"TO GO AGAINST
ONE'S CONSCIENCE
IS NEITHER
SAFE NOR RIGHT
HERE I STAND,
I CANNOT DO
OTHERWISE."

-- from Luther's second appearance before
the Imperial Diet at Worms, 1521

 
A Presbyterian Church (USA) embodying
the Hospitality of God for all the children of God.
That is reformation!
 
 

A REFORMATION LITURGY
October 27 2002
at South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry NY

During the Call to Worship, statements of welcome, hospitality dissent and defiance will be placed on the door in the chancel. You may wish to write one of your own. Materials are available at the sanctuary entrance.

PRELUDE            "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"             Johann Pachelbel
                                                                                     Shawn Hall, organist
PROCESSIONAL                                       Drummer Gaston Jean-Baptiste

CALL TO WORSHIP                  J. Bruce Baker, Jim Uleman, Letty Russell

FANFARE FOR ORGAN AND NAILS                                    Shawn Hall

*HYMN 263          "Immortal, Invisible"
                     ("'Tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.")

FROM THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS                       Jeremiah 31:3 3
                                                                                    Dick Hasbany, reader
LITANY OF CONFESSION                                            Susan De George
                                                                                                    Cliff Frasier

Leader: Gracious God, our hearts are heavy before you, inscribed with your law, which we do not follow and your love, which we do not give.
People: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts.

Leader: We confess that even though you have embedded your will deeply within us, we often ignore it and continue to consider only what we desire.

People: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts.

Leader: Even though you have promised to be our God, we have forgotten what it means to be your people.

People: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts.

Leader: Angry words and bitterness divide us from one another.

People: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts.

Leader: Forgive us when we ignore and forget your law.

People: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts.

Leader: Give us the courage and strength to confront others with compassion when misinterpretations of your law are given as reasons to exclude some of your people from the table you've prepared for us and from the ministries to which you have called us.

People: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts.

Leader: Guide us with wisdom so that justice and love may be our companions on this journey. Make our hearts your writing tablets, our hands your tools, our voices your instruments, our lives your love.

People: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts.

Leader: And now, 0 God, in this moment of silence we lift up to you those words that are our own and that no one has a right to hear but you.

SILENCE

All: You have made a new covenant with us, and written its law of love on our hearts. Amen and amen.


AN ASSURANCE OF GOD'S GRACE                                   Jean Holmes

SONG OF SOLIDARITY      "Something So Strong Inside"         Lahi Sassri
                      The Gay Men's Ambassador Chorus, James Matte, conducting

FROM THE CHRISTIAN WRITINGS                            Matthew 13:24-30
                                                                                      Liz Alexander, reader

SERMON                       Dissenting in Place                                   Hal Porter

REAFFIRMATION OF ORDINATION VOWS                   Joseph Gilmore
                                                                                                Angela Skinner
 

Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
The Jesus, that is, who said:
"The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. "(Luke 4:18ff)
Do you?

Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church Universal, and God's Word to you?
Remembering, that is, the word to the prophet Jeremiah:
"Before I formed you in the womb,
I knew you,
and before you were born
I consecrated you..." (Jeremiah 1:5)
Do you?

Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?
Including this essential tenet:
"To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God's reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God's message of reconciliation and shares God's labor of healing the enmities which separate us from God and from each other. Christ has called the church to this mission and given it the gift of the Holy Spirit. The church maintains continuity with the apostles and with Israel by faithful obedience to God's call." (1967, Part I', "The Ministry of Reconciliation, Section A, "The Mission of the Church")
Do you?

Will you fulfill your office in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and be continually guided by our confessions?
Being careful not to neglect this authority:
"God has created the peoples of the earth to be one universal family Congregations, individuals, or groups of Christians who exclude) dominate, or patronize others, however subtly, resist the Spirit of and bring contempt on the faith which they profess. " (1 967, Part H, Section A-4, "Reconciliation in Society')'
"No one puts new wine into old wineskins; if they do, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost; and so are the skins. "(Mk 2:22)
Will you?

Will you be governed by our church's polity, and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God's Word and Spirit?
...joining your friends and colleagues in this ordering of God's Word and Spirit:
"The church is called to a new openness to its own membership, by affirming itself as a community of diversity, becoming in fact as well as in faith a community of women and men of all ages, races, and conditions, and by providing for inclusiveness as a visible sign of the new humanity." (G-3.0401b)
Will you?

Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?
And will you follow, though the way become hard and steep? "But I say to you that hear. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? (Lk 6:27,32)
Will you?

Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?
...holding out for the bravest, most faithful church we can embody, remembering that:
"The new life takes shape in a community in which we know that God loves and accepts us all in spite of what we are. We therefore accept ourselves and love others, knowing that no one has any ground on which to stand except God's grace." (1967, Part I, "God's Work of Reconciliation", Section C-1)
Do you?

Will you seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?
Yes, exactly---with this quartet of graces: energy, intelligence, imagination, love.
Will you?

(To the congregation)
Do we, members of the Presbyterian Church, accept these sisters and brothers as elders and deacons chosen by God through the voice of our congregations, to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ? Do we?

Do we agree to guide them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is head of the church? Do we?

FROM THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS                        Jeremiah 31: 33

THE JOYFUL FEAST OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF GOD      Katie Morrison
                      Everyone is welcome at this table.                            Lisa Larges
The Ambassador Chorus   "Cantique de Jean Racine"                 Gabriel Faure
                                                                                                        arr. Scott

REPRISE, LUTHER                                                                  Ray Bagnuolo

RECESSIONAL                       Follow the door

*HYMN                               "Here We Are, Lord"

BENEDICTION                                                    Dae Jung and congregation
 

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
And knock.
And knock.

If anyone hears my voice
and opens the door,
if any one does,
I will come in
and we will eat together.

At last."
        (Revelation 3:20, more or less.)

*Please stand if you are able

Participating in the Reformation Day Liturgy

Elizabeth Alexander, Minister, Church of Gethsemane, Brooklyn, NY
Ray Bagnuolo, Elder, Candidate for Ministry of Word and Sacrament, South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry NY
J. Bruce Baker, Minister All Souls Parish, Port Chester NY
Cliff Frasier, Minister Presbyterian Welcome, New York, NY
Susan De George, Minister, South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry NY
Joseph Gilmore, Minister, South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry NY
Dick Hasbany Elder, Presbyterian Promise
Jean Holmes, Minister, Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church, Pearl River; NY
Dae Eun Jung, Minister, Palisades Presbyterian Church, Palisades, NY
Lisa Larges, Deacon, Candidate for Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Noe Valley Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, CA
Katie Morrison, Minister, More Light Network, CA
Hal Porter, Minister Emeritus, Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH
Letty Russell, Minister, and Faculty Yale University New Haven, CT
Angela Skinner, Minister, Yorktown Heights Presbyterian Church, Yorktown Heights, NY
Jim Uleman, Elder, Palisades Presbyterian Church, Palisades, NY

And thanks to:
Kris Kliemann, Elder, South Presbyterian Church - publicity worship planner; coordinator
Dana Lichty Elder, South Presbyterian Church - floral artistry
Stuart Holmes, Elder, Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church - worship planner

This service has the strong, graceful and welcome support of "The Three Sisters":

That All May Freely Serve
More Light Network
Shower of Stoles
Please join us for a reception and resources to "Tell It To The Church" Matthew 18: 17