Gathering – Sunday, April 5, 2020

GATHERING LITURGY

Preparation

Churches around the world celebrate today as Palm Sunday. Read through the account of Christ’s Triumphal entry in Matthew 21 and listen to The Belonging Co’s Hosanna.

Spotify playlist for singing along

Gather

Welcome

Candle

Trygve: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Welcome to the Gathering Hope College!

And this is why we gather… we believe that Christ is the light of the world and in him there is no darkness at all… the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it at all!

Let us worship the God who comes to us as Light from true light!

Song

“Desert Song”

Verse 1
This is my prayer in the desert
When all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

Verse 2
This is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

Chorus
I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse 3
This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand

Bridge
All of my life in ev’ry season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

Verse 4
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favour and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
The seed I’ve received I will sow  

CCLI Song # 5060793

Song

“Be Thou My Vision”

Verse 1
Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart 
Nought be all else to me, save Thou art 
Thou my best thought, by day or by night 
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. 

Verse 2
Be Thou my wisdom, Thou my true word 
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord 
Thou my great Father and I Thy true son;  
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. 

Verse 3 
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise 
Thou mine inheritance now and always 
Thou and Thou only, but first in my heart 
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art. 

Chorus
O God be my everything, be my delight 
Be Jesus my glory, my soul satisfied (2x) 

Verse 4
High King of heaven, my vict’ry won, 
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, 
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Confession:

Lord Jesus, You came to us as the herald of the Kingdom of God. We confess that we have not been faithful citizens of Your Kingdom. 

(silent confession)

Lord Jesus, You rode a donkey and came bringing peace; You humbled Yourself and gave Yourself for us. We confess that our hearts are not humble in Your presence. 

(silent confession)

Lord Jesus, as You entered Jerusalem, the crowds cried, “Hosanna: Save us now!” Days later, they cried, “Crucify!” We confess that our faith is not steady in the face of trials. 

(silent confession)

Lord Jesus, You chose the path of suffering and death, despite the fact that You could have chosen the way of glory as the crowds greeted You with palms. We confess that our wills have not been quick to suffer for others in our lives. Hear us now as we silently confess the ways that we have not been obedient to You, our King. 

(silent confession)

SONG: Kyrie 2007

Kyrie Eleison, Lord have mercy on us
Kyrie Eleison
Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy, 
Christ have mercy on us

Assurance

Psalm 103:8-11
(say it out loud!)

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made;
    he remembers that we are dust.

Song

“Brokenness Aside”

Verse 1
Will Your grace run out if I let You down
‘Cause all I know is how to run

Chorus
(‘Cause) I am a sinner
If it’s not one thing it’s another
Caught up in words tangled in lies
But You are a Savior
And You take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful beautiful (oh yeah)

Verse 2
Will You call me child when I tell You lies
‘Cause all I know is how to cry

Bridge
You make it beautiful You make it beautiful
You make it beautiful You make it beautiful

CCLI Song # 5881109

Word

John 1:1-16 The Prologue of John

Trygve Johnson

Table

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest . . .I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (Mt. 11:28 and Jn. 6:35)

During this season we will grieve not sharing the Lord’s Supper with our hope community. Coming to the table together in Dimnent is a moment of shared glory with our beautiful Hope community.  Here is a link to the liturgy that we often say together if you’ve been curious and want to spend some more time with it.  As you share a meal in your space this Sunday evening pray that your community would be filled with Christ even in this fasting season of separation. 

Link to Great Prayer

Prayers of the People: 

This day we celebrate the ‘triumphal entry’ of Jesus into Jerusalem.  The crowds lined the streets, and to fulfill the promise of the prophet of old, Jesus came, riding a donkey. (see Zechariah 9:9)

Those who saw him shouted HOSANNA.  It was an exclamation of praise, but it was also a cry for help.  Hosanna literally means ‘save us’ (Ps. 118:25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord).  

On this last Sunday of Lent, if your heart is like mine, today your prayers, your hosanna, are both praise and plea . . .

Let us pray:

O Jesus, who wept over the death of Lazarus, be with all who grieve.

O Jesus, who wept over the state of Jerusalem, be with our cities, our towns, our places of worship.

O Jesus, who wept alone in Gethsemane, be with all who feel alone, who face uncertainty, who face difficult decisions.

O Jesus, who cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” be with all who feel forsakened this day.

O Jesus, who offered up prayers with loud cries and tears, hear our prayers . . .

O Jesus, who wept in sympathy and frustration, O living God, who knows all our pain and joy, all our praise and pleas, bless us and keep us now and forevermore.  Amen.

