June 28 Susan E. Thomas leader

Order of Worship June 28, 2009


Gathering and Announcements


Call to Worship
Leader: The Spirit of God calls to us,
People: With sighs too deep for words.
Leader: The Spirit of God calls to us,
People: Claiming us.
Leader: Summoning us to become more than we now are.
People:  Calling us by name: God’s children.

Hymn    122    God of the Sparrow


Call to Reconciliation        (Reinhold Niebuhr)
Leader:  Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime;
People: Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Leader:  Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate
context of history;
People: Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Leader:  Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
People: Therefore we are saved by love.
Leader:  No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as
from our own;
People: Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

Silent, Personal Confession

Words of Assurance

Proclamation and Praise

Psalm 85:8-13

Hebrew Scripture Reading
Genesis 17:15-17; 18:13-15

Christian Scripture Reading
Mark 3:19b-21; 31-35
Response to the Word (unison)
We give thanks, O God of our sacred stories, for the witness of our Holy Scriptures. Through them, you nurture our imaginations, touch our feelings, increase our awareness, and challenge us. Grant that by your Spirit, we may be hearers and doers of your Word. Amen.

Sermon    “Lives of Jesus”                Susan Thomas

Hymn    454    Open My Eyes That I May See

Concerns and Prayers

Prayers of the People
Silent Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Prayer of Dedication

Hymn    102    Now Thank We All Our God

Benediction (unison)
Go out into the world in peace. Be of good courage; hold fast to what is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the faint-hearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all people.  Be at peace among yourselves; pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances. Love and serve the Lord, rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit, and remain in the power of love until we meet again. Amen.


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