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: “We [live] in a world we have helped make.”–Emilie Townes,
“Facts sometimes obscure the truth.”–Maya Angelou
Gathering Music: He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands (African American Spiritual) -Michelle Currie
Responsive Call to Worship:
One: We gather as God’s People to receive from God.
Many: Grace, forgiveness, love.
One: We gather as God’s People to offer to God.
Many: Our gifts, our prayers, our shortcomings, our hopes.
One: We gather as God’s People to transform with our God.
Many: We open ourselves to God’s Word and presence to catch a glimpse of a new heaven and a new earth!
All: Eternal life, inherent belonging, deep purpose, endless possibilities, God be praised!
Opening Hymn: All Things Bright and Beautiful #20
Invocation: Through dreams and visions, O God, you broaden the horizon and hope of your people, that they may discover the meaning of your covenant, even in the midst of trial and exile. As you dwell among us, we ask that you Increase the number of those who believe in your word, so that all people may joyfully respond to your call and share in your promises. Amen.
Awakening: We Are the World (by Michael Jackson/Lionel Richie) -Michelle Currie
Scripture: Genesis 21: 14-21, Matthew 10: 24-31
Sermon: “Good News for the Neglected” –Rev. Brian Gruhn
Response: Meditative Instrumental ~ Michelle Currie
Musical call to Prayer: (sung 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
Silent Prayers Pastoral Prayer
Offertory: Simple Gifts (by Joseph Brackett) -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 Hymn: Here I Am, Lord #69
Recessional: 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
Thank you to visiting Minister Rev.Brian Gruhn, to our readers today, to our Music Director and Musician Michelle Currie.