THE THE LORD’S PRAYER (unison) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come,

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  • * Indicates all who are able may stand

    February 6, 2011 The Sunday of our

    341st Annual Meeting

    11:00 am

    Welcome! Thank you for turning off cell phones, pagers and beepers, and for refraining

    from using flash photography. Please maintain a respectful and meditative quiet

    throughout the service, except of course when congregational participation is invited.

    THE GATHERING

    PRELUDE Prayer and Alleluia Calvin Hampton *HYMN 386 The Churchs One Foundation Aurelia *CALL TO WORSHIP Quinn G. Caldwell One: In the presence of God whose word has called the earth and the stars into being, Many: We stand in awe. One: In the presence of God whose arms have held children, Many: We stand in trust. One: In the presence of God whose breath has stirred within us and caused our hearts to thirst for justice, Many: We stand in need.

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    We are climbing Jacobs ladder,

    Bearers of the cross.

    Evry round goes higher, higher,

    Bearers of the cross.

    Sinners, do you love my Jesus?

    Bearers of the cross.

    If you love Him, why not serve Him?

    Bearers of the cross.

    Rise, shine, give God glory!

    Bearers of the cross.

    We are climbing higher, higher,

    Bearers of the cross.

    One: Before you, Giver of Life, we come in faith, in search of love and wholeness. Many: We stand ready to worship you, Creator of the Universe,

    with our whole selves.

    *A SIGN OF OUR UNITY AND RECONCILIATION

    We invite you to greet those around you, wishing them peace or the peace of Christ.

    WORDS OF WELCOME ANTHEM Jacobs Ladder Hampton Traditional

    THE GIFT OF THE WORD SCRIPTURE Portions of Isaiah 58:1-12 Jim Antal

    Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke,

    to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

    Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house;

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    when you see the naked, to cover them? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,

    and your healing shall spring up quickly. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

    you shall cry for help, and God will say, Here I am. Then your light shall rise in the darkness

    and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually

    and satisfy your needs in parched places, and you shall be like a watered garden,

    like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;

    you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach,

    the restorer of streets to live in. Shout out, do not hold back!

    Lift up your voice like a trumpet! *HYMN 607 We Would Be Building Finlandia

    (Children and teachers may leave for their Church School classes.)

    SERMON Feathers and Trumpets Nancy S. Taylor *HYMN 373 They Did Not Build in Vain Leoni

    OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS *CALL TO PRAYER Elizabeth Myer Boulton

    One: God be with you. Many: And also with you.

    One: May the peace of Christ dwell in your hearts. Many: Christ is our peace, our light, and our hope.

    One: Let us pray. (The congregation may be seated.) PASTORAL PRAYER

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    THE LORDS PRAYER (unison) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy

    will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and

    forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation

    but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

    forever. Amen.

    PRAYER RESPONSE The Churchs One Foundation Hampton CALL TO THE OFFERING Jack Davidson

    In thanksgiving to God and giving witness to generous hearts, our financial gifts support ministries of mercy and justice.

    OFFERTORY ANTHEM We Plow the Fields and Scatter Hampton

    We plow the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,

    But it is fed and watered by Gods almighty hand.

    God sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,

    The breezes and the sunshine and soft refreshing rain.

    Refrain: All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above.

    Then thank the Lord, O Thank the Lord for all this love.

    He only is the maker of all things near and far;

    He paints the wayside flower, he lights the evening star;

    The winds and waves obey him, by him the birds are fed;

    Much more to us, his children, he gives our daily bread.

    Refrain

    We thank thee, O Creator, for all things bright and good,

    The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food.

    No gifts have we to offer for all thy love imparts.

    But that which Thou desirest, our humble thankful hearts.

    Refrain Matthias Claudius, 1782; tr. Jane Montgomery Campbell, 1861

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    PRAYER OF DEDICATION ANTHEM How Dear to Me Hampton

    How dear to me is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!

    My soul has a desire and a longing for the courts of the Lord;

    No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who walk with integrity.

    Ah, Lord of hosts, happy are they who put all trust in you!

    Psalm 84:1,2,11,12

    *HYMN 307 Glorious Things of You Are Spoken Austrian Hymn *BIDDING TO MISSION AND BENEDICTION Nancy S. Taylor POSTLUDE Voluntary on Engelberg Hampton

    Today, following the Postlude, those interested in a tour of the Sanctuary

    are invited to meet docent Dick Yeo at the front of the Sanctuary.

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    A MOMENT IN HISTORY

    Named in Benjamin Franklins Will Old South Church in Boston, on the occasion of our 341st Annual Meeting, Sunday, February 6, 2011 Benjamins mother and father were active members and leaders of Old South in the late 1600s and into the mid 1700s. They lived a stones throw from the first old Meeting House. The second minister of Old South, Samuel Willard, baptized Ben the day he was born (January 17, 1706). Bens father, Josiah, was a Tithing-man (responsible for making sure everyone got to worship on the Sabbath and stayed awake). This was a paid position in Puritan New England. Such were the ties Ben felt toward Old South, even though he lived most of his life in Philadelphia.

    Here is a small portion of the pertinent section of his will (emphasis added):

    I have considered that, among artisans, good apprentices are most likely to make good citizens, and, having myself been bred to a manual art, printing, in my native town, and afterwards assisted to set up my business in Philadelphia by kind loans of money from two friends there, which was the foundation of my fortune, and all the utility in life that may be ascribed to me, I wish to be useful even after my death, if possible, in forming and advancing other young men, that may be serviceable to their country ... To this end, I devote two thousand pounds sterling, of which I give one thousand thereof to the inhabitants of the town of Boston, in Massachusetts, and the other thousand to the inhabitants of the city of Philadelphia, in trust, to and for the uses, intents, and purposes herein after mentioned and declared. The said sum shall be managed under the direction of the selectmen, united with the ministers of the oldest Episcopalians,

    Congregational, and Presbyterian churches in that town

    Bens Last Will and Testament goes on at length, but the purpose is this: to provide for the founding and maintenance of what is now the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Located blocks from Old South Church, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology offers associate degrees and certificates in the fields of Industrial and Engineering Technology. Per Bens will, your minister maintains a seat on the board. Old South member Bill Ghormley kindly represents me in this capacity.

    Nancy S. Taylor, Senior Minister

    Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by French painter JosephSiffred

    Duplessis, c. 1785.

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    TODAY AT OLD SOUTH

    Welcome to Old South Church in Boston. Our faith is over 2000 years old, but our thinking is not! Old South opens its doors to the city, to tourists from near and far, to the needy, to an array of building users, and to a congregation (of members, friends, and familyboth the curious and the committed) who call this their church home. Join us immediately following worship for fellowship and refreshments in the Gordon Chapel.

    Our Scripture reader this morning is Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, the Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He joins us to celebrate both the enduring work of Old South Church and the success of the Conferences Pastoral Excellence Program, which has supported hundreds of clergy across the Commonwealthincluding our own Quinn Caldwell and Liz Myer Boulton.

    Todays flowers are given by Larry Bowers in thanksgiving for the ministries of Nancy Taylor, Quinn Caldwell and Liz Myer Boulton, and the staff of Old South Church, and in grateful memory of Elsbeth Melville Percy, who for many years gave flowers in recognition of the ministerial staff on Annual Meeting Sunday.

    Todays ASL Interpreter is Gabrielle Weiler.

    Name tags facilitate community and help newcomers feel welcomed. If you dont see a tag with your name on it

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