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.


 


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