PASSING THE PEACE
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Loving Mother,
who with perfect timing
knows when to push; to nudge; to shove;
and when to wait,
even through the longing for change,
All: Grant us the courage to name you;
and the grace of your timing.
One: Brother Christ,
who feeds us at the table of love
with the heavenly feast too rich for us to imagine
and in whose death our own wounds find resurrection,
All: Show us the Way to our place at the table
that we may know the delight
of your divine banquet that has no end.
One: Lady Wisdom,
who nurtures and wills our growing,
whose still, small voice lives inside us,
and large upon wind and flame,
All: Lead us in your wild dance,
that we may tread the unfamiliar paths
And find fulfillment for the dreams
that you have dreamed for us.
-Adapted from Chris Polhill by Anna Kreisle
OPENING SONG - What a Fellowship
CALL TO CONFESSION - LECTOR
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
All: God the Holy Trinity, your image calls us into community. Your Spirit of justice offers forgiveness and reconciliation to everyone, but we confess, it is not always our choice. In Jesus, you welcomed the poor and despised, but we confess, to live by these values seems foolish. Great Artist, the marvelous diversity of your Creation calls us to wildly dance across the boundaries our culture erects between peoples, but we confess, fear keeps us in cages. Help us live by your wisdom. Set us free from all that prevents us from sitting at the table of love. Help us to join the divine dance. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
CHILDREN'S SONG Jesus Loves Me
CHILDREN'S SENDING SONG Shalom Chavarim
SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
MEDITATION - REV. ANNA
HYMN - WOMB OF LIFE, AND SOURCE OF BEING
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
You may share your joys and concerns out loud now. The pastor will end each request with
One: O God,
All: Hear our prayer.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Using these or whichever words are closest to your heart, yet saying together:
Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kin-dom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kin-dom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
All are invited to the table of love, baptized or not, member or not, whether your faith is strong or you are doubting, all are welcome at God's table.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP
One: Thankful for all the gifts of God, let us say:
All: Thanks be to God, Amen.
SENDING SONG - SENT FORTH BY GOD'S BLESSING
One: Now our worship has ended.
All: Let our service begin.
CWS Disaster Clean Up Kit Collection
Even though hurricane season has been mild so far, even tropical storms can damage our Texas coastline. Rockport, Texas flooded just this month. Even Texas strong towns need help when disaster strikes. Here's what is needed to fill a bucket:
One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
Four scouring pads
Seven sponges, including one large
One scrub brush
Eighteen reusable, lightweight dry cleaning towels (e.g. Handi wipes)
One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
One package of 48-50 clothespins
Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
Five dust masks
Two pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent
All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.
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