Spirit of Compassion

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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:  “We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.”

—Barbara Ward

Gathering Music:   Creation Sings (by Keith and Kristyn Getty)

 -Michelle Currie        

Welcome:                                                                 Rev. Paula Norbert

Responsive Call to Worship: 

One: Our God is an awesome God who breathed into emptiness and created all that is.

Many:  With love and care, God shaped the world in all its diversity with mountains and valleys, rivers and deserts, and people of all colors and sizes.

One: And threading through it all are beautiful dreams of justice, compassion, liberation, and peace.

Many: O God, creator of our past, our present, and our future, we thank you for the many blessings you bestow on us each moment.

One: Be with us now. Draw near to us as we draw near to you.

Many: Lead us in paths of righteousness. Fill our hearts with compassion and a thirst for justice. Teach us to be co-creators, with You, of a world where all belong and share in the abundance you have given us.

All: Praise be to God.

Opening Hymn: All Things Bright and Beautiful #20 vs 1&2, 3&4


Compassionate God,

You who know our hearts and love us without condition,

create in us desire to see your essence within us

so that we might see that in others,

and honor your holy presence in all things.

We praise you for this place, this day, this people, this planet.

And all God’s people say, Amen.

Lords Prayer:  A version by Parker Palmer                         

Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother,

Holy and blessed is your true name.

We pray for your reign of peace to come,

We pray that your good will be done,

Let heaven and earth become one.

Give us this day the bread we need,

Give it to those who have none.

Let forgiveness flow like a river between us,

From each one to each one.

Lead us to holy innocence

Beyond the evil of our days —

Come swiftly Mother, Father, come.

For yours is the power and the glory

and the mercy:

Forever your name is All in One. Amen.

Readings:  Mark 12: 28-34                                         Anne Murray                                                       

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

Sermon:   Renew Us                                       Rev. Paula Norbert

Sermon Response:  God of Wonders (by Marc Byrd) ~ Meditative Instrumental                                      -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:  Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee      #611  vs 1-3

Blessing                                        Rev. Paula Norbert

Bless the wisdom of the holy one above us

Bless the truth of the holy one beneath us

Bless the love of the holy one within us

Go forth and be a blessing to others…

                              (Chinook Psalter)

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 our Zoom Host, Amy LaBelle.

Pastor’s Contact Info:  207-205-4951

Email:  pnorbert1217@gmail.com