Remembering With 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!

Welcome:

Gathering Music:  If You’re A Star (by Amy Lee)         -Michelle Currie

Responsive Call to Worship:     (Isaiah 25, Psalm 24)

L: The earth and all that is in it belongs to the Holy One.
All:  Look, here is our God, for whom we have waited.
L:  This is the Holy One, for whom we have waited.
All:  Let us be glad and rejoice.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Holy One?
L:  And who shall stand in this holy place?
All:  We come, seeking the face of God.

Opening Hymn: There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit         #408

Invocation: 

Faithful Redeemer, you are the beginning and ending

of all things. You promise to wipe away every tear,
that death and mourning will be no more.
You make your home among us,
and abide with us as our God.
Teach us to live as the saints you call us to be,
that we may truly be your people,
living and doing as we have been taught,
in the name of Jesus, who is the Christ. Amen.

Lords Prayer:                      

Awakening:  There is a Place (A Time to Remember)  (by Liam Lawton)

 -Michelle Currie

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 40:1-11, For Grief by John O’Donohue

              -Dick Bennett

Meditation:  A Time To Remember

A Ritual of Remembrance

 Leader:  We remember those who have died in the past year. 

We celebrate their lives, even as we continue to grieve

L:  And we remember all those who have gone before us. 

All: This is the mystery of our faith:

                        Christ has died.

                        Christ is risen.

                        Christ will come again.

                     Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

          Words of Invitation        The Bread and The Cup

                                Prayer of Thanksgiving

Communion Meditation:  Be Not Afraid (by Bob Dufford, S.J.)

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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

Closing Hymn:  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.

Benediction:              

Go on your way rejoicing.  

In whatever good you choose to do, precede it with hope,

accompany it with prayer and follow it with thanksgiving.

May the blessing of God Most Wonderful, 

Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit be with you

now and ever more.

Response: Amen

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

Many thanks to all who help coordinate and support our Worship each week, including our musician, Michelle Currie, our readers, Zoom Host, Greeters and Deacons.

                                            News:

Strategic Planning Update:

The summary of the process from the gatherings held in late Sept/early October is now being reviewed by the various Church Committees.  We hope to identity some key goals for 2023 and then we will share this with our wider church as we

establish action plans to work toward these goals. 

Outreach and Visibility:

-In the last 28 days, our Facebook posts have reached 1,200 people, largely because of the number of posts we’ve created, and the people liking and sharing them, which increases our reach and visibility. In the same 28 days, people have engaged with our posts 435 times…. Thanks to everyone who checks our Facebook page, and likes,

comments, and shares our posts!

-Union Church yard signs are posted every week on main roads in the area to also increase visibility with the time of Service posted too.

Irresistible Blessing by Jan Richardson

This blessing

has been walking

for a long time,

traveling with no map,

no signpost, no guide.

It has been aching

with a heart

unbelievably broken

and unimaginably lost

and immeasurably tired.

This blessing

does not have it all together.

This blessing

sometimes wakes up

anxious and afraid.

This blessing

had to be quiet,

had to let itself sit

in stillness and sorrow,

had to let itself stop and rest

to allow for joy to become imaginable

again and grace to become believable

again and the presence of love

to become inescapable again.

This blessing knows

you carry your own sorrow,

your own grief.

It knows the weariness that visits you,

the questions that attend your road.

It knows, too, how you keep turning yourself

toward mystery,

how you keep turning yourself toward hope,

how you keep turning yourself

toward this world

with the beautiful stubbornness

by which a way is made.

And so this blessing is glad

to finally cross your path.

This blessing has been waiting

for you. This blessing

has been watching for you.

This blessing has been wanting

to see your face, to speak your name,

to offer thanks. This blessing

meets you with glad welcome.

This blessing meets you

with persistent hope.

This blessing meets you

with fierce love that is ancient

and present. This blessing

comes to you with heart impossibly open

and irresistibly drawn

and infinitely grateful

for the blessing

that you bear,

for the blessing

that you are.

                                                       © Jan Richardson