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August 16 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for August 16, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from Maggie Watts-Hammond, Gathering Pentecost 1, 2017 page 28 ]

On a hot summer day, in the dust of a city street,
     God is there.
In a downpour of rain while running for shelter,
     God is there.
In a wide-open sky filled with stars past counting,
     God is there.
In a car, singing songs, when the journey’s been long,
     God is there.
No matter where we are,
     God is with us.

Opening Prayer:

[Adapted from Bill Steadman, Gathering Pentecost 1, 2014 page 30-31 ]

You touch our lives, O God, in many ways -
you raise us up when we feel down and discouraged.
You ground us when we are flighty and on edge.
You inspire us when we have lost a sense of who we are.
You accompany us in the many and varied journeys we undertake.
Be with us in this time of worship, and give us the direction we need
to face the future with hope and energy. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 218 We Praise You, O God

Voices United # 619 Healer of Our Every Ill

Voices United # 424 May the God of Hope Go with Us

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 45:1-15

Video Reflection:

Tears

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from Karen Boivin, Gathering Pentecost 1 2017 page 39]

Holy God, you have called our names and we have responded
with songs and prayers; with the gift of our time,
efforts, and finances. May these offerings be used
to share your love and justice, your kindness and compassion
with our fellow human beings and with all of creation. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from https://re-worship.blogspot.com/

Merciful God, in love you created us, and in love you sustain us, day after day.
We pray for those who are estranged from spouse or family, friends or neighbours;
who find it difficult to forgive past wrongs done to them;
     hear our prayers.

We pray for those who for years have carried feelings of guilt or regret for
something they did or something they neglected to do; who find it difficult to ask
for forgiveness or forgive themselves;
     hear our prayers.

For those who find themselves far away from you, struggling to overcome their
doubts or disillusionment, and who wonder how to find their way back;
     hear our prayers.

For those watching someone they love try to cope with serious illness or injury, and
who long for your miraculous intervention;
     hear our prayers.

For the many others in our world who are suffering this day - from grief, or
loneliness, hunger, poverty, violence or illness;
     hear our prayers.

Sustain all those who look to you in hope. And strengthen us - your people - so that
we may be a light to all those who find themselves in darkness. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


August 9 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for August 9, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/]

God welcomes all the dreamers, as well as the doubters.
     Wherever we are, the worriers and wanderers can call on God by name.
In this time, we can remember all the ways God has graced us.
     In these moments, we are reminded that God is with us, always!

In faith, we step out of our comfort zones into the unknown.

     Together, we will find the courage to cry out,
     'God, save us!' in every situation.

Opening Prayer:

[Adapted from The Whole People of God, 2002, page 51]

Loving God, in those times when we are scared or unsure,
remind us that you are with us.
When we fear what lies around us,
remind us that you are as close as the air that we breathe.
We reach out to you, O God,
with our dreams, our songs, and our listening.
Remind us in all things that we are your beloved children.
Strengthen us to share your love with everyone we meet. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 288 Great Is Thy Faithfulness 

Voices United # 271 There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (3 verses)

Voices United # 690 From the Slave Pens of the Delta (tune Ebenezer)

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Video Reflection:

When All Seems Lost

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from SeasonsFusion Pentecost 1, 2014, page 124]

Generous God, you call us to many forms of response in your world,
and so, we give of ourselves in whatever way is possible:
through our talents, money, spiritual gifts, compassion,
and vision for love’s reign, anew in the world.
We ask that you take these gifts, given in hope, and transform them
that they might be love lived out for the world. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from https://re-worship.blogspot.com/
Loving God, we hold deeply the prayers that are on our hearts this day.
We pray for those who find themselves deeply wounded by people they love -
people they thought they knew and trusted -
and who are struggling to know how to respond.

We pray for those who are experiencing a crisis of faith; who long to whole-heartedly trust in God but are held back by questions and doubts.

We pray for those who have fallen into despair; who have begun to doubt God’s presence and power; or question God’s call in their lives.

We pray for those who, have had their hopes and dreams crushed;
those whose lives have suddenly taken a different turn,
and who now wonder what lies ahead for them.

Loving God, it is not Your will that any should suffer.
We offer our prayers for all those who hunger and thirst,
those who live in the midst of violence or poverty,
and those who feel abandoned or ignored by the world around them.

