Sacred Creative Vocation

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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: Humanity, take a good look at yourself. Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation. You’re a world – everything is hidden in you.Hildegard of Bingen 

Gathering Music: Here I am Lord    Michelle Currie    

Welcome:  Rev. Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft

Responsive Call to Worship: 

One: God of Life,

All:  you are as near to us as our breath.

One: Touch our eyes,

All: that we may see you in one another.

One: Open our ears,

All: that we may hear your voice in the cries of the oppressed.

One: Enter our hearts,

All: that we may be filled with your love toward all people.

One: Come, O God of life and breath and wholeness.

All: Be with us now. Show us the way to new life and grant us the courage to be people of your Way.

Opening Hymn: Lord You Give the Great Commission #298 verses 1& 4

Invocation :

Creator God, You who breathed your breath into us, inspire us to be who you have created us to be so that we might offer our best selves to benefit a world that so desperately needs support, hope, life and joy. We praise you for nudging us into the future you have created for each one of us.

And all God’s people say, Amen.

Lords Prayer:  (Each week we will explore a version of the prayer Jesus taught. This week we encounter a version translated by Mark Berry, a young pastor of a church in the UK called “safespace.” Let us pray together:)

O Breathing Life,

your Name shines everywhere!

Release a space to plant your Presence here.

Imagine your possibilities now.

Embody your desire in every light and form.

Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.

Untie the knots of failure binding us,              

as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.

Help us not forget our Source,

Yet free us from not being in the Present.

From you arises every Vision, Power and Song

from gathering to gathering.


Readings:  Isaiah 6: 1-8; Matthew 9:35-38 – Caryn Firebaugh                                           

(After the readings you may choose to respond, “Thanks be to God”)

Sermon:  Conscience Do Cost              Rev. Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft

Sermon Response:  By Name I Have Called You  – Carry Landry                                                          -Michelle Currie

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: We Are Called #749

Blessing  Fitted for This Day By Kimberly Quinn Johnson 

We are the ones we have been waiting for.*
We are not perfect, but we are perfectly fitted for this day.
We are not without fault,
but we can be honest to face our past as we chart a new future.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
May we be bold and courageous to chart that new future
May we have faith in a future that is not known
We are the ones we have been waiting for.*

*the words of June Jordan in “Poem for South African Women,” which she presented at the U.N. on August 9, 1978

Response:  Thanks be to God

Closing:  Go In Peace…

With thanks to Michelle Currie, our Music Director.  Thank you to Amy LaBelle our Zoom Host and the many who have helped coordinate the plans to enable us to return to this sacred space. 

Pastor’s Contact Info:  207-205-4951