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Sun, Aug 30, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Join us for worship on Sunday, August 30, 2020 with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. The service will have magnificent music provided Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music and by by Eric Plutz, University Organist. The recorded service goes live at 8am and may be followed by clicking the link here Sunday Chapel Service and will remain archived (along with concerts and other amazing programs), and we encourage you to return to them whenever you might find that to be helpful. The bulletin is below.

Bulletin for August 30, 2020: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Invitatory: Saraband on "Land of Rest" by Gerald Near (b. 1942)

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Thames

Call to Worship

Reading: Romans 12:9-21   Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says God.’ No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Anthem: “O God, Beyond All Praising” by Gustav Holst and arranged by Richard Proulx  

Lyrics: O God, beyond all praising, we worship you today and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay; for we can only wonder at every gift you send, at blessings without number and mercies without end: we lift our hearts before you and wait upon your word, we honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord.

The flower of earthly splendor in time must surely die, its fragile bloom surrender to you, the Lord most high; but hidden from all nature th'eternal seed is sown--Though small in mortal stature, to heaven's garden grown: oh wondrous gift from heaven the earth will find release, her nations will be given the heart to strive for peace.

Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring, that we who know your favor may serve you as we sing; and whether our tomorrows be filled with good or ill, we will triumph through our sorrows and rise to praise you still: to marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways, and make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise

Reading: Matthew 16:21-28   From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

‘For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of God, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.’

Sermon: “Going High” by Dean Boden

Hymn: “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by Ellacombe CM.D.

Lyrics: I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise, that spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day; the moon shines full at God's command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of our God that filled the earth with food; God formed the creatures with a word, and then pronounced them good. Oh, how your wonders are displayed, where'er I turn my eye; if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!

On earth there's not a plant or flower but makes your glory known. The clouds arise and spread their showers by order from your throne. All life is but a gift from you and ever in your care; wherever people gather, you, O God, are present there.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Princeton: O Eternal God, the source of life and light for all peoples, we pray you would endow this University with your grace and wisdom: give inspiration and understanding to those who teach and to those who learn; grant vision to its trustees and administrators; to all who work here and to all who bear her name give your guiding Spirit of sacrificial courage and loving service.  Amen.

Benediction

Voluntary: Fugue in G Major ("Jig"), BWV 577 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

University Chapel Staff: The Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music; Eric Plutz, University Organist; Elizabeth Powers, Chapel Administrator; Edgar Gomez, Sexton; Lisa McGurr, Sexton

The University Chapel is a welcoming community of faith.  We gather to sing God's praises, to hear God's living Word, to seek justice, and to proclaim God's love for all people.

Calendar: Sunday, September 6, 2020, University Chapel Service.  The preacher will be Dean Thames.

For additional information please visit chapel.princeton.edu or call 609-258-3047.

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