Through the life-giving power of your Holy Spirit,
make Your sustaining presence known to all who are in pain or need,
so that they, too, may know your love and live. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


 

August 2 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for August 2, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[from https://www.ucc.org/worship_worship-ways ]

The day breaks:
     and God does not let us go.
The hour calls:
     and God does not let us go.
The evening falls:
     and God holds us fast.
Let us turn to God in worship:
     God, who never turns from us.

Opening Prayer:

[from https://www.ucc.org/worship_worship-ways ]

God, you see us. You see our struggles,
you see our difficulties.
     You see our possibilities, you see our promise.
Connect the dots for us, O God. Soften the hard spots with your blessing.
     Call us in our wandering to hear you say our names.
     Satisfy our longings as with loaves and fishes and manna from heaven.
For you are a good God, a God present in the scramble,
and in the end, you always, always have a blessing.
     For this and so much more, we give you thanks. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 240 Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven

Voices United # 182 Stay with Us through the Night

Voices United # 422 God Be With You till We Meet Again

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 32:22-31

Video Reflection:

Seeing God's Face

Offering Prayer:

[from The Whole People of God, 2002, page 48]

We offer ourselves to you, O God. Take all we have
and all that we are and use it to change the world
into a place of justice and shalom. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from http://www.ministrymatters.com/]

Holy One, we remember the story of Jacob as he wrestled with the angel,
and how he asked for the angel to bless him.
We, too, come to you for blessing.

There are so many times in our lives
in which we have felt alienated, downtrodden, or alone.
There are so many who live this reality every day
because of the colour of their skin, the sound of their voice,
their gender identity, or their sexual orientation.

As we remember Emancipation Day, and the end of slavery many years ago,
help us, Holy One, to work for justice with one another,
to stand up for what is right, step in when something is wrong,
to shoulder each other’s burdens, to hold one another accountable,
to right the wrongs we’ve done, and to speak truth to power.

In all our struggles, enable us to stand strong;
to seek the blessings that you have provided for us;
to recognize the many ways that you are with us,
giving us strength and courage.

Use us, God of love, as your hands and feet in the world,
living out healing and hope for those who are hurting,
seeking justice and change for all who are wrestling,
and to love and care for all as you love us.
Help us receive these blessings and, in turn, be a blessing to someone else. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


 

July 26 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for July 26, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit SeasonsFusion Pentecost 1, 2014, page 98]

God of the covenant, long before we existed, you were there.
You made promises with our ancestors of faith - with Abraham and Sarah:
     you promised they would be
     the father and mother of many nations,
     with descendants too numerous to count.
With Jacob, Leah, and Rachel:
     you made it possible for Jacob to father many children,
     and to fulfill the covenant with Abraham and Sarah.
With all of us:
     you continue to make promises with each of us
     of a future with hope, and love ever-lasting.

Opening Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit SeasonsFusion Pentecost 1, 2014, page 96]

God of the covenant, we live in a world where promises are broken,
and where we are not always completely honest with one another.
Help us to continue to trust in the promises you have made with us,
and help us to create a trusting, covenantal community
with all of your creation. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 220 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 

Voices United # 415 God, We Praise You for the Morning

Voices United # 556 Would You Bless Our Homes and Families

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 29:15-28

Video Reflection:

What Goes Around Comes Around

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from Laura Turnbull, Gathering Pentecost 1, 2017, page 39]

Timeless God, you have revealed yourself through ancestors of faith,
and continue to speak to us through modern-day sojourners.
Across time and space, we gather in spirit to worship you.
May the gifts that we share continue to tell the story of faithfulness,
and the love that you have given us to share. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from http://www.bruceprewer.com/]

For the love that frees us to ask questions and explore,
to frame doubts and investigate new possibilities,
to build theories and then cross-examine them.
     We thank you, God of adventurous love.

For the love that enables us to marvel at our own existence, to ponder and remember, recognize our own needs and affirm our own knowledge and purpose.
     We thank you, God of determined love.

For the love that helps us to communicate with one another, to express trust and respect, share heartaches and visions, to convey love and mercy.
     We thank you, God of reconciling love.

For the love that inspires us to warmly encourage those around us,
to affirm and build up, comfort and enlighten.
     We thank you, God of nurturing love.

For the love that liberates us to celebrate the world around us in poetry and song, to delight in shapes and colours, intricacies and patterns,
awesome forces and deep mysteries.
     We thank you God of visionary love.

