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.”
Gathering Music: Creation Sings (by Keith and Kristyn Getty)
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
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.
Lord’s 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…
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