National Interfaith Service
20 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Historic Christ Church
Sermon by Bishop Gene Robinson
Founded in 1695, Christ Church was the first parish of the Church of England in Pennsylvania and the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church. Known as "The Nation's Church," its congregants included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and John Adams. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence are among the many notable patriots and prominent individuals who are interred in the church's burial grounds.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
|Bell Prelude||Catherine Conybeare|
|Organ Prelude||Lucas Brown|
|Processional Hymn 390||Found in the Blue Hymnal Lobe den Herren|
|Greeting||The Rev. Tim Safford, Rector
Christ Church, Philadelphia
|Prayer||The Rev. Jeff Jordan-Pickett
Metropolitan Community Church, Philadelphia
|Choral Selection||Rabbi Margot Stein
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
|"Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land" *|
Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Rabbi Linda Holtzman
|Sermon||Bishop Gene Robinson
Ninth Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.
|Choral Selection||Jonathan Allen|
|Ave Maria, Franz Schubert|
|Benediction||The Rev. Susan Richardson
Assistant Minister, Christ Church Philadelphia
|Closing Hymn 379||Found in the Blue Hymnal Abbot's Leigh|
|Organ Postlude||Lucas Brown|
|Bell Postlude||Catherine Conybeare|
*Composed for this occasion using the Hebrew phrase "tzedek, tzedek tirdof," meaning "justice, justice shall you pursue."
The Warmest Welcome to You!
The people of Christ Church believe deeply that "Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome at Christ Church, as you are, to receive the blessings of God so freely given." We are open and affirming, diverse and loving, and welcoming to all those seeking a deeper relationship with God. We stand with the LGBT community for full inclusion in the Episcopal Church and for equal rights in civil society. Join us for services, Sundays at 9 and 11 am.