by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          October 1, 2018

28 Hymns

We started our program year off with two pretty cool worship services. Our first service, on Sept. 2, was technically still during our summer schedule, but it was cool nonetheless. We called it “Moved By the Spirit” and allowed the Holy Spirit to guide our worship time that morning. At the start of the service everyone present was given the opportunity to fill out a slip of paper with a hymn and a sermon suggestion. We then randomly selected these slips out of a “hat” at the appropriate time during the service. It was pretty amazing how things worked out, and was a service I never would have put together. God is good!

For your edification, I thought I would list all the suggestions that were submitted. The ones listed first in italics were the ones randomly chosen.

Also, a few interesting observations:

  • There were 30 hymn suggestions, with only 2 repeats
  • There were 28 sermon suggestions with only 1 repeat
  • 13 hymn requests came from the Pilgrim Hymnal
  • 17 hymns requests came from the New Century Hymnal
  • You can listen to the sermon here.  (Just scroll down on the slider)
Hymn Suggestions Sermon Suggestions
  • Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  • Eternal Father Strong to Save
  • Remembering John McCain
  • Let us Break Bread Together
  • God of Grace and God of Glory (x2)
  • O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be
  • Savior God Above
  • Loneliness – Loss
  • Turn Back, O Man
  • We Limit not the Truth of God
  • A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  • Blessed Be the Tie that Binds
  • Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
  • Crown Him with Many Crown
  • Morning Has Broken
  • In the Bulb There Is a Flower
  • O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
  • Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ (x2)
  • This is My Father’s World
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness
  • Be Still My soul
  • We Shall Overcome
  • God Be with You
  • He Arose
  • Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
  • Jesus Priceless Treasure
  • Faith of Our Fathers
  • Be Now My vision
  • Youths and Jesus
  • What it means to be an humanitarian
  • Forgiveness (x2)
  • Just politics and civil discourse
  • I Come to the Garden Alone
  • The gift of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate
  • Being blessed
  • Finding inner peace in the hectic world
  • Women in the Bible
  • Healing our country
  • Positive thinking
  • Dale taking us out to breakfast
  • Faith
  • Being single in a couples’ world and that of being alone and singular
  • Salvation by grace alone
  • Service to others
  • Placing our trust in God
  • Guidance
  • Religion and democracy
  • Atonement as a society for internment, slavery, and other ills
  • History of human rights
  • Isolation / Alone
  • Heaven
  • Responsibility
  • The power of community

69 Stones

The following week, Sept. 9, we celebrated “Homecoming Sunday”. As a part of this service we built a cairn, emblematic of the Israelites building of a cairn after they crossed the Jordan River and entered the promised land for the first time. In that story (Joshua 4:1-17), Joshua invites representatives from each of the 12 tribes to pull stones from the Jordan to build the cairn as an everlasting remembrance of God’s faithfulness to the Israelites. We took our stones from the Barrington River and invited our “tribes” (our families) to come forward and place a stone on the cairn. We had 69 families come and lay a stone! You can listen to that sermon here, as well.