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Divine Glory: The Manna Economy - Exodus 16

An order of worship planned around Exodus 16, originally held at the Calvin Symposium on Worship.

Worship Service

Theme of the Service


Gathering Songs

An informal time of singing led by some of our international and student groups,
with songs selected from the back of the worship booklet.
[see end of page for complete listing]

* Call to Worship: "All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly"

Sung in unison, then in canon as directed.

Text: Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993)
Music: Holy Manna; W. Moore, Columbian Harmony, 1825
Text © GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

* Greeting and Opening Prayer

* "Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer"

Text: William Williams (1717-1791), 1745; st. 1 tr. Peter Williams (1722-1796), 1771, alt; st. 2-3 tr. William Williams, 1772, alt.
Music: Cwm Rhondda; John Hughes (1873-1932), 1907

Psalm 63

* "Lead Me, Guide Me"

Text and music: Doris M. Akers (1922-1995)
Text and music © 1953 (renewed) Doris M. Akers. All rights administered by Chappell & Co, Inc.
All rights reserved. Used by permission of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.


Prayer for Illumination: "Lead Me, Lord"

Sung in harmony by all

Text: Ps. 5:8, 4:8
Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876), 1861

Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 16 (sermon text)

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

New Testament Lesson: Luke 12:13-21

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon: The Manna Economy


Silent Reflection

Psalm 85

You showed favor to your land, O LORD;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
You set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.
Restore us again, O God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.

Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, O LORD,
and grant us your salvation.

Refrain: Dona nobis pacem (Latin for "Grant to us your peace.")

Please sing or hum the refrain throughout the rest of the psalm.

Text: The Grail, alt.
Music: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994), Taizé
Text © 1963, 1986 the Ladies of the Grail (England). All rights reserved.
Music © 1982 Les Presses de Taizé (France) All rights reserved.

Prayers of the People

* "This Holy Covenant Was Made"

Text: Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993)
Music: Lasst uns erfreuen; Geistliche Kirchengesänge, Cologne (1623); desc. Dale Grotenhuis (b. 1931)
Text © 1991 GIA Publications Inc. All rights reserved.
Desc. © 1992, Dale Grotenhuis. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


* Parting Blessing

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and
whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35, NRSV)

* "I Am the Bread of Life"

Text: Suzanne Toolan (b. 1927), based on John 6:35, 44; 11:25
Music: Suzanne Toolan; harm. Betty Pulkingham (b. 1928)
Text and music copyright © 1966 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Descant: Greg Scheer

Postlude: Variations on Azmon, "Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," Mark Thallander

* Please stand if able

Preservice music, Evening Worship, Fine Arts Center (songs from the back of the worship booklet):

Psalm 95 from Japanese Psalter

Come, Sing for Joy to the Lord God (Psalm 95)

Text: Psalm 95; vers. Psalter Hymnal, 1987
Music: Genevan 95; Genevan Psalter, 1542; harm. Dale Grotenhuis (b. 1931), 1985
Text and harmonization © 1987 CRC Publications All rights reserved.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Text: Reginald Heber (1783-1826), 1827, alt.
Music: Nicaea; John B. Dykes (1823-1876), 1861
Desc. David McKinley Williams (1887-1978)
Descant © 1948, 1976, H. W. Gray Co., a division of Belwin Mills Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

We Won't Leave Here Like We Came

Text and music: Rev. Maceo Woods, arr. Nolan Williams, Jr. (b. 1969)
Text and music © Rev. Maceo Woods All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Arr. © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Nyanyikanlah nyanyian baru / Sing the Lord a New Song

Text: Psalm 148; Tilly Lubis, Indonesia; para. Rolando S. Timio
Music: Nyanyikanlah; trad. Batak melody, Toba, Indonesia
Text © Tilly Lubis. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
English © CCA. All rights reserved.

Lirih terdengar lagu kasih yang merdu / Soft the Master's Love Song

Text: Matt. 11:28-29; Rudolf R. Pantou, Indonesia
Music: Lagu kasih; Rudolf R. Pantou
Text and music © Rudolf R. Pantou All rights reserved. Used by permission.
English © James Minchin All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Miren que bueno / Oh, Look and Wonder (Psalm 133)

Refrains sung by all, each time in Spanish, then repeated in English

St. 1 sung by brothers
St. 2 sung by sisters
St. 3 sung by all

Text: based on Psalm 133; Pablo Sosa
Music: Pablo Sosa (GIA G-7011)
Text and music © 1972, English tr. © 2006 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.