15 November 2018

Gathering Music

“We Have Come Too Far” by June Jordan

We have come too far
We can’t turn ‘round
We’ll flood the streets with justice
We are freedom bound.

Call to Prayer

Scripture

1 Samuel 2:1-10

2:1 Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.

2:2 “There is no Holy One like the LORD, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

2:3 Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by God actions are weighed.

2:4 The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.

2:5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.

2:6 The LORD kills and brings to life; God brings down to Sheol and raises up.

2:7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich; God brings low, but also exalts.

2:8 God raises up the poor from the dust; lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them has set the world.

2:9 “God will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail.

2:10 The LORD! The adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;God will give strength to the Sovereign, and exalt the power of God’s anointed.”

Anthem

“We Resist”

Rap Sermon

“Hannah’s Song”

Rev. Keynon Jackson

Sung Response

“I Will Trust in the Lord” 

James Rufflin

Passing of the Peace

Reach out and touch somebody’s soul
Make this world a better place, make it whole

Communion Prayer

Leader:
When we are called together to receive God’s blessing
We are accepting God’s Grace into our lives.
When we surrender to the Divine,
we are receiving all the qualities of the Divine;
Peace, Forgiveness, Compassion, Wisdom, Love…
Together as a community we ask the Divine
to bless this bread and wine and make it Holy
so that we and all creation may receive God’s blessing.

All:
In an upper room gathered around friends
Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it saying,
“Take and eat, this is my body given for you. Do this in
remembrance of me.”
In the same way after the meal he took the cup, blessed it and said,
“This is my blood, poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
Our thoughts become words, our words become deeds,
our deeds define who we are as individuals and as a world.
In one, in unity with God, we are called forth to receive God’s love

Leader:
Remembering the words of the Rule-breaker, trouble-maker,
Justice Bringer, Love-Bearer let us pray as Jesus taught us, singing,

Our God in heaven
Holy is your name
Your reign come, Your will done
on earth as in heaven

Give us today, our daily bread
and help us forgive as we have been forgiven

In the time of trial
lead us into life
for yours is the Kindom
and the power and the glory
Forever!

Music During Communion

“Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees”

“Peace Song” by Mark Miller

Peace in our lives, peace
Peace in our world, peace
Peace in our hearts, peace, peace
Peace in our hearts, peace, peace

It does not mean to be in a place
Where there is no noise,
no trouble or hard work
It means to be in the midst
And still be calm in your heart
And still have peace in your heart

Blessing

Mark Miller

14 November 2018

Gathering Music

“Every Praise”

“God Has Work for Us to Do”

Call to Prayer

Hayoung Kang

Come bearing your joy and let us magnify it together. Come bearing your fear and let us find comfort in one another. Come bearing your hunger and let us share the bread of life. Let us seek truth, with faith, on this journey; let us build a world where “last” and “first” have no place. May we dance. May we shelter. May we dream.

Sung Evening Confession

“Come Out, Come Out”

Come out, come out of your comfortable spaces
come, meet Jesus in the difficult places.
Have you not heard? Every valley’s exalted,
mountains made low but the lowly are lifted.

Come out, come out of your well to do places,
come, meet Jesus in the struggling spaces.
Rejoice! The kin-dom of God is upon us,
come out the wilderness and follow Jesus!

Scripture

Psalm 22:1-24 (NRSV)

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.

3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our ancestors trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried, and were saved;
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm, and not human;
scorned by others, and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
8 “Commit your cause to the Lord; let the Lord deliver—
let God rescue the one in whom God delights!”

9 Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
10 On you I was cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls encircle me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs are all around me;
a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;
17 I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise God!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify the Holy One;
stand in awe of God, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For the Lord did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
God did not hide God’s face from me,
but heard when I cried out.

Sung Response

“La Lucha”

Reflection

Dr. Chris Boesel

Sung Response

“I Need You to Survive”

Prayers of the People

Kelsey Wallace

One: When so much of our world is groaning with injustice and destruction, we are
invited to turn to God and one another. We are not meant to carry the struggles of the world alone. And so, in a spirit of collective embrace, may we share together in prayer for all that troubles our hearts.

For all of the bodies in suffering – deprived of resources, withheld from care, or
made into targets of violence.

Many: God, hear our prayers.

One: For all whose spirits are in despair – those who are facing loss or grief, those who
are isolated, or those struggling to accept their own worth.

