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: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
Gathering Music: Ideas: Stand By Me (by Ben E. King/Mike Stoller)
Welcome: Rev. Paula Norbert
Responsive Call to Worship:
Leader: Let us celebrate and deepen our bond with God as Creator.
All: We are awed by the sacred wisdom of the unfolding universe. It surrounds us with beauty, growth, and revelation. It has brought us, artfully, to this moment in time. We have come to give thanks and praise.
One: Let us celebrate and deepen our bond with God as Spirit.
All: We are inspired by the waves of encouragement and whispers of possibilities the Spirit has given throughout time. It stirs our souls and moves us towards deeper connection to life. We have come to be moved once again.
One: Let us celebrate and deepen our bond with God as Christ.
All: We are heartened by the healing essence of Christ throughout creation. It has restored us from brokenness. It has brought reconciliation where we thought none was possible. It has restored relationship where we thought all was lost. We have come to be transformed.
One: Let us celebrate and deepen our bond with God as community.
All: We are lifted up in the presence of our brothers and sisters. We take joy in a spiritual integrity we cannot create on our own. We have come to share the sacred love that surrounds us, the love that created us; the love that holds us together as one sacred family through the vast and eternal love of the Cosmic Christ.
Opening Hymn: He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
*see lyric insert
You have woven us together with all of creation;
open our eyes to see that we cannot survive in isolation
so that we might be motivated to turn toward the other,
and work for the wholeness of all life. We praise you as the
healer of all hurt, the repairer of all brokenness.
And all God’s people say, Amen.
Lord’s Prayer: Each week we explore a version of the prayer Jesus taught. This week we encounter the prayer as translated by Dominican nuns in Kansas. We will pray, alternating sides.
Side 1: Our Father
Side 2: Our Mother
1: Who art in heaven
2: Who are in all the earth
1: Hallowed be thy name
2: Holy is your truth
1: Thy kingdom come
2: May your wisdom come
1: Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
2: Your circle be one uniting heaven and earth
1: Give us this day our daily bread
2: Give us today a nurturing spirit
1: And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
2: Heal through us as we ourselves are healed
1: Lead us not into temptation
2: Lead us into Fullness of life
1: But deliver us from evil
2: And liberate all that is good
1: For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory
2: For the Wisdom, Presence and the Goodness are Yours
All: Now and forever Amen.
Readings: 1 John 4: 7-21 -Nancy Batchelor
(After the readings you may choose to respond, “Thanks be to God”)
Meditation: Rev. Paula Norbert
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Words of Invitation The Bread and The Cup
Communion Meditation: The Lord’s Prayer (by Arnold Strals)
Musical call to Prayer: Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at
ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord. (two times)
Prayers of the People:
Silent Prayers Pastoral Prayer
Closing Hymn: Lean On Me (by Bill Whithers) -Michelle Currie
Blessing Rev. Paula Norbert
Response: Thanks be to God
Closing: Go In Peace…
Thank you for wearing a mask throughout our Service.
With thanks to Michelle Currie, our Music Director. Thank you to the many who have helped coordinate the plans to enable us to return to this sacred space.
Pastor’s Contact Info: 207-205-4951