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,
and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me,
and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.  Amen.
World without end, without end.  Amen.
World without end, without end.  Amen.
World without end, without end.  Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.  Amen.

The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  389  |   Come and Sing the Praise of the  Lord   (sung twice)     Hal'luhu
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)



FIRST SCRIPTURE READING  |  Psalms 8 (responsively)  | p. 466 / 605 OT

SPECIAL MUSIC   |  Spirit of God   |   Steve Garnaas-Holmes | (Janet Wahl, soprano)

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING   |  Romans 5:1-5 | p. 145 / 188 NT
 The Word of the Lord
 Thanks be to God!

SERMON  |   Holy Connection   |  Rev. Jane Tuma


 *HYMN  353  |  My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less  |  Solid Rock
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.  

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

OFFERTORY  |   In This Very Room  |  Ron & Carol Harris | (Janet Wahl, soprano)

*DOXOLOGY  606    |   Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
raise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.  Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time and our possessions.  Use us and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love; through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


*HYMN  623  |   I’ve Got Peace Like a River   |   Peace Like a River
POSTLUDE   |   A Mighty Fortress  |   arr. Stephen L. Aber

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude.  If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!  Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Worship Liturgist:           Kathie Darman
Ushers: Marge Errant, Debbie Maxwell, Ron Shropshire

Today we welcome back to our pulpit the Rev. Jane Tuma.  Jane is a minister member of the Presbytery of Chicago and has served as the pastor of Morgan Park Presbyterian Church.  She is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary and has an advanced degree in Biblical Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. 

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by Rebecca Circle, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship.  Everyone is invited!

Pastor Elvery will be on leave from June 11th through June 24th.  If there are pastoral emergencies, contact either the church office or the Clerk of Session, Ed Wahl.  Rev. Jane Tuma will be filling our pulpit while he is away.

WELCOME – God himself is with us.  Let us now adore him!  We welcome every worshiper today.  May the Holy Spirit fill your hearts to praise the Lord.  Praise the Father!  Praise the Son!  Praise the Holy Spirit!  God, three in one!  Let us praise the Lord for all the blessings of his grace today.

 YOUNG CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS SUMMER includes two “reunion days”: July 14th and August 11th, when the classroom will be open with learning activities and teachers.  Families are encouraged to be in worship during the summer.  Children vary in their ability to stay through the service, so the nursery room (next door to the classroom) will be open for parents and children as needed.  A speaker allows the service to be heard in the nursery.  YCSS welcomes children 2-7, both members and visitors.  Our worship is enriched by the presence of children.

 ADULT BIBLE STUDY CLASS: Navigating Genesis – Ever wondered how advancing scientific discovery in the 20th and 21st centuries has impacted the science-faith dialogue?  Has belief in a Creator become more reasonable or less reasonable with time?  Do the latest scientific discoveries point toward God or away from Him?

Beginning on June 23rd at 9:30 a.m., the Adult Bible Study Class will be taking a look into these questions and more in a series called “Navigating Genesis” by Dr. Hugh Ross.  This nine-week series will explore Dr. Ross’ perspective on how modern science interfaces with various interpretations of the creation texts in Genesis 1-2.  If you, or someone you know, had their faith weakened by the common assertion that "Biblical creation is scientific nonsense," you definitely won't want to miss this course.  Come and have your faith strengthened and get better equipped to talk to unbelieving friends about how the landscape of science-faith issues has changed in recent years.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT PANERA BREAD meets on Tuesdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Beginning June 11th and through the summer, Tuesday Bible Study will be meeting at the new Panera Bread in Homewood on 175th and Halsted (west side).  The study book for the summer is Genesis, one of the “Interpretation” series.  If you’d like to join in or have questions, talk to Laurie Ulrich, Kathie Hazlett or Jan Bunker.  Everyone is welcome!

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday, we will be reading Galatians 3:23-29 and 1 Kings 19:1-15.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH COMMUNITY DINNERS – Join us on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a free delicious meal and fellowship as we host our community for supper in Westminster Hall.  We need volunteers to help make this happen.  If you are able to help with this and/or interested in helping with one of the dinners, please call Jay Webster at 224/234-7244.  We are happy to announce on June 24th that Aurelio’s Pizza (Homewood) will provide the main course of mostaccioli, salad and bread for our dinner guests.

MUSIC MINISTRY – As usual, the Chancel Choir will be on vacation during the summer months.  The “special music” each Sunday in the anthem slot will depend on YOU participating.  Will you sing a solo, or gather a quartet, trio, or duet?  Will you sing with the women’s group in August?  Will there be a men’s group this summer?  Do you play an instrument?  If you are not a performer, whom among your friends and relatives can you recommend to perform on a Sunday?  If you can answer any of these questions, please contact Tim VanNasdale in order to select a date for a performance of “special music.”  Thank you for keeping the music going.

 THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL sponsored by Congregational Life is scheduled for July 14th, following the worship service.  Ice cream and pie, oh my!  Both will be available, including a wide variety of toppings.  If you are interested in co-hosting this special event by helping to set up, serve, clean up, and/or bring supplies, be sure to sign up on the form at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.  Please contact Shirley Armistead for more information.  Everyone is invited for some fun and fellowship!



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Sunday Morning Services

2018 Sunday Services

Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018 | Complete Service

Video Below: Congregational Response 820, "Nothing Can Trouble" | Prayer for Illumination | Scripture Readings (Psalm 118:19-29) and (Philippians 2:5-11)

Cantata | Portraits in Grace | Joseph M. Martin

PART One: 

  1. Prelude - Musicians [0-2:56]

    Narration 1 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Creator [2:57-4:51]
  2. Portrait  [4:55 - 8:15]

    Narration 2 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Savior [8:17 - 9:07]
  3. Fairest Lord Jesus [9:07 - 12:05]

    Narration 3 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Healer [12:06-13:00]
  4. The Healer [13:00-16:17]

    Narration 4 - The Beauty of Jesus, the King [16:18 - 17:41]
  5. Behold the King [17:42  - 21:35]

    Narration 5 - The Beauty of Jesus, the King  [21:35 - 22:35]
  6. We Remember  [22:36 - 26:03]

    Narration 6 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows [26:06 - 26:52]
  7. A Sacred Garden  [26:53 - 31:19]


    Narration 7 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Redeemer [0:00 - 1:46]
  8. Let Us Gather in the Shadow of the Cross [1:47 - 4:41 ]

    Narration 8 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Grace-Giver [4:42 - 6:21]
  9. Portrait of the Cross [6:22 - 11:50]
  10. Recessional of Shadows [11:55 - 14:16]

    Portraits in Grace A Cantata for Holy Week, by Joseph M. Martin
    Directed by Tim VanNasdale
    Narrator, Pastor Dudley Elvery
    Musicians, Pianist Tim VanNasdale;  Flautist, Tricia Hentschel;  Cellist: David Keller
    Choir, Janet Wahl, Li Hilario, Jan Bunker, Kathleen O'Hanlon, Laurie Ulrich, Kathie Darman
    Verne Moore, Paul Gerrish, Rod Dunlap, Emmanuel Hilario, Evelyn Dixon, Melodee Leimnetzer

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