Many: God, hear our prayers.

One: For all of the ways power is wielded over communities and individuals – for those
living under oppressive forces, for the temptation towards complicity with
injustice, and for the ways the church sometimes uses you, o God, as a weapon
rather than a tool for healing and liberation.

Many: God, hear our prayers.

One: Just as we are not meant to shoulder the world’s pain alone, we are equally
invited to delight with one another in the joy that sustains us.

For the beauty that grows around us.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For the gifts of shared meals and community and relationships that transform and
sustain us.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For art and music and stories and truths that foster love and connection.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For every source of courage in the face of all that makes us afraid.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For your presence within and around us, in our highs and lows, our hope and our
despair, God, we give you thanks. Hear our prayers and deepen our willingness to show up with and for one another, sharing in each other’s burdens and working for one another’s protection and care.

Many: Amen.

Blessing

Dr. Chris Boesel

Sending Forth

“What Does the Lord Require?”


Spring 2019 PREP Courses

BBCL 522: The Social Teachings of the Gospel of Luke
Facility: Northern State Prison
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Moore

Course Description:

What does the Gospel of Luke have to say about poverty? About wealth? About the
good community? About how to live out the Christian calling under empire? About how
women should relate to men and vice versa? Luke has highly distinctive things to say on all of these topics.

RLSC 540: Spirituality and Social Change Leadership: Fannie Lou Hamer
Facility: Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
Instructor: Dr. Traci West

Course Description:

This class will focus on the Christian spirituality and activist leadership of Fannie Lou Hamer. Based on her example, we will explore varied expressions of spirituality that inspire women’s social change leadership in opposing racism and poverty, and supporting women’s bodily integrity.


Worship Notes:

Call to Prayer by Kelsey Wallace

Prayers of the People: https://enfleshed.com/pages/miscellaneous-prayers

13 November 2018

A PRAYER OF LAMENT:

PSALM 44: 23-26 (CEB)

Leader: Wake Up!  Why are you sleeping, Lord?

People:  Get Up! Don’t reject us forever!

L:  Why are you hiding your face, forgetting our suffering and oppression?

P: Look: we’re going down to the dust; our stomachs are flat on the ground!

All: Stand up! Help us! Save us for the sake of your faithful love.

OUR PRAYERS OF LAMENT (silent and spoken)

A PRAYER HYMN FOR “HEALING” AND “LOVE IN ACTION”

Hymn 428:  For the Healing of the Nations”  (tune: Beach Spring)

A WORD OF HOPE

Luke 10:25-28

Meditation: “Tree of Life Neighbors”

A HYMN OF HOPE AND NEIGHBORS

Hymn 432: Jesu, Jesu

A HEBREW MISHEBERACH PRAYER FOR DIVINE GOODNESS AND HEALING

May the Source of strength,

Who blessed the ones before us

Help us find the courage

To make our lives a blessing

And let us say: Amen.    Bless those in need of healing

With r’fuah sh’leima

The renewal of body,

The renewal of spirit,

And let us say: Amen.SHALOM…GO IN PEACE TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS!

UMH 667  Shalom

8 November 2018

Gathering Music

Nancy Minon, guest soprano

“Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans Vita” by Hildegard von Bingen

Call to Worship

Christopher Dwyer

Many: We bid you welcome, who come with wary spirit seeking rest.
One: Who come with troubles that are too much with you, who come hurt and afraid.

Many: We bid you welcome, who come with hope in your heart.
One: Who come with anticipation in your step, who come proud and joyous.

Many: We bid you welcome, who are seekers of new faith.
One: Who come to probe and explore, who come to learn.

Many: We bid you welcome, who enter into this hall as a homecoming.
One: Who have found here room for your spirit, who find in this people a family.

All: Whoever you are, whatever you are, wherever you are on your journey. We bid you welcome.

Hymn of Welcome

“Sweet, Sweet Spirit” UMH #334

Scripture

Erik Simon

Romans 16:1-7

1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, 2 so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.

3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, 4 and who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5 Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

Homily

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Quigley

Your Name Matters/It’s Not All About You

Anthem

Seminary Choir

“Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart”

Liturgy of the Table

Invitation

One:
Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love God,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

Confession and Pardon

Many:
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 Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Silent Prayer]

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

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

The Peace

One: Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.

