Reflections on Sabbath

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                               Order of Service

         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:  “If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life.”

      – Eugene H. Peterson


Call To Worship:

L: In the times of trouble, when all seemed hopeless,

I cried out to God.

P: And the Lord heard my pleas and answered me.

L: When I felt lost and alone, I looked for God.

P: And God found me and brought me home.

L: When my life was filled with joy and blessing, I danced and praised God.

P: And God danced and rejoiced with me. Thanks be to God. AMEN.

Gathering Music:  Little Wonders, Rob Thomas -Jen Comeau

Opening Prayer:

Gracious God, we come this day, having seen the miracles of everyday creation in our world. We have enjoyed both the bright sunshine and the gentle rains. We have marveled over the beauty of flowers and the complexity of your creation. Make our hearts ready to receive your word for us, that we may go forth from this place ready to joyfully serve you all of our days. AMEN..

Lord’s Prayer

Opening Hymn:    Here in This Place (#401)                                        

Readings and Scripture:  A Reworking of Psalm 23 by Toki Miyashina, Japanese Poet, Mark 2:23-3:6      -Caryn Firebaugh

Reflection:  Sabbath Moments                       Rev. Paula Norbert      

                          Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

                Words of Invitation        The Bread and The Cup

                                      Prayer of Thanksgiving   

Music: Meditative Instrumental                         -Jen Comeau

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:

        Silent Prayers                    Pastoral Prayer

Offertory:   Ordinary Miracle, Sarah McLachlan   -Jen Comeau

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: Blest Be The Tie That Binds  –

Blest be the tie that binds

our hearts in Christian love;

the fellowship of kindred minds

is like to that above.


Go now in peace, knowing the miracles that God has produced in your life. Be assured that there are still more miracles to come. Bear witness to God’s love to all you meet. In the name of the Creator, the Holy One who resides with you always, go in peace. AMEN.

Postlude:  Go In Peace