6 November 2019

Gathering Music

Call to Prayer

One: God, we need peace – so we come for quiet
Many: We need joy – so we come for singing
One: We need to let things go – so we come for forgiveness
Many: We need hope – so we come for scripture and community
One: We come with our own agendas
Many: May we leave with both the blessings we long for and your unexpected gifts

Sung Evening Confession

“Trusty and True” by Damien Rice

We’ve wanted to be trusty and true
But feathers fell from our wings
And we’ve wanted to be worthy of you
But weather rained on our dreams

And we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So let us lay down our fears
‘Cause we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So let us start from here

‘Cause we never wanted to be lusty or lewd
Nor tethered to prudish strings
And we never wanted to be jealously tuned
Nor withered into ugly things

But we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So let us lay down our spears
‘Cause we can’t take back
What is done, what is past
So let us start from here

And if all that you are
Is not all you desire,

Then, come
Come, come alone
Come with fear, come with love
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come with friends, come with foes
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come with me, then let go
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come so carefully closed
Come however you are
Just come
Come, come along
Come with sorrows and songs
Come however you are
Just come, come along
Come, let yourself be wrong
Come however you are
Just come

First Reading

Psalm 42 (NRSV)

1 As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me continually,
“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise
my help 6 and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
have gone over me.
8 By day the Lord commands steadfast love,
and at night a song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God, my rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
because the enemy oppresses me?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my body,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise
my help and my God.

One: Hear what the spirit is saying
Many: We are listening

Sung Response

“I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” UMH #521

I want Jesus to walk with me
I want Jesus to walk with me
All along my pilgrim journey
Lord I want Jesus to walk with me

In my trials, Lord walk with me
In my trials, Lord walk with me
When my heart is almost breaking
Lord I want Jesus to walk with me

When I’m troubled, Lord walk with me
When I’m troubled, Lord walk with me
When my head is bowed in sorrow
Lord I want Jesus to walk with me

Second Reading

Revelation 22:1-6, 16-17 (NRSV)

1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and God’s servants will worship the Holy One; 4 they will see God’s face, and God’s name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

6 And the angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent an angel to show God’s servants what must soon take place.”

16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

One: Hear what the spirit is saying
Many: We are listening

Silent Reflection

Sung Response

“Be Thou My Vision” v. 1, 4, 5 NZBP Version

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Riches I heed not, nor folk’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

Sovereign of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Unison Prayer

You have broken into our lives, O God, creating the world anew today. You have breathed new life into our sleeping souls, you have put a song in our hearts. Pour down the blessings of your Spirit upon each one here this evening, that we may perceive your nearness once more. In your many great and holy names we pray. Amen.

Blessing

Sending Song

“We Are Called”

Come! live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God!

We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless,
so all hatred and blindness will be no more!

We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign and we’ll walk with each other as
People together united in love!

We are called to act with justice.
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.


Worship Notes:

Call to Prayer and Unison Prayer adapted from: Touch Holiness: Resources for Worship, Updated, Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi, eds. (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2012).

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