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Call to Worship - Trinity Sunday: "In the name of the Lover, Beloved and Love itself"

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Creating, Saving, Dancing God of Three,
We give thanks to you, divine Trinity. 

Almighty Father, Mother, Parent;
humble Savior, holy Servant, Lord of love;
and moving, breathing, igniting Holy Spirit; unite us as you are united:
as a community so intertwined with itself in love and hope,
that no difference can be made between its persons.

Let the movement of our community be love. 
Let the actions of our community be love. 
Let the presence of our community be love. 

Words and ideas cannot contain you.
We worship You, our relational, diverse God.
In the name of the Lover, Beloved, and Love itself,

Amen.




A Responsive Prayer - For such a time as April 29, 2017

God of grace and abundant mercy, you have made us in your beautiful image. You declared us to be  “good.” You love us with unfathomable intensity. We lift up our laments and shame when we fail to be mirrors of that love to our neighbor. We express our remorse when refuse to see each other as fellow beloved siblings made in your image. We grieve that we, so often, are unable to move past our addiction for conflict into reconciliation with those who are different from us in ideology, race, or any other characteristic that we use as building blocks for the walls we create between one another.
Forgive us, Lord, for our sin. We pray that you will guide us into fruitful living and joyful relationship with our neighbors.
God of enduring love, you have provided us with abundant blessing. You caused manna to fall from the sky in the desert, and sweet water to rush forth from the rock at Meribah. Your abundance surrounds us and should remind us of the urgent task we have of being stewards of y…

Call to Worship: Luke 24 - Walk to Emmaus

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Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, Alleluia! 

Christ walks alongside us on our journey.
We often do not recognize his presence. 

And yet, do our hearts not burn within us?
Our hearts burn when we hear the hope of the gospel. 

And yet, do our hearts not burn within us?
Our hearts burn when we experience the grace of God. 

And yet, do our hearts not burn within us?
Our hearts burn when we bear witness to suffering.

We should all have burning hearts:
to be beacons of light in the darkness;
to be messengers of the good news;
to be prophets who speak out courageously against the spiritual forces of wickedness; 
to be healers who bring the warmth of compassion and love. 
May it be so for the greater glory of God!


Inviting in God's Presence - An Act of Worship

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ACT OF WORSHIP*

Meditation – “Be Still and Know”
"Be Still and Know" John Bell (Psalm 46) (c) 1989 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland), admin. by GIA publciations, Inc.

Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

Every moment of life has the potential to be worship.
God invites us to find the joy of every second.
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we stop and listen, we can hear God’s voice.
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we stop to look, we can see God’s handiwork
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we take in a breath, we can breathe in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we perceive the hurting world around us, we can discern God’s will for us to help.
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

When we grieve or experience loss, we can know that God will neve…

A Nicene Creed Paraphrase

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We believe in one God: divine parent; beginning, end and what exists beyond beginning and ending; creator of all we see, feel, hear, taste, and touch.

We believe in One Lord, Jesus: who is God, the only Son of God, begotten of God the Father. 
Therefore, he is God from God, Light from Light, Love from Love. Truth from Truth.
Jesus was not made, but begotten, for Jesus is God.
And is one with God.
Jesus was with God and through him as LOGOS all things were made for creation and its redemption.
Jesus embodied flesh. Became trapped in human flesh, and truly embodying humanity.
Jesus was divine. Jesus was human. Jesus is the son of God. He was born of a virgin, Mary.
Jesus was a man.
He was crucified by a Roman authority bolstered with the cry of the Jewish people. He truly suffered as humans suffer. He truly died as humans die.
On the third day, he became alive.
In accordance with what has been said in Scripture, he also ascended into heaven and into the dance of the Trinity.
We believe t…

Call to Worship: Plant In Us

Plant seeds of hope in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become joy. 

Plant seeds of grace in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become transformation. 

Plant seeds of faith in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become courage. 

Plant seeds of righteousness in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become justice. 

Plant seeds of love in us, Oh God,
that they might grow in us to become the gospel for the world around us. 

God, grant that we be vessels of fertile soil for your fruit through us to grow. Amen.

A Brief Prayer in Advent

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God of enduring peace, descend on us. Descend upon our anger, our anxiety. Descend upon our community, our nation, and our world. Descend upon our hearts. Where there is anger—sow peace, where there is doubt—sow determination, where there is depression—sow joy, where there is bitterness—sow satisfaction, and where there is despair—sow courage. Breathe your deep peace into us, O God, in this season of Advent. Remind us of the holiness found in patiently waiting, especially during a time that drives us to frantic scurrying. It is in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, that we pray. Amen.