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 From Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Turn again, O God of hosts;
look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
the stock that your right hand planted.
Let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call on your name.
Restore us, O Holy One, God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.
*HYMN 610 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing [AZMON]
*INVITATION TO CONFESSION
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Consciousness, lend us the courage to confront the gaps in our own knowledge, those moments when action is the call to educate ourselves, when compassion is the recognition that our lives are not default, when justice is the urge to seek out other walks and other talks, when love is the desire to listen without stipulation or interruption. Grant us the tenderness to acknowledge that the averted gaze is the most profound, most avoidable, cause of human suffering. Remind us of our role in limiting that suffering. With souls to see and hearts to hear, we bear witness to one another, always striving to follow the way of Christ, your Beloved, Anointed One.
HYMN 345 In an Age of Twisted Values, vs 2
We have built discrimination on our prejudice and fear.
Hatred swiftly turns to cruelty if we hold resentments dear.
For communities divided by the walls of class and race,
hear our cry and heal our nation; show us, Lord, your love and
*ASSURANCE OF GRACE
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.
*HYMN 623 I’ve Got Peace like a River
- I’ve got peace like a river; I’ve got peace like a river;
I’ve got peace like a river, in my soul. (repeat)
- I’ve got joy like a fountain…
- I’ve got love like an ocean…
SCRIPTURE READING Isaiah 5:1-7
SCRIPTURE READING Luke 12:49-56
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 Long Division Steve Musick
*HYMN Inspired By Love and Anger
See attached insert.
PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION
O God, in your lovingkindness,
Hear our prayer.
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*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 726 The Summons [KELVINGROVE]
*Please rise in body or in spirit.
We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:
Steve Musick, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jenny Cook, Liturgist
Cliff Mundy and Steve Fay, Offering Takers