The Gifts of Imagination

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Threshold Moment:  Amazing Colors of Spring


Call To Worship:

Leader: God speaks to the heart,

People: Offering compassion and hope.

Leader: God enlivens the mind,

People: Inviting curiosity and wonder.

Leader: God awakens all spirits,

People: Fostering sacred connection.

Leader: God nurtures our strength,

People: Creating unimagined possibilities.

Leader: God calls the whole world,

People: Inspiring extravagant love.

Gathering Music: Pure Imagination (by Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley)                                                                                    -Michelle Currie

Opening Prayer:

Creating Spirit,

we join with the chorus of all of creation

to celebrate your wonderous deeds.

Fill us with your joy and train our ears for harmony,

so that we may contribute to the world You are already creating. All this we pray in the name of Jesus,

who revealed what is possible through love. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Opening Hymn:  The Wonder of it All (by George Beverly Shea)

       -Michelle Currie

Readings:   Psalm 98  • Romans 13: 8-13 •   

The Heart of Eternal Love by Joyce Rupp           -Nancy Batchelor


Music: Meditative Instrumental ~ Over the Rainbow (by Harold Arlen)                                                                          -Michelle Currie

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:

Closing Music: Go Light Your World (by Chris Rice)   

-Michelle Currie


Go forth from this place, to dream a better world, to transform possibility into reality and to join alongside the One who loves us in transforming the world through great love.  Amen.

Postlude:  Go In Peace

                                   Our Readings for Today

                Psalm 98

1 O sing to the Lord a new song,

    for he has done marvelous things.

His right hand and his holy arm

    have gotten him victory.

2 The Lord has made known his victory;

    he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

    to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

    the victory of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

    break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

    with the lyre and the sound of melody.

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn

    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

    the world and those who live in it.

8 Let the floods clap their hands;

    let the hills sing together for joy

9 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming

    to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

    and the peoples with equity.

                                    Romans 13: 8-13

Love for One Another

8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.                           

              The Heart of Eternal Love    by Joyce Rupp

Heart of Love,

Source of all kindness,

Teacher of the ways of goodness,

You are hidden in the pockets of daily life,

Waiting to be discovered.

Heart of Gladness,

Joy that sings in our souls,

The Dancer and the Dance,

You are Music radiating in our

Cherished caches of consolation.

Heart of Compassion,

The Healing One weeping

For a world burdened and bent,

You are the heart we bring

To the wounded, worn and weary.

Heart of Comfort,

Sheltering Wings of Love,

Refuge for sad and lonely ones,

You embrace all who bear loss,

Gathering their tears with care.

Heart of all Hearts,

The First and Best of all Companions,

You are the Gift secreted in our depths,

Connecting us with others.

Heart of Understanding,

One who gazes upon the imperfect,

The incomplete, the flawed, the weak,

You never stop extending mercy.

Heart of Freedom,

The Uncontained Spirit bearing truth,

Great Liberator, forever calling to us,

You urge us toward unrestrained trust.

Heart of Genenerosity,

Abundance of insight and hope,

Daily you offer us gifts of growth,

Leading to continual transformation.

Heart of Deepest Peace,

Center of Tranquility,

Resting Place at the core of our being,

You are waiting always for our return

To this sacred home.