17 December 2020

Gathering Music

“Holy Spirit”

Call to Prayer

A word of encouragement came from prophet to people;
Live a life that is full – build, plant, eat, love, multiply;
pray for your communities;
keep God in the center of all that is.

We enter into worship today with hope in our hearts
for something happens here that reminds us
that we can live as God desires.

God has made a promise of faithfulness to us
and we can trust the promise.

Opening Song

“Holy Spirit”

Readings

Deuteronomy 7:7-9

7 It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set their heart on you and chose you—for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 It was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath that they swore to your ancestors, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love the Holy One and keep God’s commandments, to a thousand generations.

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into God’s presence with singing.

3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is God that made us, and we are God’s
we are the people of God, and the sheep of God’s pasture.

4 Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving,
and God’s courts with praise.
Give thanks to the Lord, bless God’s name.

5 For the Lord is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever,
and God’s faithfulness to all generations.

Time of Reflection

“Psalm 123” by Brendan Fox

Prayer of the Day

Holy One, You are our God and we are Your people, and we are grateful that You have claimed us as your own. You have set us in the company of saints past and present, among those who have made bold witness to Your goodness and Your truth. Your Word opens up new futures where we see no way forward.

You know the places in our hearts where we are afraid
— afraid of a future we cannot control;
— afraid of losing health and independence;
— afraid for the well-being of our friends and neighbors;
— afraid that past mistakes will ruin our future.

Write the stories of your people deep into our hearts so that we may learn to trust you beyond our fears. Make us ready to trust and follow wherever your Spirit leads, confident that you will not lead us beyond your loving embrace. We ask all this in Jesus’ name, whose outstretched arms welcome us and hold us securely in your grace. Amen.

Blessing

Sending

“God Who Began a Good Work in You”


Worship Notes:

Call to Prayer: by Henrietta Stith Andrews, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website. http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/year-c/p/pentecost-ordinary-time-23.html

Prayer of the Day: adapted from a prayer written by Christine Jerrett, and posted on https://christinejerrett.wordpress.com/

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