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Prelude:                                                                                          Tina Andersen

Lighting the Path (Please light a candle to begin your worship.)

Welcome & Greeting

Call to Worship                                                                            Liturgist, Jo Pierce

Leader:        Let us join in worship together.

People:        God has made a covenant with us.

Leader:        All creatures of the earth, join in worship.

People:        God has made a covenant with all creatures.

Leader:        Remember the covenant and be thankful.

People:        God remembers the covenant and God will bless us.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration  (Unison)                                                                         

        God of the covenant, you are ever faithful.
        Your love never ends. Teach us your ways.
        And guide us in your paths of love and forgiveness,
        that we may witness to your grace and peace. Amen.

Opening Hymn:                            When Morning Guilds the Skies                     LAUDES DOMINI                                         

1 When morning gilds the skies,
my heart awaking cries,
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer
to Jesus I repair;
may Jesus Christ be praised!

3 Sing, suns and stars of space,
sing, all that see his face;
may Jesus Christ be praised!
God's whole creation o'er,
both now and evermore:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

2 Discordant humankind,
in this your concord find,
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Let all earth around
ring joyous with the sound,
may Jesus Christ be praised!

4 Be this, while life is mine,
my canticle divine,
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this the eternal song,
through all the ages long,
may Jesus Christ be praised!

Time for the Young and Young at Heart                                                           

Announcements, Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer 

Prayer Chorus                                    I Need You                                                  NEED

        I need you, how I need you!  Every hour I need you;

        O bless me now, my savior; I come to you.

Offering         Offerings may be made at or mailed to the church office.


Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self  (Unison)                        

Bless these offerings, O God, returned to you

Multiply and use them to bring the word and the touch of Jesus

to our lives and around the world. Amen.

Hymn                                      Dear God, Embracing Humankind                                   REST

1 Dear God, embracing humankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives your service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

3 Breathe through the pulses of desire
your coolness and your balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

2 Drop your still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of your peace.

Scripture                                     Genesis 9:8-17 (NRSV)         


Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”


Message                                           A New Sign                              Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

Closing Hymn                                  Ours the Journey                        OURS THE JOURNEY

1 In the midst of new dimensions,

in the face of changing ways,
who will lead the pilgrim peoples

wandering in their separate ways?

3 Though we reach the highest heavens,

holding worlds at our command,

we are yet a desert people

searching for the promised land.




God of rainbow, fiery pillar,

leading where the eagles soar,
we your people, ours the journey

now and ever more.

4 Should the threats of dire predictions

cause us to withdraw in pain,

may your blazing phoenix spirit

resurrect the church again.


2 Through the flood of starving people,
warring factions and despair,
who will lift the olive branches?

Who will light the flame of care?


Carrying the Light into the World: Alleluia & Blessing

Postlude                                                                                        Tina Andersen

Mission Statement:

To live as Jesus lived:  Love without Judgement. Welcome without Exception

Serve with Compassion. Teach by Example.

Vision Statement:

God’s community of unconditional love, made real for everyone, everywhere.

Yorkville Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

409 Center Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560-1015

        Phone:  630/553-7308                        E-mail:

        Website:                Facebook:

        Ministers: The Congregation                                 Pastor:  Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

        Director of Christian Education: Barb Thurlby                Administrative Assistant: Liz Cronshaw

        Building Manger: Mary Ellen Anderson                        Custodian: Laurie Strong

        Choir Director: Doug Trumble                                 Children’s Choir Director: Sondra Shatters

        Organist: Tina Andersen                                Pianist:  Lori Runkle        



1.        This Tuesday is the “Caste” book discussion at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom!

2.        Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Spiritual Formation is meeting on Zoom!

3.        Also, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Lenten Prayer Service is streamed on YouTube &         Facebook!