For the love that encourages us to express something of our faith;
for creeds and prayers, hymns and readings, discussion groups and sermons.
    We thank you, God of creative love. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


 

July 19 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for July 19, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

From our homes and yards, in print and on screen,
we gather to worship God.
     Surely, God is in this place and time!
We come to open ourselves to God’s guidance and love.
     Surely God is in this place and time!
Though we are apart, we join with one another
to pray, to praise, and to see God’s presence in our lives.
     Surely God is in this place and time!

Opening Prayer:

[Adapted from https://re-worship.blogspot.com/]

God of of all the generations who have come before us - holy is Your name.

We give thanks for your faithful love for all people,

and for the many blessings you have given to us.

Thank you for your faithful presence among us,

even when we are not fully aware of it.

Continue to reveal yourself to us.

Open our eyes to see you here among us;

open our ears to hear Your Word.

For surely, you are with us in this place. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 389 God Is Here 

Voices United # 497 Nearer, My God, to Thee

Voices United # 651 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 28:10-19a

Video Reflection:

A Great Awakening

Offering Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit SeasonsFusion Pentecost 1, 2014, page 88]
With all that we have, and all that we are, we reach out to you,
God of generosity. We ask that you receive these ordinary gifts;
may they be used to offer extraordinary blessings
in our community and world. May these gifts remind us that through you,
all is possible! Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2011, page 51-52]

Compassionate God,
for all who struggle with grief or fear, anger or pain,
hear our prayers...
     and in your love, answer.
Guiding God,
for all who face a crossroads, a time of choosing,
hear our prayers...
     and in your love, answer.
Loving God,
for all who find it hard to come into your presence,
or who have found the church non-receptive and ungracious,
hear our prayers...
     and in your love, answer.
Shepherding God,
for all on journeys home, for all setting out on new ways,
for all who feel trapped and unable to move,
hear our prayers...
     and in your love, answer.
May your Spirit be poured on us all,
and may we know that you are always with us. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


 

July 12 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for July 12, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2011, page 41]

We bring our hopes and fears, our struggles and our lives as they are,
into the presence of the One who leaves doors and futures
open to gracious possibilities.
     God’s word lights the path before us.
May this time of worship empower us to make faithful choices.
     God’s word lights the path before us.
May this time of worship renew and restore our relationships
with God and each other.
     God’s word lights the path before us.

Opening Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2011, page 41]

To come into Holy Presence is not to come without questions
about why some things are as they are.
     So come to us in our wonderings, God of Rebekah,
     and companion us.
To come into Holy Presence is not to come free of conflict
within our lives and relationships.
     So come to us in our tensions, God of Esau and Jacob,
     and untangle us. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 265 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace 

Voices United # 556 Would You Bless Our Homes and Families

Voices United # 421 Lead On, O Cloud of Presence

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 25:19-34

Video Reflection:

Changing Fate

Offering Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2014, page 76]

Gracious God, may we recognize all the gifts we’ve been given.
May the gifts we freely offer be without expectation
for anything in return.
May you bless the work of these gifts this day
and in the days ahead. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2011, page 43-44]
God of each, God of all: we pray for our families,
those with whom we are drawn together by birth, marriage, adoption, or choice.
     May they receive care and love from you
     and from us as well.
We pray for our friends and neighbours, those with whom we are drawn together
by common places of work or learning, by common aspirations and values.
     Strengthen the ties between us, and may we find in these relationships
     the freedom and companionship and community
     that nurture us and the world around us.
We pray for our communities, those with whom we are drawn together
by the places we live, work, and the circles we move in.
     Fashion these bonds so to insure the relationships and ideals we claim
     are paid more than lip-service, so that who we are and have been
     never closes us to who we may yet become.
We pray for the St. Andrew’s community of faith,
and for all who seek to follow you, O God.
     May we thrive in ministry and service to your world.
     May we deepen in spirituality, and grow closer to one another and you.
We pray for all of humanity, who are formed in your image,
with whom we are drawn together in one family.
     Free us to recognize the stranger as no stranger, but siblings;
     and to see the joy and need of any as the cause
     of our rejoicing and compassion. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


 

July 5 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for July 5, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

We are not alone.

     God is with us as we worship today.

We live in God's world.

     God's love surrounds us through all of life.

Let us take this time to celebrate God's presence.

