SERMON: Is God a Grouch? – Rev. Paul Dakin
SCRIPTURE: Luke 11:1-13
ANTHEM: Order My Steps (In Your Word) – Chancel Choir
Rise Up, O Church of God (1911)
William Pierson Merrill, 1867-1954
This hymn began its life as “Rise up, O men of God,” but was changed to make it more useful. The author was a well-known Presbyterian minister in Chicago when he wrote it. He later became the pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, which had two other hymn writers as pastor – Henry Van Dyke (“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”) and Maltie D. Babcock (“This Is My Father’s World”).