Extravagant Love

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Order of Worship

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.

      You are welcome here…come and worship!

Focus:  “May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,

like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean,

and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,

and sometimes a star.”                                     Scottish Blessing

Gathering Music:  Revival (Robin Mark) 

                                                          -Jen Comeau & Michelle Currie


Call To Worship: 

One: Every week is a new week,  Another chance to say:

All: “Here I am. Use me.” 

One: Every day is a new day, Another chance to say: 

All: “Thank you for yesterday. Thank you for tomorrow.” 

One: Every hour is a new hour,  Another chance to say, 

All: “Again and again, make me new.”

One: We do not come to this place to stay the same.

All: We come to this place to be changed. 

One: So let us worship holy God, Who created yesterday, will create tomorrow, and even now is creating something new. 

All: Thanks be to God. Amen.

                                Call To Confession:

L:  In the gospel of John, a group of Greek people approach the disciples and say, “We would like to see Jesus.” 

It’s a brief, beautiful moment  “I want to see Jesus,” and it

Feels like it should be our constant prayer.  Help us see Jesus.  I’d like to see Jesus.  Bring us closer to Jesus. In the prayer of confession, We take a moment to recognize how much space exists between us and those words, Trusting that even when we forget to seek out God, God is seeking us out. So join me in the prayer of confession today as we take one step closer to the Divine . . . 

                                p r a y e r o f c o n f e s s i o n

Gracious God, We want to see you. We want to be known as the people who looked for Jesus; But not only that, we want to be people who have your covenant written on our hearts.  Why do we feel so far away from that at times? What went wrong?  Where did we lose our way?  Could you, would you, once again, write on our fragile hearts? We would be so grateful.  Amen. 

                                  w o r d s o f f o r g i v e n e s s

One: Friends, despite our wonderings,  Despite our distractions, 

Despite wrong turns time and time again,  We are known and loved by God. Like a lighthouse keeper by the sea, God will never stop waving us home. So hear and believe the good news of the gospel: 

All: Our fragile lives are held by the Great Creator. 

Our fragile hearts are loved by the Great Creator. 

Our tender spirits are forgiven by the Great Creator. 

One: Today is a new day. 

All: Again and again, we are forgiven;  Again and again, we are reformed. Thanks be to God. Amen. 

Opening Hymn:   Here I am Lord    #69

Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34,  John 3:1-6, 9-12, 16-17, 12:20-26

                                                                             -Cris Hudson

Sermon:   Extravagant Love                     Rev. Paula Norbert                            

Music:  Meditative Instrumental (arr. Michelle Currie  -Michelle Currie

Musical call to Prayer:  (two times)  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.                               Michelle Currie

                          Prayers of the People             

           Silent Prayers               Pastoral Prayer

Offertory:   The Potter’s Hand  (Darlene Zschech) 

                                                         -Jen Comeau &Michelle Currie

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

                             Prayer of Dedication:

Closing Music:  Be Thou My Vision       #450  vs, 1, 2 & 3

Blessing:  May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet 

again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.   Amen.

Postlude:  Go In Peace