Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, February 24, 2013 -- 10:00 am
A Worship Service in the style of the community of Taize
Koinonia: A Care-Full Community (Koinonia is the New Testament word for “fellowship.”)
The Gathering: “Bless the Lord” Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name. Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.
From Psalm 27:1 - 4 (read responsively)
One: The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?
Many: The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil people advance against me to devour my flesh,
When my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though and army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
Though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek God in God’s temple. Amen.
Bringing in the Light (Lighting of the Christ Candle)
Lectio Divina: Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 [New International Version translation] Join with others in following my example, brothers and sisters, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
The passage is read three times. Each reading is followed by silent intervals. The four ways of meditating on the scripture are: Lectio (reading); Meditatio (reflecting); Oratio (spontaneous prayer); Contemplatio (resting in God).
Inviting the Holy Spirit
Introduced with peaceful instrumental music, worshippers will remain silent in order to hold their own thoughts and offer their own prayers. This will be for ten to fifteen minutes and will end with singing and spoken prayer.
The Prayers of the People
Prayers of Intercession
After each prayer, please respond with:
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer
Offering: We give with open-handed generosity because when we give, we are most like God.
Purpose Pledge: We live on purpose. We love on purpose. We lift on purpose.
Going Forth: “Nothing Can Trouble” Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten. Those who seek God shall never go wanting.
Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten. God alone fills us.
You may leave the worship space as the Spirit moves you. We will continue to sing and pray for the Lord to be among us and for peace to reign in God’s creation.
The Open Church