Song

“King of Kings”

Verse 1
In the darkness we were waiting
Without hope without light
Till from Heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes

To fulfil the law and prophets
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt

Chorus
Praise the Father
Praise the Son
Praise the Spirit three in one
God of Glory Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

Verse 2
To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross

For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died

Verse 3
And the morning that You rose
All of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death

And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored

Verse 4
And the Church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this Gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel shall not faint

By His blood and in His Name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me

CCLI Song # 7127647

Sending

Song

“Praise the Lord Ye Heavens”

Verse 1
Praise the Lord Ye heavens adore Him
Praise Him angels in the height
Sun and moon rejoice before Him
Praise Him all ye stars of light

Verse 2
Praise the Lord for He hath spoken
Worlds His mighty voice obeyed
Laws which never shall be broken
For their guidance He hath made

Chorus
All creation join the song of praise
Let every tongue declare His mighty ways
And we will sing of Your goodness and mercy
All of our days

Verse 3
Praise the Lord for He is glorious
Never shall His promise fail
God hath made His saints victorious
Sin and death shall not prevail

Bridge
Glory, Glory, All glory to You Lord

Verse 4
Praise the God of our salvation
Hosts on high His power proclaim
Heaven and earth and all creation
Laud and magnify His Name

CCLI Song # 2728313

Candle

Trygve: Hope College, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel basket? That would be like failing to stay home in this quarantine…that would be dumb! 

Trygve: You don’t put it under a bushel basket, you put it on a…

Hope: Lampstand! 

Trygve: And it gives light to the entire…

Hope: Hoooouuuuussssssse. 

Trygve: Conversation, bedroom study session, Zoom class, Google Hangout, Facebook Live event….Wherever you are at, whatever you do, and whoever you are with – may God’s light and love shine through you, so that each person you encounter might experience in some measure the love and light of God.  Stand where you are and hold your hands out….(The Holy Spirit will cover the distance!).  

And as we step into this week together let us sing the song that anchors our hope in God…

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  
Amen.


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Chapel – Wednesday, April 1

Matthew Scogin – President of Hope College

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”

Psalm 91

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100

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Chapel – Monday, March 30

Paul Boersma – Senior Chaplain

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.

Psalm 23

“I am the good shepherd.”

Jesus Christ, John 10:11

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Gathering – Sunday, March 29, 2020

GATHERING LITURGY

Preparation

Spend some time with The Bible Project’s introduction to the Gospel of John.

Spotify playlist to sing along

Gather

Welcome

Candle

Trygve: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Welcome to the Gathering Hope College!

And this is why we gather… we believe that Christ is the light of the world and in him there is no darkness at all… the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it at all!

Let us worship the God who comes to us as Light from true light!

Song

“God with Us”

Oh You’ve come to bring peace to be Love
To be nearer to us
You’ve come to bring life to be Light
To shine brighter in us
Oh Emmanuel God with us

Chorus
Our Deliverer You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
Over ev’rything our Redemption
God with us, You are God with us

Oh You’ve come to be Hope to this world
For Your honor and name
And You’ve come to take sin to bear shame
And to conquer the grave
Oh Emmanuel God with us

Bridge
You are here
You are holy
We are standing in Your glory (Lord)

Song

“Praise the Lord/Rejoice”

Praise the Lord
O my soul rejoice
For his love is strong and
His mercies are never ending
All that I’ve needed you have provided
Great is your faithfulness
O Lord your mercy is new every morning
Great is your faithfulness
All the people sing

Chorus
Praise the Lord
O my soul rejoice
For his love is strong and
His mercies are never ending

From the beginning you have been with me
Great is your faithfulness
When I am downcast your love is steadfast
Great is your faithfulness
And all the people sing

Bridge
Holy Holy Lord God almighty
So worthy to be praised
Holy Holy Lord God almighty
My soul will bless your name
Holy Holy Lord God almighty
So worthy to be praised
Holy Holy Lord God almighty
My soul will bless your name
All the people sing

Confession:

Based off of Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
But, O Lord, we are consumed with wanting more.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.”
But, O Lord, other pastures seem greener.  The waters aren’t always still. Our souls still thirst.

“He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.”
O Lord, we long to be led by you, though we may complain along the path.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.”
And yet, O God, we do sometimes fear.  May we feel your presence, your comfort and your forgiveness anew.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
O God, sometimes we refuse to sit down at your table.  Forgive us and help us to see your overflowing mercy.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.”
Forgive us, God, and lead us into your house.

Assurance

Romans 8:38–39

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Song

“Nothing to Fear”

When you pass through the waters
I will be with you
And the depths of the rivers
Shall not overwhelm
When you walk through the fire
You will not be burned
I am the Lord I am the Lord

Chorus
And there is nothing to fear nothing to fear
There is nothing to fear nothing to fear
For I am with you always

In the depths of your sorrow
I wept beside you
When you walked through the shadow
I drew you near
Yesterday today tomorrow
Always the same
I am the Lord I am the Lord

Bridge
What can separate you from my perfect love

Word

John 1:1-16 The Prologue of John

Trygve Johnson

(If you can’t get the video to work, read the prologue three times slowly)

Table

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest . . .I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (Mt. 11:28 and Jn. 6:35

During this season we will grieve not sharing the Lord’s Supper with our hope community. Coming to the table together in Dimnent is a moment of shared glory with our beautiful Hope community.  Here is a link to the liturgy that we often say together if you’ve been curious and want to spend some more time with it.  As you share a meal in your space this Sunday evening pray that your community would be filled with Christ even in this fasting season of separation. 

