3 September 2020

Gathering Music

“Hamba Nathi”

Call to Worship

Come and see the works of God,
God’s awesome deeds among us.

Come and hear, all who seek Love,
God’s still speaking voice in our weary world.

Come and touch the sacred,
extraordinary in the ordinary,
God’s presence is in all things.

Hymn of Welcome

“Welcome”

Scripture

Exodus 12:1-14 (NRSV)

1 God said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2 This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4 If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. 7 They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10 You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of God. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am God. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to God; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Homily

“The Great Passing Through”

The Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson

Musical Response

“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody/La Lucha”

Unison Prayer

Spirit of Christ, our hearts are restless for you. We ache for a touch of compassion. We long for healing within and around. Though we are apart physically, we are together in spirit and prayer. We lift to you the joys and concerns of our community – cries for justice and songs of hope …

silence is kept

Holy God, we yearn for collective liberation from all that deadens and destroys. In these urgent desires of ours, turn us from impulses to seek change through control. Lead us away from the punitive and guide us in practices of transformation rooted in love and imagination. All this we are bold to pray in the name of the one who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

Blessing

Sending Song

“I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired”


Worship Notes:

Call to Worship – Adapted by Kelsey Wallace from: Katherine Hawker, Liturgies Outside. http://liturgyoutside.net/

Prayers of the People/Unison Prayer – Adapted by Kelsey Wallace from: Enfleshed, Liturgy that Matters: Sept. 6, 2020 http://www.enfleshed.com

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