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Call to Worship
As we enter this time of community,
As we enter this time of worship,
God sees us and proclaims,
“You are my Beloved.”
This love holds us.
As we enter this time of welcome,
As we enter this time of kinship,
We see one another and proclaim,
“We are part of the Beloved Community.”
This love calls us.
As we enter this time of speaking,
As we enter this time of caring,
We see our world and proclaim,
“You are Beloved.”
This love transforms us.
May we marvel and wonder.
Let us worship the God who calls us together.
God of Grace, your creation calls us to marvel and wonder in all its fullness and goodness. We give thanks for all that you have made, knowing that we too are your marvelous creation. In this time of worship, may we honor the worth of our community, our neighbors, and the entire world you have made. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
God of Love, in the midst of a world that so often belittles and dehumanizes, you know us, and you delight in who we are. You call us to a love as full and transformative as your own.
Help us see our neighbors in light of love. Help us see ourselves in light of love.
We know that our world does not always give and receive this love in its fullness. At times, we view people through labels we choose to assign, or we pass by neighbors, barely noticing them as they are lonely or in crisis. At other times, we disregard ourselves, forgetting that we have sacred worth and value, and we keep ourselves busy to deflect others from seeing us in need or in vulnerability. Please forgive us and call us again, that we may give and receive the fullness of your love — the very love that forms us and makes all things new. Amen.
Have mercy upon us and hear us, now, as we offer our silent confession…
Assurance of Pardon
… Trusting in the sure promise of God, we are God’s beloved, forgiven children.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven, freed, and made whole.
Prayer for Illumination
In a time of favor I have answered you,
on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out’,
to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
They shall feed along the ways,
on all the bare heights shall be their pasture;
they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
And I will turn all my mountains into a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
Lo, these shall come from far away,
and lo, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.
But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.’
Can a woman forget her nursing-child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
Your builders outdo your destroyers,
and those who laid you waste go away from you.
Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a bride you shall bind them on.
Surely your waste and your desolate places
and your devastated land—
surely now you will be too crowded for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
The children born in the time of your bereavement
will yet say in your hearing:
‘The place is too crowded for me;
make room for me to settle.’
Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has borne me these?
I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away—
so who has reared these?
I was left all alone—
where then have these come from?’
Sermon: “Trust” by Rev. Renee Roederer
Prayers of the People (by Jill Duffield)
Give us faith, Almighty God, to keep focused on our Savior, following the Way, loving you and our neighbors, until the One we worship comes again and come again he will. We make our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught us to say when we pray:
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Invitation to Offering
Prayer of Dedication
Affirmation of Faith (From the Uniting Church of Australia)
loved children of the universe,
born from the life which flows from God,
freed to the fullness of God’s creation,
with all its beauty and variety.
We are all worth dying for in Christ Jesus,
all called to risen life in Christ’s rising.
The way of Jesus gives us footprints for our following,
and our trials and longings are known
in the frailty of Christ’s birth among us
and the courage of Christ’s walking with us.
We are called to new things in the Spirit,
in the hope that stirs in unlikely moments,
the home we find in the wastelands of our wanderings,
the warmth we touch in the coldness of our need,
the opening of our hearts to adventures in belonging
and in the gathering in of those without a home. Amen.
Charge and Benediction
VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
If you are using this page to follow along with today’s worship service while it is being live streamed, please join us for virtual coffee hour! Turn on your video camera and join us after the benediction with this link. You could also join over the telephone by dialing (312) 626-6799 and entering the meeting code 146 874 134, followed by the password 075003.