Opening Prayer:

God of love, while we are in your presence today, remind us of your love.
Help us to find the ways that, while we can not all be together
in Your Church, we can show your love to one another,
that we may be the physical reminders of your love for us through life.
Then lead us to share your love by caring for your world and all people.
May we be the hands and feet of Christ in today's world. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 660 How Firm a Foundation 

Voices United # 365 Jesus Loves Me

Voices United # 333 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Scripture Reading:

1 John 4:16-19

Affirmation of Faith:

Voices United # 918 A New Creed

Video Reflection:

Our Firm Foundation Rev. Bob Settle

Offering Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2006, page 88]
Holy God, giver of every good gift,
receive these signs of our commitment.
May they serve your world
and build up the body of Christ,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

Holy God, we thank you that in these times of illness and keeping apart from others,

you have given us ways that we can communicate and be together virtually.

We thank you that you have reached us through the love of others, 

for some that being through close family ties

and for others perhaps just brief moments of being cared for.

We thank you for building on that love we have received

and enabling us to grow in the ability to love others.

We bring before you others whom we love.

We ask you to be close to those who are ill in this time and being separated from the loving touch of others. 

We ask that you be with those who feel excluded 

because of race, culture, religion, sex, sexuality, ability

or any other difference they may feel.

Help us all to find ways to break down all barriers

that all may feel the closeness of your love.

Be with those who live in fear, 

in these times we know there are many who fear the insecurity

of lack of income and support. Help us all find ways to support one another.

Be with all of us. Help us live in the security of your love 

so we may be enabled and encouraged to reach out in care for others.  

Hear the prayers of each of our hearts. - silence – Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 916, # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,

we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.

May God’s love and grace be with us all.

Amen.


 

June 28 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for June 28, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from Christine Sine as found at http://godspace.wordpress.com/]

God who is One calls us to be one;
     may we be one with all who are made in God’s image.
God who is Three calls us to be community;
     may we find community with all who are called by God’s name.
God who calls us all Beloved;
     may find our place in God’s eternal family.

Opening Prayer:

[Adapted from http://liturgy.richardbott.com/]

Unblock our hearts, O God. Open our ears and our minds and our lives.

Widen our ideas and our beliefs. Stretch our hopes and our fears.

Open us to your Presence. Make us receptive to your Love.

Help us to welcome your Christ, so that we might be changed,

so that your creation might be changed.

Now, and in the days to come.

In Jesus’ name, we ask these things. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 312 Praise with Joy the World's Creator 

Voices United # 371 Open My Eyes, That I May See

Voices United # 274 Your Hand, O God, Has Guided 

Scripture Reading:

Ephesians 4:1-16

Video Reflection:

The Faith We Sing - includes the singing of MV #154 Deep in Our Hearts

Offering Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2006, page 88]

Holy God, giver of every good gift,
receive these signs of our commitment.
May they serve your world
and build up the body of Christ,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from Stephen Fearing  as found at https://www.liturgylink.net/]

Creator God, you brought all life into being.

You shaped the whirling planets and stars, the fish and the birds.
You called to your family people of different colors, races, and creeds.
Help us to value the perspective of others.
     God of Welcome and Wonder, help us draw the circle wider.

Redeemer God, you walked this earth and changed our lives.
You brought freedom to the enslaved and salvation to the oppressed.
You called to your family people of different colors, races, and creeds.
Help us to welcome the truth that ALL people are worthy of love.
     God of Welcome and Wonder, help us draw the circle wider.

Sustaining God, who joins all of us together by your Spirit.
You brought unity to those who were divided by society.
You called to your family people of different passions, gifts, and voices.
Help us spread the news of your love  that all might be invited to its abundance.
     God of Welcome and Wonder, help us draw the circle wider.

Triune God, help us care for those who are in need:
for those who are alone this day,
for those who lack the resources to care for their loved ones,
for those who see no way out of the graves that surround them,
for those who want nothing more than a word of welcome,
and for those who need the gospel to sustain them for the coming week.
     God of Welcome and Wonder, help us draw the circle wider. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


 

June 21 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for June 21, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from http://liturgyoutside.net]

The Spirit of God calls us from diverse places; 

some of us are in busy homes with many people, others live alone.

     We are a part of the family.

This week has been different for each of us;

some of us have had happy news we want to celebrate;

others of us have faced grief and need to cry.

     We are members of God’s family.

Yet we are all seeking God’s presence in our lives;

we all long to connect with God’s Spirit and to one another.