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

One:
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God,
Creator of heaven and earth:
God of Abraham and Sarah,
God of Miriam and Moses,
God of Joshua and Deborah,
God of Ruth and David,
God of the priests and the prophets,
God of Mary and Joseph,
God of the apostles and the martyrs,
God of our mothers and our fathers,
God of our children to all generations.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest (x3)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest (x3)

One:
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

One:
On the night in which Jesus gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Hosanna in the highest (x3)

One:
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by Christ’s blood.
Renew our communion with all your saints,
especially those whom we name before you now …

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
strengthen us to run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen.

“The Lord’s Prayer”

Music During Communion

“Give Me a Clean Heart”

“Natural Woman”

Blessing

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Quigley

Sending

“Blessed Assurance”


Worship Notes:

Call to worship:
https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/09/call-to-worship-we-bid-you-welcome.html

7 November 2018

Gathering Music

Kanisa Litagenjua

Kanisa litagenua,  na kina nani 2x
Iyo!

Kanisa litagenua,  na mimi na wewe 2x
Iyo!

Kanisa litagenua,  na mama na papa 2x
Iyo!

Kanisa litagenua,  na watoto 2x
Iyo!

Call to Prayer

Mark Miller

Come, Come, whoever you are!
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
Come.
This is not a caravan of despair.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve broken your vow
a thousand times, still come,
and yet come again!  
– Rumi

Sung Evening Confession

“Come Out, Come Out”

Come out, come out of your comfortable spaces
Come meet Jesus in the difficult places

Have you not heard every valley’s exalted?
Mountain’s made low, but the lowly are lifted

Come out, come out of your well-to-do places
Come meet Jesus in the struggling spaces

Come out the kin-dom of God is upon us
Come out the wilderness and follow Jesus

First Reading

Alex Carney

Philippians 4:4-9

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Sung Response

“Wait for the Lord” by Mark Miller

Those who wait for the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run, they shall run and not be weary
They shall walk, they shall walk, and not faint!

Second Reading

Brinna Kolitz

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
God does not faint or grow weary;
   God’s understanding is unsearchable.
29 God gives power to the faint,
   and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
   and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
   they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
   they shall walk and not faint.

Guided Meditation

Kelsey Wallace

Sung Response

“Wait for the Lord” by Mark Miller

Those who wait for the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run, they shall run and not be weary
They shall walk, they shall walk, and not faint!

Prayers of the People

Kelsey Wallace

One: When so much of our world is groaning with injustice and destruction, we are
invited to turn to God and one another. We are not meant to carry the struggles of the world alone. And so, in a spirit of collective embrace, may we share together in prayer for all that troubles our hearts.

For all of the bodies in suffering – deprived of resources, withheld from care, or made into targets of violence.

Many: God, hear our prayers.

One: For all whose spirits are in despair – those who are facing loss or grief, those who are isolated, or those struggling to accept their own worth.

Many: God, hear our prayers.

One: For all of the ways power is wielded over communities and individuals – for those living under oppressive forces, for the temptation towards complicity with injustice, and for the ways the church sometimes uses you, o God, as a weapon rather than a tool for healing and liberation.

Many: God, hear our prayers.

One: Just as we are not meant to shoulder the world’s pain alone, we are equally invited to delight with one another in the joy that sustains us.

For the beauty that grows around us.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For the gifts of shared meals and community and relationships that transform and sustain us.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For art and music and stories and truths that foster love and connection.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For every source of courage in the face of all that makes us afraid.

Many: God, we give you thanks!

One: For your presence within and around us, in our highs and lows, our hope and our despair, God, we give you thanks. Hear our prayers and deepen our willingness to show up with and for one another, sharing in each other’s burdens and working for one another’s protection and care.

Many: Amen.

Blessing

As we prepare to leave this place and go our separate ways remember that you are never alone. The God who made us and called us is with us still. So shroud yourself in peace, extend your hands in love, and keep hope ever before your eyes. Go with courage, go with strength, go with blessing. Amen.

Sending

Our God In heaven
Holy is your name
Your reign come
Your will done
On earth as in heaven

Give us today our daily bread
And help us forgive
As we have been forgiven
In the time of trial
Lead us into life
For yours is the kindom
And the power and the glory
For ever!

Our God In heaven
Holy is your name
Holy is your name.


Worship Notes:

Prayers of the People: https://enfleshed.com/pages/miscellaneous-prayers

Guided Meditation: http://debbieguidinglight.blogspot.com/2014/01/gratitude-meditation.html

1 November 2018

Gathering Music

Call to Worship

One: + In the name of God: Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit.

