27 February 2020

Gathering Music

“Remember, We are all well-created by God.”

J.S. Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, Prelude 1, C Major, BWV 846

Welcome

Opening Liturgy

One: God our creator, let us be thankful for our bodies,

Many: Through it, we can see, touch and hear this beautiful world
Through it, we can feel and share the joy and sorrow with others
Through it, we can learn and pursue your love and justice for our society

One: Our cultural understandings of our bodies inform us, change us, sometimes cause harm to ourselves and others, and sometimes increase our love and understanding of each other. 

Witness: Dan, Jessica, Seongil, Lingkan

One: God our guardian, let us be with those who have pain in their body.

Many: By grieving with them, we may see God’s consolation in their painful body
By hearing their voice, we may show that we care for the pain scarred on their body
By standing side by side with them, we may show our unity, and reveal your justice in the world.

Witness: Christabel, Younghak, Terri, Hyemin

One : Let us give thanks to our Creator God and be glad for our bodies!

All : Through it, we can see, touch and hear this beautiful world
Through it, we can feel and share the joy and sorrow with others
Through it, we can learn and pursue your love and justice for our society

Hymn of Welcome

“Praise the Source of All Creation” by Jann Aldredge-Clanton

Praise the Source of all creation, giving life throughout the Earth, blessing every love relation, filling all with sacred worth.
Celebrate all forms and colors, varied beauty everywhere,
streams of goodness overflowing, wondrous gifts for all to share.

Many genders, many races, all reflect Divinity;
many gifts and many graces help us be all we can be.
Partners on this path of freedom, taking down each stifling wall,
we will open doors of welcome, bringing hope and joy to all.

Long have many been excluded, judged and scorned by custom’s norms;
everyone will be included as we work to bring reforms.
Let us end abuse and violence, bringing justice everywhere,
joining Holy Wisdom’s mission, helping all be free and fair.

Equal marriage, healing, freeing, nurtures body, mind and soul, reaffirming every being, all created good and whole.
Come, rejoice and sing together, celebrating life and love;
praise the great Creative Spirit, living in us and above.

Scripture

Judges 19:1-4; 22-29 (NRSV)

1 In those days, when there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite, residing in the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, took to himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. 2 But his concubine became angry with him, and she went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there some four months. 3 Then her husband set out after her, to speak tenderly to her and bring her back. He had with him his servant and a couple of donkeys. When he reached her father’s house, the girl’s father saw him and came with joy to meet him. 4 His father-in-law, the girl’s father, made him stay, and he remained with him three days; so they ate and drank, and he stayed there.

22 While they were enjoying themselves, the men of the city, a perverse lot, surrounded the house, and started pounding on the door. They said to the old man, the master of the house, “Bring out the man who came into your house, so that we may have intercourse with him.” 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Since this man is my guest, do not do this vile thing. 24 Here are my virgin daughter and his concubine; let me bring them out now. Ravish them and do whatever you want to them; but against this man do not do such a vile thing.” 25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine, and put her out to them. They wantonly raped her, and abused her all through the night until the morning. And as the dawn began to break, they let her go. 26 As morning appeared, the woman came and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, until it was light.

27 In the morning her master got up, opened the doors of the house, and when he went out to go on his way, there was his concubine lying at the door of the house, with her hands on the threshold. 28 “Get up,” he said to her, “we are going.” But there was no answer. Then he put her on the donkey; and the man set out for his home. 29 When he had entered his house, he took a knife, and grasping his concubine he cut her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.

Homily

Younghak Lee – The Church

Rev. Dr. Traci West – The Crowd

Terri Pahucki – Speaking it Out

Musical Offering

Table Liturgy

Invitation

Confession

We have failed to respond with justice and love to reports of sexual violence and abuse.
We have fostered cultures of shame around sexuality that hinder healthy, consensual sexual expression.
We have discriminated against bodies because of age, size, skin color, sexual orientation, and gender expression.
We have honored the able-bodied above those with visible and invisible disabilities.
We have operated within false binaries that reinforce unhealthy gender stereotypes and exclude our siblings in Christ.

God have mercy, grant us the vision to create healthy embodied communities. (silence)

One: The incarnate Christ is here among us, embodied in each of us, calling us to wholeness and hope. Everybody is blessed and welcome in the body of Christ.

Passing the Peace

“My Hands are Blessed”

My hands are blessed
With the the blessing of the Lord 2x
Everyone I greet (the word is ‘touch’ but sometimes i replace it with ‘meet’)
Surely must be blest
My hands are blest
With the blessing of the Lord

Mis manos son
Bendecidas por Dios 2x
Todos que encuentro (replaced Yo te tocaré)
Te bendiciré
Mis manos son
Bendecidas por Dios

Lord’s Prayer

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and for ever.
Amen.

Music During Communion

“Draw the Circle Wide”

Blessing

Sending

“All My Days”

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