What We’re Singing: Palm and Passion Sunday

MARCH 29, 2015
What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
Palm and Passion Sunday – “Lifting Up Our Souls”

The service begins with Psalm 118 as a Prayer of Invocation, including the sung response: “Hail and Hosanna! Blest is he who comes in God’s own name to make our world God’s home!” (words: James Hart Brumm; music: Alfred Fedak)

Scripture Reading: John 12:12–15 (“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord the King of Israel!”)

Contemporary Reading, by Howard Thurman:

For more than two years, Jesus had been engaged in a public ministry. So sensitive had grown his spirit and the living quality of his being that he seemed more and more to stand inside of life, looking out upon it as a man who gazes from a window in a room out into the yard and beyond to the distant hills. He could feel the sparrowness of the sparrow, the leprosy of the leper, the blindness of the blind, the crippleness of the cripple, and the frenzy of the mad. He had become joy, sorrow, hope, anguish, to the joyful, the sorrowful, the hopeful, the anguished. Could he feel his way into the mind and the mood of those who cast the palms and the flowers in his path? I wonder what was at work in the mind of Jesus of Nazareth as he jogged along on the back of a faithful donkey.

Hymn: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”
(words: Georg Weissel, 1642; tune: truro, Thomas Williams, 1789)

Stanza 1:
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, behold the King of glory waits,
The King of Kings is drawing near; the Savior of the world is here!

Following the Prayer of Confession, we sing these Words of Assurance:

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace, alleluia!
(Taíze chant)

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:10–15 (“His disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?”)

Chant: “Eat This Bread”
Eat this bread, drink this cup, come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup, trust in me and you will not thirst.
(Taíze chant)

[We move to a table at the back of the worship space, to sit down and share communion.]

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:16–25 (“While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”)

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:32–42 (“They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’”)

Sharing our Prayers, our praise and laments

Call to Prayer: “Love Lifted Me” (James Rowe, 1912)
Love lifted me, love lifted me, when nothing else would help, love lifted me!

Time of Offering and Hymn of Dedication: “What Wondrous Love Is This” (Words: American folk hymn; tune: wondrous love, Walker’s Southern Harmony, 1835)

Gospel Reading, Mark 15:53–64 (“Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.”)

Solo: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
(words: attributed to Bernard of Clairveaux, 1091–1153; tune: salley gardens, Irish folk melody, arr. Benjamin Britten)

O sacred head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded with thorns, your only crown:
how pale you are with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that image languish which once was bright as morn!

What language shall I borrow to thank you, dearest Friend,
for this your dying sorrow, your pity without end?
O make me yours forever; and though my days be few,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for you.

Time of Silence

Blessing for the Holy Week Journey: Philippians 2:5–11 (“And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the 8point of death even death on a cross.”)

Hymn of Praise: “Lift High the Cross”
(words: George William Kitchen (1827–1912); tune crucifer, Sidney Hugo Nicholson, 1916)

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred name.

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Pastor Hall. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community.

What We’re Singing: Fourth Sunday of Lent

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
Fourth Sunday in the Season of Lent (theme for Lent: “Lifting Up Our Souls”)

 Opening Hymn: “How Deep the Silence of the Soul”
(words: Sylvia Dunstan, 1989; tune: resignation, traditional American tune)

How deep the silence of the soul that lives within your grace.
How full the gratitude of heart in your abiding place.
What rich serenity is found, what courage and release
when wisdom teaches us to seek the gentle path to peace.

Following the Prayer of invocation and Confession, we sing these Words of Assurance (Taíze chant):

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid, lift up your voices – the Lord is near.

Psalm of the Day: No. 107 (selected verses)

Sung Response: “Give Thanks unto Our Gracious Lord” (stanza 1)
(words: The Scottish Psalter, 1929; tune: ellacombe)

Give thanks unto our gracious God, who loves us faithfully,
whose tender mercy shall endure through all eternity.
Let God’s redeemed proclaim these words and give God thanks and praise,
who rescued them from danger’s hands, preserved them all their days.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Numbers 21:4–9 (“Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?”)

Sung Response: “Give Thanks unto Our Gracious Lord” (stanza 2)

God gathered them from distant lands, from north, south, east, and west.
They strayed in desert pathless ways, no city found to rest.
Their weary souls within them faint when thirst and hunger press;
in trouble, then, they cried to God; who saved them from distress.

Gospel text, John 3:14–21 (“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”)

Sung Response: “Give Thanks unto Our Gracious Lord” (stanza 3)

God made the way before us straight, and God became our guide,
that we would find a lasting home, and there we might abide.
Let all the children of our God sing praises for this grace,
and for the works of wonder done in every time and place!

Hymn in response to the preached message: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”(words: Isaac Watts, 1707; tune: hamburg, Lowell Mason, 1825)

Stanza 3:

See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Hymn of Dedication: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

Stanza 4:

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Hymn for the Lenten Journey: “Go Walk with God in All You Do”
(words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2004; tune tallis canon, Thomas Tallis, c. 1567)

Go walk with God in all you do, and may God’s love bring joy to you.
May gifts of peace fill all your days, and may God’s truth guide you always.

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Dr. Norman Gottwald. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community (www.fbcberkeley.org).

