Northminster Presbyterian Church 
7720 Alaska Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20012 
Telephone: 202-829-5311 


July 18, 2021 
11:00 AM

Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Hopson, Preacher
Dr. Minji Kim, Music Director 
Deacon Lusetha Rolle, Liturgist

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The Life of Northminster

Call to Worship
We come to you, O God, to thank you for what is good.
We come to you, O God, to cry out for what is wrong.
We come to you, O God, to ask for help and restoration.
We come to you, O God, with aching hearts and glad souls.
Let us worship God.
Opening Hymn
“God, You Spin the Whirling Planets”
Minji Kim
Prayer of Confession
Holy and gracious God, At times we feel so frail and fragile, getting blown about by the latest crisis, by bad news, by our own short tempers and failings. You call us to hold fast to what is good, but so often we flounder, unable to find that solid thing that will center us again. Help us, we pray. Help us to see you as our center, and to cling to the good that you create in the world. Help us to set aside all our jealousies and prejudices, all of our betrayals and lies, all that adds to the world’s hurt. Help us to grow even more into Christ’s likeness, that we will bear his love and truth to the world. We pray in his name. Amen.

Words of Assurance
The Response 
“Spirit of the Living God”
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
 fall afresh on me.


Prayer of Illumination
O God, enliven our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit. Startle us with your truth, and silence any voice within us but your own. Amen.

First Scripture Reading
Psalms 89:20-37

The Word of the Lord!
Thanks be to God!

“I Stood on De Ribber ob Jerdon”
Arr. H. T. Burleigh
Kathy Hankins, soloist

Second Scripture Reading
Ephesians 2:11-16

The Word of the Lord! 
Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Hopson


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Affirmation of Faith
We are people of hope who confess Jesus Christ is Lord over a Kingdom in which no one is hungry, violence is no more, and all suffering is gone. Our hope is not simply that we will experience this Kingdom in the future, but that, as Christ’s prayer demands, this Kingdom comes “to earth as it is in heaven.” We believe God’s Kingdom comes not because we are confident in our own capacities, but because we trust in God, who can do more than we can ask or imagine. We are humbled and amazed that, in and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God includes us in the work of redeeming all creation and reconciling the whole world. We trust that God is always at work in our world and in our lives, giving us joy and calling us to be faithful to Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom. We commit to continuously rededicate ourselves to this work and strive, with hearty faith, to live this Kingdom on earth, proclaiming: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!
(Adapted from the Sarasota Statement commissioned by NEXT Church.)

The Offering

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

Prayer of Dedication

Blessed One, you offer a redemptive inheritance sometimes beyond our imagination. You graciously bestow each of us with your wisdom, grace, forgiveness, and love. Joyously, we share these tithes and offerings. As you call us to give, you remind us to place our hopes and dreams in your love and grace. Thank you, God, for giving us your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray in His name. Amen.


Closing Music
“I Surrender All”


Amen. Amen. Amen. Hymn #586

The Passing of Peace

The Mission of Northminster Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
is to give, through God’s grace and power, glory to God and to be a community of inspired Christians nurtured and equipped to become effective witnesses of Jesus Christ by reaching out to others with hands that serve, hearts that welcome, and voices that carry the Good News of God’s redeeming love to all.

Lectionary Readings
2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Annual Per Capita: $42.67

The Per Capita reminds us of the connection with the National Capital Presbytery, the Synod of the Mid Atlantic and the General Assembly.  The Per Capita advises us of the cost of operation to do the ministry and mission of Jesus Christ in the world.

Please keep these members of our community in your prayers:
Aggie Trantham • Andrea Rander •Andrew Mickens • Bettie Coles • Izett Blair •
Sylvia Berry • Celestine Brown • Rosa Henry • Janie Diggs • Martha Parker •
Marie Richardson • Lloyd Ward • Dorothy Williams •  James Jean Claude •
Deborah (Debbie) Pilson • Mimi Stevenson • C. Donovan Sims (BB) •
Deacon Carolyn Michell in the loss of her father, Mr. Clinton Chapman •
Jay Hutchins •

Sad News
We are saddened by the news that Reverend Dr. Gay Byron’s Aunt Sylvia Berry passed away last week. The funeral will be held on July 23rd in Albany, GA. Please keep Rev. Byron and her family in your prayers during this difficult time of loss.

Sunday School: will begin after service, at 12:20 pm. Please contact Charlene Fadirepo ( if you need more information. Volunteers are still needed to support our Sunday School program.

Board of Deacons: will meet on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11am via Zoom. Deacon Lusethea Rolle will send the ID Number and Password to the Deacons before the meeting.

Session Meeting: will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, July 19th via Zoom. Elder Mimi Stevenson, Clerk of Session, will send the ID Number and Password to the Elders before the meeting.

Mid-Week Adult Bible Study: will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (7:00-8:00 pm) via Meeting ID: 991 609 724; or Dial-in 301-715-8592. Please plan to join 10-15 minutes early so that we can start promptly at 7pm. In preparation for our discussion please read Romans 5:1-11. If you have any questions, contact Lou Durden or send a message to

Reclaim Our Vote: The Center For Common Ground announces their new website which makes it easier to stay up-to-date and engaged with current events. Also check the recently released 2020 Annual Report that captures the collective 2020 outcomes:

Church Office Hours: The church office will be open on Saturday mornings,
9:00am – noon.

Photo Contributions: Northminster’s Music ministry is inviting you to share beautiful photos to be used as background for music during service. Photos with no recognizable people can be used. Send your photos to the following email address:

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Please contact your doctor or health care provider for information about the vaccine if you have not already registered.


Black Lives Matter: Let us remain prayerful for the Black Lives Matter movement in our community and across the nation.

Technology Support: Please contact Lou Durden ( if you need assistance with the new technologies we are using for Bible Study, Worship, and meetings.

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The Black Coalition Against COVID-19 has established a living memorial that will allow the community to remember the people whose lives were lost too soon in this pandemic. The organization invites all families who have experienced a coronavirus-related death to share a photo and story about their loved ones by visiting For more information, visit

Check the website for further COVID-19 updates and information about activities and ministries at Northminster –
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Class of 2023: Chinyere Hubbard, Barbara Mecaley, John Murray, Mark Sturdivant
Class of 2022: LaVerne Brown, Lou Durden, Serah Kauffman,Kosi Kumi
Class of 2021: Dan Acker, Sandra Riviears, Mimi Stevenson
Board of Deacons:

Class of 2023: John Cadet, Laura Hilton, Khalilah McCants, Lusetha Rolle
Class of 2022: Reggie Holt, Mona Jones, Carolyn Michelle, Agnes Tinong
Class of 2021: Andrea Rander, Willie Williams, Evelyn Ngeloh
Board of Trustees
Class of 2023: Ronald Flowers, Henry Jones Sr., Nathaniel Sims Sr.
Class of 2022: Brenda Devrouax, Andrew Riviears
Class of 2021: Celestine Brown, Juliane Tengen, Carole Woolfork