Healing and Hope

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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:   “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”                                      ― David Richo


Music:  I Hope You Dance (Tia Sillers/Mark D. Sanders) 

 -Michelle Currie

Call To Worship:

One: Breath of God, you are the one in whom we live and move and have our being.

All: And we are the ones in whom you live and move and have your being, for you made us in your image and likeness.

One: May your unifying energy be felt here among us,

All: And rekindle the fire within, that makes us feel alive when we care for others.

One: Let us draw from the well of living water,

All: And be attentive to that which needs nourishing

in ourselves and in our world.

One: Come, let us worship where all are welcome in the house of God,

All: And find safe-haven in the heart of the One who loves us.

Opening Hymn:  Make Me A channel of Your Peace    #753  

vs. 1, 2 & 4

Opening Prayer:  

God of our ancestors, of prophets from long ago and today, you have spoken your word deep within us.

Help us to hear your wisdom and to feel it in our bones.

You have called us to a life that liberates and is liberating,

so on this day, may we sense the strength we have together to create a way when there is no way. As people who have walked in darkness, yet have seen a great light, may we befriend the stranger with the warmth of our hospitality. As a community of faith, let us stand on the ground of the Good News that offers healing to the broken and belonging to the lost. Spirit of the Living God, guide us in your ways of justice and grace. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Scripture:   A Blessing for Healing, Joyce Rupp;Mark 1:  29-39  

    -Maureen White

Reflections:  Meditations on Healing             Rev. Paula Norbert

Music: ~  Meditative Musical 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.

          Prayers of the People         Pastoral Prayer

Offertory:  How can I Keep from Singing (Robert Wadsworth Lowry)                                                                        -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.

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


May you live with the knowledge that 

God is holding your life even as we hold each other. 

You are not alone. You are loved.

May the blessings of healing and peace be with you. Amen.

Postlude:  Go In Peace

Go in peace and the peace of God be with you this day.

Go in peace and the peace of God be with you always.

Celebrate and share the joy! Celebrate new life!

Go in peace and the peace of God be with you always.

With thanks always to our Music Director, Michelle Currie, to our Reader today and to our Deacons.

       For Your Reflection:              

And All Be Made Well, A Healing Blessing by Jan Richardson

That each ill
be released from you
and each sorrow
be shed from you
and each pain
be made comfort for you
and each wound
be made whole in you
that joy will
arise in you
and strength will
take hold of you
and hope will
take wing for you
and all be made well.