Many: Amen

One: Grace to you and peace
from God, our Creator,
the love at our beginning
and without end,
in our midst and with us

Many: God is with us, here we find new life

One: Let us give thanks for the coming of God’s reign of justice and love.

Many: Jesus Christ is good news for the poor,
release for the captives,
recovery of sight for the blind
and liberty for those who are oppressed.

One: Let us also give thanks for this festival in honor of all the saints

One: Almighty God,
your saints are one with you
in the mystical body of Christ:
give us grace to follow them
in all virtue and holiness
until we come to those joys
which you have prepared for us;
through Jesus Christ,
who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and forever. Amen.

Hymn

“For All the Saints” (Sine Nomine, tune by Ralph Vaughn Williams)

Confession

One: Happy are those whose sins are forgiven,
whose wrongs are pardoned.
I will confess my sins to God,
I will not conceal my wrongdoings.

[Silence]

One: God forgives us and heals us.

Many: We need your healing, merciful God:
give us true repentance.
some sins are plain to us;
some escape us,
Some we cannot face.
Forgive us;
set us free to hear your word to us;
set us free to serve.

One: God the Creator brings us new life,
forgives us and redeems us.
Let us take hold of this forgiveness
and live our lives
in the Spirit of Jesus.

Many: Amen.

New Testament Reading

Younghak Lee

Revelation 7:9-17 (CEB)

9 After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They wore white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out with a loud voice:
“Victory belongs to our God
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels stood in a circle around the throne, and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God,12 saying,
“Amen! Blessing and glory
and wisdom and thanksgiving
and honor and power and might
be to our God forever and always. Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. 15 This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship God day and night in the temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 16 They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, 17 because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. The Lamb will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Gospel Reading

Bonita Hunter-Byerson

Matthew 5:1-12 (CEB)

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. 2 He taught them, saying:
3 “Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
4 “Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.
5 “Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.
6 “Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.
7 “Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.
8 “Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.
9 “Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
10 “Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
11 “Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me. 12 Be full of joy and be glad, because you have a great reward in heaven. In the same way, people harassed the prophets who came before you.

Homily

The Rev. Dr. J. Terry Todd

“In the Dark Shadows, There We’ll Find the Saints”

Choir Anthem

“I Believe”

The Preparation of the Gifts

One:
God of all creation, you bring forth
bread from the earth
and fruit from the vine.
By your Holy Spirit this bread and wine
will be for us
the body and blood of Christ
All you have made is good,
your love endures forever.

The Great Thanksgiving

One: The Spirit of God be with you.
Many: And also with you.
One: Lift your hearts to heaven
Many: where the saints make their home with God.
One: Let us give thanks to God.
Many: It is right to offer thanks and praise.

One: It is right indeed to give you thanks most loving God,
through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer,
the first born from the dead,
the pioneer of our salvation,
who is with us always,
one of us, yet from the heart of God.

For with your whole created universe,
we praise you for your unfailing gift of life.
We thank you that you make us human
and stay with us
even when we turn from you to sin.
God’s love is shown to us:
while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.

In that love, dear God,
righteous and strong to save,
you came among us in Jesus Christ,
our crucified and living Lord.
You make all things new.
In Christ’s suffering and cross
you reveal your glory
and reconcile all peoples to yourself,
their true and living God.

We give you thanks for all your saints
who heard your call to holiness
and obeyed your heavenly vision.

[Name the saints here]

One: We rejoice in their fellowship with us in our pilgrimage.
In your mercy you are now our God.
Through Christ you gather us,
new-born in your Spirit,
a people after your own heart.
We entrust ourselves to you,
for you alone do justice
to all people, living and departed.

Many: Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation.

One: Therefore with saints and martyrs,
apostles and prophets,
with all the redeemed,
joyfully we praise your name and say:

“Sanctus”

Holy holy holy Lord
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

Hosanna in the highest!

Blest is the one who comes
In the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest!

One: All glory to you, Giver of life
sufficient and full for all creation.
Accept our praises,
living God, for Jesus Christ,
the one perfect offering for the world,
who in the night that he was betrayed,
took bread,
and when he had given thanks,
broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:
take, eat, this is my body
which is given for you;
do this to remember me.