Link to Great Prayer

Prayers of the People:  

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he gave them this prayer.  Please join with Christians of all times and all places in praying with Christ tonight.  We’ve added some ‘extras’ for your time of intercession. We pray especially mindful of our deep need and dependency on God in the time of Covid 19.

Let us pray

Our Father who art in heaven, 
hallowed be Your name. . . 

[Prayers of adoration and thanksgiving–how has God blessed you this week?  How has he shown himself faithful, gracious, merciful?]

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, 
  on earth as it is in heaven. . . 

[Prayers of longing for God’s peace and wholeness in your life, in the life of family, friends, the Hope community]

Give us this day our daily bread . . .

[Pray for the needs of your community–God’s keeping of medical personnel, God’s care of those who are alone, fearful, and anxious; God’s healing for those who are sick, God’s help for those who know the loss of job or income, etc.

  and forgive us our trespasses, 
  as we forgive those who trespass against us . . . 

[Prayers for reconciliation and forgiveness]

  and lead us not into temptation, 
  but deliver us from evil. . . 

[Prayers for the healing of the world, that hope may abound at Hope, for personal struggles with temptation and evil]

For Your is the Kingdom, the power, 
And the glory, forever. Amen!

Song

“Living Hope”

How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night

Then through the darkness Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished the end is written
Jesus Christ my living hope

Who could imagine so great a mercy
What heart could fathom such boundless grace
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame

The cross has spoken I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ my living hope

Chorus
Hallelujah praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ my living hope

Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus Yours is the victory whoa

Sending

Song

“Not Finished Yet”

I am tethered to Your every word
My heart ever after Your heart first
I will trust You here I will trust You here and now
My hope always set in who You are
Even when I can’t see every part
I will trust You here I will trust You

Chorus
I won’t forget the things You’ve done
For I know that this is just the beginning
You’re not finished yet You’re not finished yet
Until I see Your promise come
God with all I am I’ll keep believing
You’re not finished yet You’re not finished yet

You don’t play games it’s not who You are
You’re not the type to mislead my heart
I can trust You here I can trust You here and now
I’ve only known You to keep Your word
I’ve only found love at every turn
I can trust You here I can trust You

Bridge
Until the dry bones wake until the mountains shake
Until the darkness breaks
I will praise You I will praise You

Candle

Trygve: Hope College, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel basket? That would be like failing to stay home in this quarantine…that would be dumb! 

Trygve: You don’t put it under a bushel basket, you put it on a…

Hope: Lampstand! 

Trygve: And it gives light to the entire…

Hope: Hoooouuuuussssssse. 

Trygve: Conversation, bedroom study session, Zoom class, Google Hangout, Facebook Live event….Wherever you are at, whatever you do, and whoever you are with – may God’s light and love shine through you, so that each person you encounter might experience in some measure the love and light of God.  Stand where you are and hold your hands out….(The Holy Spirit will cover the distance!).  

And as we step into this week together let us sing the song that anchors our hope in God…

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  
Amen.

Chapel – Friday, March 27

Welcome to Chapel!

Thanks for joining us today. Today’s Chapel is a reflection on one of my favorite moments in Genesis. Hagar is feeling lost and alone and the angel of the Lord comes to find her.

“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’”

Genesis 16:13 (NIV)

If you feel a little lost or alone today, lean into the truth that God has not forgotten you. He sees you and loves you.

We’d also love to see you! Reach out to a chaplain today if you’d like to set up a Zoom meeting or FaceTime call.

Jill Nelson – Chaplain of Small Groups

Jill Nelson – Chaplain of Small Groups

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Chapel – Monday, March 23

Welcome to Chapel! 

As you are at home, we wanted to invite you to be at home with us in the Huys der Hope! For the remainder of the semester, we will be offering Chapel remotely at 10:30 a.m. on the Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays that Hope is scheduled to be in class.

As a people who celebrate God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ, remote chapels are not our ideal. We like to be in person — to see each other’s faces and to hear each other’s voices. But in this disruption, we also want to stay connected with you, and invite you to stay connected with us at Hope College. So in between your remote classes, join us here as we work on the theme “Keeping Hope” with selective texts from the book we love!  

Today’s chapel is a reflection on one of my favorite verses:

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades.

Revelation 1:17–18

This is a text that reminds me that the reality of my hope is rooted in a living Christ who reminds us not to be afraid. You can read the whole context in Revelation 1:9–20.  

We love and we miss you!

Grace & Peace,
Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson 

Trygve Johnson – Dean Of The Chapel

Digital Chapel

Hope College is staying calm and carrying on! Faculty will deliver classes remotely, and Campus Ministries will also be offering a version of Chapel online. We are still working out the details, but we will be delivering Chapel remotely on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am.

Check back in this space for more information and communication. Again, we will be experimenting a little — but we want to invite you to stay connected to a worship rhythm even from home.

For the Gatherings, we will be providing an online liturgy the day before right here on the Campus Ministries blog.

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