Sunday Sermon, November 21, 2010

“From the Garden to the City”

Worship Leaders Rev. Ken and Laurie Turley

New Church of Montgomery

Gathering and Greeting

Prelude and Centering Time “Medley” by Turleys

Call to Worship

Lighting Candles and Opening the Book

  • We light the first candle to honor the good and truth to be found in all spiritual traditions, including our own
  • We light the second candle to honor the earth and all of life as the creation of the Divine–the one Lord and God of us all
  • We light the third candle to honor and support the variety of individual paths, which together make our one spiritual community
  • We light the fourth candle to honor and provide an open and safe place for all who seek greater understanding and a life of deepening spirituality

Opening Hymn:

“Morning Has Broken” E. Farjeon

Words of Welcome

Musical Mediation:

“Gratitute” from the Mohawk

Unison Prayer:

God the source of all life,

all love and wisdom, all good and truth:

We look to you, our strength and refuge.

Present in all times and places,

entering in with all those who call;

Help us to be open in heart and mind,

that we too might be of use to the Holy City.


Musical Prayer:

“The Lord’s Prayer” setting by B. Kingslake

“Day by Day” by Stephen Schwartz

Scripture Readings:

Old Testament from Genesis 2

Musical Mediation     From Psalm 121

New Testament from Revelation 21

Musical Mediation     “The Holy City”


Reading from Swedenborg:

A.C.     147, 155

Hymn:  “Building, Daily Building”


“From the Garden to the City: Making Things New”, Rev. Ken Turley


Discussion: reflect, observe, question, comment & share

Offertory: “Portal of Life” by K. and L. Turley

Prayer of Blessing



Closing Hymn: “If I Had a Hammer” by Hays & Seeger

Responsive Benediction:

May God be in our thoughts,

And in our understanding.

May God be in our words,

And in our meaning.

May God be in our hearts,

And in our feeling.

May God be in our midst,

And in our journey.


“My Heart is Steady, O God” from Psalm 108

Musical Setting by K. Turley

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