13 February 2020

Gathering Music

“May I Be Filled” by Mark Miller

May I be filled
with joyful loving-kindness,
may I be calm and at peace.
May I be safe,
may happiness surprise me,
may I be awake and free.

May you be filled
with joyful loving-kindness,
may you be calm and at peace.
May you be safe,
may happiness surprise you,
may you be awake and free.

May we be filled
with joyful loving-kindness,
may we be calm and at peace.
May we be safe,
may happiness surprise us,
may we be awake and free.

Call to Worship

One: We’ve come to worship God, who makes streams flow from rock,
Many: who turns the parched earth into springs of water, who sends the rain from heaven and makes the wilderness blossom and flourish.
One: As the deer thirsts for flowing streams, so we thirst for You, O God.
Many: Come, let’s worship our life-giving God, who pours out living water for all who thirst.

Prayer

Leader: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: Let us pray.

All: God of eternal life, bless all who contemplate with heaviness and dread the present course of their life, and the future of our shared existence. Grant us peace from internal fears and doubts, from the turmoil of failures, from the pain and suffering in our souls. Endow us with hope for the days ahead, courage to make new beginnings, and love to strengthen our resolve to live, to give, to serve, and to work to make our lives, the lives of others, and the life of our planet more whole. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Silent prayer

Leader: In times of despair, O God, rain showers of gentleness upon us, that we may be kindly to one another and also to ourselves. Renew in us the spirit of hope. Even in the depths of the darkness, may we hear the approach of the One who renews life and defeats death.
Amen.

Sung Response

“Great is Thy Faithfulness” UMH #140

Scripture

Isaiah 55:1-9 (NRSV)

1 Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for God has glorified you.

6 Seek the Lord while they may be found,
call upon God while they are near;
7 let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that the Holy One may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for they will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

One: Hear what the Spirit is saying.
Many: We are listening.

Homily

Dean Javier Viera

Anthem

“Center of My Joy” by Richard Smallwood

Table Liturgy

Invitation

Confession & Assurance

All: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience through Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Silent prayer

One: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we weer yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven!

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.

The Peace

The Great Thanksgiving

One: The Lord be with you
Many: And also with you
One: Lift up your hearts
Many: We lift them up to the Lord
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
Many: It is right to give our thanks and praise

“Sanctus”

“Memorial Acclamation”

“Lord’s Prayer”

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread & Cup

Music During Communion

“Come to the River” by the Housefires

Come to the water
all who are thirsty
come and drink

Come to the table
all who are hungry
come and feast

Those who are weary
Those who are needy
Come receive

Come to the river
Come to the river
Taste and see

Oh oh my soul
thirst for you
you alone

So I will taste and see that you are good
I will taste and see that you are good
Good to me

Blessing

Dean Javier Viera

Sending

“All My Days”


Worship Notes:

Call to Worship: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/02/call-to-worship-thirsting-for-god.html

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