1 September 2020

Gathering Music

“Come, Come Whoever You Are”

Call to Prayer

Come all who are weary
of wealth, of poverty, of power, of struggle, of division

Come all who are heavy-laden
with too much, with too little, with anxiety, with fear, with anger

Come all who have hope
for liberation, for peace, for freedom, for the kin-dom

Remember God’s promise: “I am making all things new.”

“Come, Come Whoever You Are”

Scripture

Romans 12:9-21 (NRSV)

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Time of Reflection

Prof. Mark Miller

Sung Response

“Ubi Caritas”

Prayer of the Day

God of the impossible, help us to feel close to one another today. Though we are flung far and wide you gather us in from East, west, north, and south. When the challenges of this time seem too many, remind us of your resurrection power. When the tasks before us seem overwhelming, remind us of the miracle of love. When apathy threatens us, remind us of your vision of a world made whole. Help us to hope that the impossible can happen and to live as if it might do so today. Jesus, walk with us. Amen.

Blessing

Prof. Mark Miller

Sending Song

“Guide My Feet”


Worship Notes

Call to Worship: Adapted by Kelsey Wallace from I Am Making All Things New, by Rosie Venner. http://wscf-europe.org/mozaik-issues/mozaik-25-the-powers-that-be/worship-i-am-making-all-things-new/

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