What We’re Singing: Second Sunday of Lent

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
Second Sunday in the Season of Lent (theme for Lent: “Lifting Up Our Souls”)

Opening Hymn: “How Deep the Silence of the Soul”
(words: Sylvia Dunstan, 1989; tune: resignation, traditional American tune)

How deep the silence of the soul that lives within your grace.
How full the gratitude of heart in your abiding place.
What rich serenity is found, what courage and release
when wisdom teaches us to seek the gentle path to peace.

Following the Prayer of invocation and Confession, we sing these Words of Assurance (by James E. Moore, Jr.):

Taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm of the Day: No. 22:23-31, with sung response “Taste and see …”

Gospel text, Mark 8:31–38 (”All who want to come after me must take up their cross and follow me.”)

Hymn in response to the preached message: “You Call Us, Lord”
(words: Jane Marshall, 1992; tune: rhosymedre, John David Edwards, 1840)

Stanzas 1 and 3:

You call us, Lord, to be a people set apart,
to feel with thoughtful mind and think with tender heart.
Thus chosen, now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

You call us, Lord, to be good stewards of the earth;
to tend it as a place of blessedness and worth.
Thus chosen, now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

Hymn of Dedication: “Friends in Faith”
(words: Delores Dufner, 1993; tune: restoration, Southern Harmony, 1835)

Friends in faith who follow Jesus, hear the message of the cross:
Worldly wisdom now is folly; worldly riches count as loss.

Call to Communion: “Taste and See”

Hymn for the Lenten Journey: “Go Walk with God in All You Do”
(words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2004; tune tallis canon, Thomas Tallis, c. 1567)

Go walk with God in all you do, and may God’s love bring joy to you.
May gifts of peace fill all your days, and may God’s truth guide you always.

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Minister Sharon Allen. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community.

What We’re Singing: First Sunday of Lent

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
First Sunday in the Season of Lent (theme for Lent: “Lifting Up Our Souls”)

 

Opening Hymn: “How Deep the Silence of the Soul”

(words: Sylvia Dunstan, 1989; tune: resignation, traditional American tune)

Third stanza (written by Nancy Hall):

O God, we lift our souls to you; may we be still and know
that you are holy, just, and wise; to you our praise we owe.
Within this season may we find, while walking in Christ’s way,
the paths where love and grace are found; then guide us now, we pray.

 

Following the Prayer of invocation and Confession, we sing these words of assurance (Taizé chant):

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads us into life.

 Psalm of the Day: No. 25:1-10, with sung response “Bless the Lord, my soul…”

Gospel text, Luke 4:1–13 (Jesus is led by the Spirit into a forty-day desert wilderness journey)

Hymn in response to the preached message: “When We Are Tested”
(words: Ruth Duck, 1996; tune: slane, Ancient Irish melody)

Stanzas 1 and 4:

When we are tested and wrestle alone,
famished for bread when the world offers stone,
nourish us, God, by your word and your way,
food that sustains us by night and by day.

When we have struggled and searched through the night,
sorting and sifting the wrong from the right,
Savior, surround us with circles of care,
angels of healing, of hope, and of prayer.

 Hymn of Prayer: “I Surrender All”
(words: Judson W. VanDeVenter, 1896; tune: surrender, Winfield S. Weeden, 1896)

Hymn for the Lenten Journey: “Go Walk with God in All You Do”
(words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2004; tune tallis canon, Thomas Tallis, c. 1567)

Go walk with God in all you do, and may God’s love bring joy to you.
May gifts of peace fill all your days, and may God’s truth guide you always.

 

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Pastor Hall. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community.

What We’re Singing: Transfiguration Sunday

FEBRUARY 15, 2015
What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
Transfiguration Sunday

Hymn of Praise: “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright”
(words: Ambrose of Milan, c. 374; tune: PUER NOBIS NASCITUR, 15th century)

Psalm of the Day: No. 50:1-6
Sung version of the Psalm: “Let the Giving of Thanks”
(words/paraphrase: The Iona Community, 1993; tune: GREYFRIARS, The Iona Community)

Gospel text, Mark 9:2-9 (Jesus and three disciples ascend a mountain where they meet Moses and Elijah; Jesus is transfigured)
Songs in response to the text:
“We Are Standing on Holy Ground” and “Santo, Santo, Santo”
(words and music: Geron Davis, 1983 / words and music: Spanish traditional)

Hymn in response to the preached message: “How Good, Lord, to Be Here”
(words: Joseph Armitage Robinson, 1888; tune: ST. THOMAS, Aaron Williams, 1763)
Stanzas 4 & 5:
This image we behold, we see your kindom come;
we long to hold that vision bright, and make this mount our home!
How good, Lord, to be here! Yet we may not remain;
but since you bid us leave the mount, come with us to the plain.

Hymn of Dedication: “Christ, Be Our Light”
(words and music: Bernadette Farrell, 2006)
Refrain:
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in our church, gathered today.

Songs of Commitment: “This Little Light of Mine” and “We Are Marching in the Light of God”
The lively Zulu/Zhosa freedom song originated in South Africa and has gone on to be sung around the globe (translation of words: Gracia Grindal, 1984; tune: SIYAHAMBA)

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Minister Sharon Allen. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation.