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I’ve Been Meaning to Ask: Where are you from?

This sermon/worship series is found at https://sanctifiedart.org/ive-been-meaning-to-ask-worship-series. Please do not use these materials, which are based on their materials by Rev. Sarah Are, unless you have purchased the original material from them. You can buy just the Worship Words portion for a small fee.

FULL bulletin is at https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgdp5vu-HQT_FctdBNw

SERMON is at https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgdRT1li7u7o4K0BHYw

VIDEO of our service is at https://www.facebook.com/MakemieMemorial/videos/211300390824511

Hymns

Presbyterian Hymnal #306 Fairest Lord Jesus

PH #507 I Come with Joy

PH #288 I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Call to Worship[1]

We are from north and south.

We are from here and we have come here.

We are from the town and from the countryside.

We are from small apartments and expansive houses.

We are from big families and dinners made for one.

We are from stages of grief and stages of love.

We are from rainy days and sunny days.

We are from new places, new spaces, and the making of new memories.

We are from kitchens with passed down recipes, and front porches with old, familiar swings.

We are from the dust of the earth and the stars of the sky.

We are from a lot of places, but today we are here.

Today we are together.

ALL: HOLY GOD, GATHER US IN.

Call to Confession1

In this moment for truth telling, for reflection and honesty, to be honest about the places we want to grow and the way we need God’s help, let us pray together.

Prayer of Confession was taken directly from Worship Words from A Sanctified Art for this series

Assurance of Forgiveness1

If you ever ask yourself, “Can anything good come from this messy and human life of mine?” remember God always answers, “Yes.” You were created in the image of God. Your origin story is one of goodness and love from the very beginning. So hear and believe the good news of the gospel: God is here. God is at work among us. Thanks be to God for the Good News of God’s love:  In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Prayer for Illumination1

O God, where we come from there are so many distractions. Where we come from there is so much noise. Where we come from there is too much silence. Where we come from there is too much emptiness. Find us. Hold us. Be in these words. Help us hear. Amen.

Old Testament Scripture: Genesis 2:4b-15

New Testament Scripture: John 1:35-51

COMMUNION1

INVITATION to THE LORD’S TABLE

The Creator of North, South, East, and West, invites us to come and see—

Come and see how much the Father loves us.

Come and see who Jesus is and who we are in him.

Come and be united by the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray…

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

P:         The Lord be with you.             C:         And also with you.

P:         Lift up your hearts.                 C:         We lift them up to the Lord

P:         Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C:         It is right to give our thanks and praise.

O God, open our lips and fill our hearts to say thank you.

Thank you for scooping up the dirt and breathing life into it.

Thank you for forming this body and this life.

Thank you for creating this world and these people.

Thank you for drawing us in, for holding us up.

Weave us together with all people from all times and places

who forever sing the glory of your name

All:   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might; heaven

and earth are full of Your glory.  Hosanna in the highest! 

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord,  Hosanna in the highest!

When people ask, “Where are you from?” we speak of geography—

yet we must also always sing your name.

for you are our past, our present, and our future.

Great is this mystery of faith:

Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again.

As we lift this bread and cup before you, lift us up.

Scoop us up like you scooped up that dirt on that first day.

As you breathed life into the first human being,

breathe upon us and fill us with your Spirit.

Feed us that we may be full.

Nourish us as only you can

and make us at home in you.  Amen.

Confession of Faith  (adapted from the Heidelberg Catechism Questions 26-28 )

God created us good and in his own image. God created us in true righteousness and holiness. God created us that we might truly know God our creator. God created us to love God with all their heart. God created us to live with God in eternal happiness, and to praise and glorify God. God out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them. God still upholds and rules them by his eternal counsel and providence. God is my God and Father because of Christ the Son.

God will provide whatever I need for body and soul. God will turn to my good whatever adversity befalls me. God is able to do this because he is almighty God. God desires to do this because he is a faithful Father. We can be patient when things go against us. We can be thankful when things go well. We can have good confidence for the future that nothing in creation will separate us from his love. Thanks be to God.

Benediction1

Family of faith, God stir you up with the curiosity to counter assumptions. God beget in you the vulnerability to befriend. God excite in you the bravery to speak your truth. God develop in you the wisdom to listen. God engender in you the strength to ask for help. God give rise to the resiliency that makes you able to choose love. In the name of the One who made you, the One who redeems you, and the One who accompanies you. Amen.


[1] Adapted from a prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org

Worship Words: May 16, 2021

PRAYER 1 by Sarah Erickson Merciful God, you invite us to be in beloved community, connected to you and one another. Help us nurture these connections so that they lead to the fullest expression of our shared humanity instead of building walls of separation between one another and the community you desire. We pray in the name of the One leads in the way of resurrection hope. Amen.

PRAYER 2 by Sarah Erickson Merciful Jesus, you shower us with grace. You show us how to be faithful disciples. Yet we are often quick to dismiss the complex simplicity of it all. Forgive our stubbornness. Help us see your vision of shalom and do our part to make it so. In the name of the One who is mercy incarnate. Amen.

PRAYER 3 by Sarah Erickson You, Lord, are the thread connecting us to one another. You weave together days into months and years. As this week begins,  hear our prayers and make sense of them, the laments and wails of despair, the sighs too deep for words, the acclamations of praise and wonder. Open us to receive your responses, so that we may connect our lives to You and the world you so love. In the name of the Christ who binds us together in love. Amen.

CALL to WORSHIP by Barb Hedges-Goettl

Why are we waiting on the promises of God?                                                            

Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ is coming again.                                      

Why do we believe in the coming of God’s kingdom?                                                            

Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ is coming again.                                           

What do we witness to?                                                                                        

Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ is coming again.                                 

Why do we devote ourselves to prayer?                                                                           

 Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ is coming again. 

PSALMS in a TIME of SICKNESS: PSALM 1 paraphrase by Barb Hedges-Goettl

O God, bless us by making us more and more your people.

Keep us from following the bad advice of those who aren’t seeking you.

Redirect us away from the paths taken by those who don’t listen to you.

Free us from sitting with those who disbelieve the truth

    and scorn compassion.

Let us delight in you: in your Word and your teachings.

Fill our hearts, minds, and souls with you every hour of the day and night.

Plant us by your streams of living water. Grow us into trees rooted in you.

Make us fruitful according to your time and plan.

Let us flourish as your people, following your way,

    without withering or faltering.

Those who don’t follow you are like chaff driven by the wind.

They cannot withstand judgment.

They do not stand with the congregation of the righteous.

Their way perishes.

Chart the path for us, O God.

Watch over us on the way, O Lord, to you.

May your way guide our feet,

    and our paths help others find their way.

In the name of Jesus, our Guide and Pioneer, Amen.

PRAYER of CONFESSION by Barb Hedges-Goettl based on the Belhar Confession

Prayer of Confession #3

Call to Confession:

One: God has given the church the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ, but we fall short of God’s call to be salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Prayer of Confession:

All: God, our fears and prejudices run deep. Sometimes we can only see our own point of view.

We stick with those who are like us, rarely venturing outside our comfort zones. We do not hear

those crying for justice and true peace. We blame those who are suffering and in need instead of standing by them. We deny the power of your gospel to unite us with those who are different from us.

Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear. Use us to open new possibilities of life for all of your people.

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: We are reconciled with God and with one another through Christ’s work. Thanks be to God

for the Good News: All:  In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Confession of Faith #3/Litany by Barb Hedges-Goettl (drawn from the Belahr Confession)

The three parts of this litany may be used separately or in flexible combinations.

a.

One: We believe that unity is both a gift and an obligation for the church of Jesus Christ.

Many: Through the work of God’s Spirit, unity is a binding force.

One: At the same time, unity must also be earnestly pursued and sought.

Many: We must be continually built up to attain this unity.

One: Our unity must become visible to the world.

Many: Separation and hatred between people and groups is sin, already conquered by Christ.

One: Anything threatening our unity has no place in the church.

Many: We commit ourselves to resisting anything that threatens our unity.

One: The unity of the people of God is active and made manifest.

All: Thanks be to God.

(For this next section it works well for the two groups to make the proclamations below to each other.)

Group One: The communion of saints called from the entire human family is united by God.

Group Two: As the people of God, we love one another.

Group One: We experience, practice, and pursue community with one another.

Group Two: We give ourselves willingly and joyfully to one another.

Group One: We are a benefit and blessing to one another.

Group Two: We share one faith and have one calling.

Group One: We are one body, and are of one soul and mind.

Group Two: We have one God and Father.

Group One: We are filled with one Spirit.

Group Two: We are baptized with one baptism.

Group One: We eat of one bread and drink of one cup.

Group Two: We confess one name and are obedient to one Lord.

Group One: We work for one cause and share one hope.

All: Thanks be to God.

c.

All: Together we confess that God unites us in faith.

Together we come to know the height, and the breadth, and the depth of the love of Christ.

Together we are built up to the full stature of Christ.

Together we know and bear one another’s burdens.

We admonish one another. We comfort one another. We suffer with one another.

We need one another and we build up one another.

Together we pray. Together we serve God in this world.

Together we fight against all which may threaten or hinder this unity.

Thanks be to God for drawing and keeping us together.

Charge/Benediction in 2 voices by Barb Hedges-Goettl

L: By the power of the Holy Spirit         P: we are Christ’s witnesses. 

L By the power of the Holy Spirit          P: we witness to Christ at work in you. 

L: By the power of the Holy Spirit          P: we witness to Christ at work in others. 

L: By the power of the Holy Spirit         P:  we witness to Christ in the world 

ALL: We live, love, and are blessed by the power of the Spirit. Thanks be to God. Amen. 

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Barb Hedges-Goettl is a Presbyterian pastor with a doctorate in liturgy. She and her husband recentlly moved from Philadelphia to Rehoboth Beach, DE. She has been working with inner-city middle school students as a special ed teacher and will soon begin to serve as a full-time interim pastor at Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church, Snow Hill, MD.

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Psalm 137 Worship Resources

Cover photo: An aerial view of protesters gathered near the makeshift memorial in honor of George Floyd, marking one week since his death (Minneapolis). Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images.

We are using the 2020 Presbyterian Women’s Horizons Bible Study for our Summer Series:  Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament, a $10 resources with 9 lessons. This is week 2 on lamenting together; week 1 was intro to lament.

Singing the Lord’s Song/being in communion when separated and in times of darkness

How do we sing the Lord’s Song when our world’s violence makes any thoughts of even one peaceful Sabbath a pipe dream? When you’re in such a dark place that you wish death on somebody, maybe even yourself? When our people and communities are broken, divided by illness, grief, spite or sheer vengeance? When your own church’s communion – much less the world’s – seems impossible?

From Sacredise: https://sacredise.com/lectionary-resources/proper-22c/

REFLECTIONS ON THEME:
The readings this week offer a fascinating juxtaposition of ideas. The Old Testament and Psalm readings all explore the pain and humiliation of God’s people when they are defeated, conquered and exiled, and as they long for forgiveness restoration and salvation. Even Psalm 37 deals with similar issues, albeit in a more generalised way, speaking of the pain and confusion that arises when destructive or evil people prosper, and the difficult work of faith and patience in God’s action on behalf of those who trust God’s ways. The New Testament readings, on the other hand, explore the impact that a life of simple, ordinary faith can have, and the attitude of humble servanthood which expects no undue reward for simply living faithfully. In essence, both Testaments are saying the same thing this week.
In a world where bad things happen to good people, and where it often appears that the lawless and ‘godless’ get the best, it can be tough to live in faith and faithfulness. Justice can take a long time to come, and it can be tempting to use any means – however undesirable – to achieve what we long for. This applies even when our goal is to manifest God’s reign. However, as we live in faithfulness, and pass our faith on to others who come after us, the small, ordinary acts of goodness and justice that we do each day, the small faithful commitments to our convictions that we renew each day, really do ‘move mountains’ and change the world, little by little, into a place where God’s salvation is visibly revealed.

CONNECTING WITH LIFE:
GLOBAL APPLICATION: In the light of the huge challenges facing our world – hunger and poverty, human rights abuses, unequal distribution of resources, human trafficking, dread diseases, environmental degradation, conflict and war – it is easy to get frustrated and impatient, and it is extremely tempting to embrace any strategy that gets results. The danger here, though, is that we can too easily become what we seek to overcome, and our efforts, which may appear successful in the short term, leave us in deeper trouble in the long term. Two important principles that the lectionary offers us this week are 1) the power of small acts of goodness and justice, and 2) the need to think systemically and long term, waiting at the “guard post on the wall” (to use Habakkuk’s image) to observe, nurture and cooperate with any manifestations of God’s reign that emerge. In the world of big business, big politics, and powerful lobby groups, such long term thinking can be frustrating, but, as demonstrated by Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela (it must have taken faith to spend 27 years in jail and then still embrace dialogue as a valid process to end apartheid) such faithful, consistent and just living does result in significant change. What long term commitments to justice can you embrace or renew in your community this week?

LOCAL APPLICATION: Perhaps the best focus, on the local level, this week, is the power of small, ordinary, “everyday” acts of justice. When we refuse to live according to the expedient, self-centred, materialist values of the society around us, it may appear to have no impact, and we may feel like we become nothing more than a laughing stock – a people in exile, suffering for what may sometimes feel like foolish and ineffectual convictions, while those around us “live it up” and succeed. The promise of the Scriptures, though, is that such alternative living does have an impact – a significant one – and also has lasting value – becoming the heritage of faith and goodness that is passed down through generations and across communities. The reassurance this gives is that our suffering is not in vain, and that our faithfulness is useful to God. In our “instant gratification” society, such perseverance and endurance is hard and counter-cultural, but is a powerful witness to the Gospel. Where has your church’s commitment to “everyday justice” grown tired or weak? In what ways do you need to renew your commitment to persevere? What alternate living choices do you need to make or renew together? To whom can your faith heritage be passed on? What can you do to inspire and sustain small, long term, commitments in your community this week?

SONG: https://www.psalmimmersion.com/psalm-137

Psalm 137:1

בָּכָה bâkâh, baw-kaw’; a primitive root; to weep; generally to bemoan:—× at all, bewail, complain, make lamentation, × more, mourn, × sore, × with tears, weep.

Psalm 137:3 captors/tormenters

תּוֹלָל tôwlâl, to-lawl’; from H3213; causing to howl, i.e. an oppressor:—that wasted.

Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon [?]

Psalm 137:7 rase/tear down/lay bare

The KJV translates Strong’s H6168 in the following manner: uncover (3x), discover (3x), emptied (2x), rase (2x), leave destitute (1x), make naked (1x), poured out (1x), poured (1x), spreading (1x).

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  1. to be bare, be nude, uncover, leave destitute, discover, empty, raze, pour out
    1. (Piel)
      1. to bare, lay bare
      1. to lay bare by emptying, empty
      1. to pour out
    1. (Hiphil)
      1. to make naked, strip bare (of sexual offences)
      1. to pour out
    1. (Niphal) to be poured out, be exposed
    1. (Hithpael)
      1. to expose oneself, make oneself naked
      1. pouring oneself, spreading oneself (participle)

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

עָרָה ʻârâh, aw-raw’; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) bare; hence, to empty, pour out, demolish:—leave destitute, discover, empty, make naked, pour (out), rase, spread self, uncover.

Psalm 137:8 ravaging the daughter of Jerusalem

The KJV translates Strong’s H7703 in the following manner: spoil (30x), spoiler (11x), waste (8x), destroy (2x), robbers (2x), miscellaneous (5x).

Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  1. to deal violently with, despoil, devastate, ruin, destroy, spoil
    1. (Qal)
      1. to violently destroy, devastate, despoil, assail
      1. devastator, despoiler (participle) (subst)
    1. (Niphal) to be utterly ruined
    1. (Piel)
      1. to assault
      1. to devastate
    1. (Pual) to be devastated
    1. (Poel) to violently destroy
    1. (Hophal) to be devastated

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)

שָׁדַד shâdad, shaw-dad’; a primitive root; properly, to be burly, i.e. (figuratively) powerful (passively, impregnable); by implication, to ravage:—dead, destroy(-er), oppress, robber, spoil(-er), × utterly, (lay) waste.

Psalm 137: Complex Communal Laments

JOHN AHN

Journal of Biblical Literature

Vol. 127, No. 2 (Summer, 2008), pp. 267-289 (23 pages)

Imagine the 267N5 Imagine the act of decapitating little children or infants against the edge or corner of the wall of Jerusalem. Something that is supposed to protect is now employed to behead. The violent and traumatic visual image of such a repeated act goes beyond anything we can comprehend.

Mock-simha; fake song of victory over enemies

275 Why would Ps. 137k accentuated by laments & curses, be place in the midst of these 0135-137] Thanksgiving and praise psalms? This is a bold but unconventional editorial move that proposed to give thanks and praise through lament laden with honest feelings of enmity. Thhanksgiving and praise arise not only from positive elements in life. Rther the true mark of these practices if finding the courage & strength to praise & give thanks when there is nothing worthwhile or praiseworthy. 176 Brueggemann says that Ps 137 is marked not by despair but by hope. However, we cannot move into this hopeful realm all too quickly without allowing the pathos to resound and have its rightful place. The ? is, Can those in Babylon, both the first wave and the second wave of forced migrants collectively voice “Hallelujah” or “Thanks be to God” in the midst of their most difficult time? The answer seems to be complex.

278 by the waters of Babylon; by the irrigation canals where the Judean royalty and religious leadership were put to work maintaining/desalinating the canals.

280 weeping willows crying for those who hung the harps

v.3 wordplay beween captors, tormenters & hung

282 For there our captors asked us for the words of a song, but our tormenters asked for mirth, ‘Sing for us a Zion song!’

283 Captors, Babyonians, may be separate from torments, who may be fellow-laborers who are not Jewish.

284 Bookends: Forget/do not remember

Musician wiling to forgo righthand instrument & mouth/tongue for praising God

College Press NIV Commentary 470

v. 5 Wordplay: forget with become crippled/lamed

Conversations Among Exiles

by Walter Brueggemann

The Christian Century, July 2-9, 1997, pp. 630-632.


SUMMARY

In response to times of crisis, Leviticus urged the practice of holiness, and Deuteronomy stressed neighborliness. Unless the experience of loss is expressed, examined and understood, new ways of living are not able to emerge.

In our time of dislocation the church can offer ways of speaking and acting that the dominant society regards as subversive, but without which we cannot for long stay human.
The church can
1) express sadness, rage and loss as an alternative to the denial that inevitably breeds brutality.
2) be a voice of holiness that counters the trivial commodity-centered world by the practice of disciplines that make communion possible.
3) be a voice of imaginative, neighborly transformation, focused on those in need.
4) express new social possibilities, rooted in the truth of God’s good news.

Before us is the choice between succumbing to a fearful self-preoccupation that shrivels the spirit or heeding God’s call to re-enter the pain of the world and the possibility of renewal and salvation. [Numbers added]

Juneteenth https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=10  Maafa service – Maafa is an African word used to refer to four centuries of worldwide enslavement of black people.   The remembering in Psalm 137 (v. 1, 6, 7) occasions anguish, accountability and anger. Babylonians asking for a kind of minstrel show. Includes sermon illustrations.

Phrase from an article that is no longer at the link: Hope without singing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGz5wbIGm0w British Bishop on singing the Lord’s song in a strange land in a time of COVID-19

LITURGICAL RESOURCES

Call to Worship, Prayer, Personal Meditation by Joan Stot http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/w_resources/pentecost20[27]c_2013.htm

Includes dealing with the last vengeful verses and provides alternative of Lamentations 3:21-26 as an assurance of pardon or final blessing. http://hwallace.unitingchurch.org.au/WebOTcomments/OrdinaryC/Pent19Psalm137.html

Our bulletin is at https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgcYfmV3FepVsFsaFng

The sermon will be here; target date is 6/15. https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgcYfmV3FepVsFsaFng

Narrative Lectionary: A bulletin, some hymns & liturgical resources for 1 Corinthians 13

Bulletin at https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgcRDOTDCk1ldf4oVdg

SONGS

+13.1–14.1  (chapter 13:1-14:1)

126.4 (PCUSA hymnal number.verse) Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove

136.2 Sovereign Lord of All Creation 318 Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost * 350R Fill My Cup 367 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love 372.2 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian 374 Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace 386.5 O for a World 398 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit 405 What Does the Lord Require 407.2 When a Poor One 433 There’s a Spirit in the Air 531 Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels * 533 O Perfect Love 534 The Grace of Life Is Theirs 536.2 Lord, Make Us More Holy

13.1-3 335 Though I May Speak *

13.4-7 9.3 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 76.4 My Song Is Love Unknown 85 What Wondrous Love Is This 347 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive 357.2+3 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee 366.3 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me 457.4 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

13.12 49.4 Once in Royal David’s City 139.4 Come, Thou Almighty King 278.2+4 Our God, to Whom We Turn 301.4 Lord Jesus, Think on Me 310.1 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

327.3 O Word of God Incarnate 340.3 Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart 376.4 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling 399.4 We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight 426.5 Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak 442.4 The Church’s One Foundation 485.2 To God Be the Glory 519.4 Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee

13.13 545.4 Now, on Land and Sea Descending

Liturgical Resources:

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/07/prayer-index-acts-through-revelation.html

includes
Prayer Reflection: Which Three

(based on 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13)

“…Now faith, hope and live abide, these three…”


doubt moves in
and props its feet
at the hearth of my soul,
warming them
on the coals of my unbelief;
while faith 
rents space
for a few days
in the summers of my life.

despair is the frayed,
soft corduroy jacket
that fits comfortably
on my shoulders
while hope
is a hair shirt
i resist wearing.

impatience is the face
i put on
each morning
in order to greet the world,
while love
is that mask
i wear occasionally,
removing it
when i look in the mirror,
not recognizing myself.

which three will abide in me, O God?

which three?

Amen.

~ Copyright © Thom M. Shuman. Posted on Prayers4Today.  http://prayersfortoday.blogspot.ca/

Prayer

 

Our Father,

each day is a little life,

each night a tiny death;

help us to live with faith and hope and love.

Lift our duty above drudgery;

let not our strength fail, or the vision fade,

in the heat and burden of the day.

 

O God, make us patient and pitiful one with another

in the fret and jar of life,

remembering that each fights a hard fight

and walks a lonely way.

Forgive us, Lord, if we hurt our fellow souls;

teach us a gentler tone, a sweeter charity of words,

and a more healing touch.

Sustain us, O God, when we must face sorrow;

give us courage for the day and hope for the morrow.

Day unto day may we lay hold of thy hand and look up into thy face,

whatever befall,

until our work is finished and the day is done. Amen.

 

~ Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226.  Posted on thisischurch.com http://thisischurch.com/

From “Love” on worshipblogspot


Prayer of Commitment

Holy God, before time you named us
Through time you redeem us
You call us, precious in your sight
May we love as you love.

Holy One, through the turbulent waters
Make us steady, your hands
Holding strong the fragile and weak
May we love as you love.

Gracious God, may the fruits of our lives
be food for the hungry, bread
clothing, shelter, fire, water, Word
May we love as you love.

God of justice, remove the chaff
Of our lives that keep us from
Hearing, following, Your call
May we love as you love.

Loving God, take this day our fears our
Worries, distractions, and all
Turn them into wheat, heart food
May we love as you love. Amen

~ written by Terri and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.ca/

Our bulletin is at

SONGS

+13.1–14.1  (chapter 13:1-14:1)

126.4 (PCUSA hymnal number.verse) Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove

136.2 Sovereign Lord of All Creation 318 Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost * 350R Fill My Cup 367 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love 372.2 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian 374 Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace 386.5 O for a World 398 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit 405 What Does the Lord Require 407.2 When a Poor One 433 There’s a Spirit in the Air 531 Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels * 533 O Perfect Love 534 The Grace of Life Is Theirs 536.2 Lord, Make Us More Holy

13.1-3 335 Though I May Speak *

13.4-7 9.3 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 76.4 My Song Is Love Unknown 85 What Wondrous Love Is This 347 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive 357.2+3 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee 366.3 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me 457.4 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

13.12 49.4 Once in Royal David’s City 139.4 Come, Thou Almighty King 278.2+4 Our God, to Whom We Turn 301.4 Lord Jesus, Think on Me 310.1 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

327.3 O Word of God Incarnate 340.3 Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart 376.4 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling 399.4 We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight 426.5 Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak 442.4 The Church’s One Foundation 485.2 To God Be the Glory 519.4 Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee

13.13 545.4 Now, on Land and Sea Descending

Liturgical Resources:

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/07/prayer-index-acts-through-revelation.html

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Prayer Reflection: Which Three

(based on 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13)

“…Now faith, hope and live abide, these three…”


doubt moves in
and props its feet
at the hearth of my soul,
warming them
on the coals of my unbelief;
while faith 
rents space
for a few days
in the summers of my life.

despair is the frayed,
soft corduroy jacket
that fits comfortably
on my shoulders
while hope
is a hair shirt
i resist wearing.

impatience is the face
i put on
each morning
in order to greet the world,
while love
is that mask
i wear occasionally,
removing it
when i look in the mirror,
not recognizing myself.

which three will abide in me, O God?

which three?

Amen.

~ Copyright © Thom M. Shuman. Posted on Prayers4Today.  http://prayersfortoday.blogspot.ca/

 

Prayer

Our Father,

each day is a little life,

each night a tiny death;

help us to live with faith and hope and love.

Lift our duty above drudgery;

let not our strength fail, or the vision fade,

in the heat and burden of the day.

 

O God, make us patient and pitiful one with another

in the fret and jar of life,

remembering that each fights a hard fight

and walks a lonely way.

Forgive us, Lord, if we hurt our fellow souls;

teach us a gentler tone, a sweeter charity of words,

and a more healing touch.

Sustain us, O God, when we must face sorrow;

give us courage for the day and hope for the morrow.

Day unto day may we lay hold of thy hand and look up into thy face,

whatever befall,

until our work is finished and the day is done. Amen.

 

~ Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226.  Posted on thisischurch.com http://thisischurch.com/

From “Love” on worshipblogspot


Prayer of Commitment

Holy God, before time you named us
Through time you redeem us
You call us, precious in your sight
May we love as you love.

Holy One, through the turbulent waters
Make us steady, your hands
Holding strong the fragile and weak
May we love as you love.

Gracious God, may the fruits of our lives
be food for the hungry, bread
clothing, shelter, fire, water, Word
May we love as you love.

God of justice, remove the chaff
Of our lives that keep us from
Hearing, following, Your call
May we love as you love.

Loving God, take this day our fears our
Worries, distractions, and all
Turn them into wheat, heart food
May we love as you love. Amen

~ written by Terri and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.ca/

Narrative Lectionary Resources/Bulletin/Sermon: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 & Acts 18:1-4

Image: Tabernacle Replica located at Timna Park in the region of Eliat in Israel. https://www.imb.org/image/tabernacle-replica-3/

If you use people’s stuff (mine included) please use their names as well!

Resources (images, exegetical, liturgical, song) h

My husband’s preaching this one; he’s choosing to focus on the image of tentmaking as what we all do from Acts 18:1-4; that we are vocationally called to be Christians fulltime and…well, sermon to follow. He’s adding v. 26 to the 1 Corinthians reading.

IMAGES

Mainly unity https://www.google.com/search?safe=strict&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS891US891&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=images+1+corinthians+1:10-18&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjzwsG7h5XpAhVcmHIEHbdxA8kQsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1093&bih=500

Tentmaking

EXEGESIS

Both passages-unity but not based on who the leader is https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1337

Podcast on the two passages https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1337

Audio recorded sermon on Acts 18 https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/04586

Note: The Corinthian passage is the RCL for Epiphany 3A; these references are for it.

Several pastors discuss 1 Corinthians lectionary passages from RCL, incl. this one (focus on unity) and 19-28 (focusing on “call”) http://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/content/pdfs/15-4_Nations/15-4_Dinovo.pdf*

The speech-act of transferring listeners from false reality to the reality of having the mind of Christ http://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/content/pdfs/16-4_Corinthians/16-4_Brown.pdf

Unity as having more in common with Christians throughout the ages than with nonChristians from today https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/epiphany-3a/?term=epiphany%203A

Unity http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=26

Focusing on Unity, this link provides further links to authors including Lillian Daniel, Kathleen Norris and Princeton Seminary presidents Gillespie & McCord. See https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20corinthians%201%3A10-18 

Paul is addressing problem that the Corinthians do not understand that the cross of Christ was God’s way of upending their ways of defining and valuing themselves and one another->unity http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3139

The Cross Creates Its Own Economy http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=796

Friends in Low Places: Status in Church and Work https://www.theologyofwork.org/new-testament/1-corinthians/friends-in-low-places-1-cor-118-31

Tentmaking https://www.theologyofwork.org/new-testament/acts/a-clash-of-kingdoms-community-and-powerbrokers-acts-13-19/tent-making-and-christian-life-acts-181-4

Also Tentmaking https://www.theologyofwork.org/key-topics/women-workers-in-the-new-testament/the-tentmaker-priscilla-acts-182

The concept of tentmaking as a missionary strategy https://worldwidetentmakers.com/education/what-is-a-tentmaker/ and the issues involved https://www.imb.org/2018/05/24/good-bad-tent-making-missions/

CHILDREN’S SERMON
He sent me to tell you the Good News without using big words        http://www.sundayschoollessons.com/epi3mtart.htm

LITURGICAL PIECES

Called by God

O God, giver of all good gifts,

you have given me life.

You have bestowed upon me your love

and that love includes your plans for me.

What am I to do?

All life is a call and a response.

I pray for grace to hear God’s voice

and a heart to respond.

I am ready to listen.

Help me to listen to the rhythm of each day, day by day,

so that I am not overwhelmed with thoughts of the future.

Yet guide me into that future so that I know who and whose I am.

I shall listen.

I shall listen to the voices of those witnesses who have lived before me.

I shall listen to those who are here to give me guidance and encouragement,

for it is clear that whatever plans you have for me,

I will never journey alone.

I will listen to my feelings as I grow and change,

processes that I know will be lifelong.

I shall listen to you.

And even though I want easy answers,

I know that what you want is a relationship.

So when I answer you,

may my response be to my potential

and to your love of all creatures on your good earth.

Let me serve with the gifts you give me.

O God, I know that vocation is truly a gift of your love.

What am I to do?

I am ready to listen.

~ posted on Consider Your Call. http://www.consideryourcall.org/sites/default/files/CYC-Media/Toolbox/Materials/Worship-Toolbox.pdf

Prayer of Brokenness/Confession

Holy Christ,

we come to You knowing that we have fallen away

from Your intentions for us.

We have followed the paths of greed and envy,

turned away from our brothers and sisters in need

in order to satisfy our own desires.

You gave Your life for us,

and yet we are willing to give so little at times.

Forgive us for not understanding that You laid down Your life for us.

Forgive us for not recognizing the sacrifice of love,

to live for others instead of ourselves.

Call us back, to repent, and return to the kingdom of God.

In Your precious Name we pray. Amen.

Blessing/Assurance of Pardon

Christ continues to lay down his life for us,

so that we might have life.

Christ continues to show us the way,

so that we might live into the truth and the life.

Christ continues to love us,

so that we might love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.

Know that you are forgiven, loved, and given new life. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org/

 

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JAN 6, 2014

Pastoral Prayer: Looking for Light

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the season of Epiphany from Rev. Abigail Carlisle-Wilke.

Prayer of Intercession

(inspired by passages like Isaiah 9:2,

Matthew 4:14-16, Isaiah 60:1-3, Matthew 5:14-16)

Lord,
We come to you in a time of coldness and darkness,
Looking for warmth and light.
There are those whose homes are physically freezing,
And there are those whose lives are spiritually chilly
We know that we can help warm people’s homes.
We also know you can warm people’s lives.

We pray that there will be no more gloom for those who were in anguish
We pray that you lift away people’s burdens.
We pray you remove the things that oppress from people’s lives.
We pray you give courage to those who fear.

Lord your light calls us forth to follow and serve you.
Your light still shines for all to see in this world.
May we continue to reflect your light in our lives,
in our service, in our words and in our deeds.

~ written by Rev. Abigail Carlisle-Wilke, and posted on Rev Abi’s Long and Winding Road. http://vicarofwadley.blogspot.ca/2011/01/prayer-for-epiphany-3a.html

 

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JAN 15, 2012

Prayer of Confession: God, You Call Us

Here’s a prayer of confession written by Rev. Scott Cervas, of the Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY.  It would be suitable for use on Epiphany 3A or 3B, or on any other occasion when the subject of God’s call is being explored.

Prayer of Confession

(inspired by Jonah; Mark 1:14-20)

God…you call us…and sometimes…we duck under the table…
hoping you didn’t notice us when you walked into the room.
You call us…and sometimes…we grab a stapler and a stack of papers…
trying to look too busy to be bothered at the moment.
You call us…and sometimes we just say, “No!”
We know that we aren’t expected to do everything…
but we often forget that you call us to be our selves
in the places where our very self is what is most needed.
So give us the grace to say “Yes” to your call…
even now…as we offer our silent confessions…

— written by Rev. Scott Cervas, and posted on the LiturgyLink website. 


Benediction

(inspired by John 17:21, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18)

My fellow servants, we are one.

The bread we share makes us one.

The cup we pour makes us one.

Even as our dearest sisters and brothers

     come and go from us, we are one. 

Even as we scatter from this place

     to so many diverse pursuits

     throughout this city, this state, this globe,

     we are one. 

With gratitude we share the Table.

With gratitude we depart. 

With gratitude we release one another,

     trusting in the One

     Who makes us one.

  Go in peace.

Benediction for November 25, 2012, written by Paul Randall, and posted on Ecclesia.  http://www.ecclesiahouston.org/

HYMNS

Presbyterian Hymnal

1.10-17

120.6 Hail Thee, Festival Day!

136.3 Sovereign Lord of All Creation

235.5 With Joy I Heard My Friends Exclaim

241 Behold the Goodness of Our Lord

285.2 God, You Spin the Whirling Planets

314.3 Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song

346.3 Christ, You Are the Fullness

380.3-5 O Christ, the Healer

429.2 Lord, You Give the Great Commission

436.4 We Are Your People

438 Blest Be the Tie That Binds

442 The Church’s One Foundation

443.1+2 O Christ, the Great Foundation

457.4 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

465 Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather

471R O Praise the Gracious Power

500.3 Become to Us the Living Bread

503.3+4 Come, Risen Lord

507.3 I Come with Joy

517.3 We Come as Guests Invited

 518 Sheaves of Summer

521.3 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

Hymns relating to the cross https://hymnary.org/texts?qu=1+corinthians+1%3A10-18&media=text&page=0

SOURCESSONGSWRITERS
ATW 466I am awareMcBride
DMACThat we’d be onescore lyrics
SIS 185/SOF 43/ATA 174Bind us togetherGillman

From http://www.hymntime.com/tch/sca/1%20Corinthians.htm (links there are live)

1:8

1:10

1:18

BULLETIN

Trinity United Presbyterian Church                 May 10, 202

Worship Without Walls                                              610-626-3143  

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Prelude Together                                                                      King and Country   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RClrQg7DhV8&fbclid=IwAR2ua5DlZiM0elWKzKUjGxHMz1LKi6O7fCSYeLb0dK2prD1geNySmQMtjeg

This is for the busted heart
This is for the question mark
This is for the outcast soul
Lost control, no one knows
Sing it for the can’t-go-backs
Sing it for the broken past
Sing it for the just found out
Life is now upside down

If you’re looking for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feel alone and don’t understand
If you’re fighting in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re going to make it through this hand in hand

And if we fall, we will fall together
Together



This is for the second chance
This is for the new romance
Sing it for the loved in vain, overcame
It’s not too late

If you’re looking for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feel alone and don’t understand
If you’re fighting in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re going to make it through this hand in hand

And if we fall, we will fall together
Together
When we rise, we will rise together
Together
(We will rise together)

(Listen)
If you’re looking for hope tonight
(And you’re all alone)
If you’re feeling alone tonight
(Can you feel)
If you’re in the fight of your life
(I can promise)
We’re gonna make it happen, yeah
I will be by your side
(By your side)
Cause love’s in the air tonight
(Can you feel it)
Come up and see the light
whenever ever ever
Just as long as we’re together, say

If we fall, we will fall together
(I got you my brother)
Together
(I see you my sister)
When we rise, we will rise together
Together

If we fall, we will fall together
(Take my hand)
Together
(Help me stand)
When we rise, we will rise together
(We will rise together)
Together

Together we are dangerous
Together with our differences
Together we are bolder, braver, stronger

Opening Prayer1

O God, giver of all good gifts, you have given us life. You have bestowed upon us your love and that love includes your plans for us.

What are we to do? All life is a call and a response.

Give us grace to hear your voice and a heart to respond. In Christ we pray, Amen.

Call to Worship1                                                                                                                  

In the rhythm—and chaos—of each day, day by day,

open my ears that I may hear.

Without being overwhelmed by the future

Instead knowing who I am and whose I am,

open my ears that I may hear.

Given the voices of those who have lived before me,

open my ears that I may hear.

Gifted with those who provide guidance and encouragement,

open my ears that I may hear.

Provided with ways to grow and change,

open my ears that I may hear.

Given a relationship with you instead of just a set of rules,

open my ears that I may hear.

Given your love and everlasting presence,

open my ears that I may hear.

*Opening Hymn  Open My Eyes That I May See

Open my ears, that I may hear Voices of truth thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear, Everything false will disappear.

Chorus: Silently now I wait for thee, Ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my eyes, that I may see Glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free. Chorus

Open my mind that I may read More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead? Only for light from Thee I plead. Chorus

Open my mouth, and let me bear Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare Love with thy children thus to share.
Chorus

Call to Confession: As we sing our desire to be instruments of God’s peace, we are reminded of the ways we fall short. Let us ask God’s forgiveness.

Prayer of Confession2

God, you call us…and sometime…we duck under the table,
hoping you didn’t notice us when you walked into the room.

Forgive us, Lord.
You call us…and sometimes…we grab a stapler and a stack of papers,
trying to look too busy to be bothered at the moment.

Forgive us, Lord.
You call us…and sometimes we just say, “No!”

Forgive us, Lord.
We know that we aren’t expected to do everything…
but we often forget that you call us to be our selves
in the places where our very self is what is most needed.

Forgive us, Lord.
So give us the grace to say “Yes” to your call…
even now…as we offer our [silent confession]…. 

Thanks be to God for the Good News:  In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Gloria Patri: (Blue #579) “Glory Be to the Father”

Sharing of the Peace: The peace of Christ be with you.    And also with you.

Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (traditional)                      Blue Hymnal, p. 14

Celebration of Birthdays and Anniversaries                              

Offering Hymn The Old Rugged Cross

1On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best For a world of lost sinners was slain.
 Chorus: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown.
2Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary. Chorus
3To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, Its shame and reproach gladly bear Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share   Chorus (repeated two times) ending with a final repeat of the line “And exchange it some day for a crown”

* Doxology (Blue, #592)   Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivaDXu27_IY

* Prayer of Dedication (adapted from Pentecost Offering resources)                              Good and gracious God, pour out your power upon all the gifts we offer:                our time, our talents, and our lives, so that all of your children everywhere may know your love. Strengthen our resolve to act especially on behalf                       of your children. Enable us to support whatever enables them to be who you create them to be. In the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer for Illumination  Wonderful Words of Life https://youtu.be/Pi8EGVzV758

Sweetly echo the gospel call, Wonderful words of Life;

Offer pardon and peace to all, Wonderful words of Life,

Jesus, only Savior, Sanctify forever,

Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of Life,

Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of Life,

Message Together                                                                                   Pastor Len

Confession of Faith from the Belhar Confession3  

We confess that God unites us in faith together.

We come to know the height, and the breadth,

and the depth of the love of Christ together.

We are built up to the full stature of Christ together.

We know and bear one another’s burdens together

We admonish one another. We comfort one another.

We suffer with one another. We need one another.

We build up one another.

We pray together. We serve God in this world together.

We fight against all which may threaten or hinder this unity together.

Thanks be to God for drawing and keeping us together.  Amen.

 *Closing Hymn They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

1-
We are One in The Spirit, We are One in The Lord.
We are One in The Spirit, We are One in The Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.


Chorus
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, By our Love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.


-2-
We will work with each other, We will work side by side.
We will work with each other, We will work side by side.
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity And save each one’s pride.


Chorus


-3-
We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand.
We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand.
And together we’ll spread the News that God is in our land.


Chorus


-4-

All praise to the Spirit, From whom all things come

And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only Son

And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one


Chorus


*Charge and Benediction                                                Pastors Barb and Len

Postlude The Lord Bless You and Keep You                        written by John Rutter

Sung by Batavia Madrigal Singers (Virtual Choir)

1Opening prayer adapted from post on Consider Your Call http://www.consideryourcall.org/sites/default/files/CYC-Media/Toolbox/Materials/Worship-Toolbox.pdf. Call to Worship by Barb Hedges-Goettl uses the themes and categories of that post/prayer.

2 Written by Rev. Scott Cervas, and posted on the LiturgyLink website

3 Original resource written in the themes/words of the South African Belhar Confession by Barb Hedges-Goettl

SERMON

How do you identify? It’s a question that gets a lot of attention these days. On Mother’s Day, we pay special attention to those who identify as a Mother, either because they are biological or adoptive mothers or because they function in the formative years of a child as a mother.

We identify by so many different characteristics: I am male, I am female, I am gender fluid. I am straight or gay or bi or trans or queer. I am a child or an adult, a son, daughter or sister, brother, cousin, Aunt, Uncle. I am a doctor, lawyer, Indian chief… or I am a retiree.

Some ways we identify draw us together like I am the member of the Hedges-Goettl clan, or I am a Navy veteran, or I am the member of a teacher’s union.  In the passage from Acts today, Paul was staying with Pricilla and Aquilla “because he was of the same trade – by trade they were tentmakers.” Their shared work drew them together. They related to each other through their shared identification as tentmakers.

Sadly, some of the ways we identify tend to separate us. I am a Republican or Democrat, or Libertarian, or Independent.  I am employed or unemployed. I am a citizen or an immigrant. I am Black or Latinx, or Asian, or White. I identify as right so you are wrong.

The Corinthians passage is all about how folks are divided by how they identify. I was baptized by Paul or by Apollos or by Cephas. The funny part of the passage is that Paul can’t even remember exactly who he baptized: He know he baptized Crispus and Gaius… oh yeah, also the household of Stephanus… eventually he admits “I don’t know if I baptized anyone else.” This doesn’t mean that Paul doesn’t care about baptism, on the contrary he cares immensely that the faithful are baptized into the family of Christians and have received the Holy Spirit to empower them when they were baptized. He just doesn’t care a wit about WHO baptized the faithful Christian.

Christ is not, never was and never will be divided. Whether we agree in our politics, whether we agree about what we enjoy or what occupation employs us, whether we are powerful or of noble birth or not…  Christ cannot be kept from the poor and the powerless. In the community of faith, I am not a follower of this famous philosopher or that famous entrepreneur.

In the community of faith, I am not a follower of this musician or that artist or this preacher or that healer. In the community of faith, I am not a follower of any of the myriad ways that I identify myself except that in the community of faith we are ALL followers of Christ crucified and saved by the power of God.

We don’t need what Paul calls “eloquent wisdom.” We need to lay bare the cross of Christ so that its power is not obscured by fancy words or lofty sayings.

This is a time when many in Delaware County (over 4000 diagnosed with Covid), and many in this state and many in this nation and in many nations…when the people of the world understand something about suffering. How foolish then to hold up to others the folly of the cross, an ultimate symbol of suffering!

But as Paul says “The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the POWER OF GOD.”

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.

We have a chance, and opportunity, A CALLING. To a world, a nation, a state, a county… to our own neighborhood right now that may be struggling to make any sense of the evil of disease and the grief of loss… to hear again the words of Romans 6:5 and to share Paul’s ridiculous, miraculous, truthful hope: For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his

We are being saved by the POWER OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST.

This is for the busted heart
This is for the question mark
This is for the outcast soul
Lost control, no one knows
Sing it for the can’t-go-backs
Sing it for the broken past
Sing it for the just found out
Life is now upside down

If you’re looking for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feel alone and don’t understand
If you’re fighting in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re going to make it through this hand in hand


And if we fall, we will fall together

When we rise, we will rise together

For Christ never was, never is, never will be divided. We are followers of Christ crucified and saved by the POWER OF GOD.

AMEN

Acts 3:1-10 bulletin and sermon

Bulletin: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgcMSG-DLOlNhpocklg

Sermon: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgcMJCaCfbGyjdhB7Mw

Cover photo: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Acts.3

Apocalypse Now? Narrative Lectionary: Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 (March 29, 2020?) Resources

Note: The apocalyptic nature of this reading gave me pause! Some exegetes (esp NL Podcast) see this as referring to Jesus’ Passion as the space/place when God draws near to us. Our current times raise largely unanswerable questions about theodicy (why). While why is fascinating, more often what we really have to answer is “Given the situation, now what? What are we called to be and do?” I do have to confess to having a list of questions for God for when I get there. Don’t know if I’ll just know the answers; won’t feel the need to know anymore; or will have them answered. But I definitely have a list!

HYMNS

Presbyterian Hymnal

Mark chapter 13

77.5 Forty Days and Forty Nights  (means 5th verse esp. relevant)

86 When We Are Tempted to Deny Your Son

87.4 The Glory of These Forty Days

272.2 God of the Sparrow

282 If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee

301 Lord Jesus, Think on Me

307 Fight the Good Fight

342 By Gracious Powers

360.5 Hope of the World

361 How Firm a Foundation

388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

401.2 When Will People Cease Their Fighting?

410.3 When I Had Not Yet Learned of Jesus

419 How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

420 God of Grace and God of Glory

442 The Church’s One Foundation

443.1 O Christ, the Great Foundation

447 Lead On, O King Eternal

448 Lead On, O King Eternal

461.4 God is Here!

538.2 Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing

559.3 We Gather Together

13.1-2,14-20

7.2 Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth

13.24-27

5 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

6 Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending

9 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

153.1 He Is King of Kings

293.2 This Is My Father’s World

379.4 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less ELW 596/597, GG 353, NCH 403, UMH 368, TFF 192Link

449 My Lord! What a Morning

467.4 How Great Thou Art

13.28-37

15 Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers

17 “Sleepers, Wake!” A Voice Astounds Us

341.3 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!

379.4 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

456 Awake, My Soul, and with the Son

+14–15

83.3 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

My Lord, what a morning   ELW 438, GG 352, UMH 719, TFF 40

Link to contemporary songs appropriate for Mark 13

https://wordtoworship.com/search/node/Mark%2013

See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohvLfqf8rUs These are the days of Elijah coming with line about him coming riding on the clouds at the trumpet blast

Link for Hymnary.org for this text

IMAGES

Both of these include Agnus Day and other cartoons
Mark 13:1-8 https://www.google.com/search?q=images+mark+13%3A1-8&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwj6obiag6roAhXbHd8KHb_WDwcQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=images+mark+13%3A1-8&gs_l=img.3…41904.41904..42272…0.0..0.72.72.1……0….1..gws-wiz-img.PRHG9Ft3uy4&ei=aTl1XrrJLtu7_Aa_rb84&bih=576&biw=1366&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS891US891

Mark 13:24-37 https://www.google.com/search?q=images+mark+13%3A24-37&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiHw8evg6roAhXIHt8KHcANAQsQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=images+mark+13%3A24-37&gs_l=img.3…223984.226104..227297…0.0..0.87.616.8……0….1..gws-wiz-img…….35i39j0i8i30.kld4u3pJeTQ&ei=ljl1XoegA8i9_AbAm4RY&bih=576&biw=1366&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS891US891

Images of church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (cock-crow) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_Peter_in_Gallicantu

See exegesis below re the places to “stay awake” including at the time of cockcrow

CHILDREN”S MESSAGE

When things fall apart (good for preaching to grownups too!) https://rfour.org/childrensmessage_b_51.html

Carolyn Brown on children and the apocalypse http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2012/10/year-b-proper-28-33rd-sunday-in.html

LITURGICAL PIECES/RESOURCES

Link to our bulletin including youtube music & Scripture links. linkshttps://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgcFAoraAggfvHmcIJg

Will add sermon link to that site when it is written.

Reader’s Theater Mark 13:1-8 https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/10/readers-theatre-mark-13-1-8.html

Prepare a Way

(referencing Isaiah 40:3-5, Mark 1:3, Matthew 3:3, Luke 3:4)

In the lonely places
The wilderness
Where we stand forlorn
Windswept and alone
Your voice calls out
Prepare a way for the Lord


In the dark places
The shadows
Where we hide our fears
Embrace our tears
Your voice calls out
Prepare a way for the Lord

— written by John Birch and posted on the Faith and Worship website.  http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Christmas.htm

God of hope, we come to you in the midst of a world fraught with troubles. Although the darkness is powerful, open our eyes, Lord, to the light of your presence. Give us faith to stand against the voices of division and violence. Through your Spirit remake us into hope-filled disciples, discovering lives attune to your wonder, and sparking in others a desire to know you more. In the name of the One who comes to us, we pray, Amen.

— Rev. Nancy J, on her blog, wonderings through life and other such nonsense

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ere’s a prayer from Walter Brueggemann.  It references Romans 8:18-25.

Waiting and Longing

God of the seasons,
God of the years,
God of the eons,
Alpha and Omega,
before us and after us.

You promise and we wait:
we wait with eager longing,
we wait amid doubt and anxiety,
we wait with patience thin
and then doubt,
and then we take life into our own hands.

We wait because you are the one and the only one.
We wait for your peace and your mercy,
for your justice and your good rule.

Give us your spirit that we may wait
obediently and with discernment,
caringly and without passivity,
trustingly and without cynicism
honestly and without utopianism,

Grant that our wait may be appropriate to your coming
soon and very soon,
soon and not late,
late but not too late.

We wait while the world groans in eager longing.

~ written by Walter Brueggemann, in Prayers for a Privileged People.  http://www.amazon.com/Prayers-Privileged-People-Walter-Brueggemann/dp/0687650194 Posted on the Prayers and Creeds website.  http://prayersandcreeds.wordpress.com/

Call to Worship

Pecking away at our computers, sitting in a knot of traffic:
we wait for you, God of all words, to speak to us.
Pacing the halls of a hospital, sitting outside the principal’s office:
we wait for you, God of comfort, to fill us with hope.
In the silence of each night, beginning each day’s new journey:
we wait for you, Steadfast Love, for you are our safe place.

Prayer of the Day

Keeper of every moment in eternity:
we come, not only to hear
those words which can transform us,
but to be filled with your grace and hope.
We have come, not out of habit,
but to respond to your call,
willing to be called away
from the familiar ways of our lives.

Walker of our journeys,
in the midst of our harried lives,
you call us to lay aside all that entangles us,
to follow you into service to others.
You invite us to step into
the waters of life and hope,
reaching out to draw others
to our side so, that together,
we might enter your kingdom
of laughter and joy.

When uncertainty fills every block
in our daily planners,
you come, Grace’s Companion,
to offer that hope which anchors
us in God’s heart;
to place our feet firmly
on that rock called peace;
to bring us safely to that haven
filled with God’s steadfast love
.

God in Community, Holy in One,
Rock of every age,
we offer the prayer Jesus has taught us,
Our Father . . .

— written by Thom Shuman, and posted on his Lectionary Liturgies website.  

Call to Worship Litany: Psalm 62: 5-12

Our salvation and honour come from God alone.

He is our refuge, and a Rock of safety.

We wait quietly before God, for our hope is in him,

our Rock and our Salvation.

O my people, trust him at all times.

Pour out your heart to him, for he is our refuge.

We wait quietly before God, for our hope is in him,

our Rock and our Salvation.

From the greatest to the lowliest—all are nothing in his sight.

If you weigh them on the scales, they are lighter than a puff of air.

We wait quietly before God, for our hope is in him,

our Rock and our Salvation.

Don’t try to get rich by extortion or robbery.

And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the centre of your life.

We wait quietly before God, for our hope is in him,

our Rock and our Salvation.

God has spoken plainly—we have heard it many times.

Power, O God, belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.

We wait quietly before God, for our hope is in him,

our Rock and our Salvation.

— based on the New Living Translation.

Call to Worship Litany

(based on Isaiah 40:21-31)

Have you not known?

Even youths will faint and be weary,

and the young will fall exhausted;

but we who wait for the Lord shall renew our strength.

Have you not heard?

We shall mount up with wings like eagles.

Has it not been told you from the beginning?

We shall run and not be weary.

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

We shall walk and not be faint.

They who wait for the Lord.

We who wait for the Lord.

— written by Katherine Hawker, and posted on her Liturgies Outside website. 

Sending Out: Good Friday

Here is a responsive closing for a Good Friday service.  It was written by Rev. Gord and posted on Worship Offerings.

Good Friday Sending

The story has been told,

and now we return to the world where we live and wait.

The worship is over?

No, the worship continues while we wait and watch.

Our worship will close after the stone has been removed

and the flame of hope has been re-lit.

So we go out to wait,

we watch for the hope that defies despair,

the life that defies death,

the beginning that defies the end.

While we wait,

while darkness covers the land of faith,

remember that no matter how abandoned we may feel

we are not alone.

God has not and will not abandon us.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

~ posted by Rev Gord on his blog, Worship Offerings. http://worshipofferings.blogspot.ca/


Prayer of Intercession

(Luke 21, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10)

Our Lord Jesus calls us to watch and pray, so let’s do that now,

responding to Lord, in your mercy with come and save your people.

Lord Jesus, thank you for coming in the flesh at Bethlehem, and for coming to us whenever we gather in your name. Keep us alert and watchful through the dark night of this world, and give us confidence as we wait for your coming in glory.

Lord, in your mercy… come and save your people.

We pray for your church—its people and pastors. Keep us alert and watchful in support of one another, guard us from everything false and untrue, and shine on us with the light of your holy word.

Lord, in your mercy… come and save your people.

We pray for the people of the world. Wake all people up to your just judgment and to your saving blood.  Keep us alert and watchful as your witnesses in the world.

Lord, in your mercy… come and save your people.

We pray for the nations. Lift the eyes of those in authority to their duty to govern wisely and well, for the good of all. Curb all terror and replace it with peace.  Keep us alert and watchful to serve you by giving good service to others on our daily lives.

Lord, in your mercy… come and save your people.

Thank you for providing us with everything we need for daily living. Bring relief to all those affected by drought, and poverty. Keep us alert and watchful to the needs of others, and move us to give generously to appeals at Christmas time.

Lord, in your mercy… come and save your people.

Lord, stand by those who wake or watch or weep. Rest those who are weary. Soothe those who suffer.  Shield those who prosper. And come to those we know in particular need and whom we now name silently in our hearts… (brief silence)

Lord, in your mercy… come and save your people.

Lord Jesus, we do not know the day or the hour that you will come with great power and glory. Keep us always alert and watchful so we may welcome you with joy. For you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.  Amen.

~ posted on the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Worship Planning Page. http://www.lca.org.au/

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer based on the scripture readings for Proper 8 B (Ordinary 13 B).  They come from the Ministry Matters website.

Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 130)

Wait for the Lord, like those who hope in God’s mercy.
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Watch for God, like those who eagerly await the morning.
We watch for God, whose power redeems us.
Hear God’s hopeful word, like those who long for pardon.
Sing praise to God and rejoice in God’s love.

Opening Prayer

(inspired by Mark 5:21-43)

Loving God,
we are yours.
We come as we are,
with our cares and concerns.
We long to touch you
and find healing in your embrace.
Strengthen our faith
and heal our brokenness,
that we may worship you with joy. Amen.

— adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.  Posted on the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/


Pastoral Prayer for Lent 2 B

(inspired by Mark 8:31-38)

God of compassion, the way of the cross is as much a mystery to us as it was to the immediate followers of Jesus. But we have heard how your grace is exercised in the journey of suffering and rejection experienced by Jesus. Help us to hear with ears inspired, to see with eyes opened to your ways, and to respond with lives committed to your service.

God of our Lenten journey, we watch and walk with Jesus.

We repent O God. We cannot name our own cross even though we try. You must show us the cross you give us. Help us see. Give us the faith to respond and follow Jesus. We have heard that it is in losing our life for the sake of Gospel of Jesus that we find our life.

God of our Lenten journey, we watch and walk with Jesus.

— from The Prayers of Our Church, written by Bishop Telmor Sartison.  Posted on the Worship website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. 


The Path Ahead

(based on Mark 13: 24-37)

Watch out! Be alert!

Christ comes when you least expect it.

     In the beggar on the street,

     In the loved one at our table,

     In the stranger in our pew,

     In the refugee on our shores,

     In the hour of birth.

     In the hour of death.

With judgement and mercy, Christ comes.

Watch out! Be alert!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

     will

be with you now and always.

Amen!

— written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s HomepageVisit his site for other wonderful lectionary-based worship resources.

 

Call to Confession:

Nothing makes our lack of control more obvious than our current situation; let us confess our reliance on God.

Confession:

Lord, we had the best laid plans. The teacher were teaching, the doctors were healing, the calendars were full. And we had everything set. But plans are ephemeral, the illusion of control. Now all our best laid plans fail. We cobble together new ones, but they are ragged and imperfect. We have no best laid plans. All we have is you, O God. Be with us we pray. (Silent confession) Amen.

Adapted from Best Laid Plans Prayer by Barb & Len’s daughter, Rev. Katy Stenta. https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/best-laid-plans-prayer/

EXEGESIS

Exegetical excerpts from my faves among the links below can be found at https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgcFWlDPYFyomsajWcw

Greek lectionary for vv. 1-8 What is the foundation of your life?  And second, what is the destiny of life? Jesus as the cornerstone (cf. 12:10) and the days of fulfillment. The disciples actually ask, “Where are these stones from/What kind of stones are these?” (no adjective) http://lectionarygreek.blogspot.com/2012/11/mark-131-8.html

Greek lectionary for vv.24-37 Power and suffering/tribulations in the passage http://lectionarygreek.blogspot.com/2011/11/mark-1324-37.html

NL links re this passage: https://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=mark%2013:1-8,%2024-37&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

Includes these individual links:

A take on the apocalyptic power of the God https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2586

The birthpangs of deliverance—and remaining ready. Parallels between the times Jesus says the master may return and the upcoming betrayals related to his Passion. Yet there is still hope even for the faithless disciples. http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4239

What about the apocalyptic Jesus? it may be an important reminder to hear an ancient prophet cry out about the fragile nature of the world.  https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2663

NL Holy Week context. How is Jesus near? In the Passion, the night, the darkness.** http://download.luthersem.edu/media/working_preacher/narrative/216WPNarrative.mp3

Mark 3:1-8 as apocalyptic https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=442

A Chrismons Worship Service

The underlined numbers indicate that a (numbered so they know which is which) Chrismon ornament is to be hung by congregants.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (#1 – Flower ornament)

Opening Prayer

Creator of the stars of night, Your people’s everlasting light,O Christ, Redeemer of us all, We pray you, Hear us when we call.