After supper he took the cup;
and when he had given thanks,
he gave it to them and said:
drink this, all of you.
this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you, and for many,
to forgive sin.
Do this as often as you drink it
to remember me.

Therefore, God of all creation,
in the suffering and death
of Jesus our redeemer,
we meet you in your glory.
We lift up the cup of salvation
And call upon your name.
Here and now, with this bread and wine,
we celebrate your great acts of liberation,
ever present and living in Jesus Christ,
crucified and risen,
who was and is and is to come.

Many: Amen! Come Lord Jesus.

One: May Christ ascended in majesty
be our new and living way,
our access to you, O Creator,
and source of all new life.
In Christ we offer ourselves
to do your will.

Empower our celebration with your Holy Spirit,
feed us with your life,
fire us with your love,
confront us with your justice,
and make us one in the body of Christ
And with all who share your gifts of love.

Through Christ,
in the power of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you
in earth and heaven,
We give you thanks, Creator God. Amen.

Music During Communion

“Swing Low Sweet Chariot”

Blessing

The Rev. Dr. J. Terry Todd

Sending

“We’ll Understand it Better By and By” UMH #525

31 October 2018

Happy Halloween!

Gathering Music

“Every Praise”
“Only Love Can Do That”

Call to Prayer

Dr. Kate Ott

One:
Today we join to commemorate all the faithfully departed in our lives. Today especially, we remember those lives stolen this week in Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Today we gather to pray and to remember, to offer blessings and hope for peace. Please join in the following prayer:

Many:
Spirit of Life, whom we know best in our own loving and being loved, hold us as we remember those we have loved, and those who have loved us. May our gratitude sparkle in our lives, may our tears lubricate our souls. Amen.

Sung Evening Confession

“Come Out, Come Out”

Scripture

Janelle Gayle

Revelation 21:1-7

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
God will dwell with them;
they will be God’s peoples,
and God will be with them;
4 God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also the Lord said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then the one on the throne said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

Sung Response

“Ayudanos O Dios”

Blessing of the Oferenda

One:
The items on this altar remind us of the moments of life we share with those around us. They remind us of the time we have spent with one another – times of joy and times of challenge, moments spread across the years and through different seasons. As we name each item together we invite you to consider it a blessing upon those with whom you have shared your life.

One: Today we offer bread and drink,
Many: We give thanks for the meals we have shared.
One: Today we offer shoes,
Many: We remember the many journeys we have taken together.
One: Today we offer a tambourine,
Many: We give thanks for the music we have shared.
One: Today we offer the image of angels,
Many: We remember those who seem to us to be the very messengers and presence of God.
One: Today we offer our hearts,
Many: We give thanks for the love that we have given and received.

Reflection

Dr. Kate Ott

We invite you to add the names of your loved ones to the altar by writing their names on the paper provided.

Sung Response

“Hymn of Promise”

Prayers of the People

God you have been with us throughout the ages.

You have bore witness to the ways in which the story of us – of all that has come into being – has been woven together piece by piece, life by life.

We recognize, today, that it is because of the saints who have gone before us, that we are. Those who have struggled for justice, who have given so that others may live more freely – we would not be, if not for them.

Because of those who have loved us – those who have nurtured us, embraced us, celebrated us, or supported us. We are because they were. In remembrance and gratitude, we name the saints who have shaped our lives and being.

(community names individuals)

We also hold in remembrance the ones whose lives were taken by injustice, the ones who never knew their own belovedness, the ones who passed on our faith, the ones who gave us art, gave us song, gave us poetry. We are because they were.

Like us, we know they were imperfect too. There is no life that is not messy and contradictory, often betraying the very justice and love we seek to embody. And yet, you, O God, promise that our labor to Love is never made in vain.

Help us to lean on the witness of those who have gone before us, drawing on the love, justice, community, and faith that weaves us together, generation after generation – past, present, and future.

With gratitude and in remembrance we pray, Amen.

Blessing

Dr. Kate Ott

Spirit of Life, help us to know that we are not alone in our grieving, and help us also to come to that peaceful place in which we can take what we learned from those who have gone before us into our own lives. Remind us that we, too, are mortal; and that the only enduring legacy we leave is the love that shines through our lives. Amen.

Sending Forth

“I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan

I will remember you,
Will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories


Worship Notes:

Call to Prayer and Blessing: Rev. Robinson, UUA

Prayers of the People: https://enfleshed.com/pages/all-saints-prayer