We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.
In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.
*CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 27:4-5
One thing I ask from the Holy One, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Holy One
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Holy One
and to seek God in God’s temple.
For in the day of trouble
God will keep me safe in God’s dwelling;
God will hide me in the shelter of God’s sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
*HYMN 32 I Sing the Mighty Power of God ELLACOMBE
*INVITATION TO CONFESSION
Friends, God knows our strengths and our weaknesses,
and calls us to lay our burdens down.
Trusting in God’s grace to free us and make us whole,
let us make our confession before God.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+
whose being is perfect righteousness:
through Christ, reconcile us with the helpless and lonely,
with those we ignore or oppress,
and with those we have called enemies,
that we may serve all people as your hands of love,
and sit at the feet of those
who need our compassionate care. Amen.
HYMN 361 O Christ, the Great Foundation, vs 3
Where tyrants’ hold is tightened, when strong devour the weak,
Where innocents are frightened, the righteous fear to speak,
there let your church awaking attach the powers of sin
and, all their ramparts breaking, with you the vict’ry win.
*ASSURANCE OF GRACE
We do not need to let our hearts be troubled,
nor do we need to let them be afraid.
For in this moment and always,
God extends grace and peace beyond our understanding
to all people through Christ.
Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.
The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Once We Were No People
Text and Music: Patrick Evans
SCRIPTURE READING Psalm 52:8-9
SCRIPTURE READING Luke 10:38-42
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.
SERMON Jenny Cook
*HYMN 737 Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song LES PETITS SOEURS
PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION
O God, in your lovingkindness,
Hear our prayer.
*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures high and low.
Praise God in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
(The prayer continues.)
We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray, saying:
Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
*HYMN 756 O God of Every Nation LLANGLOFFAN
*Please rise in body or in spirit.
+Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright
© 2002 Consultation on Common Texts
The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator
We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:
Jenny Cook, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Emily Martin, Liturgist
Octavia Battle and Jonathan Cain, Offering Takers