Amen. (#2 Star ornament)

 

Advent Candle Lighting: Hope                                                                          Jeremiah 33:14-18

We light this candle as a sign of the hope found in Christ. Advent means coming.                  We are preparing ourselves for the days which are surely coming. In those days, says the Lord, “I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” Our Hope, our Lord, Emmanuel is coming. Thanks be to God! Amen.

Call to Worship: Go Tell It on the Mountain  (#3 – Horn ornament)    Blue Hymnal, 29, v. 1

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere;                                                      Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!                                                                    While shepherds kept their watching O’er silent flocks by night,                                            Behold throughout the heavens There shone a holy light

Go, tell it on the mountain O’er the hills and everywhere;                                                        Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!                                                                 (#4 – Lamp and torch ornaments)

Jesus is the Light                                                                                                           John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was  in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Jesus is the Word (#5 – Bible ornament)

Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!                                                    Blue Hymnal, 31 v. 1 & 3

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.                                                     Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”                                            Joyful all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies;                                                              With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”                                           Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.

Hail the heav’nborn Prince of Peace! Hail the sun of righteousness!                                    Light and life to all He brings, ris’n with healing in His wings.                                                    Mild He lays His glory by, Born that we no more may die,                                                       Born to raise us from the earth, Born to give us second birth.                                           Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.

We are joined to Jesus in baptism                                                                              Romans 6:3-5

 3All of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.     (#6 – Seashell ornament)

Song: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling             Blue Hymnal, 376, v. 1-2                                 Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down,                                     Fix in us Thy humble dwelling, All Thy faithful mercies crown!                                       Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure, unbounded love Thou art;                                         Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit Into every troubled breast.                                          Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find Thy promised rest;                                                      Take away the love of sinning: Alpha and Omega be;                                                             End of faith as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty.

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (#7 -Alpha and omega ornament)    Revelation 21:5, 6-7 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Then he said to me,…“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.            To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

Invitation to Confession                                                                                                                        As we await the coming of Jesus, we know that our lives are in need of his healing touch. Let us join together in confessing our sins and shortcomings.

Prayer of Confession (unison)

God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you come among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we do not always welcome the light, or trust the news to be good.  We do not see your glory in our midst. We expect little, and hope for less.   Forgive our doubt. Renew our hope so that we may receive the fullness of your grace, and live in the truth of Christ the Lord.  (Silent confession.)

Assurance of Pardon (Rom. 8:34)                                                                         Pastor Barb

Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us.

Thanks be to God for the Good News:  In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Christ died and rose for us (#8 – Cross and Butterfly ornaments)             

*Response: O Come, All Ye Faithful                                                                      Blue Hymnal, 41

Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation! Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!

Glory to God, all Glory in the highest! O Come let us adore him,

O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!

Christ Jesus brings us peace (# 9 – Dove and Chi-Rho ornaments)

Passing of the Peace: The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (traditional)                                  Blue Hymnal, p. 14

Celebration of Birthdays and Anniversaries

Christ came as a baby (# 10 – Manger ornament)

Offering Hymn What Child is This                                                    Blue Hymnal, 53, v. 1 & 3

What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping?                                        Whom angels greet with anthems sweet While shepherds watch are keeping?                  This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:                             Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh; Come, one and all to own Him.                              The King of Kings salvation brings; Let loving hearts enthrone Him.                                    This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:                                      Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary!

* Hymn of Praise and Dedication O Little Town of Bethlehem      Blue Hymnal, 44, v.2 & 3

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given!                                                              So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heav’n                                                      No ear may hear his coming, But in this world of sin,                                                        Where meek souls may receive him still, The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray;                                                                      Cast out our sin and enter in, Be born in us today.                                                                          We hear the Christmas angels their great glad tidings tell;                                                           O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)                                                                   Pastor Barb

O God, fill us with gratitude overflowing that we may share life and love. Bless these gifts of money, of food and of ourselves. Inspire us to praise you in all that we do, this day and throughout all our lives. In the name of Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit we pray, Amen.                                                                                                                                         

Meditation: The Christmas Feast (#11-Cup ornament)

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Special Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence                               (Blue Hymnal, 5)                                       

*Confession of Faith – Nicene Creed (ecumenical)                     Blue Hymnal, p.15

Christ is One with the Trinity (#12-Trinity ornaments)

The Lord’s Supper (from the Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, 1993)

One: The Lord be with you Many: And also with you.                                                                  Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.                                                                    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                                                                          It is right to give out thanks and praise.

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

It is truly right and our greatest joy
to give you thanks and praise,
O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe.
You formed us in your image
and breathed into us the breath of life.
You set us in this world to love and serve you,
and to live in peace with all that you have made.
When we turned from you,
you did not turn from us.
When we were captives in slavery,
you delivered us to freedom,
and made covenant to be our sovereign God.
When we were stubborn and stiff-necked,
you spoke to us through prophets
who looked for that day
when justice shall triumph
and peace shall reign over all the earth.
Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with the celestial choirs
and with all the faithful of every time and place,
who forever sing to the glory of your name:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,                                                                            heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

You are holy, O God of majesty,
and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
You sent him into this world
to satisfy the longings of your people for a Savior,
to bring freedom to the captives of sin,
and to establish justice for the oppressed.
He came among us as one of us,
taking the lot of the poor,
sharing human suffering.
We rejoice that in his death and rising again,
you set before us the sure promise of new life,
the certain hope of a heavenly home
where we will sit at table with Christ our host.

Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ,                                                                       we take from your creation this bread and this wine
and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising,
as we await the day of his coming.
With thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you
to be a living and holy sacrifice,
dedicated to your service.

Gracious God,
pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,
that the bread we break
and the cup we bless
may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
that we may be one with all who share this feast,
united in ministry in every place.
As this bread is Christ’s body for us,
send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

The Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion

Faithful God,
your promises stand unshaken through all generations.
Renew us in hope,
that we may be awake and alert
watching for the glorious return of Jesus Christ,
our judge and savior,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

*Closing Hymn Go Tell It on the Mountain   (verse from Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, PH #15 v. 3)

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere;                                                        Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!                                                                The marriage feast is waiting, the gates wide open stand,                                                  Arise, O heirs of glory, The Bridegroom is at hand!

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere;                                                        Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!                                                            With hearts and hands uplifted, We plead, O Lord to see,                                                      The day of earth’s redemption, And ever be with Thee,

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere;                                                    Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!

*Charge and Benediction                                                             Pastors Barb and Len

Postlude

*Stand in body and/or spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

                          

 

 

To reach the pastors, leave a message on church voicemail, text 262/308-2501 or email or Facebook the2revs@aol.com. See our Facebook page: Trinity United Presbyterian Church-Clifton Heights. Webpage at trinityuchurch.org under reconstruction.

 

Our Advent Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 8th-Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, Dec. 15th-Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, Dec. 22nd-Fourth Sunday of Advent – Christmas Coffee hour after worship

Tuesday, Dec. 24th-3:30 PM Christmas Eve worship service

 

 

Announcements

Donations for Media Abuse Shelter collected through December 15th.

 

Monday                                                                                                                                           

7:00 Narcotics Anonymous, Runner Hall

Tuesday

7:00 Alcoholics Anonymous, Runner Hall

Wednesday

7:00 Boy Scouts, Runner Hall

 

Next Sunday: Second Sunday of Advent. Pastor Barb at church by 9. Narrative Lectionary:

Isaiah 40:1-11. Pastor Barb preaching.

 

To reach the pastors, leave a message on church voicemail, text 262/308-2501

or email or Facebook the2revs@aol.com. See our Facebook page: Trinity United Presbyterian Church-Clifton Heights. Webpage at trinityuchurch.org under reconstruction.

 

 

Our Advent Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 8th-Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, Dec. 15th-Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, Dec. 22nd-Fourth Sunday of Advent – Christmas Coffee hour after worship

Tuesday, Dec. 24th-3:30 PM Christmas Eve worship service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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