Unlikely Heroes: Esther

Unlikely Heroes: Esther

May 31 2020

Gathering
Ode To Joy (Beethoven)*
Rev Rusty King

Welcome and Announcements
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

A Message from the Bishop
Rev. Michael McKee

Song of Praise
Open Up The Heavens (CCLI 6304702)
Resonate

Hymn of Prayer
Spirit Of The Living God (CCLI 23488)
UMH 393
Chancel Choir/Orchestra

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer
Rev Jessica Wright

Children’s Time
April Kwan and Trish Morehead

Gratitude Moment
Rev Jessica Wright

Song of Gratitude
Capriccio (McChesney)**
Kevin Quick

Scripture
Esther 4:9-17 NRSV
Sabrina Fairchild

Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said.  10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and gave him a message for Mordecai, saying,  11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—all alike are to be put to death. Only if the king holds out the golden scepter to someone, may that person live. I myself have not been called to come in to the king for thirty days.”  12 When they told Mordecai what Esther had said,  13 Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  14 For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”  15 Then Esther said in reply to Mordecai,  16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”  17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

Message
Unlikely Heroes: Esther
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Song
Everywhere I Go (CCLI 7050066)
Resonate

Invitation & Blessing
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Closing Song
A Closing Prayer (Besig)***
DARING Youth Choir/Orchestra

Postlude
Ode To Joy (Beethoven)*
Rev Rusty King

*Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven
The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Vol. 1, The Art and Technique of the Classical Guitar In Collaboration with Jack Marshall and David Brandon
©1972 Christopher Parkening, Revised Edition ©1999 Christopher Parkening
**Capriccio by Kevin McChesney
©1998 The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc.

***A Closing Prayer, Don Besig, 1978 Harold Flammer Music, a division of Shawnee Press, Inc.