     Love makes us God’s family.

Opening Prayer:

[Adapted from www.ministrymatters.com/]

God of love, plant us in the soil of your grace.

Nurture us with the strength of Christ, the vine of everlasting life.

Feed us with your grace that helps us to grow in you,

and to connect with one another.

Enlighten us with the wisdom of your Spirit,

which flows through us today and all days.

Abide in us, that we may abide in you and live in your love. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 218 We Praise You, O God

Voices United # 205 Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song

Voices United # 436 Abide with Me

Scripture Reading:

John 15:1-6

Video Reflection:

The Faith We Sing - includes the singing of VU # 395 Come In, Come In and Sit Down

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from John Birch  as found at www.faithandworship.com/]

God of harvest, gardener supreme, you place us at the centre,

feed us, equip us and, having provided for us, look to a different harvest –

a fruitfulness of lives in service to you and others.

God of harvest, feed us, prune us, harvest us,

that these offerings and our lives might bring glory to you. Amen.

Ways to give: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Mail      PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from MaryAnn Rennie  as found at http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/]

Vine of life, in your branches we are nestled,
taking shelter and sustenance in the shade of your strength.

Holy One, in the hardships of the world,
may we look beyond the bitter politics and divisions
to find your love at the core of our relationships.
There may all people work with what we have in common,
that we might grow to be a people of respect and trust.

May our branches bow with the weight of the fruit you have given us.
Help us to look beyond our own needs,
to recognise those who are hungry for food and shelter, love and justice.
May we offer others the comfort needed under the weight of your branches,
so they find a rest from the cold and darkness, the hatred and loneliness
of this world. May your Spirit enable us to value the gifts and talents of all.

When we meet those who are worn down with illness, loneliness,
grief and abandonment, may the light of Your presence shine
in the encounters they have with others, that all might know Your compassion.

Gardener of all life, as you trim and shape us for your purpose,
may we place our prayers into your hands and trust that new seeds may grow. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


 

June 14 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for June 14, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from https://jesusscribbles.wordpress.com/]
God’s people were made for worship:
     to sing and to praise, to laugh and to dance.
God’s people were created to experience God’s presence:
     in pleasure and praise, in tears and sorrow,
     in joy and in song, in all of life.
From our homes and yards, computers and screens:
    we worship and praise God together. 

Opening Prayer:

[Adapted from Rev. Nancy J as found at http://ruminari.wordpress.com/]

Move us, Joyful God,

take our hands and lead us in your dance of creation.

When we are uncertain,

guard our hearts with your peace.

When our steps falter,

surround us with the strength of your Spirit.

Guide us, Dancing God,

until we are move and sing with the joy of your grace. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 313 God, Whose Almighty Word

Voices United # 570 Jesus' Hands Were Kind Hands

Voices United # 326 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Scripture Reading:

John 5:1-9

Video Reflection:

The Faith We Sing - includes the singing of VU # 352 I Danced in the Morning

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from Gill Le Fevre as found at  https://re-worship.blogspot.com/]

Gracious God, who made us who we are, we offer all of ourselves to you.
Take our talents, our energy and our joy, and use us to share your love.
Take our mistakes, our regrets and our pain, and use us
to bring your healing. Magnify the gifts we offer before you today,
to spread your peace in the world. Amen.

Ways to give:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Mail       PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[from Martha Spong  as found at https://marthaspong.com/]

Holy One, sometimes we wonder, are you listening?
We come to you with our ordinary prayers, the ones you probably expect.
We have prayed for the same things for a long time.
We pray about our jobs, our children, our friends, and our parents.
We pray for healing and peace and change and relief.
We raise our joy and our bitterness, our hopes and our despair.
We demand justice, or maybe we shyly ask to better understand
what it might mean. We pour it all out to you. Are you listening, O God?

Sometimes we see a glimmer, get a hint, feel the nudge,
a moment of something that assures us, yes.
Yet so much that we pray for does not come to be. So much has not come to pass. Are you listening, O God? O God, you are listening.

Give us the nudge, we pray, that rouses us from a comfortable slumber,
that propels us out of the seat, that equips us for the work you call us to do —
the work that brings hope where there is despair,
the work that offers joy to sweeten bitterness,
the work that brings the justice we seek.
Are you listening, O God? O God, you are listening.

We will call on you as long as we live. In Christ's name. Amen. 

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.